New York - 16 February 2017 --The PBC Guinea-Bissau Configuration met on 15 February 2017, to discuss the situation in Guinea Bissau and exchanged views on the on-going political crisis.
The PBC remains concerned that it is the people of Guinea-Bissau who are suffering the negative impacts of the political instability due to lack of basic public services, particularly in the health and education sector, and the overall socio-economic situation of the country.
“It will therefore be critical for national actors to implement the provisions in the Conakry Agreement related to the review of the Constitution in order to clarify the provisions that have given rise to inter-institutional conflicts in the past. National authorities will also need to focus efforts on revising the electoral law and the laws governing political parties, as envisaged in the Conakry Agreement, in preparation for the upcoming 2018 legislative elections.
Le Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l'Union africaine (UA), en sa 658ème réunion, tenue le 13 février 2017, a suivi une communication sur la situation en République de Guinée-Bissau, et a adopté la décision qui suit:
Conseil de sécurité
7883e séance – matin
Quatre mois jour pour jour après la signature de l’Accord de Conakry, qui visait à baliser le retour à la stabilité politique et institutionnelle en Guinée-Bissau, l’impasse perdure dans ce petit pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest, a constaté ce matin, devant le Conseil de sécurité, le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général, M. Modibo Ibrahim Touré.
7883rd Meeting (AM)
Discord over Prime Minister’s Appointment, Interpretation of Accord Highlighted
Any breakthrough in the institutional crisis gripping Guinea-Bissau would be short-lived if the structural causes of instability were not addressed, the senior United Nations official in the West African country told the Security Council today, urging national actors to implement the Conakry Agreement signed last year to surmount the political impasse.
The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 658th meeting, held on 13 February 2017, received a briefing on the situation in the Republic of Guinea-Bissau and adopted the following decision:
Food situation remains good in the region with new harvests. The off season crop campaign in the region is ongoing.
Niger recorded a forage production deficit.
Locust infestation decreased in December in the areas affected by recent resurgences in Mauritania.
The FAO food price index dropped for the fifth consecutive year.
Until 31 January 2017, there were 4,480 cumulative arrivals to Italy, compared to 5,273 arrivals recorded in the same month in 2016 (a 15% decrease). Greece has seen a 97% lower number of arrivals in January 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016, 1,387 and 67,954 respectively.
According to available data, there have been 11,233 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe since the beginning of 2017 till 8 of February 2017.
1. The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 60/180 and Security Council resolution 1645 (2005), in which the Peacebuilding Commission was requested to submit an annual report to the General Assembly for an annual debate and review. The report will also be submitted to the Council, pursuant to its resolution 1646 (2005), for an annual debate. The report covers the tenth session of the Commission, held from 1 January to 31 December 2016.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Average harvest gathered in 2016
Food security situation remains difficult for vulnerable populations
Average harvest gathered in 2016
In Guinea-Bissau, the situation on the surface often seems to belie deeper and darker problems facing the country.
On 26 November, the headquarters of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) – the movement that led the liberation of Guinea Bissau – seemed set for a celebration; a Saturday afternoon party.
Loud music boomed from speakers, and people laughed and talked excitedly in the auditorium, which was bedecked with flags and a large banner celebrating PAIGC´s 60 years.
- Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past two weeks:
- Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past two weeks:
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.