The registration process is underway in Guinea-Bissau, despite the difficulties. With about 150 teams on the ground, the Electoral Process Support Office (GTAPE) has already managed to register more than 30,000 voters.

It is with great personal and professional satisfaction that we, the United Nations in Guinea-Bissau, witnessed the approval by the National Assembly of the Gender Parity Quota Law, legislation that will allow the women of Guinea-Bissau to get a fairer representation in political office.

On 2 August, the Parliament of Guinea-Bissau unanimously adopted a law that aims at ensuring the minimum 36 percent representation of women to be respected in elections or appointments to the National People's Congress and equality between men and women.

Highlighting the importance of the upcoming legislative elections in Guinea-Bissau, the top United Nations official in the country reiterated the importance of “far-reaching” reforms to prevent a relapse into political and institutional instability.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), José Viegas Filho, will present today at 3 pm*, Bissau time, the report of the Secretary-General on the situation in the country before the UN Security Council. It is the first time that the SRSG addresses the Council.

On 14-17 August, UNIOGBIS, through its Military Adviser, in partnership with Armed Forces General Staff of Guinea-Bissau, organized in Bissau a seminar on peace missions for more than 60 officers of the Guinean Armed Forces. 

The Parliament of Guinea-Bissau today, 2 August, unanimously approved a law to ensure a minimum quota of 36% of women’s representation to be respected in elections or appointments to the National Assembly and Local Governments, with a view to achieving parity.