Report on United Nations news in the DRC as of February 26 2020

MONUSCO

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Leila Zerrougui left Kinshasa yesterday for Washington to participate in the Forum on Fragility 2020 a high-level event organized by the World Bank.

This Forum brings together participants from Governments international institutions donors the private sector civil society universities and the media to improve the effectiveness of development approaches in contexts of fragility conflict and violence.

This is the third edition and the Special Representative will intervene in several sessions to continue her advocacy work in support of initiatives to stabilize and strengthen the sovereign functions of the State – police army justice – particularly in post-conflict areas in the DRC. She will advocate for increased support for development initiatives and opening up especially in the Kasai in line with her recent visit to Kananga and Tshikapa. In Washington she will also meet with representatives of the United States Government.

Ms. Zerrougui will then travel to United Nations headquarters in New York for political and technical meetings with partners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo including members of the Security Council.

After the visit the Special Representative will travel to Berlin to join other senior peacekeepers for the Action for Peacekeeping or Action For Peacekeeping initiative that invites member states the Council security host countries troop- or police-contributing countries regional partners and financial contributors to renew their collective commitment to United Nations peacekeeping activities. She will also meet with members of the German government.

Ituri:

In Ituri MONUSCO carried out a sensitization mission for the populations of the Irumu territory with its partner UNADI (Union of Cultural Associations for the Development of Ituri) in order to invite the populations not to give in to rumors and to cooperate with the security forces.

It was also a question during these three days of mission of revitalizing the local Protection Committees and the Community Alert Cells: two tools put in place by MONUSCO within the framework of the protection of civilians.

Source: UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo