Unwavering international support is crucial to maintain the fragile stability achieved in Guinea-Bissau, officials told the Security Council today, warning of escalating political tensions and a looming “financial cliff” after the United Nations longstanding peace operation departs on 31 December.

The group of five (5) international partners of Guinea-Bissau, known as the “P5 Group”, namely the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union
(AU), the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN), learned with amazement and great concern that, on Sunday July 26, 2020, acts of vandalism were perpetrated on the facilities and equipment of Radio Capital FM in Bissau, by armed men wearing uniforms.

In Guinea-Bissau, dialogues about the UN, an initiative launched by the Secretary-General in January this year as part of the Organization's 75th anniversary, begin on July 2 at 10 am, via the internet and from the auditorium of the Lusophone University

An impromptu memorial for George Floyd, who was killed after being restrained by police, has been set up in Harlem, New York City.

A group of more than twenty senior leaders in the UN, who report directly to Secretary-General António Guterres, and who are African or of African descent, have put their names to a personal and hard-hitting statement published on Friday, expressing their outrage at pervasive and systemic racism, highlighting the need to ‘go beyond and do more’ than just offering condemnation.

On 10 June, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Guinea-Bissau, Rosine Sori-Coulibaly met online with a group of 22 Civil society organizations (CSOs) representing the most important civil society networks, including women and youth.

Hundreds of people congregate every day in the crowded market of Bissau, making social distancing, a major prevention measure against the COVID-19, virtually impossible. To tackle this problem, the authorities decided to establish a new space in the capital’s “Green Area”, Ajuda neighborhood.

Indira Correia Balde, after winning the elections for chairmanship of journalists union in 2018

To mark World Press Freedom of the Day, the Union of Journalists and Media Technicians of Guinea-Bissau (SINJOTECS) recalled that journalists are at the forefront of combating the pandemic and asked the State to consider creating a mechanism for support to the media sector to be entered in the State budget.