The United Nations Security Council has adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) for another year, until 31 July 2017.
In Resolution 2299 (2016), the Security Council called on all political entities to intensify efforts to overcome divisions and work together in an inclusive and timely political process while stressing the importance of the United Nations, in particular UNAMI, in supporting and assisting the Iraqi people and the Government of Iraq to advance inclusive political dialogue and national reconciliation.
It reiterates the importance of reaching a single vision on reconciliation. It further called for the strengthening of national unity and dialogue by closer cooperation between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government.
The Resolution also underscored “the need for all segments of the Iraqi population to participate in the political process, in inclusive political dialogue, including through the full and equal participation of women, and in the economic and social life of Iraq.”
It also highlighted the need for the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda in Iraq, and the swift deployment of dedicated expertise such as Women Protection Advisors to accelerate the coordinated implementation of monitoring, analysis and reporting arrangements on sexual violence in conflict situations.
The Security Council also encouraged the Government of Iraq “to continue strengthening governance, pursuing more substantive reforms, particularly economic and institutional reforms to improve the standard of living for all Iraqis, including by countering corruption.”