posted on MON 14 JUL 2014 4:38 PM
Briefing and Interactive Dialogue on the Peacebuilding Commission

Tomorrow morning (15 July), Vladimir Drobnjak (Croatia) and Antonio de Aguiar Patriota (Brazil), the past and current chairs of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), respectively, will brief the Security Council on the occasion of the presentation of the 2013 PBC annual report, which was adopted on 29 January (S/2014/67). In the afternoon, Council members will have an informal interactive dialogue with the country-configuration chairs and representatives of the PBC’s six agenda countries. No outcome from the briefing is expected.… Read more »

posted on SUN 13 JUL 2014 11:31 AM
Syria: Monday Vote on Draft Resolution on Cross-Border and Cross-Line Humanitarian Access

On Friday (11 July), the penholders on the humanitarian track on Syria—Australia, Jordan and Luxembourg—put a draft resolution on cross-border and cross-line humanitarian access in Syria in blue for a vote at 12 noon on Monday (14 July). The draft was finalised following five weeks of intense negotiations between the penholders with the P5, followed by a further two rounds on 7 and 10 July with the full Council, and a final meeting on 11 July to work out remaining… Read more »

posted on THU 10 JUL 2014 4:07 PM
Meetings on Central African Republic and Somalia-Eritrea Sanctions Committees

Tomorrow morning (11 July), the Security Council expects to discuss the work of the 2127 Central African Republic (CAR) Sanctions Committee and the 751/1907 Somalia-Eritrea Sanctions Committee. The Council will receive the briefing on the CAR Sanctions Committee in a public session. In the consultations that follow, Council members will continue their deliberations on the CAR, while also receiving a briefing on the Somalia-Eritrea Sanctions Committee.… Read more »

posted on THU 10 JUL 2014 2:20 PM
Briefing on Burundi

This afternoon (10 July), Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović will brief the Security Council in consultations on the situation in Burundi. Also briefing will be the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB), Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, via video-teleconference from Bujumbura. At press time, no outcome was expected.… Read more »

posted on THU 10 JUL 2014 8:07 AM
Israel/Palestine: Secretary-General to Brief on Escalating Violence in Gaza

Today (10 July) the Security Council will hold a public meeting on the situation in Israel/Palestine. The meeting was requested by the Arab League, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Palestinian Rights Committee at the UN in response to the severe escalation of violence seen in recent days. It seems there were divergent views about the meeting’s format. However, in the end it was decided that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will brief the Council in… Read more »

posted on MON 7 JUL 2014 5:16 PM
Briefing and Consultations on the UN Office in West Africa

The Council will have a briefing and consultations tomorrow (8 July) on the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA). The head of UNOWA and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to West Africa, Said Djinnit, will brief. The Council may adopt a press statement following the meeting.… Read more »

posted on THU 3 JUL 2014 3:29 PM
Briefing on Syria Chemical Weapons: Removal Complete, Verification and Destruction Activities Remain

Monday (7 July), Sigrid Kaag, the Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-UN Joint Mission, will brief Council members in consultations via video-teleconference. She will present the ninth monthly report (S/2014/444) on the implementation of resolution 2118, which required the verification and destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons.… Read more »

posted on WED 2 JUL 2014 4:48 PM
The July Programme of Work of the Security Council

At press time, the Security Council expected to hold eight formal meetings and 10 consultations in July. It plans to adopt three resolutions: one each renewing the mandates of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and one on regional partnerhips in peacekeeping to be adopted during a high-level open debate. As Rwanda is presiding over the Council during the month of July, Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo of Rwanda is expected to… Read more »

posted on THU 26 JUN 2014 5:37 PM
Informal Interactive Dialogue on the South Sudan Mediation Process

Tomorrow morning (27 June) the Security Council is planning to hold an informal interactive dialogue with Seyoum Mesfim, the chief mediator of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)-facilitated South Sudan peace talks in Addis Ababa. The informal interactive dialogue is being used as Mesfin is not a UN official, and given the format, the meeting will be private and off the record. (The informal dialogues are private and off-the-record meetings presided by the Council President and take place in a… Read more »

posted on WED 25 JUN 2014 2:42 PM
Briefing on Declining Humanitarian Access in Syria

Tomorrow morning (26 June), Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos will brief the Council on the fourth report since the adoption of resolution 2139 on humanitarian access in Syria (S/2014/427). The briefing will be followed by consultations. Besides updating Council members on the humanitarian situation, the briefing and consultations are likely to feed into current discussions among some Council members on a follow-up draft resolution on humanitarian access.… Read more »