Yesterday, 24 April, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, in a statement released by his spokesman, “took note” of the decision by the Authority of Heads of State and Community Government Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS), on April 22, recognizing Úmaro Sissoco Embaló as the winner of the December 2019 presidential elections in Guinea-Bissau.

The socioeconomic impact of the new coronavirus pandemic is already being felt worldwide, including Guinea-Bissau, due to the preventive measures adopted by governments and the very limitations of the countries' production caused by the disease.

In the context of the support to the country’s response to COVID-19, which include a series of activities from strengthening the country’s health system to communication, the UN in Guinea-Bissau used resources from the Peacebuilding Fund to support the development of a fact-checking website that helps citizens of Guinea-Bissau to be informed with credible information.

Guinea-Bissau has so far recorded eight cases of Covid-19. On March 26, the authorities decreed a state of emergency that gives legal framework to the measures that had already been taken before: suspension of all academic and religious activities, sports competitions and all activities that involve concentration of people, including funerals, closure of borders and restrictions on the movement of people and trade.

The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2512 (2020), extending the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) until 31 December. 28 February 2020. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

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Rosine Sori-Coulibaly, Special Representative for Guinea-Bissau and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau, briefs the Security Council meeting on the situation in Guinea-Bissau.

During the third Universal periodic Review of Guinea-Bissau at the Human rights council on 24 January, Guinea-Bissau received 197 recommendations made by 79 States.

Included in the final report to refer to the timely submission of reports to treaty bodies; addressing corruption, impu

28 Jan 2020

On her first visit to Bissau, in the context of a mission to several countries in the region, Rosemary di Carlo said she was happy to see that the presidential elections took place in a peaceful environment, “demonstrating the willingness of the Guinean people to exercise their civic rights, consolidate democracy and turn a new page towards political and institutional stability”.