posted on MON 10 MAR 2014 4:48 PMSomalia Briefing and Consultations on UN Mission, AU Mission and Sanctions
Tomorrow (11 March), Special Representative of the Secretary-General Nicholas Kay is scheduled to brief the Council on the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). Kay will likely be briefing via videoconference from Mogadishu. It was unclear at press time, if Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission and head of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) would also participate via videoconference. The briefing is to be followed by consultations with Council members. Council members will also hold consultations with Ambassador Oh Joon (Republic of Korea), chair of the Somalia-Eritrea 751/1907 Sanctions Committee.
An informal interactive dialogue with Council members, initially scheduled for Monday afternoon, has been postponed. Kay, Annadif, AMISOM Force Commander Lieutenant General Silas Ntigurirwa and the President’s National Security Advisor Abdirahman Sheikh Issa were all expected to participate. However, given the launch of joint military offensives against Al-Shabaab by AMISOM and the Somali National Army on 6 March, it seems that a decision was made that it would be important for them to remain in Mogadishu during this period. (Initial media reports suggest that the offensive has been successful in capturing control over several towns in the Bay and Gedo regions of south-central Somalia.)
Kay will be briefing the Council on the report of the Secretary-General on UNSOM released 3 March (S/2014/140) and other recent developments. Some significant events which Kay may discuss include: the 21 December appointment of Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed and the formation of a new cabinet on 17 January; the election of a new President in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland on 8 January; and recent attacks by Al-Shabaab in Mogadishu, including the targeting of a UN convoy on 13 February and the presidential palace on 21 February. Council members will be looking for the latest information on the military offensive against Al-Shabaab.
Kay may also choose to highlight the work of UNSOM in a few critical areas, such as providing support for the New Deal Somalia Compact and collaborating with AMISOM and the government to implement the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy.
Council members are also likely to be keen to hear about changes within AMISOM, particularly implementation of resolution 2124, which authorised an increase in the troop ceiling from 17,731 to 22,126. (On 22 January, 4,295 troops from the Ethiopian National Defence Forces were formally integrated into AMISOM largely through re-hatting from existing troops deployed within Somalia). On 21 January, the AU Peace and Security Council endorsed a revised Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for AMISOM that had been developed by the AU Commission. In addition to the incorporation of the Ethiopian troops and the endorsement of the new CONOPS, Council members may ask about the status of the trust fund for AMISOM.
During consultations tomorrow, Council members will also be briefed by Ambassador Oh on the activities of the Somalia-Eritrea 751/1907 Sanctions Committee. Likely topics to be covered include: the 6 February report of the Federal Government of Somalia on arms, findings of the mid-term report of the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group submitted to the committee on 6 February, and implementation of resolution 2142 (which on 5 March extended the partial lifting of the arms embargo until 25 October). In addition to discussion regarding regulation of small arms and light weapons, Council members may also be interested in an update on implementation of the embargo on the export of charcoal from Somalia, which has been a significant source of financing for Al-Shabaab in the past.
posted on MON 10 MAR 2014 2:35 PMMeeting on Ukraine with Briefing by Head of Political Affairs
A private meeting of the Security Council on Ukraine will be held at 3 pm today following a request from Ukraine. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman will brief the Council. The Permanent Representative of Ukraine, Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev, is expected to make a statement.… Read more »
posted on THU 6 MAR 2014 3:52 PMChildren and Armed Conflict Open Debate and Resolution
Tomorrow (7 March), the Security Council will hold an open debate on children and armed conflict, focused on how to make progress on the full implementation of the children and armed conflict agenda. The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, will preside, with briefings by Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Layla Zerrougui, Executive Director of UNICEF Anthony Lake and Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous, as well as Alhaji Babah… Read more »
posted on THU 6 MAR 2014 2:08 PMConsultations on Ukraine with Deputy Secretary-General Eliasson Briefing from Kiev
This afternoon (6 March), the Security Council will hold consultations on the situation in Ukraine at the request of the UK. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson will brief the Council from Kiev (via teleconference) on the most recent developments in Ukraine and the particularly tense situation in Crimea. Eliasson last briefed the Council on developments in Ukraine on 1 March. The following day he was sent by the Secretary-General to Ukraine in order to gather facts and assess the situation on… Read more »
posted on WED 5 MAR 2014 5:55 PMDiscussion on a UN Peacekeeping Operation in the Central African Republic
Tomorrow (March 6), the Council will be briefed by Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous on the Secretary-General’s recent report (S/2014/142) on the transformation of the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) into a UN peacekeeping operation, as requested by resolution 2127. The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, will also brief on their recent visits to the Central African Republic (CAR).… Read more »
posted on TUE 4 MAR 2014 5:43 PMThe Council’s Programme of Work for March
The March programme of work of the Security Council covers a broad range of issues with just one day without any meetings scheduled. Six adoptions are currently scheduled over the course of the month. Already, just four days into March, the Council has met twice on Ukraine, first on Saturday, 1 March and then again yesterday (3 March). (Ukraine is in the footnotes of the programme of work and further meetings will be scheduled if needed.)… Read more »
posted on TUE 4 MAR 2014 4:09 PMSyria Chemical Weapons Briefing
Tomorrow (5 March), Sigrid Kaag, the Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), will brief Council members in consultations on the fifth monthly report (S/2014/133) on the implementation of resolution 2118, which required the verification and destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons.… Read more »
posted on TUE 4 MAR 2014 3:12 PMResolution Extending Partial Lifting of the Somalia Arms Embargo
Tomorrow, Wednesday 5 March, the Security Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution re-authorising a partial lifting of the arms embargo on Somalia. The draft resolution, which was put into blue on Friday (28 February), extends until 25 October an exemption from the general arms embargo for the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) that had been initially authorised for one year with resolution 2093 on 6 March 2013. (The partial lifting was requested by the FGS and strongly supported by… Read more »
posted on MON 3 MAR 2014 3:11 PMBriefing on Developments in Ukraine
Following a request by Russia, this afternoon the Security Council will be briefed by Oscar Fernández-Taranco from the Department of Political Affairs in a public meeting on the situation in Ukraine. It seems that Ukraine will speak following statements from Council members. This will be the third meeting of the Council on Ukraine since Friday (28 February).… Read more »
posted on FRI 28 FEB 2014 2:14 PMPrivate Meeting and Consultations on Ukraine
At press time, a private meeting of the Council, followed by consultations, on the situation in Ukraine, had been called for at 3 pm. It seems that Oscar Fernández-Tarranco from the Department of Political Affairs will brief and a representative from Ukraine will participate and make a statement at the private meeting.… Read more »