Dates: NOVEMBER 2011

  1. Insights

    Open Debate on Council Working Methods

    The Council is set to hold an open debate tomorrow (Wednesday, 30 November) on Security Council working methods, under the agenda item “Implementation of the note by the President of the Security Council”. (Presidential note S/2010/507 of 26 July last...

    posted on TUE 29 NOV 2011
  2. Insights

    Possible Council Vote on Eritrea Resolution

    It appears that Gabon circulated a revised draft resolution on Eritrea this afternoon, announcing its intention of putting it to a vote tomorrow (Wednesday, 30 November). While recent negotiations seem to have succeeded in narrowing differences between Council members, most...

    posted on TUE 29 NOV 2011
  3. Insights

    Kosovo Debate in the Council on Tuesday

    Council members are scheduled to hold a debate on Kosovo tomorrow morning (29 November). Special Representative and head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Farid Zarif, will brief the Council. (Zarif, from Afghanistan, was appointed to the...

    posted on MON 28 NOV 2011
  4. Insights

    Adoption of DRC Sanctions Resolution

    The Council seems set to adopt a resolution on Tuesday (29 November) renewing the sanctions regime in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the mandate of the Group of Experts for another year. (On Friday, France circulated a...

    posted on MON 28 NOV 2011
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    Briefing and Consultations on Libya

    Ian Martin, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), is scheduled to brief the Council on Libya this afternoon (Monday, 28 November). Following the briefing, which seems likely to focus on...

    posted on MON 28 NOV 2011
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    Yemen Consultations on Monday Following Power Transfer Deal

    On Monday morning (28 November), Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen Jamal Benomar is scheduled to brief Council members in consultations on Yemen. The anticipated briefing by Benomar comes after Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed the Gulf Cooperation...

    posted on WED 23 NOV 2011
  7. Insights

    Election of Fifth ICJ Judge

    On Tuesday afternoon (22 November), the Security Council and the General Assembly are scheduled to reconvene independently, but concurrently, to elect the fifth and final remaining judge for the International Court of Justice (ICJ). On 10 November, four of the...

    posted on MON 21 NOV 2011
  8. Insights

    Council Briefing on ‘New Challenges to International Peace and Security’

    On Wednesday (23 November), the Council will hold a high-level briefing on a number of inter-related issues constituting ‘New Challenges to International Peace and Security’. (This will be the first time that the Council will address these ‘new challenges’ together...

    posted on MON 21 NOV 2011
  9. Insights

    Negotiations on a Sudan and South Sudan Presidential Statement

    Council members are currently negotiating a presidential statement on Sudan circulated by the US last Friday. Apparently the impetus for the draft presidential statement was the bombings in Upper Nile and Unity states which had taken place earlier in the...

    posted on FRI 18 NOV 2011
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    Briefing on DRC and Sanctions Regime Resolution Negotiations

    On Monday (21 November), Brazil’s Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti is scheduled to brief the Council as chair of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Sanctions Committee. It appears that Viotti is likely to focus her briefing on the...

    posted on FRI 18 NOV 2011
  11. Insights

    Middle East Briefing and Consultations

    On Monday (21 November) Council members will meet in informal consultations following a briefing by Robert Serry, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. Serry is expected to focus on the recent activity by the Quartet, developments in...

    posted on FRI 18 NOV 2011
  12. Insights

    Negotiations on a Somalia Piracy Resolution

    Council members began negotiations yesterday (16 November) on a draft resolution on piracy off the coast of Somalia. The draft, which was circulated by the US on Tuesday, would renew the anti-piracy provisions of resolution 1950, which expire on 23...

    posted on THU 17 NOV 2011
  13. Insights

    Workshop for New Members

    Starting tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, 17 November) the current 15 members of the Council and the five new Council members (Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo) who begin their term on the Council on 1 January 2012 will participate in a...

    posted on WED 16 NOV 2011
  14. Insights

    Reauthorisation of EUFOR mandate in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The Council appears to be on schedule to adopt a resolution reauthorising the mandate of EUFOR, the EU’s force in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), tomorrow morning (Wednesday, 16 November). It seems the reauthorisation of EUFOR’s mandate will likely be a...

