Support to the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in the Libyan Defence White Paper process

01/09/2012 - 15/12/2012

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Under UN Security Council Resolution 2040 (2012), UNSMIL has been mandated (among other tasks) to assist Libya in the area of security sector governance. UNSMIL’s Security Sector Advisory & Coordination Division (SSACD) is assisting the Libyan Ministry of Defence and the Office of the Army Chief of Staff (Chief of Defence Force equivalent), as they initiate preparations towards the development of a Defence White Paper.

A preliminary document entitled 'Towards a Defence White Paper (TDWP)' is being developed as part of this process. ISSAT was requested to provide assistance to UNSMIL’s Security Sector Advisory & Coordination Division with advice on defence white paper process experience. The main purpose of this mission was to accompany national processes and stakeholders in their efforts to refine the TDWP. 

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Mandate outputs / products

  • The TDWP document completed, under Libyan ownership, to help guide the development of the Defence White Paper.

Outcome objectives of mandate

  • To provide UNSMIL with advice and experience on Defence White Paper Processes, so as to reinforce the UN’s support of the Libyan authorities. 

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