UNITED NATIONS, March 17 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council Friday adopted a resolution to renew the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) , which also urged further efforts to implement the Belt and Road Initiative and other regional development efforts.
The 15-member UN body decided to extend the mandate of the UNAMA for another year, until March 17, 2018. The political mission will focus on providing good offices, working with and supporting the Afghan government, promoting peace and reconciliation, monitoring and promoting human rights and the protection of civilians and promoting good governance.
The council "welcomes and urges further efforts to strengthen the process of regional economic cooperation, including measures to facilitate regional connectivity, trade and transit, including through regional development initiatives such as the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road (the Belt and Road) Initiative, and regional development projects ...," said the resolution.
In Resolution 2274 which was adopted in March 2016, the council also called for strengthening the process of regional cooperation, including through regional development initiative such as the Belt and Road.
Proposed in 2013, the initiative has so far gained the support of over 100 countries and international organizations, and more than 40 have signed cooperation agreements with China.