Chronology of Events

revised on 30 January 2015

LRA-affected areas

January 2015

On 20 January, Council members issued a press statement welcoming the arrival of indictee Dominic Ongwen to the ICC. Council members recalled that ICC arrest warrants for other LRA leaders, including Joseph Kony, on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity have yet to be executed (SC/11744).

December 2014

On 10 December 2014, the Council was briefed by Special Representative Abdoulaye Bathily on the UNOCA report (S/2014/812) and the implementation of the regional strategy to combat the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The Council adopted a presidential statement (S/PRST/2014/25) expressing its concern at the grave security situation in parts of Central Africa, in particular the ongoing crisis in the Central African Republic and its regional impact, the continuing threat of the LRA and the expansion of Boko Haram terrorist activities into countries in the sub-region. It also requested that the Secretary-General keep the Council informed through a single report on UNOCA and the LRA by 15 November 2014.

May 2014

On 12 May, the Council was briefed (S/PV.7171) by the outgoing Special Representative and head of UNOCA, Abou Moussa, on the Secretary-General’s report on UNOCA and the implementation of the regional strategy on the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) (S/2014/319). The Council adopted a presidential statement condemning the actions of the LRA and requesting that the Secretary-General keep it informed through a single report on UNOCA and the LRA by 15 November 2014 (S/PRST/2014/8). The Council also welcomed the appointment of Abdoulaye Bathily (Senegal) as the new Special Representative.

November 2013

On 20 November, the Council was briefed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of UNOCA, Abou Moussa, on the Secretary-General’s report on UNOCA and the implementation of the regional strategy on the Lord’s Resistance Army. On 25 November, The Council adopted a presidential statement condemning the actions of the LRA and requesting that the Secretary-General keep it informed through a single report on UNOCA and the LRA by 15 May 2014.

May 2013

On 29 May, the Council was briefed on the Secretary-General’s report on the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and on UNOCA by Abou Moussa, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of UNOCA. The Council adopted a presidential statement condemning the actions of the LRA and requesting that the Secretary-General keep it informed through a single report on UNOCA and the LRA by 15 November 2013.

April 2013

The implementation plan for the UN regional strategy to address LRA activity was submitted to the Council on 19 April. On 29 April, the Council issued a press statement expressing concern over the recent pause of operations to counter the LRA in CAR. 

December 2012

On 18 December, the Council received a briefing from the Special Representative and head of UNOCA, Abou Moussa, on the Secretary-General’s most recent report on UNOCA and LRA-affected areas. On 19 December, the Council adopted a presidential statement requesting Moussa to keep the Council informed via a single report on UNOCA and the LRA to be submitted before 15 May 2013.

June 2012

On 29 June the Council received a briefing on the UN Office in Central Africa and the LRA and adopted a presidential statement strongly condemning the ongoing attacks carried out by the LRA in parts of Central Africa; welcoming the development of the UN Regional Strategy to address the threat and impact of the activities of the LRA; welcoming the strong collaboration between the UN and the AU in addressing the LRA threat; and welcoming the official launching of the AU-led Regional Cooperation Initiative against the LRA in March. Earlier in the month an “Arria formula” meeting on the LRA was co-hosted by Portugal and the UK on 22 June. The main points emerging from the meeting included the importance of engagement and cooperation among LRA-affected governments.

May 2012

On 22 May, the PSC renewed the authorisation of the RCI-LRA for another 12 months.

April 2012

On 17 April, Germany and the UK co-hosted an expert-level informal meeting on the LRA in which Council members heard an update from the UN Department of Political Affairs, Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on the status of the UN strategy requested in its presidential statement.

November 2011

On 22 November 2011, the AU Peace and Security Council authorised the implementation of the Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the LRA (RCI-LRA) for an initial period of six months and declared the LRA a terrorist group. On 14 November 2011, the Council heard a briefing from the Special Representative of the Secretary-General. Following the meeting, the Council adopted a presidential statement commending the AU’s efforts to resolution 2018 regionally engage the LRA issue. It further called on the AU to promptly appoint a Special Envoy for the LRA-affected areas (Francisco Caetano José Madeira was appointed as the AU Special Envoy on the LRA on 23 November). 

September 2011

On 27 September, the PSC released a press statement requesting the AU Commission to report to it on modalities for implementing the mechanisms provided for in the AU initiative.

August 2011

On 18 August, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General briefed the Council via videoconference. In a press statement issued after the meeting, the Council encouraged UNOCA to establish partnerships with regional organisations in order to face regional challenges, such as the LRA. The Council also requested UNOCA to consider ways to assist states in Central Africa, tackling issues such as security sector reform and promoting human rights.

July 2011

On 21 July, the Council was briefed by the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs on the LRA in a private meeting. Following the meeting, the Council released a press statement commending the efforts taken by the militaries of the CAR, DRC, South Sudan and Uganda to address the LRA threat and welcoming the recent AU initiative proposing a range of activities to address the problem. The Council also asked the Secretary-General to report back to it in October on LRA-related developments, including an assessment of the threat posed by the group and regional and UN efforts to address it.