The present report is submitted pursuant to paragraph 34 of Security Council resolution 2098 (2013), covering major developments the previous report 28 June 2013 (S/2013/388), including with regard to the implementation of national commitments under the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region; progress made by the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) in the implementation of its mandate; and the implications of MONUSCO operations against armed groups for the safety and security of United Nations personnel and facilities. It also provides an update on the reconfiguration of MONUSCO and the development of the road map for the transfer of activities to the United Nations country team. The report is centered around six sections covering: major developments, including political developments, progress made in the implementation of the PSC Framework; the implementation of the MONUSCO mandate; safety and security of UN personnel within the context of operations of the intervention brigade; Mission reconfiguration and roadmap for the transfer of responsibilities; and concludes with the SecretaryGeneral’s observations.
Issues of women, peace and security are referenced in regards to crimes of sexual violence against civilians perpetrated by M23, providing sex-disaggregated data from a July Human Rights Watch Report and data from UNHRC protection monitoring teams; crimes of sexual and gender-based violence were discussed as part of the Kampala dialogue; and Special Envoy, Mary Robinsons engagement with civil society, in particular women’s groups and held she organized a regional consultation on women, peace, security and development in the Great Lakes region.
Missed opportunities to reference women, peace and security centering upon a lack of reporting on women’s participation in any conflict prevention; resolution and broader political processes processes outside of the section on the Special Envoy’s work; reporting on refugees, IDPS and in the delivery and access to humanitarian aid. Further, the report fails to mention if women participated in the Kampala dialogue, and if women’s participation and empowerment was mentioned on a agenda.