The top United Nations official in Côte d’Ivoire has called for the identification process ahead of November’s presidential election to be launched quickly, and reaffirmed the world body’s pledge to assist the West African nation conduct the long-delayed polls.
New projects and financing from the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) – which seeks to help countries emerging from conflict to avoid slipping back into war – have been approved for both Côte d'Ivoire and Sierra Leone, it was announced today.
Côte d'Ivoire’s political leaders are to be commended for their commitment to a peace agreement reached last year, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on the sides to continue their efforts to cement the pact.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that Côte d’Ivoire is eligible to receive help from the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, set up two years ago to help countries emerging from conflict consolidate their gains and avoid slipping back into war.
The United Nations mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) has confirmed that coordinated security arrangements will be in place with the aim of providing conditions for a successful presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire which is scheduled for November.
The Security Council mission touring Africa met today with officials in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, where they discussed the ongoing peace process in the West African nation and the presidential election slated for later this year.
A top United Nations human rights official is visiting Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia this week for talks aimed at ensuring that protecting the rights of civilians will remain central to the reconciliation and reconstruction efforts in the two West African countries.
Nearly 200 ex-combatants with the rebel Armed Forces of the Forces Nouvelles (FAFN) have been given diplomas by the United Nations after completing a disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme at Ferkessédougou in the north of Côte d’Ivoire.
The Security Council today welcomed the news that Côte d’Ivoire will be holding previously delayed presidential elections on 30 November, and urged the West African nation to redouble its efforts to meet that vital goal on the path to peace.