Extending UNIOGBIS mandate through 2018, Security Council urges political actors to implement Conakry Agreement

Bissau, 24 February 2017 (UNIOGBIS/PIU) – The United Nations Security Council yesterday extended for another year the mandate of the UN Integrated Peace-Building Office in Guinea-Bissau-UNIOGBIS- and urged stakeholders to strictly respect and comply with the Conakry Agreement and the ECOWAS road map in addressing their differences and the challenges facing their country. It also underscored the need for inclusive dialogue to consolidate peace and stability and called upon the national authorities to expedite the review of Guinea-Bissau's Constitution.

24 Feb 2017

Extending UNIOGBIS mandate through 2018, Security Council urges political actors to implement Conakry Agreement

Endorsing the Conakry Agreement signed last October- following talks between political leaders, civil society and religious leaders- the Council sees it as primary framework for a peaceful resolution of the political crisis, as it offers a historic opportunity for national authorities and political leaders, as well as civil society, to jointly ensure political stability and build sustainable peace.

The 15-members of the Council welcomes and supports a high-level mission to the country that is expected to be dispatched by the regional bloc Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS) as part of a follow-up for implementation of the Agreement.

Under its renewed mandate (Resolution 2343) , which will begin on 1 March 2017 and run through 28 February 2018, the Security Council expressed its strong support for the key role of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Guinea-Bissau. It also fully endorsed the recommendations of the December 2016 strategic review mission as outlined in the Secretary-General's report, regarding the need for UNIOGBIS to refocus its existing efforts towards political capacities in support of the SRSG's good offices and political facilitation role.

The Security Council further requests UNIOGBIS, including through the use of the good offices and political supports of the Special Representative, to focus, in particular, among others, on the following priorities:

-Support an inclusive political dialogue and national reconciliation process to strengthen democratic governance and work towards consensus on key political issues particularly with regards to the implementation of necessary urgent reforms;

-Supports, including by technical assistance, the national authorities in expediting and completing the review of Guinea-Bissau's Constitution;

-Provide strategic and technical advice and support to national authorities and relevant stakeholders, including in coordination with ECOWAS/ECOMIB and other international partners, in implementing the national security sector reform and rule of law strategies, as well as developing civilian and military justice systems that are compliant with international standards;

UNIOGBIS will also focus on supporting the Government of Guinea-Bissau in “mobilization, harmonization and coordination of international assistance,” with UN partners, the African Union (AU), the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLC), ECOWAS, the European Union (EU).

Commending the crucial role of ECOMIB in securing the state institutions and in supporting SSR, the Security Council expressed strong appreciation for its contribution to stability in Guinea-Bissau and encourages ECOWAS to consider a further extension of its mandate.

The Security Council also stated that UNIOGBIS and the Special Representative will continue to lead international efforts in priority areas, including strengthening democratic institutions and enhancing the capacity of state organs to function; justice; human rights; drug trafficking and transnational organized crime, in close cooperation with UNODC.

The Security Council welcomed  the joint efforts by international partners, in particular the United Nations, African Union, ECOWAS, EU and CPLP, to enhance cooperation in support of the Government in Guinea-Bissau and encourages them to continue to work together towards the country's stabilization in accordance with the priority structural reforms established by the government, and in this regard, recognizes the role of the Peacebuilding Commission in enhancing these efforts with a view to supporting the long-term peacebuilding priorities of Guinea-Bissau.