On 18 October, a squad made up of 34 Lithuanian soldiers started their service in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) as part of the German contingent. The Lithuanian troops will be responsible for ensuring the defence of the forces in the territory of the military base in Mali’s eastern province of Gao.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, who is paying a working visit to Mali, greeted the Lithuanian troops upon their arrival in Mali.
On 20 September Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius participated in the ministerial meeting on the implementation of the agreement for peace and reconciliation in Mali held in New York. According to Minister Linkevičius, the stability of the whole Sahel region depends on the situation in Mali and directly affects Europe particularly in the context of illegal migration; therefore Lithuania contributes to the efforts of the international community to support a peace process in Mali.
As part of the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, on 15th March the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Women in Parliament (WIP), the International Civil Society Action Network for Women’s Rights, Peace and Security (ICAN) and the Permanent Missions of Canada, Germany and Lithuania hosted the event “The Role of Female Parliamentarians in implementing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda”.
The goal of the event was to highlight the powerful role female parliamentarians can play in effectively promoting the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. Parliaments have a unique position to do so given their overarching function as the people’s representatives, and their core functions of law-making, representation and oversight, including budget guardianship to manage (the risk of) social crises, prevent violent conflict and shape conditions for sustaining peace. They have the power to pass inclusive laws that support gender equality and human rights and ensure gender-sensitive reforms are properly financed.