The report covers the requested update on the progress in the DRC (between 26 January and 10 May 2012), significant events specific to the political process, and the status of support of MONUSCO to the current situation on the ground; it also includes analysis on the current political security, humanitarian and human rights situation following elections, and implications for UN influence in the country.
The Secretary-General recommends that MONUSCO’s mandate be extended another 12 months and that efforts to support Congolese authorities and maintain military protection be strengthened.
The report references women through mention of sexual violence and the notably minimal percentage of women’s participation in the political process. However, it fails to mainstream gender concerns in its approach to the issue of MONUSCO disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, resettlement, and reintegration processes.
The Secretary General does not identify the role women can play in peace and reconciliation processes, nor does he consider, in the report, screening and vetting processes for security sector reform.