    posted on TUE 15 NOV 2011
  15. Insights

    Briefing and Consultations on South Sudan

    Council members will be briefed tomorrow (15 November), on the Secretary-General’s latest report on the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) by Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. Hilde Johnson, Head of UNMISS, is also expected to brief from Juba...

    posted on MON 14 NOV 2011
  16. Insights

    Briefing on LRA and the UN Regional Office for Central Africa

    On Monday (November 14), the Council will be briefed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Abou Moussa, on UNOCA’s work and on the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). It...

    posted on FRI 11 NOV 2011
  17. Insights

    Briefing on Myanmar

    On Monday (14 November) Council members will be updated on developments in Myanmar by Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar, who visited Myanmar from 31 October – 4 November. (It was Nambiar’s third visit since last year’s...

    posted on FRI 11 NOV 2011
  18. Insights

    Secretary-General’s briefing on Libya and monthly DPA briefing

    This afternoon (11 November) the Council will be briefed by the Secretary-General on Libya, following his visit to Tripoli in early November. After the Secretary-General’s briefing, it appears that Council members will receive their monthly “horizon scanning” briefing on emerging...

    posted on FRI 11 NOV 2011
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    Continuation of Sudan and South Sudan Briefing

    Yesterday’s ICJ elections went on well past the morning allocated for the voting and as a result delayed the Council’s scheduled consultations on Sudan and South Sudan. It was after 5 pm by the time Council members were able to...

    posted on FRI 11 NOV 2011
  20. Insights

    Council Briefing on Sudan and South Sudan

    Council members will be briefed in consultations this afternoon (10 November) by Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Haile Menkerios, on north-south negotiations. It seems that he will particularly focus on issues related to the unresolved Comprehensive Peace Agreement...

    posted on THU 10 NOV 2011
  21. Insights

    Palestine’s Membership Application

    On Friday (11 November) the Council’s standing Committee on Admission of New Members will hold a formal meeting at permanent representative level on Palestine’s application for UN membership (its last formal meeting was on Thursday, 3 November). The Committee will...

    posted on WED 9 NOV 2011
  22. Insights

    Protection of Civilians Open Debate

    The Council will hold its biannual open debate on protection of civilians in armed conflict tomorrow morning (9 November). The debate will be chaired by President Aníbal Cavaco Silva of Portugal. High-level participation is also expected from Brazil, which will...

    posted on TUE 8 NOV 2011
  23. Insights

    Somalia Eritrea Sanctions Committee Meeting

    The 751/1907 Sanctions Committee on Eritrea and Somalia will meet tomorrow (9 November). It will consider the report by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mark Bowden, which was submitted to Council members last week. Philippe Lazzarini, Deputy Director of the...

    posted on TUE 8 NOV 2011
  24. Insights

    Briefing and Consultations on the DRC

    On Tuesday 8 November, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Roger Meece will brief the Council on the UN’s mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). Following the public briefing, Council members will have consultations during which Margot...

    posted on TUE 8 NOV 2011
  25. Insights

    Council Briefing on Cyprus

    Following the two-day talks hosted by the Secretary-General at the Greentree Estate outside of New York City, Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer will brief Council members in consultations tomorrow morning (Friday, 4 November). (The talks, which involved the Greek...

    posted on THU 3 NOV 2011
  26. Insights

    The Security Council’s November Programme of Work

    Council members adopted the November programme of work yesterday (Wednesday, the 3rd) and it looks like they will be heading into a busy month under the Portuguese presidency. The Council’s schedule this November is particularly tight as it has only...

    posted on THU 3 NOV 2011
  27. Insights

    Council briefing on Guinea-Bissau

    Joseph Mutaboba, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN’s office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), will brief the Council tomorrow morning (Thursday, 3 November). He is likely to focus on developments in the country and issues raised in the recent...

    posted on WED 2 NOV 2011
  28. Insights

    Meeting of the Admission of New Members Committee

    Tomorrow (Thursday, 3 November) the Council’s standing Committee on Admission of New Members will hold a formal meeting at permanent representative level on Palestine’s application for UN membership (unlike Council formal meetings, Council Committee formal meetings are not public). Following...

    posted on WED 2 NOV 2011
  29. Insights

    ICC Briefing on Libya

    The Council will receive its second briefing on Libya from the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, on Wednesday, 2 November. Just like the first briefing on 4 May, it seems tomorrow’s session will be an open...

    posted on TUE 1 NOV 2011