Prioritization and sequencing of Security Council mandates: the case of UNITAMS – Sudan
In June 2021, the UN Security Council is expected to renew for the first time the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS). This comes at a pivotal time in Sudan’s transition, with the Sudanese transitional government facing high expectations from the Sudanese public in a rapidly changing environment.
In this context, the International Peace Institute (IPI), the Stimson Center and the Security Council Report organized a virtual workshop on April 26, 2021 to discuss the mandate and political strategy of UNITAMS. The workshop provided a forum for representatives of Member States, United Nations officials and external experts to develop a common understanding and a common strategic assessment of the situation in Sudan. The session aimed to assist the Security Council in making informed decisions regarding the strategic direction, prioritization and sequencing of the mandate and actions of UNITAMS on the ground.
While the current mandate largely covers the substantive areas in which the UN can play a constructive role, participants encouraged the Security Council and the mission to begin to set a clearer direction for the strategic objectives of UNITAMS. They underlined that the credibility and ability of UNITAMS to promote more inclusive political processes and governance systems remained its greatest added value. They also stressed that the Security Council should give the mission the flexibility to increase or reduce the capacities needed to deal with all the major issues facing the Sudan – be it peace processes, inclusive approaches. the protection of civilians or the creation of frameworks and environments for lasting peace and the protection of human rights.