UN Security Council meeting: Council members reiterate importance of stability pact in Guinea-Bissau, Prime Minister calls for UNIOGBIS more efficient and focused
RESG Viegas described the efforts made to raise more funds for the 18 november elections, to support the drafting of a Stability Pact, to promote the participation of women and to assist the authorities in combating transnational organized crime in conjunction with UNODC.
Members of the UN Security Council reiterated the centrality of the Conakry Agreement and, consequently, the importance of timely parliamentary elections, a stability pact that would pave the way for priority reforms and the need to involve women and young people in peacebuilding.
The Council presidency, which this month is held by the United Kingdom, invited a civil society representative, Elisa Pinto, from the Women's Network for Peace and Security in ECOWAS (RAMSECAO) who also called for the United Nations in Guinea-Bissau support an "inclusive national dialogue leading to a stability pact" and to continue to support women and girls to strengthen their civic and political participation.
Guinea-Bissau's Prime Minister Aristides Gomes, who addressed the Council at the end of the meeting, outlined all steps taken to ensure that the elections take place on 18 November and called on international partners to disburse the pledged funds. Aristides Gomes commented on the cycles of instability in the last two decades in which the country has been on the agenda of the Security Council and has had a political mission in the country asking: "Twenty years later where are we? The question deserves to be asked and encourages reflection. "
In this regard, the Prime Minister was pleased that the Secretary-General in his report recommended a new configuration for UNIOGBIS, which "without undoubtedly will better respond to our common desire to achieve greater efficiency and results, particularly rationalizing the means and focus on targeted actions likely to have an immediate impact, or at least in the short term. "
Aristides Gomes then argued that the UN mission should focus not only on the problem of consolidating the rule of law but also on fundamental freedoms, issues related to the existence and functioning of accessible, effective and equitable justice, the comprehensive gender issue, and the participation of women in society in general, and in particular, their rightful place in all political spheres, and the effective exercise of power. "
At the same meeting, members of the Council also heard the Chairman of the Guinea Bissau Sanctions Committee (Res. 2048, 2012), Anatolio Ndong Mba and the Chairman of the Guinea-Bissau Peacebuilding Commission who visited the Guinea-Bissau recently.