posted on MON 7 APR 2014 4:00 PM
Burundi Briefing by Political Affairs Head

Tomorrow (8 April), the Council will be briefed under “Any Other Business” by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman on recent developments in Burundi. This is the second time in less than a month that Council members will receive a briefing on Burundi. On 26 March, at the request of the US, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Tayé-Brook Zerihoun updated Council members in consultations on the deterioration in the political situation. At press time, no draft outcome document had been… Read more »

posted on THU 3 APR 2014 11:36 AM
Briefing by Political Affairs Head on Guinea-Bissau Elections

In consultations this morning under “Any Other Business”, the Council expects to receive a briefing from Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman on preparations for presidential and legislative elections in Guinea-Bissau, which are scheduled for 13 April. The elections, meant to restore a democratically elected government following the 12 April 2012 coup, have been already postponed twice from their previously scheduled November 2013 and March 2014 dates. For the briefing, which was initiated by the Department of Political Affairs… Read more »

posted on WED 2 APR 2014 5:54 PM
The April Programme of Work of the Security Council

April looks to be a lighter month than March with 11 formal meetings scheduled (nine public and two private) and eight consultations at press time. Among the formal meetings are four thematic meetings on genocide, security sector reform, women, peace and security and a “wrap-up” session at the end of the month. Also on the programme of work are five adoptions, with a sixth on the Central African Republic (CAR) likely to be added.… Read more »

posted on WED 2 APR 2014 4:10 PM
Adoption of Resolution on AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur

The Security Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution on the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) tomorrow morning (3 April) that largely reflects the analysis of the special report of the Secretary-General of 25 February (S/2014/138). This report outlines the results of the review of the UNAMID mandate, as requested by the Council in resolution 2113, which renewed the mission on 30 July 2013 in the context of a deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Darfur and a lack… Read more »

posted on WED 2 APR 2014 3:39 PM
Briefing on Syria Chemical Weapons

Tomorrow (3 April), Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Sigrid Kaag will brief Council members, via video-teleconference in consultations, on the sixth monthly report on the implementation of resolution 2118, which required the verification and destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons. Given the current suspension of removal activities, Council members are keen to get an assessment of whether the security situation in the port of Latakia proper, and… Read more »

posted on THU 27 MAR 2014 7:34 PM
Briefing by the Secretary-General on Ukraine

Tomorrow (28 March), Security Council members will hold closed consultations on the situation in Ukraine, with a briefing by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Secretary-General travelled to Moscow and Kiev, on 19 March, three days after Crimea and Sevastopol held a referendum which favoured annexation by Russia. Council members are likely to be interested in a forthright assessment of the situation in Ukraine from the Secretary-General.… Read more »

posted on THU 27 MAR 2014 4:54 PM
Briefing by Humanitarian Chief on Access in Syria

Tomorrow morning (28 March), Emergency Relief Coordinator and head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Valerie Amos will brief Council members in consultations on the first report (S/2014/208) since the adoption of resolution 2139 on humanitarian access in Syria. Her briefing will likely influence the approach of many Council members to any possible next steps in assessing compliance with the resolution.… Read more »

posted on THU 27 MAR 2014 2:52 PM
Consultations and Possible Response to DPRK (North Korea) Launching Missiles

This afternoon during informal consultations, Security Council members are scheduled to discuss a possible response to the 26 March launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) of two medium-range Rodong ballistic missiles into the East Sea, between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman is expected to brief on the situation on the Korean Peninsula. It appears that the US called for the meeting and has indicated that it would like the Council to… Read more »

posted on WED 26 MAR 2014 5:14 PM
Resolution Renewing Mandate of UN Mission in DRC

Tomorrow (27 March) the Security Council is scheduled to vote on a draft resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) - including the mandate of the intervention brigade - for one year. The draft resolution was put under silence yesterday evening, but silence was broken by Russia and Rwanda this morning. It seems that France, the penholder on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has held discussions with… Read more »

posted on TUE 25 MAR 2014 5:55 PM
Presidential Statement and Final Briefing on UN Mission in Sierra Leone

Tomorrow (26 March), the Security Council will be briefed by Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, the Executive Representative of the Secretary-General to Sierra Leone, and Ambassador Guillermo Rishchynski (Canada), chair of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) Sierra Leone country-configuration at a meeting which will mark the end of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Mission in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL), whose mandate formally concludes on 31 March. It is also expected to adopt a presidential statement welcoming the successful completion of the political mission and the… Read more »