MONUSCO and the Elections in the DR Congo in November 2011
The Democratic Republic of the Congo will be holding its national presidential and legislative elections on 28 November 2011. In Kinshasa, the tensions increase the closer the elections come. The next months will therefore be a particular challenge for the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) to carry out its protection mandate. In its resolution 1925 of May 2010, the Security Council agreed to transform the UN operation in the DRC – known as MONUC – into MONUSCO, maintaining the mandate and at the same time authorizing the withdrawal of up to 2,000 UN military personnel from areas where security has improved enough to allow their removal. The forthcoming expert talk on the world´s largest UN peacekeeping mission will focus on security challenges and on the role of the United Nations in preparing for and monitoring the elections.
Mr. Roger A. Meece was appointed Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) in June 2010. Mr. Meece brings with him more than three decades of international experience with his country’s Foreign Service. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Meece served as the United States of America’s Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. From 1995 to 1998, he was the Deputy Chief of the Mission of the United States in Kinshasa.
Host: Dustin Dehéz (Chairperson of the United Nations Association of Germany, branch Hesse)
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