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With peacekeeping reductions in Côte d’Ivoire, rapid response is critical, UN envoy says

The reduction of peacekeeping personnel in Côte d'Ivoire will continue, given ‘impressive’ progress there, but the rapid reaction capabilities of remaining forces must be boosted to help ensure security during planned elections, the top United Nations envoy in the West African country told the Security Council today.

Security Council lifts Côte d’Ivoire’s rough diamond ban, tweaks arms embargo

The United Nations Security Council today voted unanimously to lift a ban on importing rough diamonds from Côte d’Ivoire and to partially lift the arms embargo, differentiating between lethal and non-lethal arms.

UN expert calls for consultations on reforming Côte d’Ivoire’s electoral commission

A United Nations human rights expert today called on authorities in Côte d’Ivoire to undertake broad consultations on the reform of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to prevent the country from “falling back into crisis.”

Impartial justice key to reconciliation in Côte d’Ivoire ahead of polls – UN expert

The United Nations independent expert tasked with assessing the human rights situation in Côte d’Ivoire, expressed concern over unresolved issues in the national reconciliation process as the country prepares for presidential elections next year, and stressed that “impartial justice for all” is the key to stability and recovery from the unrest after the disputed 2010 disputed.

Urgent electoral reforms needed ahead of polls in Côte d’Ivoire – UN expert

Côte d’Ivoire must adopt urgent reforms before the presidential elections scheduled for October, a United Nations independent expert today warned following an official visit to the country.

Security sector reform, national reconciliation needed in Côte d'Ivoire ahead of 2015 polls, UN says

Côte d'Ivoire is making “good progress” towards lasting peace and stability, but with presidential elections on the horizon, urgent steps need to be taken in security sector reform and national reconciliation, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council today.