Citing ongoing instability, Security Council renews UN office in Guinea-Bissau

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations office in Guinea-Bissau until 31 December 2011, while voicing deep concern at the continuing instability in the country.

Civilian, military leaders must do more to bring stability to Guinea-Bissau – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged both the civilian and military leadership in Guinea-Bissau to show commitment to achieving long-lasting stability in the West African country, and to restore the rule of law by fighting impunity and curbing organized crime.

Security Council calls on Guinea-Bissau to improve rule of law

The Security Council today voiced concern at the current security situation and threats to constitutional order in Guinea-Bissau, and stressed the need for the Government and people of the West African nation to work towards stability and the rule of law.

UN envoy: Guinea-Bissau’s challenges must be tackled without delay

Recent events in Guinea-Bissau have spotlighted the fragility of the efforts to consolidate stability, but the West African nation’s challenges, though significant, can be overcome if they are addressed immediately, a senior United Nations official said today.

Lack of reforms could undermine progress in Guinea-Bissau, warns Ban

The progress made by Guinea-Bissau following last year’s political crisis could be jeopardized unless major reforms in the areas of defence and security are carried out, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report.

Ban urges leaders in Guinea-Bissau to maintain rule of law

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the military and political leadership of Guinea-Bissau to resolve their differences peacefully and to maintain constitutional order and the rule of law, after military incidents in which the Prime Minister was briefly detained.

Window of opportunity for stability in Guinea-Bissau must not be missed – UN envoy

Following the upheaval experienced in 2009 when a series of political assassinations threatened security and stability in Guinea-Bissau, current conditions bode well for progress towards peace and prosperity in the West African nation, a top United Nations official said today.

Security sector reform vital to stability in Guinea-Bissau, says UN report

Security sector reform remains the most crucial element to ensuring stability in Guinea-Bissau, according to a new United Nations report released today, which calls on the international community to support the country’s efforts towards this goal.

UN anti-crime agency to help set up police academy in Guinea-Bissau

The United Nations anti-crime agency is supporting efforts to rebuild a safe and stable Guinea-Bissau by facilitating the construction of a training centre for the West African nation’s security forces.