posted on WED 1 JUL 2020
Security Council Programme of Work for July

Germany is the Security Council president in July. Briefing the press today, Ambassador Christoph Heusgen emphasised that a comprehensive approach to peace and security and the defence of the rules-based international order would be guiding themes (“the leitmotif”) of Germany’s presidency this month.

With the extraordinary and provisional measures implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic still in place, meetings are listed in videoconference (VTC) format on the programme of work. However, although the Security Council is expected to continue to work largely remotely, Germany appears keen to have some meetings in the Council chamber, if circumstances allow.

There are five open debates planned for July. During this period of remote meetings, open debates have been held as open videoconferences (VTCs), and statements by non-Council members have been submitted in writing.

A high-level open debate is planned for tomorrow on the “Maintenance of international peace and security: Implications of COVID-19”. Secretary-General António Guterres and ICRC President Peter Maurer are expected to brief. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will chair the meeting. Earlier today, the Council adopted a resolution on COVID-19 endorsing the Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire, following three months of negotiations.

Germany is also planning a high-level open debate on “UN peacekeeping operations: Peace operations and human rights”. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in South Sudan David Shearer, and Senga Dismas Kitenge, the President of Groupe LOTUS, are the anticipated briefers. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, German Federal Minister of Defence, will chair the meeting.

There will be a ministerial-level open debate on the “Maintenance of international peace and security: Climate and security”. Council members have begun discussions on a climate-security product that could be voted on this month.

The Security Council is scheduled to hold its annual open debate on conflict-related sexual violence at ministerial level, focusing on accountability and the implementation of a survivor-centred approach. Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, is expected to brief.  One or more civil society representatives may participate as well.

Among the Middle East issues on the programme this month is the quarterly open debate on the “Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”. Special Coordinator Nickolay Mladenov is the anticipated briefer. A civil society representative may brief as well.

Open and closed VTCs on the political and humanitarian situations in Syria—as well as a closed VTC on the use of chemical weapons in the country—are anticipated. Special Envoy Geir O. Pedersen (on political issues), Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock (on humanitarian issues), and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu (on the use of chemical weapons) are the scheduled briefers.  The meetings on the political and humanitarian situations in Syria may each include the participation of a civil society briefer as well.

The Council is also expected to vote on a draft resolution reauthorising the cross-border/cross-line aid delivery mechanism in Syria, prior to its expiration on 10 July.

The Council is expected to renew the mandate of the UN Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA), which expires on 15 July. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths may provide the monthly briefing on Yemen in an open VTC session, which is likely to be followed by a closed VTC session. Under-Secretary-General Lowcock is expected to brief on the humanitarian situation, and General Abhijit Guha, the head of UNMHA, may participate in the closed session.  A civil society representative may brief as well.

African issues currently on the programme of work this month include Libya, West Africa and the Sahel, and the Central African Republic. The Security Council is expected to hold an open VTC, followed by a closed VTC, on Libya. The Acting Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Stephanie Williams, and the chair of the 1970 Libya Sanctions Committee, Deputy Permanent Representative Jürgen Schulz (Germany), are the anticipated briefers.

Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative and head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), will brief Council members in an open VTC to present the Secretary-General’s semi-annual report on West Africa and the Sahel.  A civil society representative is also expected to participate. A closed VTC is expected to follow.

This month, the Council is expected to renew the 2127 Central African Republic (CAR) sanctions regime and the mandate of the Panel of Experts supporting the 2127 CAR Sanctions Committee.

Cyprus is the one European issue on the programme this month. The Council is expected to renew the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) ahead of its 31 July expiry. Special Representative and head of mission Elizabeth Spehar is scheduled to brief on the latest UNFICYP report and recent developments in a closed VTC. UNFICYP Force Commander Cheryl Pearce may also participate in the meeting.

In July, the Special Representative and head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), Natalia Gherman, is expected to brief the Council in a closed VTC on the UNRCCA’s activities.

Security Council members are planning to hold an open VTC meeting, which will be followed by a closed VTC session, on Colombia. Special Representative and head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia Carlos Ruiz Massieu will brief on recent developments and the Secretary-General’s 90-day report on the mission, published on 26 June. A civil society briefer is also expected to brief Council members.

