Chronology of Events

Sierra Leone

March 2014

The Council held its final meeting on Sierra Leone on 26 March and adopted a presidential statement welcoming the conclusion of UNIPSIL and commending Sierra Leone for its achievements in consolidating peace 12 years after the conclusion of its civil war. The mission’s mandate formally concluded on 31 March. Executive Representative of the Secretary-General to Sierra Leone, Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, briefed on the Secretary-General’s final report. Ambassador Guillermo Rishchynski (Canada), chair of the PBC Sierra Leone configuration, also addressed members about the new lighter plan for PBC engagement.

September 2013

The Council had a briefing, followed by consultations, on 18 September on the most recent UNIPSIL report. Briefers were Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, the Executive Representative and head of UNIPSIL, and Ambassador Guillermo Rishchynski (Canada), the chair of the Sierra Leone configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission. Foreign Minister Samura Kamara of Sierra Leone also addressed the Council, focusing on the government’s new poverty reduction strategy launched in July. On 27 September, the Council issued a press statement welcoming the judgement by the SCSL appeals chamber that upheld the fifty-year jail term of former Liberian President Charles Taylor.