posted on MON 13 OCT 2014 8:09 PM
Resolution Renewing the Mandate of UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti

Tomorrow morning (14 October) the Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). At press time, the US, the penholder on Haiti, had put a draft resolution in blue authorising a further drawdown of MINUSTAH’s military strength as recommended by the Secretary-General in his latest report (S/2014/617) and extending the mission’s mandate for a further 12 months until 15 October 2015. However, with some Council members continuing to have reservations… Read more »

posted on MON 13 OCT 2014 3:57 PM
UN Interim Security Force for Abyei Mandate Renewal

Tomorrow morning (14 October), the Council is expected to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). The draft resolution was circulated by the US, the penholder on UNISFA, to Council members last week, followed by one negotiating session on Thursday (9 October). It appears that negotiations were generally smooth. The draft was put under silence the following day (10 October), after which it went into blue.… Read more »

posted on MON 13 OCT 2014 12:02 PM
Consultations on Yemen

This afternoon (Monday, 13 October) Council members will be briefed in consultations by Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen Jamal Benomar. While the periodic consultations on Yemen, agreed to when the programme of work was adopted earlier this month, remain scheduled for 29 October, in light of the sharp deterioration in the security and political situation in Yemen, the UK, the lead country on Yemen in the Council, requested on Friday today’s briefing by Benomar. Also on Friday, the… Read more »

posted on WED 8 OCT 2014 6:03 PM
Public Briefing by UN Force Commanders

Tomorrow morning (9 October), the Council expects to discuss key cross-cutting operational issues in UN peacekeeping during a briefing by Military Advisor Lieutenant General Maqsood Ahmed from the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and force commanders Lieutenant General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz (Brazil) of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), Major General Jean Bosco Kazura (Rwanda) of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and Lieutenant General Iqbal Singh Singha (India) of the UN Disengagement… Read more »

posted on TUE 7 OCT 2014 4:21 PM
Briefing and Consultations on the Security Situation and Political Process in Mali

Tomorrow (8 October), the Security Council will hold a briefing followed by consultations on the situation in Mali with Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous speaking via video-teleconference from Mali. The meeting is expected to provide Council members with an opportunity to discuss the 22 September Secretary-General’s report on Mali (S/2014/692), particularly the implementation of the 18 June 2013 Ouagadougou preliminary agreement and the expansion of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in the north.… Read more »

posted on FRI 3 OCT 2014 12:32 PM
Syria: OPCW-UN Joint Mission Concludes, Work Remains

Tuesday (7 October), Sigrid Kaag, the former Special Coordinator of the recently concluded joint mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the UN, will brief Council members in consultations via video-teleconference. She will present the twelfth monthly report (S/2014/706) on the implementation of resolution 2118, which required the verification and destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons.… Read more »

posted on THU 2 OCT 2014 4:36 PM
Security Council’s October Programme of Work

Argentina assumes in October its second presidency during its two-year Council term. There will be three open debates in October: the quarterly open debate on the Middle East and the annual open debates on women, peace and security and working methods. The High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres (by video-teleconference), the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and a civil society representative are the scheduled briefers for the debate on women, peace and security, with a presidential statement as… Read more »

posted on MON 29 SEP 2014 5:19 PM
Briefing on Humanitarian Access in Syria

Tomorrow morning (30 September), Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos will brief the Security Council on humanitarian access in Syria pursuant to resolutions 2139 and 2165. Her public briefing will be followed by consultations.… Read more »

posted on TUE 23 SEP 2014 7:06 PM
Security Council Summit Meeting and Resolution on Foreign Terrorist Fighters

Tomorrow (24 September), at a Security Council summit meeting, the Council is expected to adopt a resolution addressing the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters and expanding the obligations on member states in responding to this threat. The meeting will be chaired by US President Barack Obama and thirteen Council members are expected to be represented by their heads of state or government (Russia and China will be represented at foreign minister level). The US led two rounds of negotiations… Read more »

posted on THU 18 SEP 2014 5:37 PM
Ministerial Debate and Draft Presidential Statement on Iraq and the International Response to ISIS

Tomorrow afternoon (19 September), US Secretary of State John Kerry will preside over a ministerial debate on Iraq. The debate is an initiative of the US, Council president for September, to demonstrate support for the new Iraqi government as well as the international effort to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, as well as the new Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari will brief. In addition to Council members, member… Read more »