Current and Past Recommendations to the UN Security Council (Monthly Action Points)
Somalia (March 2019) The Security Council will be renewing the mandate for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). In its renewal, the Council must maintain existing preambular and operative language on WPS (S/RES/2158 (2014), OPs 1(d)(i), (d)(iii), (d)(iv), (e)(iii), 12; S/RES/2408 (2018), OP 5; S/RES/2372 (2017), OP 43) and update the mandate to include the standard, comprehensive language explicitly mainstreaming gender as a cross-cutting issue in UNSOM’s mandate. In addition, the Council should:
Add language calling on UNSOM to ensure core peace, security, and development frameworks, including the Security Pact, the Transition Plan, and the New Partnership for Somalia are implemented in a gender-sensitive manner. The language should ensure that relevant WPS provisions of each framework are prioritized in implementation and that women and women’s groups are supported in monitoring implementation and review of the frameworks.
Call on the Government and its partners to ensure efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism do not undermine human rights or the ability of CSOs, including women’s groups, to operate effectively.
Add language in UNSOM’s mandate that calls for the mission to actively support women’s meaningful participation as candidates and voters, including by ensuring their safety, in the in the context of its efforts to assist with elections preparation (S/RES/2408 (2018), OPs 2, 4, 21).