Current and Past Recommendations to the UN Security Council (Monthly Action Points)
Darfur – Sudan, Abyei & Darfur (February 2018)
In its discussion of the most recent report on the United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), the Security Council should address how the mission has supported women’s participation in peace processes and the establishment of security arrangements and transitional justice mechanisms. In the December 2017 report of the Secretary-General (S/2017/1113), there were several positive examples of activities undertaken by UNAMID that sought to engage women and women’s groups in mediation processes in Darfur (S/2017/1113, paras. 45, 46). In its February reporting, there should be updates on follow-up and sustained efforts to maintain the momentum created by these activities, as well as information on any lessons learned. Any women, peace and security (WPS)-related tasks undertaken in collaboration with the UN Country Team (UNCT) should remain fully supported as priorities; reporting and discussion should explore any challenges that face both UNAMID and UNCT in carrying out WPS activities. Further, Council members should follow-up on the ways in which UNAMID has incorporated a gender lens when assisting the large number internally displaced persons, as well as in its support for and provision of services to survivors of SGBV. Recent reporting has noted an emphasis on investigation, and psychosocial care for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) (S/2017/1113, para. 13); discussion and further reporting should provide more details on ways that UNAMID is addressing these challenges. Finally, the report should address how the mission is responding to the government’s disproportionate use of force against protesters and how the mission is supporting the International Criminal Court’s efforts to combat impunity and put an end to ongoing and widespread human rights violations and abuses.