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 »

posted on WED 25 JUN 2014 10:48 AM
UN Mission in Mali: Updating Mandate to Reflect Changes on the Ground

This afternoon (25 June), the Security Council is set to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) for one year. A first draft was circulated by France, the penholder on Mali, on 16 June and the first round of negotiations was held that morning. A second round of negotiations took place following the consultations on Mali on 18 June. The draft resolution was then put under silence on Monday but silence… Read more »

posted on TUE 24 JUN 2014 7:11 PM
UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan Debate and Draft Presidential Statements

Tomorrow morning (25 June), the Security Council is scheduled to hold a debate on the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of UNAMA Ján Kubis (via VTC) and Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yuri Fedotov are expected to brief. The Council has been negotiating two draft presidential statements on Afghanistan-one on drug trafficking and another on the electoral process. At press time, both had been put under… Read more »

posted on TUE 24 JUN 2014 2:21 PM
Briefing by the 1737 Iran Sanctions Committee Chair

Tomorrow afternoon (25 June), the chair of the 1737 Iran Sanctions Committee, Ambassador Gary Quinlan (Australia), will present his 90-day report on the work of the Committee to the Security Council. Council members are expected to make statements as well.… Read more »

posted on TUE 24 JUN 2014 11:35 AM
UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire Mandate Renewal: Changes and Downsizing

Tomorrow (25 June), the Security Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution renewing for a year the mandate of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI). A first draft was circulated by France on 10 June. The draft text was put under silence on 19 June after two rounds of negotiations, and put into blue on 20 June. The resolution makes some changes to UNOCI’s mandate and reinforces the role of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in supporting political… Read more »