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Department of Political Affairs


Following six months of armed conflict in Libya in 2011, the United Nations established a political mission to support the country's transitional authorities in their post-conflict efforts.  

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), whose mandate was most recently renewed on 27 March 2015, is primarily tasked by the Security Council with supporting the Libyan political process through mediation and good offices. In addition, UNSMIL is mandated to conduct human rights monitoring and reporting, support key Libyan institutions and efforts to secure uncontrolled arms, the provision of essential services and delivery of humanitarian assistance, and coordination of international assistance. 
The Mission is headed by  Bernardino Leon, who is also the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya.