Political Affairs

Building on the principles and approach outlined in the "Framework of Hope" issued upon the appointment of Special Envoy Mary Robinson on 18 March 2013, her successor, Said Djinnit (appointed on 17 July 2014), will seek to accomplish the tasks laid out by, first and foremost, establishing linkages between existing political, security, programmatic, and economic initiatives for the effective implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework agreement, at the national, regional and international level.

Special Envoy's Vision: Priority on Political Initiative

The priority work of the Special Envoy will focus on engaging Heads of State, bilaterally and together, on the political implications of the regional and national benchmarks, which have been adopted for peace, security, cooperation and development in the region. In carrying out this priority work, the Special Envoy will seek close collaboration with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), the Special Envoy of the United States for the Great Lakes region of Africa, the Special Representative of the African Union for the Great Lakes region, as well as the Senior Coordinator of the European Union for the Great Lakes region.

In addition, the Special Envoy will develop the following six areas of work to strengthen the enabling environment for the priority political initiative and support the implementation of the commitments under the PSC Framework of 24 February 2013:

  1. Support the Kampala Dialogue and ensure follow-up to the peace agreement;
  2. Rebuild trust and confidence between the countries in the region;
  3. Support to the Regional Oversight Mechanism (ROM) through the work of the Technical Support Committee (TSC) in developing a plan of action for the implementation of the commitments under the PSC Framework, including modalities for monitoring and evaluating the implementation processes;
  4. Enable the reduction of the number and strength of armed groups active in eastern DRC, through the ongoing efforts by the Government of the DRC, MONUSCO and with the support of the countries in the region, as well as through the development of a regional gender-sensitive Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) initiative, including repatriation of combatants and dependants;
  5. Lead and coordinate the international community’s support to the implementation of the PSC Framework agenda;
  6. Support efforts to alleviate the conditions of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), by promoting a conducive environment for durable solutions, including  their voluntary return in safety and dignity in their areas of origin.