Stabilizing the Democratic Republic of the Congo: MONUSCO Priorities and the Nairobi Declaration
Speaker: Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO)
Chair: Alex Vines, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House
The DRC has seen significant progress in terms of stabilization in the last year. With the defeat of the M23 insurgency, the FARDC (The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo) was able to celebrate a victory in eastern DRC, having routed the rebels with the backing of the 3000-strong UN Intervention Brigade. The Nairobi Declaration, along with a relatively coordinated engagement by the donor community and the re-engagement of ICGLR states has also created a window of opportunity for further progress. However stability in the DRC remains a long-term aspiration, as other armed groups still operate in the resource-rich east and destruction and trauma have left legacies of human and developmental costs.
Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the DRC, will reflect on recent developments and next steps for MONUSCO. He will also discuss challenges to and the future of the UN peacekeeping mission in the region.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.