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2022 Year In Review: Because conflicts rage, international dialogue remains ‘the only hope’ for peace

Little progress was made in relations between Israel and Palestine, throughout a year in which more than a hundred and fifty Palestinians and over 20 Israelis were killed on the western part of the country Bank and Israel. February saw the furious round of diplomacy at the UN, as it grew to become increasingly clear that Russian federation was intent on invading Ukraine, a crisis which EL Secretary-General António Guterres stated was testing the “entire international system”.

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi (centre) visits the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine.

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi (centre) visits the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Herb

Global ramifications of Ukraine war: from food and fuel, to nuclear threat

The year ended with signs of military escalation, and no prospect of a peace deal, but the UN Specific Envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, continued to meet using a host of key Syrian and international stakeholders, in search of an eventual political answer to break the deadlock. An highlight of UN diplomacy this year was undoubtedly the successful implementation of the Dark Sea Grain Initiative, which saw exports resume through Ukrainian ports in July, and paved the way for Ruskies food and fertilizer to reach global markets, helping to slow the vertiginous rise in the price of grains, cooking oils, fuel and fertilizer across the world. UN peacekeepers in several Africa countries found themselves within harm’s way this year, whilst carrying out their role protecting civilians from violence.

In Istanbul, UN Secretary-General António Guterres observes the WFP ship SSI Invincible 2, headed to Ukraine to pick up the largest cargo of grain yet exported under the Black Sea Grain Initiative.
In a Protection Council briefing in Nov, Rosemary Di Carlo, the head of UN Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), said that DPRK had reportedly released its “largest and most effective missile, capable of reaching all of North America”.

In Istanbul, UN Secretary-General António Guterres observes a ship headed to Ukraine to pick up hemp under the Black Sea Hemp Initiative (file).

UN grain offer a ‘ray of wish to ease human suffering’

Much of the focus on Afghanistan has centred on the steady erosion of women’s rights under the Taliban, the de facto rulers of the country, but safety has been increasingly challenging. Mr. Wennesland called on Israel to cease advancement of all settlement actions as well as the demolition of Palestinian-owned property, and to prevent achievable displacement and evictions. “The deepening occupation, the increase in violence, including terrorism, and the absence of a political horizon have empowered extremists and they are eroding hope among Palestinians and Israelis, alike, that a resolution of the conflict is achievable, ” he cautioned. In March, Mr. Guterres known as for the worldwide community not to fail the Syrian people, as the country entered the eleventh year of a brutal civil battle, in which 307, 000 civilians have died. It’s hard to overstate the particular extent to which the security scenario in Haiti collapsed in 2022. Practically nowhere within the capital, Port-au-Prince, could be deemed safe, as rival gangs fought over territory, terrorizing increasingly desperate citizens, currently struggling to survive a humanitarian catastrophe.

A United Nations peacekeeper in Mali is on patrol in the country's northern region of Kidal.
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A UN peacekeeper in Mali is upon patrol in the country’s north region of Kidal.

Africa: Expect peace in Sudan plus Ethiopia, conflict grinds upon in DRC and Mali

UN Photo/Mark Garten © UNICEF/Roger LeMoyne plus U. S. CDC In Ethiopia, which has seen brutal fighting centred on the Tigray region, efforts to defuse the conflict led to a ceasefire in March. This particular did not end the violence, however , or the humanitarian crisis resulting from the unrest, but a peace deal, which was finally signed in Nov, was described by Mr. Guterres as a “critical first step” towards ending the brutal two-year civil battle. The UN nuclear watchdog ( IAEA ) warned of potentially devastating consequences, expressing concern on the alarming conditions of the put, and the shelling that happened not far from the reactors. Fighting in the vicinity of a nuclear plant was, said IAEA chief Rafael Grossi within November, “playing with fire”. By Dec, however , Mr. Guterres was able to hail a peace contract between civilian and military leaders, and the UN team in Sudan announced that they might ensure a package of assistance during the transitional period. Ms. La Lime indicated her support for the mobilization of a specialized military force, whilst the US Permanent Representative towards the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, told the Security Council in October that the US and South america are working on a resolution that will authorize a “non-UN global security assistance mission”, which would help in the delivery associated with urgently needed humanitarian help.

Destroyed buildings in Aleppo city, Syria, where chemical weapons were allegedly used. (file)
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Ruined buildings in Aleppo town, Syria (file)

