The Security Council requested today that the Secretary-General establish the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) on 16 October for an initial one-year period, following the drawdown of the Organization’s current presence in that country.
Adopting resolution 2476 (2019) by 13 votes in favour to none against, with 2 abstentions (China, Dominican Republic), the Council requested that the Integrated Office be headed by a Special Representative tasked with advising the Government of Haiti on strengthening political stability and good governance through support for an inclusive inter-Haitian national dialogue.
Among other duties, the Special Representative will assist in planning and executing elections; reinforcing the Haitian National Police through training on human rights; responding to gang violence; developing an inclusive approach with all segments of society to reduce intercommunal violence; ensuring compliance with international human rights obligations; improving prison oversight; and strengthening the justice sector, notably by adopting and implementing legislation to reform it.
By other terms, the Council requested that BINUH be composed of units with expertise in political and good governance; gang violence, community violence reduction, as well as weapons and munitions management; police and corrections, including up to 30 civilian and seconded personnel to serve as police and corrections advisers under a United Nations police commissioner; human rights; security; mission support; and public information.
The Council requested, by further terms, that the Secretary-General’s final 90-day report on the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), due in October, provide strategic benchmarks with indicators for achieving those tasks.