United Nations Support Mission in Libya

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United Nations Support Mission in Libya
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Abbreviation UNSMIL
Formation 16 September 2011
Type Special Political Mission
Legal status Active
Headquarters Tunis, Tunisia
Ghassan Salamé
Parent organization
United Nations Security Council
Website https://unsmil.unmissions.org/

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is a United Nations advanced mission in Libya, in the aftermath of the Libyan Civil War. UNSMIL is not a military mission, but a political one led by the Department of Political Affairs.[1] It aims to help the National Transitional Council rebuild the State of Law and other institutions.[2] Its mandate was last extended on 13 September 2018 to last until 15 September 2019.[3]

The headquarters of the mission is in Tunis (Tunisia).[4] [5]

UNSCR 2009 (2011) said:

  • Decides to establish a United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), under the leadership of a Special Representative of the Secretary-General for an initial period of three months, and decides further that the mandate of UNSMIL shall be to assist and support Libyan national efforts to :
  • (a) restore public security and order and promote the rule of law;
  • (b) undertake inclusive political dialogue, promote national reconciliation, and embark upon the constitution-making and electoral process;
  • (c) extend state authority, including through strengthening emerging accountable institutions and the restoration of public services;
  • (d) promote and protect human rights, particularly for those belonging to vulnerable groups, and support transitional justice;
  • (e) take the immediate steps required to initiate economic recovery; and
  • (f) coordinate support that may be requested from other multilateral and bilateral actors as appropriate;

Ian Martin was the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UNSMIL from 11 September 2011 until 17 October 2012 when he was succeeded by Tarek Mitri.[6] On 14 August 2014, Tarek Mitri was succeeded by Bernardino León.[7]


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