posted on TUE 17 FEB 2015 8:40 PM
Council Meeting on Libya and ISIS

Tomorrow afternoon (18 February), the Security Council will meet to discuss the situation in Libya. The meeting follows the Sunday release by Islamists allied with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) of a video in which 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians were beheaded on a Libyan beach, and Egypt’s retaliatory strikes in Libya the following morning. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, who met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and several Council members today and Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed al Dairi… Read more »

posted on TUE 17 FEB 2015 3:25 PM
Adoption of Resolution Renewing the UN’s Peacebuilding Mission in Guinea-Bissau

The Council will adopt a resolution tomorrow morning (18 February), renewing the mandate of the UN Integrated Peace-building Mission in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) until 29 February 2016. Following a briefing and consultations on 5 February with the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of UNIOGBIS, Miguel Trovoada (S/PV.7376), Nigeria, the penholder on Guinea-Bissau, circulated a draft resolution on 6 February. After three meetings last week to negotiate the text, the draft resolution was put in blue Friday afternoon (13 February).… Read more »

posted on TUE 17 FEB 2015 1:48 PM
Council to Vote on Ukraine Draft Resolution Today

The Security Council is to vote on a draft resolution at 3 p.m. today (17 February) endorsing the agreements reached on 12 February in Minsk. It was drafted and put in blue by Russia on Friday (13 February) following email and phone exchanges with Council members. Although there were a number of amendments from members, the draft that will be voted on this afternoon did not incorporate all of them—leaving it unclear whether it will garner a unanimous vote.… Read more »

posted on MON 16 FEB 2015 12:39 PM
Syria Special Envoy to Brief on Discussions toward an Aleppo Freeze Zone

Tomorrow afternoon (17 February), Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura will deliver his second briefing to Council members on efforts to facilitate a negotiated “freeze zone” between the government and opposition in Aleppo—Syria’s “second city” which has suffered serious fighting since the summer of 2012 including significant aerial bombardment by the government for more than a year.… Read more »

posted on SUN 15 FEB 2015 9:32 AM
Council to Adopt Resolution on Yemen

The Security Council is expected to adopt later today (15 February) a resolution on Yemen. On Friday afternoon (13 February), the UK circulated a draft that it had been working on with Jordan which was open for comments until 10 am on Saturday. It was placed, without any substantive changes, under a short silence procedure and then put in blue yesterday afternoon.… Read more »

posted on WED 11 FEB 2015 6:31 PM
Briefing and Consultations on Yemen’s Political Crisis

Tomorrow morning (12 February), the Council will have a briefing followed by consultations on the ongoing political crisis and rapidly deteriorating security situation in Yemen. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who has just returned from the region where he visited Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates from 7 to 9 February will brief. His Special Adviser, Jamar Benomar, will brief via video tele-conference from Sana’a. Ambassador Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani (Qatar) is expected to make a statement on behalf of… Read more »

posted on WED 11 FEB 2015 6:03 PM
Adoption of a Resolution on the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham and Al-Nusra Front

Tomorrow (12 February), the Security Council is set to adopt a resolution targeting some of the sources of funding of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and Al-Nusra Front (ANF). After being discussed among permanent members, the draft resolution was circulated by Russia late last week to the wider Council membership. Following a round of negotiations, a draft with some changes incorporated was put in blue yesterday and seems ready to be adopted tomorrow.… Read more »

posted on TUE 10 FEB 2015 3:40 PM
Council to Adopt Resolution Renewing the Sudan Sanctions Committee Panel of Experts

On Thursday (12 February), the Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of the panel of experts of the Sudan Sanctions Committee for an additional 13 months until 12 March 2016. (The current mandate expires on 13 March.) The first draft was circulated early last week, and after two rounds of negotiations and further bilateral exchanges between Russia and the US, the resolution was put under silence late Friday evening (6 February) until Monday morning (9 February)… Read more »

posted on MON 9 FEB 2015 5:14 PM
Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Feltman to brief on Burkina Faso under Any Other Business

Tomorrow (10 February), Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman will brief Council members on his recent visit to West Africa, with a focus on the latest developments in Burkina Faso. The briefing will be under “Any Other Business”, following consultations on the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei. There is a possibility that Council members may react to the situation with a press statement following the meeting.… Read more »

posted on FRI 6 FEB 2015 9:29 AM
Presidential Statement on Mali and Threat to Impose Sanctions

Today the Security Council is planning to adopt a presidential statement ahead of the start of the fifth round of the inter-Malian negotiation process in Algiers scheduled for 8 February. In part, it seems that the presidential statement responds to the appeal made to Council members by Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous in his 6 January Council briefing to exert pressure on the parties to engage in the peace talks in a substantive way. France circulated an initial draft… Read more »