On December 23, 2009, the UN Security Council extended the UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (MONUC) mandate until May 31, 2010, through the adoption of UN resolution 1906. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – a country afflicted with ongoing violence – has been designated as being in the midst of one of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises by numerous organizations including the BBC, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and the United Nations. The resolution, in which the Council stresses that “the protection of civilians must be given priority in decisions about the use of available capacity and resources, over any of the other tasks,” was voted in unanimously.

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