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09STATE949432009-09-11 23:44:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Secretary of State

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  ¶1.  USUN is instructed to join consensus on the UN Security 
Council Resolution on Sierra Leone to be adopted on September 
15 (para 2).  USUN should refer any further substantive 
changes on the Resolution to the Department prior to joining 
consensus for adoption. 
¶2. Begin text: 
The Security Council, 
Recalling its previous resolutions and the Statements of its 
President concerning the situation in Sierra Leone, in 
particular resolution 1829 (2008), 
Commending the valuable contribution that the United Nations 
Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) has 
made to peacebuilding efforts and to the country,s peace, 
security and development, 
Welcoming the report of the Secretary-General dated 1 
September 2009 (S/2009/438) and his recommendation that the 
mandate of UNIPSIL be extended for a period of one year until 
30 September 2010, with a view to providing continued 
peacebuilding assistance to the Government of Sierra Leone, 
Emphasising the importance of continued integrated support of 
the United Nations system and the international community for 
the long-term peace, security and development of Sierra 
Leone, particularly through strengthening the capacity of the 
Government of Sierra Leone, 
Welcoming the Government,s Agenda for Change as the core 
strategic document for the country for the period until the 
end of 2012, and calling upon all international partners to 
align their assistance with the priorities outlined in the 
Agenda for Change, 
Commending UNIPSIL and the United Nations Country Team for 
articulating a new and innovative approach to peacebuilding 
in the United Nations Joint Vision document, welcoming the 
integration of the political mandate of UNIPSIL with the 
development and humanitarian mandates of the United Nations 
Country Team, and encouraging all United Nations entities in 
Sierra Leone to continue to implement the Joint Vision 
Welcoming the political parties, Joint Communiqu of 2 April 
2009 and its contribution towards the immediate cessation of 
the political violence in Sierra Leone, and calling upon all 
political parties and other relevant actors to adhere to its 
provisions and ensure its implementation, 
Reiterating its appreciation for the work of the 
Peacebuilding Commission and welcoming the outcome of its 
Special High-Level Session on Sierra Leone on 10 June 2009, 
which articulated a roadmap for the Commission,s continued 
engagement with Sierra Leone in alignment with the 
Government,s Agenda for Change, 
Reiterating its appreciation for the work of the Special 
Court for Sierra Leone, stressing the importance of the trial 
of former Liberian President Charles Taylor by the Court, as 
well as effective outreach on the trial at local levels, 
welcoming the progress made in other trials, reiterating its 
expectation that the Court will finish its work as soon as 
possible, and calling upon Member States to contribute to the 
Welcoming the role played by the Economic Community of West 
African States, and encouraging the Member States of the Mano 
River Union and other regional organisations to continue 
promoting regional peace and security, 
¶1.    Decides to extend the mandate of UNIPSIL, as set out in 
resolution 1829 (2008), until 30 September 2010; 
¶2.    Emphasizes the importance for UNIPSIL of achieving 
jointly with the UN country team the objectives of the Joint 
Vision within their respective mandates and, in particular, 
focusing on providing support to the Government of Sierra 
Leone in its efforts regarding constitutional reform, 
building police capacity, tackling corruption, illicit drug 
trafficking and organized crime, as well as addressing youth 
unemployment, supporting the preparations for the 2012 
elections, and assisting the work of the Peacebuilding 
Commission and the Peacebuilding Fund; 
¶3.    Encourages the Executive Representative of the 
Secretary-General to pursue his action to enhance the 
integration and effectiveness of United Nations efforts on 
the ground in support of the implementation of the Joint 
Vision in Sierra Leone and of the recovery and development 
priorities of the Government and people of Sierra Leone; 
¶4.    Calls upon the Secretary-General to develop a set of 
benchmarks for the transition of UNIPSIL into a UN Country 
Team presence, taking into account those already agreed upon 
by the government and the UN in the Joint Vision for Sierra 
Leone, and the particular challenges involved in preparing 
for the 2012 elections, to keep these under active review, 
and regularly report on progress to the Security Council; 
¶5.    Emphasizes that the Government of Sierra Leone bears 
primary responsibility for peacebuilding, security and 
long-term development in the country, and encourages the 
Government of Sierra Leone to continue the implementation of 
the Agenda for Change, the Peacebuilding Commission to follow 
actively developments and mobilize international support as 
needed, and existing as well as potential new international 
donors to provide support to the Government; 
¶6.    Calls upon the Government of Sierra Leone, UNIPSIL and 
all other stakeholders in the country to increase their 
efforts to promote good governance, including through 
continued measures to combat corruption, improve 
accountability, promote the development of the private sector 
to generate wealth and employment opportunities, intensify 
efforts against drug trafficking and strengthen the judiciary 
and promote human rights, including through implementation of 
the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation 
Commission and sustaining support to the National Human 
Rights Commission; 
¶7.    Emphasizes the important role of women in the 
prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peacebuilding, 
as recognised in resolutions 1325 (2000) and 1820 (2008), 
underlines that a gender perspective should be taken into 
account in implementing all aspects of the mandate of 
UNIPSIL, and encourages UNIPSIL to work with the Government 
of Sierra Leone in this regard, 
¶8.    Requests that the Secretary-General keep the Council 
informed every six months of progress made in the 
implementation of the mandate of UNIPSIL and this resolution; 
¶9.    Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.