- By its resolution 2364 (2017), the Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) until 30 June 2018 and requested me to report on a quarterly basis on its implementation, focusing on progress in taking forward the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali (see S/2015/364 and S/2015/364/Add.1) and the efforts of MINUSMA to support it.
II. Major political developments
On 30 December, the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, appointed Soumeviou Boubève Maiga as Prime Minister. On 16 January, the signatory parties agreed on a timeline to accelerate the implementation of key provisions of the Agreement ahead of the presidential elections in July, but progress towards implementation has remained slow. Meanwhile, the newly appointed Government has been working with stakeholders, including the signatory armed groups, to foster conditions conducive to the holding of peaceful, credible and transparent elections throughout the country. The 24th session of the Agreement Monitoring Committee was postponed to allow time for the Malian parties to finalize their discussion on an agreement detailing the activities to be carried out before and after the presidential elections. Significant progress was made towards the operationalization of the joint force of the Group of Five for the Sahel (G-5 Sahel), for which more than €400 million has now been pledged, including the sum raised at the International High-Level Conference on the Sahel, held in Brussels on 23 February.
During the reporting period, some progress was achieved on the benchmarks developed by the Government of Mali and MINUSMA for monitoring the implementation of the Agreement, notably on defence and security, political and institutional matters and humanitarian and development measures. Achievements include the adoption of laws establishing territorial communities in the regions of Ménaka and Taoudenni, progress in the devolution of competencies and resources to the regions and the securing of additional funds for the United Nations trust fund for peace and security in Mali. The drafting of the national strategy on security sector reform is ongoing. No significant progress was made on the justice and reconciliation indicators. Slight progress was registered on the justice indicators relating to the prosecution of terrorism and prison security. A detailed matrix of the benchmarks is available on the Mission’s website (https://minusma.unmissions.org/matrices).