posted on WED 12 NOV 2014 3:04 PM
Finnish Workshop for Incoming Council Members

The 12th annual workshop for incoming members of the Security Council will be held for two days (13-14 November), commencing tomorrow afternoon in Long Island, New York. The workshop is organised by the government of Finland in cooperation with the Security Council Affairs Division of the UN Department of Political Affairs and Professor Edward C. Luck. Gareth Evans, who currently serves as Chancellor of the Australian National University, is slated to be the keynote speaker at the opening dinner.… Read more »

posted on WED 12 NOV 2014 12:36 PM
Briefing on Ukraine by the Department of Political Affairs and OSCE

This afternoon (12 November), at the request of the US, the Council will have a public meeting on the situation in Ukraine. Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen is expected to brief. The Chief Monitor of the Special OSCE Monitoring Mission, Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan (Turkey), and the chair of the Trilateral Contact Group, Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini (Switzerland) will address the Security Council by video tele-conference. (The Trilateral Contact Group is made up of Russia, Ukraine and the OSCE.)… Read more »

posted on TUE 11 NOV 2014 12:40 PM
Briefing and Consultations Ahead of Liberia Mission’s Mandate Renewal

Tomorrow (12 November), Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous and Ambassador Marten Grunditz (Sweden), chair of the Liberia configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission, will brief the Security Council on the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). The briefing was requested in resolution 2176 of 15 September in order to update the Council as it considers the reauthorisation and potential modification of UNMIL’s mandate, which is currently due to expire on 31 December. (Because of uncertainty created by the Ebola outbreak, resolution… Read more »

posted on MON 10 NOV 2014 5:20 PM
Reauthorising EUFOR ALTHEA and Debate on Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tomorrow (11 November), the Council is expected to vote on a resolution renewing the authorisation of EU-led multinational stabilisation force (EUFOR ALTHEA) and hold a debate on the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The High Representative for BiH, Valentin Inzko, will brief on developments and his latest report (S/2014/777). Following two meetings of the Contact and Drafting Group (CDG) for BiH and two meetings of Council experts, the draft resolution was placed under a short silence procedure last Friday… Read more »

posted on MON 10 NOV 2014 11:42 AM
Informal Interactive Dialogue on UN Mission in Mali’s Mandate

This afternoon (10 November), Council members will participate in an informal interactive dialogue with Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous on the situation in Mali. (Informal interactive dialogues are off-the-record meetings chaired by the Council President and held in a meeting room other than the Council Chamber or Consultations Room. Although these meetings are usually held with high-level officials who are not part of the UN system, this format was chosen for this discussion to encourage more interactivity.)… Read more »

posted on WED 5 NOV 2014 12:49 PM
Presidential Statement on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Security Council is set to meet this afternoon to adopt a presidential statement on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that was under silence until this morning. The draft statement was originally circulated on Friday (31 October) as a draft press statement. It seems that the idea of issuing a press statement was raised during the consultations following a 27 October joint briefing on the DRC by Martin Kobler, Special Representative and head of the… Read more »

posted on TUE 4 NOV 2014 4:56 PM
Security Council’s November Programme of Work

Australia’s November presidency of the Security Council has gotten off to a busy start in the Council with consultations held on South Sudan and Libya this afternoon, followed by a briefing under “Any Other Business” on the situation in Burkina Faso. The consultations on South Sudan include video teleconference briefings on the recent violence in South Sudan by Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Ellen Margrethe Løj and UNMISS Force Commander… Read more »

posted on TUE 4 NOV 2014 3:28 PM
Briefing on Burkina Faso

This afternoon (4 November), Council members will discuss Burkina Faso under “Any Other Business” following consultations on Libya and South Sudan. Members will receive a briefing via video teleconference from Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa and head of the UN Office for West Africa, who is currently in Burkina Faso.* Council members will be eager to receive information on the situation following the resignation of President Blaise Compaoré on 31 October after four days of… Read more »

posted on MON 3 NOV 2014 5:28 PM
Consultations on Mediation Efforts Amidst Deteriorating Security Situation in Libya

Tomorrow afternoon (4 November), Bernardino León, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), will brief Council members in consultations. During the briefing, which was requested by the UK, León is expected to give Council members an update on the two recent meetings he has facilitated among members of the House of Representatives in Ghadames and Tripoli on 29 September and 11 October, as well as on the deteriorating security situation on… Read more »

posted on MON 3 NOV 2014 5:23 PM
South Sudan Consultations

Tomorrow afternoon (4 November), Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Ellen Margrethe Løj and UNMISS Force Commander Yohannes Gebremeskel Tesfamariam are expected to brief the Council via video teleconference from Juba on recent developments in South Sudan. It seems that the briefing is taking place at the request of the US, the penholder on South Sudan, and that it will likely focus on the recent violence in Bentiu and Rubkona in… Read more »