Report of the Secretary-General on the situation in Mali (S/2018/866)

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Situation in Mali

Report of the Secretary-General

I. Introduction

  1. By its resolution 2423 (2018), the Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) until 30 June 2019 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. The present report contains updates with regard to major developments in Mali since the issuance of my previous report (S/2018/541).

II. Major political developments

  1. The presidential elections, which culminated with the re-election of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, dominated the reporting period. Signatory parties made some progress in the implementation of the Agreement, including the nomination of interim authorities at the district level, the creation of municipalities for the Ménaka and Taoudenni regions, and the adoption of the national security sector reform strategy.

A. Implementation of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali

  1. On 25 June 2018, the Agreement Monitoring Committee held its twenty-sixth session to assess, inter alia, the progress made in the implementation of the road map adopted on 22 March. Participants expressed concern over the lack of progress in establishing interim authorities at the district level and in operationalizing the mixed units of the Operational Coordination Mechanism in Kidal and Timbuktu ahead of the 29 July presidential elections, and called upon the parties to create conditions conducive to a credible electoral process.

  2. On 5 July, the Mission concluded a three-day event focusing on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on women and peace and security, during which women from all regions of the country met with senior government and United Nations officials. Participants identified, inter alia, ensuring the security of populations, including women and children, and facilitating women’s participation in peacebuilding processes as priorities. Also in July, 45 women from the signatory parties and civil society participated in a workshop organized by the High Representative of the President for the peace process, MINUSMA and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), during which a women-led and independent consultative forum was created to monitor the implementation of the Agreement.