Dates: DECEMBER 2011

  1. Insights

    Negotiations on Syria Draft Resolution

    It seems Council members will have a further meeting at expert level at 3 p.m. today (Thursday, 22 December) to continue negotiations on a draft resolution on Syria circulated by Russia on 15 December. However, at press time Russia had...

    posted on THU 22 DEC 2011
  2. Insights

    Briefing and Consultations on Libya

    The Council is scheduled to receive a videoconference briefing tomorrow morning (Thursday, 22 December) on Libya by Ian Martin, head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). The briefing is due to be followed by consultations of Council members...

    posted on WED 21 DEC 2011
  3. Insights

    Negotiations on UNISFA Resolution

    Council members are in the process of negotiating a renewal of the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force in Abyei (UNISFA). It seems likely that the resolution will be passed in the coming days, as the current mandate of...

    posted on WED 21 DEC 2011
  4. Insights

    Resolutions on Central African Republic, Guinea-Bissau

    The Council is scheduled to adopt several resolutions tomorrow (Wednesday, 21 December), including on the mandate renewal of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA). (On 14 December, Margaret Vogt—head of BINUCA—briefed the Council following the...

    posted on TUE 20 DEC 2011
  5. Insights

    Resolution on UN Force in Golan Heights

    Tomorrow morning (21 December) the Council seems set to renew the mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) for six months, which was established in May 1974 to monitor the ceasefire between Israel and Syria. Later today, Assistant Secretary-General...

    posted on TUE 20 DEC 2011
  6. Insights

    Adoption of Burundi Resolution

    On Tuesday morning (20 December), the Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB). A draft resolution was finalised and put in blue on Friday, 16 December. The mandate is set...

    posted on MON 19 DEC 2011
  7. Insights

    Draft Resolution on Syria

    Council members appear to be considering a draft resolution on Syria circulated by Russia on 15 December. (Russia called for emergency informal consultations on the Middle East earlier the same day.) It seems that Council members will meet at expert...

    posted on FRI 16 DEC 2011
  8. Insights

    Debate on UN Mission in Afghanistan

    On Monday (19 December), the Council will hold a debate on the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). It seems that the debate will focus on the key points of the Secretary-General’s 13 December quarterly report on UNAMA, as well...

    posted on FRI 16 DEC 2011
  9. Insights

    Monthly DPA Briefing on Emerging Issues

    Tomorrow (Friday, 16 December) Council members will have their monthly briefing on emerging issues by the head of the Department of Political Affairs, B. Lynn Pascoe. It seems Pascoe is likely to update on a UN technical mission to the...

    posted on THU 15 DEC 2011
  10. Insights

    Democratic Republic of the Congo Briefing

    The Council will hold consultations on the post-election situation in the DRC this afternoon (Thursday, 15 December) at the request of France. The Council is likely to be briefed by Roger Meece, head of the UN stabilisation mission in the...

    posted on THU 15 DEC 2011
  11. Insights

    ICC Briefing on Darfur

    Today (Thursday, 15 December), the Council is scheduled to receive a regular briefing on Sudan from Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), followed by a private meeting. (These briefings are held in accordance with resolution 1593, which...

    posted on THU 15 DEC 2011
  12. Insights

    Briefing on the Central African Republic

    This afternoon, the Council will be briefed both by Margaret Vogt, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in CAR (BINUCA) and Ambassador Jan Grauls of Belgium, the chair of the Peacebuilding Commission’s CAR country...

    posted on WED 14 DEC 2011
  13. Insights

    Renewal of Cyprus Mission Mandate

    The Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution extending the mandate of the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Cyprus (UNFICYP) tomorrow morning (Wednesday, 14 December). The anticipated adoption of the resolution follows a briefing in consultations by Lisa Buttenheim, head of...

    posted on TUE 13 DEC 2011
  14. Insights

    Liberia Sanctions & Panel of Experts Renewal

    Tomorrow (Wednesday, 14 December), the Council is scheduled to renew both the Liberia sanctions regime and the mandate of the Panel of Experts monitoring the sanctions. A draft resolution was circulated to Council members on 6 December requesting the Secretary-General...

    posted on TUE 13 DEC 2011
  15. Insights

    Secretary-General’s Briefing on Somalia

    Tomorrow morning (Tuesday, 13 December) the Secretary-General is scheduled to brief the Council on Somalia. Council members seem keen to hear about the Secretary-General’s historic 9 December visit to Mogadishu with the President of the UN General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz...

    posted on MON 12 DEC 2011
  16. Insights

    Briefing on the Middle East

    This afternoon (Monday, 12 December) Council members will be briefed in informal consultations by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on the situation in the Middle East. Her briefing is expected to largely focus on Syria but Council...

    posted on MON 12 DEC 2011
  17. Insights

    ICJ Elections for Final Vacant Seat

    On Tuesday (13 December), the Council and General Assembly (GA) will convene for the third time in order to independently, but concurrently, elect the fifth and final remaining judge for the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The judge’s nine-year term...

    posted on MON 12 DEC 2011
  18. Insights

    Negotiations Over a Draft Statement on Afghanistan

    Council members at expert level are scheduled to meet late this afternoon to begin negotiations on a draft presidential statement welcoming and reaffirming the conclusions of the 5 December Bonn Conference on Afghanistan. Germany, the lead country on Afghanistan in...

    posted on WED 7 DEC 2011
  19. Insights

    Briefing and Consultations on Abyei

    The Council will receive a briefing and hold consultations tomorrow morning (Thursday, 8 December) on the Secretary-General’s 27 November report on the situation in Abyei (S/2011/741). Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, will likely brief. Representatives of Sudan and South...

    posted on WED 7 DEC 2011
  20. Insights

    Côte d’Ivoire Consultations on Elections Preparations

    Tomorrow (Thursday, 8 December), the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to the UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Albert Gerard Koenders, is expected to brief Council members on preparations for legislative elections to be held in Côte d’Ivoire on 11 December. (There...

    posted on WED 7 DEC 2011
  21. Insights

    Briefing and Consultations on Iraq

    On Tuesday (6 December), the Council is expecting a briefing from Martin Kobler, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), followed by consultations. This is the first time the Council will receive a briefing from Kobler, who assumed...

    posted on MON 5 DEC 2011
  22. Insights

    Council’s December Programme of Work

    Council members adopted December’s programme of work this morning (2 December). December is traditionally a busy month because of the high number of mandate renewals. Most of the meetings scheduled for the month under the Russian presidency are related to...

    posted on FRI 2 DEC 2011
  23. Insights

    Adoption of Libya UN Mission Extension Resolution

    This afternoon (December 2), the Council is expected to extend the mandate of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) for three months. Although due to expire on 15 December, Council members were keen to renew the mandate ahead of...

    posted on FRI 2 DEC 2011
  24. Insights

    Eritrea Resolution and Possible Address by the Eritrean President

    Following consultations among Council members yesterday (Wednesday, 30 November), first among experts and then at permanent representative level, it appears that Gabon circulated a revised draft resolution on Eritrea last night. Gabon had called for a vote yesterday after having...

    posted on THU 1 DEC 2011
  25. Insights

    Briefing on the DRC elections

    Council members are expecting a briefing by video-conference tomorrow (2 December) by Roger Meese, the head of the UN’s mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) on Monday’s elections. Council members are likely to be interested in Meese’s assessment of the preliminary...

    posted on THU 1 DEC 2011