…In Côte d’Ivoire
Following 3 years of peacekeeping, the United Nations is completing the phase of the mission of engagement with Côte d’Ivoire, after successfully assisting the country in restoring peace and stability from the post-2010 election crisis.
When the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) closes its doors on June 30 of this year, it will mark the most recent successful completion of a peacekeeping operation in West Africa since the UN mission in Sierra Leone in 2005.
This milestone was made possible thanks to a significantly improved security situation in Côte d’Ivoire, as well as the extension of State authority and the deployment of public services, the strengthening of democratic institutions, progress in security sector reform and steady economic development.
Headed most recently by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Aïchatou Mindaoudou, the civilian and military personnel of UNOCI played a critical role in the country, including with regard to protecting civilians, monitoring the ceasefire, assisting the Government with disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants, and countering hate messages on the airwaves with UNOCI FM.