Libyan Political Dialogue Forum

Based on the UN Security-Council 2510 (2020), which endorsed the conclusions of the international Conference on Libya in Berlin, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) facilitated the first round Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) from 7 to 15 November 2020 in the Tunisian capital. The LPDF brought together 75 participants Libyan women and men representing the full social and political spectrum of the Libyan society.

The LPDF talks started with two virtual sessions on 7 and 8 November and continued with in-person meetings from 9 to 15 November. The Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of UNSMIL, Stephanie Williams, facilitated the talks with the support of a team from the Mission representing various departments as well as of a team from the Humanitarian Dialogue Center. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) provided the organizational and operational support to the LPDF

At the conclusion of this round, the participants in the LPDF agreed on a Roadmap to credible, inclusive and democratic national elections, to be held on 24 December 2021. This historic date, which will mark 70 years to the day since Libya declared independence in 1951, will finally provide Libyans with an opportunity to end the transitional phase and choose a new way forward. The roadmap represents a rights-based process and responds to the hopes and demands expressed by the many Libyan stakeholders, groups and people the UN has engaged with throughout this process thus far.

Participants also agreed on the need to reform the executive authority in line with the conclusions of the Berlin Conference. They outlined the structure and prerogatives for the Presidency Council and a separate Head of Government. They also decided on eligibility criteria for these posts. 

The Roadmap, Prerogatives Document, Eligibility Criteria and the statement from the women participants form the formal outputs of this round of the LPDF. Discussions will continue in the coming weeks online over reforming the executive, and on the constitution. An online meeting of the LPDF is already planned for November 23 in order to reach an agreement on the selection criteria for the reformed Presidency Council and the Prime Minister.