International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan
UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL
Authorisation of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan
On 10 October, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted UNSC Resolution 2120, extending the Council’s authorisation of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan through to the end of 2014. Australia led negotiations on the ISAF resolution as Security Council coordinator (or “pen-holder”) on Afghanistan.
The resolution is an important signal of international support for Afghanistan’s security transition. Extension of the ISAF authorisation to 31 December 2014 coincides with the conclusion of the ISAF mission. This ensures certainty for Afghanistan and ISAF contributing countries during this period. The resolution recognises progress with Afghanistan’s transition and welcomes the decision of NATO and Afghanistan to work towards continuing to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Security Forces after 2014.
Through the resolution, the Security Council delivered an important message of support for the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan. The resolution emphasises:
- the protection of the rights of women and girls;
- the need to protect civilians from sexual violence and all other forms of gender based violence (including full implementation of the Elimination of Violence Against Women law);
- condemns the increased targeted killing of women and girls;
- the importance of recruiting, training and retention of women in the Afghan National Security Forces; and
- the vital role that women play in the peace process.
The Security Council also endorsed new elements on Children and Armed Conflict; economic governance; the fight against corruption; and reinforces the role of Security Council sanctions regimes in combating threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other violent and extremist groups, while also supporting the Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process.
To read the full resolution, click here.