Guinea‑Bissau, having made crucial strides towards overcoming its long‑standing political impasse, must hold free, fair and inclusive elections as scheduled in November or risk rolling back its fragile progress, senior officials briefing the Security Council emphasized today.

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.

On 24-27 July the Military Adviser of UNIOGBIS in partnership with the General Staff of the Guinean Armed Forces conducted a training on communication for about 60 staff of the military. The event took place at the Armed Forces Club in Bissau and aimed to share good relationship practices between society and the media and to improve the dissemination of information on the activities of the Armed Forces.

The Chair of the Guinea-Bissau Configuration of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) and permanent representative of Brazil to the UN, has ended his visit to Bissau, confident that since his last sojourn a year ago, there has been a great progress towards normalization of the political situation.