“It’s important to be aware of what’s going on in the world and to think about how you can start to make a difference, even when you’re a kid.”
The Security Council mission to Colombia, which Uruguay had the honour of co-leading with the United Kingdom, took place from 3 to 5 May. The purpose of the visit was to express the support of the Council for the implementation of the Final Peace Agreement, as referred to in the terms of reference of the Security Council mission, as well as to hear from all stakeholder: the Government, the people of Colombia, the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia — Ejército Popular (FARC-EP), the United Nations Mission in Colombia and the country team, and to ascertain the progress made in and the difficulties of the process.
The Security Council conducted a field mission to the Sahel from 19 to 22 October, during which it visited Mali, Mauritania and Burkina Faso. The visit was jointly led by France, Ethiopia and Italy and was part of the Security Council’s close monitoring of the issue of the joint force of the Group of Five for the Sahel (G-5 Sahel). One of the goals of the visit, which began the day after the issuance of the report on the operationalization of the Joint Force (S/2017/869), was to provide the members of the Council with a first-hand assessment of the situation on the ground and an opportunity exchange views with the various actors on the ground of the Secretary-General’s recommendations aimed at strengthening international support for the Joint Force. They focused in particular on the implementation of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, in line with the Council’s conviction that there canbe no lasting stability in the Sahel without effective, comprehensive and inclusive implementation of the provisions of the Agreement.