Bissau, 15 February (UNIOGBIS) –Presenting the report of the Secretary-General on Guinea-Bissau and on the activities of UNIOGBIS, yesterday before the Security Council, SRSG Modibo Touré stressed that any breakthrough in the political dialogue would remain short-lived if the structural causes of the instability are not addressed.

The international symposium "Facing the past to build the future Guinea-Bissau" (Nó nfrenta past pa nô kumpu nô Guiné-bissau di amanhá) which was to take place this weekend was rescheduled to 8-11 February 2017 at the national parliament building, in Bissau.

Following a request from the Government of Guinea-Bissau to the United Nations system in the country and major international partners, a multidisciplinary commission was set up to prepare a plan to assist the thousands of Gambian refugees who have already entered the country.

Following consultations with more than 3,000 people across Guinea-Bissau, the Commission for the Organization of the National Conference "Pathways to Peace and Development" (COCN), mandated by the Bissau-Guinean parliament to resume the process leading to national reconciliation, organizes on 27-30 January 2017 an international symposium (provisional programme attached).

November 25 is the first of 16 days of activism to eliminate violence against women. As part of this year's commemoration, under the theme: "Alarming the world: mobilizing resources to end violence against women and girls," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon encouraged global leaders to collaborate with the UN Women and the United Nations Fund for Ending Violence against Women.

In celebration of World Day of Human Rights, December 10, in Guinea-Bissau different civil society organizations in partnership with the United Nations have carried out many activities for the promotion and defense of Human rights, such as lectures in schools and universities, and distribution of a practical human rights guide.

Since 1995, 16 November has been celebrated around the world as the International Day of Tolerance, based on UNESCO's Declaration of Principles on Tolerance. Although in Guinea-Bissau the date has never been observed, everyone agrees that this is a country of tolerance and respect for diversity.