posted on THU 23 MAY 2019
Informal Meeting Between Members of the UN Security Council and EU Political and Security Committee

Tomorrow (24 May), UN Security Council members will hold an informal meeting with members of the EU Political and Security Committee (PSC). Members of the PSC are the Brussels-based ambassadors of EU member states, dealing with the EU’s common foreign, security, and defense policy. This will be the seventh annual meeting between members of the two bodies. As this is an informal meeting, it does not appear in the Council’s official programme of work. The meeting will be held at the Permanent Mission of Indonesia, which is the current UN Security Council president.

The discussion is expected to focus on: Libya, the Sahel region, Afghanistan, and peacekeeping operations.

Libya:

Members of both bodies will most likely express their concerns about the deteriorating security situation in Libya and underscore their support for the efforts Ghassan Salamé, the Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), to reinvigorate the political process. At his most recent briefing to the UN Security Council on 21 May, Salamé warned that the current fighting that began in Libya in early April “could lead to the permanent division of the country” and “call[ed] on the warring parties to engage with the Mission [UNSMIL] to ensure a full and comprehensive cessation of hostilities and a return to an inclusive, United Nations-led political process”. Members of the two bodies may discuss how to mitigate the impact of the fighting on civilians and share ideas on promoting a political solution to the crisis.

Sahel region:

The discussion is likely to focus on the challenging security situation in the Sahel region. The participants in the meeting may focus on the support of the EU and the UN for the Joint Force of the Group of Five for the Sahel—consisting of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger (G5 Sahel) and established in February 2017 to combat terrorist and criminal groups in the region.  In this regard, they may suggest ways that the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and the EU Training Mission in Mali (EUTM) can coordinate their efforts to bolster the effectiveness of the Joint Force. Efforts to make the force fully operational are being made as security, particularly in Mali and Burkina Faso, has further deteriorated with spillover effects on neighboring non-G5 countries, including Côte d’Ivoire, Togo and Benin. While discussing international cooperation to assist the Joint Force, members of the two bodies may highlight the importance of national ownership among the participating member states of the Joint Force and underscore the need for the Force to respect human rights and international humanitarian law in its actions.

Afghanistan:

Efforts to find a political solution in Afghanistan—and the potential role of the UN and the EU in this process—could be an important feature of the conversation. There might also be discussion about the presidential elections in Afghanistan, planned for later this year.

Peacekeeping:

The importance of building the capacity of UN peacekeeping operations is expected to be part of the discussion. In this regard, there may be references to the 7 May open debate in the Council on “Investing in Peace: Delivering Quality Training and Capacity Building to Improve Safety and Security and Performance of UN Peacekeepers”. During the debate, UN Secretary-General António Guterres updated the Security Council on efforts to enhance the training of UN peacekeepers, improve the conduct and discipline of peacekeepers, and increase the number of women in UN peace operations. The Council also adopted a presidential statement at the meeting recognising the “added value that the Declaration of Shared Commitments on Peacekeeping Operations has in relation to training and capacity building.” In tomorrow’s meeting, some participants may note their support for this Declaration, which resulted from the Secretary-General’s “Action for Peacekeeping” Initiative and has been endorsed as of the end of 2018 by 151 UN member states and four organisations (the European Union, the Organisation Internationale de la francophonie, the AU Commission, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization).

posted on THU 23 MAY 2019
Arria-Formula Meeting on the Impact of Peacekeeping on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace

Tomorrow afternoon (24 May), Security Council members will hold an Arria-formula meeting on “Peacekeeping Impact on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace”, organised by Côte d’Ivoire and Indonesia. Briefers will be Assistant Secretary-General for Africa Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for the Rule... Read more »

posted on WED 22 MAY 2019
Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict Open Debate

Tomorrow (23 May), the Security Council will hold its annual open debate on the “Protection of civilians in armed conflict”. The open debate, which will be chaired by Indonesia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi, is expected to be at... Read more »

posted on TUE 21 MAY 2019
UN Assistance Mission in Iraq: Mandate Renewal and Briefing and Consultations

This afternoon (21 May), the Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) until 31 May 2020. This will be followed by a briefing and consultations on UNAMI... Read more »

posted on MON 20 MAY 2019
Libya: Briefing and Consultations on UNSMIL and Libya Sanctions

Tomorrow (21 May), the Security Council will hold a briefing and consultations on the situation in Libya. Ghassan Salamé, the Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), and Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany, Ambassador Jürgen... Read more »

posted on MON 20 MAY 2019
Possible Ukraine Briefing*

This afternoon (20 May), the Security Council may hold a meeting on Ukraine. Russia requested the meeting last Friday (17 May), to raise concerns with the recently enacted Ukrainian language law that it claims runs counter to the spirit of... Read more »

posted on WED 15 MAY 2019
Briefing on the Group of Five for the Sahel Joint Force

Tomorrow (16 May), the Council will hold a briefing on the Joint Force of the Group of Five for the Sahel, which the group—Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger (G5 Sahel)—decided to establish in February 2017 to combat terrorist... Read more »

posted on TUE 14 MAY 2019
Yemen Briefing and Consultations

Tomorrow (15 May), the Security Council will hold a briefing on Yemen. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, and Ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra (Peru), as the chair of the 2140 Sanctions Committee, are... Read more »

posted on MON 13 MAY 2019
UN Interim Security Force for Abyei Mandate Renewal

Tomorrow (14 May), the Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) until 15 November 2019. An initial draft was circulated to Council members by the US, the... Read more »

posted on FRI 10 MAY 2019
Arria-formula Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Cameroon

On Monday (13 May), Security Council members will hold an Arria-formula meeting on “the humanitarian crisis in Cameroon”, organised by the Dominican Republic, Germany, the UK and the US. Panellists will be Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock, Secretary-General of... Read more »

posted on THU 9 MAY 2019
Syria: Consultations on the Humanitarian Situation in Idlib

Tomorrow (10 May), at the request of the humanitarian penholders on Syria (Belgium, Germany and Kuwait), Security Council members will discuss the humanitarian impact of the recent escalation of hostilities in Idlib in consultations. OCHA’s Director of Operations and Advocacy,... Read more »

posted on WED 8 MAY 2019
Arria-formula Meeting on “Israeli Settlements and Settlers: Core of the Occupation, Protection Crisis and Obstruction of Peace”

On 9 May, at the initiative of the Permanent Missions to the UN of Indonesia, Kuwait, and South Africa, there will be an Arria-formula meeting on Israel’s construction of settlements, entitled “Israeli Settlements and Settlers: Core of the Occupation, Protection... Read more »

posted on MON 6 MAY 2019
Peacekeeping: Open Debate and Presidential Statement on Training and Capacity Building

Tomorrow (7 May), the Security Council will hold an open debate on “Investing in Peace: Delivering Quality Training and Capacity Building to Improve Safety and Security and Performance of UN Peacekeepers”. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi will chair the meeting.... Read more »

posted on THU 2 MAY 2019
In Hindsight: Negotiations on Resolution 2467 on Sexual Violence in Conflict

On 23 April, Germany convened a high-level open debate on sexual violence in conflict, a key event of its April presidency (S/PV.8514). Resolution 2467 was adopted, following difficult negotiations that only concluded during the debate. When the resolution passed with... Read more »

posted on THU 2 MAY 2019
Security Council Retreat with the Secretary-General

The Security Council will hold its annual retreat with the Secretary-General starting this evening (2 May) and continuing throughout the day tomorrow (3 May) at the Greentree Estate on Long Island. The Secretary-General and senior UN Secretariat staff will meet... Read more »