Following the beginning of hostilities in Libya, and the adoption of the United Nations Security Council resolution 1970 (2011) dated 26 February 2011, on 10 March 2011, the Secretary General nominated Mr. Abdel-Elah Mohamed Al-Khatib, former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Jordan as his Special Envoy to "provide leadership and oversee the coordination of the United Nations system" in regards to the Libyan crisis, working closely with Governments in the region and with the international community. On 17 March 2011, the Security Council adopted resolution 1973 (2011), calling for a cease fire and establishing the no-fly zone. On 29 March 2011, a conference was held in London where the Secretary General agreed that the UN would coordinate post-conflict efforts in Libya and nominated Ian Martin as his Special Advisor tasked with coordinating all UN post conflict planning efforts.
On 13 April, the UN-WB-EC framework agreement and the UN-WB partnership framework were triggered to support collaborative efforts in monitoring the situation in Libya and prepare the groundwork for coordinated post conflict responses. In parallel to the political efforts by the Special Envoy to reach a cessation of hostilities, the UN undertook a pre-assessment designed as an analytical effort to build a common knowledge base of the Libyan context and identify potential risks and recovery opportunities in the post conflict period. The pre-assessment included the participation of the World Bank, with close coordination with the EU and its own information gathering efforts.
At the 2 September meeting in Paris, the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) requested the international community, under the leadership of the United Nations, to provide immediate assistance in assessing and responding to a set of critical needs within a very short time frame (September to December). The NTC also requested that preparations be initiated for assessing transitional requirements identified during the mentioned meeting, defined as needs and results to be achieved in order to secure the country's future stability and development in the months and years to come.
At present UN Women does not have a presence in Libya. However UN Women has been supporting the process of integrating gender equality into all coordinated needs assessments. The person hired will be deployed to Libya to ensure that gender equality and women's empowerment is integrated into all stages of the coordinated needs assessment.