posted on WED 3 SEP 2014 5:05 PM
Council’s September Programme of Work

This morning (3 September) Council members adopted their provisional programme of work for September. The month got off to a busy start earlier today with a briefing under Any Other Business on the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) by Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous. Following the briefing, the Council issued a new press statement that condemned the detention of 45 UNDOF peacekeepers in the Golan Heights and called for their immediate release (the Council issued two statements condemnatory of… Read more »

posted on THU 28 AUG 2014 7:16 PM
Consultations with Benomar on Current Crisis in Yemen

Tomorrow morning (29 August), Jamal Benomar, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General to Yemen, will brief the Security Council in consultations. The meeting was originally scheduled for 25 August but, in light of the recent political crisis, Benomar requested a postponement in order to stay in the country given the evolving situation. The Council is expected to adopt a presidential statement tomorrow.… Read more »

posted on THU 28 AUG 2014 4:40 PM
Adoption of Resolution on the Protection of Humanitarian Personnel

Tomorrow (29 August), the Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution on the protection of humanitarian personnel. The resolution is a follow-up to the 19 August open briefing with Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, ICRC President Peter Maurer and Masood Karokhail, director and co-founder of the Afghan non-governmental organisation, The Liaison Office, to mark World Humanitarian Day. During this meeting, the UK announced that it would propose a new draft resolution on how the Council can better protect humanitarian workers.… Read more »

posted on THU 28 AUG 2014 1:58 PM
Emergency Meeting on Ukraine

The Security Council will hold a public meeting this afternoon at the request of Lithuania, following reports that Russian tanks and military vehicles have crossed into southeastern Ukraine. Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, is expected to brief. A representative from Ukraine is also expected to participate. The Council last met in consultations on Ukraine on 22 August when a Russian humanitarian convoy entered Ukraine without the consent of Ukraine or escort from ICRC. So far there have been 23… Read more »

posted on WED 27 AUG 2014 2:06 PM
Briefing on Humanitarian Access in Syria

Tomorrow morning (28 August), Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kyung-wha Kang will brief the Security Council on humanitarian access in Syria pursuant to resolutions 2139 and 2165. Her public briefing will be followed by consultations. Council members will be interested in hearing more details about the delivery of aid across borders and conflict lines following the adoption of resolution 2165 on 14 July.… Read more »

posted on TUE 26 AUG 2014 5:36 PM
Adoption of a Resolution Modifying Libya Sanctions Regime

The Security Council is set to adopt a resolution modifying the Libya sanctions regime and strengthening the exemption procedure with respect to the arms embargo currently in place. The draft resolution was circulated on Friday (22 August) by the UK and after two rounds of negotiations appears ready to be put to a vote. This resolution is the first formal outcome from the Council on Libya since 19 March. Despite the escalation of violence, the emergence of new players and… Read more »

posted on TUE 26 AUG 2014 5:20 PM
AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur Mandate Renewal

Tomorrow morning (27 August), the Security Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution renewing the mandate of the AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) for an additional ten months. There have been two rounds of negotiations with the full Council, with additional subsequent rounds conducted bilaterally. The draft resolution was put into blue this afternoon.… Read more »

posted on MON 25 AUG 2014 5:01 PM
Security Council Ready to Adopt Sahel Presidential Statement

More than two months after the Security Council held its 19 June briefing on the implementation of the UN’s Sahel strategy, it is set to adopt a presidential statement on the Sahel. Chad first circulated a draft presidential statement on 25 July, which was open for comments until 30 July, with the objective of adopting it by the following day. However, as a number of members had substantive comments, two rounds of negotiations took place on 5 and 15 August.… Read more »

posted on SUN 24 AUG 2014 5:13 PM
Press Statement on the DRC under Silence

A draft press statement on recent developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the region circulated by France on 21 August is under silence till tomorrow morning. It seems like some Council members were keen to have the Council show its support of regional efforts to address the neutralisation and disarmament of rebel groups, in particular the Hutu rebel group Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR).… Read more »

posted on FRI 22 AUG 2014 3:10 PM
Council Consultations on Russian Humanitarian Convoy Entering Ukraine

This afternoon (22 August), the Security Council will be briefed in consultations on the situation in Ukraine by Oscar Fernández-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Lithuania called for the meeting after a number of trucks from a Russian humanitarian convoy entered the territory of Ukraine earlier today without the consent of Ukraine and without escort from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).… Read more »