UN works with Guinea-Bissau politicians on political communication

The United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office (UNIOGBIS) organizes on 4-5 October, at Hotel Lisboa in Bissau, a workshop for political party officials and their communication officers on what to do and how to communicate more effectively with their constituencies and with the media, to promote sustainable peace and development in the country.

6 Oct 2017

UN works with Guinea-Bissau politicians on political communication

During the two-day meeting, the group of more than 100 participants from 11 different political parties discussed how to communicate political agendas and what tools and strategies to use to communicate their party's vision for the country and to express it in a language clear and simple, understandable for all. The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Marco Carmignani reminded the participants that "Political parties are one of the pillars for the organization and establishment of representative democracy through which citizens can express their demands and feelings more effectively. "And he encouraged them to include more women in their ranks.

The participants thanked and praised the initiative that "is coming at the right time" and asked that it be organized again next year at regional level. "This training is very important to us. So that political parties can play their role more effectively and work better for democracy, "said Fernando Figueiredo, one of the participants.

Under the Bissau-Guinean Constitution, political parties contribute to the organization and expression of people’s will and political pluralism.

In UN Security Council Resolution 2343 extending UNIOGBIS mandate for another year until 28 February 2018, the Council urged all political actors to put the interest of the people of Guinea-Bissau above all other consideration.

Democracy is a universally recognized ideal and is one of the core values and principles of the United Nations. It provides an environment for the protection and effective realization of human rights. These values are embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and further developed in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which enshrines a host of political rights and civil liberties underpinning meaningful democracies.