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 »

posted on THU 18 SEP 2014 3:39 PM
Ukraine Meeting on MH17 Investigation Report

Following a request from Russia, the Security Council will have a briefing tomorrow morning (19 September) on the Dutch Safety Board’s (DSB) preliminary investigation report (S/2014/657) on the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which was circulated to the Council on 9 September. Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, is expected to brief. It seems that some Council members might be represented at the level of foreign minister. Ukraine and other concerned countries are expected to take part in the… Read more »

posted on WED 17 SEP 2014 5:52 PM
Security Council Meeting and Resolution on Ebola Crisis

Tomorrow afternoon (18 September) the Security Council will hold an open debate on the Ebola crisis in West Africa with briefings from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; David Nabarro, the Senior UN System Coordinator for Ebola; Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) and a Medecins Sans Frontiéres healthcare worker, who will address the Council via video-teleconference from Liberia. The Council is expected to adopt a resolution during the debate. The US, whoproposed the meeting, circulated a first draft… Read more »

posted on WED 17 SEP 2014 4:44 PM
Debate on the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

Tomorrow morning (18 September) the Council is scheduled to hold its quarterly debate on the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Ján Kubiš, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, is expected to brief, while Afghanistan and other non-Council member states are expected to participate in the debate under rule 37 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure.… Read more »

posted on TUE 16 SEP 2014 4:36 PM
Consultations on UN Disengagement Observation Force Following Release of Peacekeepers

Council members are expecting a briefing in consultations tomorrow (17 September) from Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmund Mulet on the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF). While consultations had been scheduled to discuss the latest UNDOF report (S/2014/665), tomorrow’s meeting has taken on a new dimension with the recent detention and subsequent release of Fijian peacekeepers and a siege of Filipino peacekeepers manning two UNDOF positions by Al-Nusra, a terrorist group listed by the 1267/1989 Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee. (The report… Read more »