Expected Council Action
The Council is expected to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) for 12 months from 1 January.
On 12 October the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) recommended support for Sierra Leone from the Peacebuilding Fund. At a PBC meeting in December, Sierra Leone is expected to present an outline of strategies to address four critical issues: social and youth empowerment and employment, consolidation of democracy and good governance, justice and security sector reform, and capacity building in the public sector and social services.
The government, the UN and the World Bank held the first annual review of implementation of the Sierra Leone Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) with development partners in Freetown from 29-30 November.
A possible option is to renew the mandate for 12 months with a review in June to allow for a possible adjustment in the run-up to the July elections.
Related is the amount of UN assistance and Council involvement needed in preparing for elections. One of UNIOSIL’s priorities is support for the National Electoral Commission.
A future issue is how much involvement the Council should undertake once the PBC starts active work. Some Council members may argue that Council time could be better used elsewhere if the PBC is also supporting key activities in the country.
Youth unemployment, corruption and a weak infrastructure continue to be potential destabilising factors. Extreme poverty and slow economic development are major stumbling blocks in creating a stable security environment.
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For historical background and a more complete list of UN documents please see our December 2005, April, May and September 2006 Monthly Forecasts.