WEST AFRICA: Cote d'Ivoire / UNOCI's Deputy Chief Attends Meeting of Heads of Peacekeeping Missions in West Africa

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Afrik News
Western Africa
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General Women, Peace and Security

The Principal Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Côte d'Ivoire, Abou Moussa, will attend the 19th meeting of UN peacekeeping missions in West Africa on Wednesday, 29 September in Dakar.

At the one-day meeting, Mr. Moussa will present the Ivorian peace process. He will highlight past achievements in the electoral process, especially the explicit certification of the final voters list by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Y.J. Choi on 24 September 2010. Mr. Moussa will also draw participants' attention to the remaining challenges to be met in order to hold the presidential election on 31 October 2010.

The Principal Deputy Special Representative will exchange views with his counterparts on the recurrent problems in the sub-region. In this regard, they will discuss issues like Women, Peace and Security regarding United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, whose 10th anniversary will be celebrated in October 2010.

Resolution 1325 is an important political framework which provides women, civil society organizations and governments with an orientation concerning the integration of gender in the peace process and national reconstruction, which is part of the electoral process.

The chiefs of peacekeeping missions in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau and the United Nations Office for West Africa will attend the meeting.

The high level meeting of the Chiefs of UN peacekeeping missions in West Africa is held every three months to exchange ideas on the specific problems in each mission and examine the main issues regarding peace and security in the sub-region.