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The 1,000 women who gathered at the first forum of women and girls for peace in Guinea-Bissau on 25 May said that Guinean women have the potential to fight and win and to make peace and stability prevail. Concerned about the political situation in Guinea-Bissau, they appealed to peace and asked to be heard because their voices count. UN Under-Secretary-General Ana Maria Menendez was present, heard and offered support.

On 25 May, the Organizing Committee of the National Conference - Paths to Peace and Development (OCNC) presented to parliament its final report based on consultations conducted from 2007 to 2017. The report "In the Name of Peace" recommends reforms and different models of reconciliation. Welcoming the report, ANP Chair, Cipriano Cassama said that if its recommendations were implemented new era of peace opens for Guinean society.

UNIOGBIS is promoting a series of seminars on military leadership in Guinea-Bissau. The first event was held on 9 and 10 May 2018, in the Armed Forces club in Bissau. On 16 and 17 May was the turn of army officials and in the following weeks, UNIOGBIS Military advisor will offer his training integrated ion an ongoing Officers course. Close to 100 military will be reached.

Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, Executive Director of the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov and Ambassador Mauro Viera (Brazil), as the chair of the Peacebuilding Commission’s Guinea-Bissau configuration briefed the Security Council today over the situation in Guinea-Bissau and challenges ahead of upcoming elections.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today [4 May] announced the appointment of José Viegas Filho of Brazil as his new Special Representative for Guinea-Bissau and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS).

Bissau, 5 April (UNIOGBIS/PIU) - Following the adoption on 28 February by the Security Council of resolution 2404, on the mandate of UNIOGBIS, the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA) led a technical mission of UN entities to Guinea-Bissau on 26-30 March, to ensure the effective implementation of its revised mandate. In addition to UNIOGBIS, the mission met with United nations Country team in the country, key national stakeholders, and regional and international interlocutors. The Director of DPA Africa II Division led the mission. Abdel-Fatau Musah is interviewed by UNIOGBIS/PIU.

Following the adoption on 28 February by the Security Council of resolution 2404, on the mandate of UNIOGBIS, the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA) led a technical mission of UN entities to Guinea-Bissau on 26-30 March, to ensure the effective implementation of its revised mandate.

The signing ceremony of the Project Document “Support Electoral Cycle (2017-2019)”, developed in close partnership with the European Union, took place today at the Ministry of Economy and Finance in Bissau, in the presence of the Special Representative of the UN secretary General (SRSG) Modibo Touré and representatives of the international community.

The UN in Guinea joined several events in Bissau celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Guinea-Bissau, Modibo Touré, in a special audio message to mark the date, calls on all Bissau-Guineans to recognize women’s efforts in building their country, towards peace and prosperity.

The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted yesterday the Resolution 2404 extending the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) for 12 months beginning on 1 March 2018 until 28 February 2019.

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