Middle East: No end in sight for many long-running conflicts

By October, the head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, felt confident enough to brief the Security Council that expectations were running higher for progress towards the full and final implementation of a lasting peace deal: “ I am certainly assured that Colombia can show the world, once again, that there is simply no better alternative to ending clashes than through dialogue ”. The particular wider issue of peace is likely to figure more highly on the UN agenda in 2023, when the UN key, António Guterres, delivers A brand new Agenda for Peace, to Member States. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was riven by attacks from militant groups and intercommunal violence which usually displaced thousands of people. Numerous civilians were killed throughout every season, and peacekeepers again produced the ultimate sacrifice. In one assault, in July, the EL Mission’s base in the restive North Kivu region had been hit during violent demonstrations , eliminating three peacekeepers. “We need restraint plus reason. We need de-escalation today, ” spelled out the EL chief, urging all edges to “refrain from actions and statements that would take this dangerous situation over the brink”. These calls were within vain, however , and the battle, which Russia described as a “special military operation, ” began. Yemen is now in the seventh year of its catastrophic conflict, which usually again exacted a vicious toll on its individuals. Hopes were raised within April, when the UN brokered a nationwide truce , the first within six years. However , the particular truce came to an end in October, leading to fresh uncertainty. The Afghan people were rocked by waves of deadly terror attacks, from blasts from schools in April, towards the bombing of a mosque within August, claimed by the so-called Islamic State group, also referred to as Da’esh. The group also performed attacks against the Russian and Pakistani embassies, and a resort hosting many Chinese nationals. Overall, mentioned, Ms. Di Carlo, DPRK had launched some sixty ballistic missiles. She reiterated calls on the country in order to “desist from taking additional provocative actions and to completely comply with its international responsibilities under relevant Security Council resolutions”.  

People are protesting on the streets of Port-au-Prince in crisis-torn Haiti.
Handling the Security Council in December, Mr. Guterres described that the document will articulate the Organization’s work in serenity and security; set out a comprehensive approach to prevention; link serenity, sustainable development, climate activity, and food security; and consider how the UN adapts to cyberthreats, information warfare, and other forms of conflict.

Protestor on the streets of Port-au-Prince in crisis-torn Haiti.

Americas: Haiti ‘on verge of abyss’, Colombia closer to lasting peace

In October, the UN Special Representative in the country, Helen La Lime, welcomed the sanctions regime followed by the Security Council, which targets gang leaders plus their backers. She told the Security Council that even though a political solution could be found, it would not be enough to address the crisis. Throughout the year, Mali’s reputation since the world’s most dangerous posting seemed to be borne out: nearly every month saw an attack that murdered or wounded peacekeepers, amid reports of civilian massacres , plus a deteriorating security situation. UN Middle East Envoy Tor Wennesland expressed deep concern at the sharp increase in violence against civilians on both edges which, he said, undermined a peaceful resolution to the conflict. Ukrainian pilot vessels guide the ships through the Black Sea, which is mined, after which they head out through the Bosphorus Strait along an decided corridor. © UNICEF/Ninja Charbonneau MINUSMA/Gema Cortes

Afghan civilian deaths drop but attacks on women, children and political targets rise.
The issue took on a significance far beyond its effect on Ukraine and Russia. Global gas and food prices jumped, and the UN trade body UNCTAD recognized the battle as the main contributing factor to projections of a worldwide economic downturn, in a world still reeling from the consequences from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Afghan civilians (file)

Asia: Korean nuclear tension, scores assaulted in Afghanistan

The top UN official within Afghanistan, Roza Otunbayeva, announced in December that the UN is certainly keeping dialogue open with all the leaders of the Taliban, regardless of their differing positions. While the Taliban face small to no political opposition, they are unable to satisfactorily address terrorist groups operating in the country, she reported. The gently balanced deal involved the establishment of a Joint Coordination Centre in the Turkish associated with Istanbul, with representatives through Ukraine, Russia and Türkiye, to monitor the onloading associated with grain at the three ports. Hans Grundberg, the UN Exclusive Envoy to Yemen, informed the Safety Council within October that he believed the peace agreement could still be achieved: “With the stakes this high, it is critical that people do not lose this opportunity. The parties need to demonstrate the leadership, compromise plus flexibility required to urgently achieve an agreement”. There were positive signs that Colombia, which suffered years of civil war, may be on the verge of achieving a lasting peace. Perhaps more impressive, given the lack of trust among Ukraine and Russia, and no prospect of a ceasefire in sight, is that the deal was renewed for a further 120 days in November. By then a lot more than 11 million tonnes of essential foodstuffs had been shipped from Ukraine, and foods prices began to stabilize. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), more commonly generally known as North Korea, continued to check missiles in 2022, provoking condemnation from the UN, and fears that the country had been attempting to develop its nuclear weapons capability. Dark memories of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion in 1986 were revived, when the Zaporizhzhia plant in southeastern Ukraine, the largest in Europe, received Russian military control.

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the UN Security Council open debate on peacebuilding and sustaining peace.
6 years on from the historical peace accord signed between your Colombian government and FARC rebels, the country was nevertheless beset by outbreaks of fighting in 2022 and, in July, the UN human rights office called on the incoming administration to tackle rising violence, particularly in rural areas.

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the UN Safety Council open debate upon peacebuilding and sustaining peacefulness.

A brand new UN peace agenda

There was much better news from Sudan, which usually began the year embroiled within political unrest, following a army coup in 2021. Protestors against the regime continued to be targeted , and the UN condemned an too much use of force, which saw several of them killed. António Guterres declared that a long-range test in March was in infringement of Security Council promises, and called an Oct launch over Japan a “reckless act”. “The challenge ahead is clear, ” said Mr. Guterres “To save succeeding generations in the scourge of war, having a revitalized multilateralism that is efficient, representative and inclusive”.


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