A 15-member United Nations inter-agency mission arrived today in the Central African Republic (CAR) to study how to improve the coordination and coherence of the world body’s work in the impoverished and strife-torn country.
The UN Peacebuilding Support Office in the CAR (known as BONUCA) reports that the assessment team, which reached the capital, Bangui, this morning, will meet with Government officials, the UN country team, civil society representatives and members of the diplomatic community during its week-long visit.
The visit follows a request from the Security Council, which last year authorized the establishment of the UN Mission in the CAR and Chad (MINURCAT) to try to stabilize the security situation and ease the humanitarian suffering in both countries, which are among the poorest in the world.
Once the visit is completed, the inter-agency assessment team will draft recommendations for the Security Council on how to integrate UN activities in the CAR.
Last month CAR’s President Francois Bozizé told the General Assembly’s annual General Debate that his country needs a strengthened MINURCAT, given that an accompanying European Union security force (EUFOR) is scheduled to depart in March next year.