Observers of the conflict in Côte d'Ivoire have been looking on with nervous anticipation as Laurent Gbagbo, the incumbent president who refuses to cede power, schemed and pulled every string to hang on to the presidency. The past week has seen the conflict escalate, as the situation is rapidly deteriorating.
The Special Representative for the Secretary General in Liberia Ellen Margrethe Loj briefed the Security Council today. Then, I spoke with her about the situation over the border in Ivory Coast. Her message was clear: the violence over the border in Cote D’Ivoire is posing a very serious threat to the stability of Liberia.
On a press conference call in honor of the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day UN Women executive director Michele Bachelet discussed her plans for the new organization, the challenges facing women in Libya and Cote D'Ivoire, and why she thinks women and girls need to stay on top of the international agenda