Council members are currently negotiating a draft resolution on youth, peace and security, following up on the 27 April open VTC on this issue.

Members of the Council may also continue discussions on a draft resolution extending the arms embargo on Iran.

Arria-formula meetings are also anticipated this month on the Democratic Republic of the Congo and on Afghanistan.

 

 

posted on TUE 30 JUN 2020
Security Council Resolution on COVID-19

Tomorrow (1 July) the Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution supporting the Secretary-General’s appeal for a global ceasefire to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. The draft resolution expresses “grave concern about the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across... Read more »

posted on MON 29 JUN 2020
Iran Nuclear Agreement: Briefing on the Implementation of Resolution 2231

Tomorrow (30 June), the Security Council will hold an open VTC on the implementation of resolution 2231, which endorsed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear programme. Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo will present... Read more »

posted on MON 29 JUN 2020
Meeting on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and Regional Relations

Today (29 June) Security Council members will hold an open videoconference (VTC) under the agenda item “Peace and security in Africa” to discuss an ongoing disagreement involving Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The meeting... Read more »

posted on SAT 27 JUN 2020
Syria: Humanitarian Briefing via VTC

On Monday (29 June), Security Council members will convene an open videoconferencing (VTC) meeting, followed by a closed VTC session, on the humanitarian situation in Syria. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock is scheduled to brief. Susannah Sirkin, a civil... Read more »

posted on FRI 26 JUN 2020
Mali: MINUSMA Mandate Renewal

On Monday (29 June), the Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) until 30 June 2021. As penholder on Mali, France circulated a first draft of... Read more »

posted on THU 25 JUN 2020
Council to Vote on the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

This afternoon (25 June), the Security Council president (France) is expected to announce the result of the voting on a resolution extending the operating period and the term of the prosecutor of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT, the... Read more »

posted on WED 24 JUN 2020
Afghanistan: Security Council videoconference on UNAMA

Tomorrow (25 June), Security Council members will convene an open videoconferencing (VTC) meeting, followed by a closed VTC session, on the situation in Afghanistan. Deborah Lyons, Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA),... Read more »

posted on WED 24 JUN 2020
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Security Council Developments

Tomorrow (25 June) Security Council members will have an active day on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). After the provisional 24-hour voting period, the Council will adopt a resolution in the afternoon renewing the measures under the 1533... Read more »

posted on TUE 23 JUN 2020
Meeting on “The Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question”

Tomorrow (24 June) Security Council members are expected to hold an open videoconference (VTC), followed by a closed VTC, on “The Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question”. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov... Read more »

posted on TUE 23 JUN 2020
Closed Videoconference on Yemen

Tomorrow (24 June), Security Council members will hold a closed videoconference (VTC) on Yemen. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock, and General Abhijit Guha, who heads the UN Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA), are... Read more »

posted on MON 22 JUN 2020
Open VTC Meeting on Children and Armed Conflict

Tomorrow afternoon (23 June), Security Council members will hold an open video teleconference (VTC) meeting on Children and Armed Conflict. Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba will present the Secretary-General’s annual report. The Executive Director of UNICEF,... Read more »

posted on MON 22 JUN 2020
South Sudan Meeting: Open and Closed VTC

On Tuesday (23 June) the Security Council will hold an open videoconference (VTC), followed by a closed VTC, on the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Special Representative and head of UNMISS David Shearer and a South Sudanese civil society... Read more »

posted on MON 22 JUN 2020
UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) Mandate Renewal

This afternoon (22 June), the Security Council is expected to renew the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), which expires on 30 June, until 31 August. The resolution in blue will be the second technical rollover of... Read more »

posted on SAT 20 JUN 2020
Burundi: Closed VTC

On Monday (22 June), Security Council members will convene a closed videoconferencing (VTC) meeting on Burundi. Assistant Secretary-General for Africa Bintou Keita is expected to brief. In May, the Council was expected to meet on Burundi, in keeping with the... Read more »