Dates: MARCH 2012

  1. Insights

    Briefing by Special Envoy for Syria

    On Monday (2 April) the UN-Arab League Special Envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, will brief Council members in consultations by videoconference on his mediation efforts. Council members are likely to be interested in Annan’s recent visits to Moscow and Beijing...

    posted on FRI 30 MAR 2012
  2. Insights

    Yemen Presidential Statement

    The Council is scheduled to adopt a presidential statement on Yemen this morning (29 March). The draft was circulated at expert level on Monday evening (26 March) and went into silence yesterday until 9 am this morning. The Council’s main...

    posted on THU 29 MAR 2012
  3. Insights

    Downer to Update Members in Cyprus Consultations

    Council members are scheduled to meet in consultations tomorrow morning (29 March) to discuss Cyprus. Alexander Downer, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, is set to brief members via video-conference on recent negotiations on Cyprus. He has been meeting with,...

    posted on WED 28 MAR 2012
  4. Insights

    Guinea-Bissau Briefing and Consultations

    On Wednesday (28 March), Joseph Mutaboba, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Guinea-Bissau, is scheduled to brief the Council via video-conference on recent developments in the country. This will be followed by consultations among Council members. Mutaboba’s briefing is likely to...

    posted on TUE 27 MAR 2012
  5. Insights

    Press Statement on Sudan and South Sudan Cross-Border Violence

    This morning (27 March) the US circulated a draft press statement expressing Council members’ concern over the military clashes in regions bordering Sudan and South Sudan. The draft press statement also demands that all parties cease military operations in the...

    posted on TUE 27 MAR 2012
  6. Insights

    Middle East Briefing and Consultations

    Tomorrow morning (27 March), the Council will be briefed by Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. Serry is likely to focus on developments in the Quartet’s efforts to create sufficient momentum for direct Israeli-Palestinian...

    posted on MON 26 MAR 2012
  7. Insights

    Presidential Statement on the Situation in Mali and the Sahel

    A draft presidential statement on the situation in Mali as well as the security and humanitarian situation in the Sahel region is under silence procedure until 9.30 Monday (26 March) morning. If silence is not broken, the Council is likely...

    posted on SUN 25 MAR 2012
  8. Insights

    Briefing and Consultations on Peacekeeping

    On Monday (26 March) the Council is scheduled to receive a briefing from Hervé Ladsous, head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), followed by consultations. The UK, as Council President this month, has initiated this briefing and suggested that...

    posted on SUN 25 MAR 2012
  9. Insights

    Briefing on the Mali Military Mutiny

    This afternoon (Thursday, 22 March) the Council will be briefed by DPA head, B. Lynn Pascoe, on the situation in Mali after junior officers announced that they had seized control of the country this morning. President Amadou Toumani Touré appears...

    posted on THU 22 MAR 2012
  10. Insights

    Sierra Leone Briefing by Withdrawn Executive Representative

    On Thursday (22 March), Council members will consider the Secretary-General’s midterm report (S/2012/160) on the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL), which was submitted to the Council on 14 March. Michael von der Schulenburg (Germany), who was withdrawn...

    posted on WED 21 MAR 2012
  11. Insights

    Syria Presidential Statement and Press Statement

    Following negotiations at both expert level and permanent representative level today (20 March), revised drafts of the presidential statement supporting Joint Special Envoy for Syria Kofi Annan and the press statement on the recent terrorist attacks in Syria have gone...

    posted on TUE 20 MAR 2012
  12. Insights

    Debate on Afghanistan

    The Council is scheduled to hold a debate on the situation in Afghanistan this morning (20 March), which is likely to include discussion on the Secretary-General’s recent report (S/2012/133). Ján Kubiš, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for UNAMA, is...

    posted on TUE 20 MAR 2012
  13. Insights

    Syria Draft Presidential Statement and Press Statement

    It appears that Council members today (19 March) received two documents on Syria. The first was a draft presidential statement circulated by France supporting Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan’s mediation efforts, and the second was a Russian draft press statement...

    posted on MON 19 MAR 2012
  14. Insights

    Working Methods Consultations

    On Monday (19 March), Security Council members will hold consultations on the Council’s working methods at the permanent representative level. As Council president in March, the UK has highlighted the issue as a priority, particularly in terms of modernising Council...

    posted on FRI 16 MAR 2012
  15. Insights

    Briefing by Special Envoy for Syria

    Tomorrow (16 March) the UN-Arab League Special Envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, is expected to brief Council members in consultations via video-conference on his recent mediation efforts. (On 13 March, after the head of the Office for the Coordination of...

    posted on THU 15 MAR 2012
  16. Insights

    Consultations on South Sudan

    Council members are scheduled to hold consultations tomorrow morning (15 March) on the Secretary-General’s recent report on South Sudan (S/2012/140). Hilde Johnson, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on South Sudan and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan...

    posted on WED 14 MAR 2012
  17. Insights

    Humanitarian Briefing on Syria and the Sahel

    Tomorrow morning (13 March) Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, will brief Council members via video-teleconference on both Syria and the Sahel. She was in Syria from 7 to 9 March and in Niger from 16 to 18 February with...

    posted on MON 12 MAR 2012
  18. Insights

    Adoption of a New Mandate for the UN Mission in Libya

    On 2 March, the UK, lead country on Libya, circulated a draft resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Council members met on 6 and 8 March to discuss the draft resolution at expert level....

    posted on FRI 9 MAR 2012
  19. Insights

    Negotiations on a Syria Draft Resolution

    The P5 and Morocco (as the Council’s Arab Group voice) have been discussing a draft resolution on Syria. It appears that there is still no agreement on a draft text. It now seems unlikely that significant negotiations will take place...

    posted on FRI 9 MAR 2012
  20. Insights

    Debate on the Challenges and Opportunities in the Middle East

    Next Monday (12 March) the Council will hold a high-level debate on the “Situation in the Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities” immediately following the adoption of a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). UK...

    posted on FRI 9 MAR 2012
  21. Insights

    Debate on the UN Mission in Haiti

    Tomorrow morning (Thursday, 8 March) the Council is scheduled to hold a debate on the Secretary-General’s mid-term report (S/2012/128) on the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Mariano Fernández, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, is expected to brief. In...

    posted on WED 7 MAR 2012
  22. Insights

    Libya Briefing and UN Mission Resolution

    Tomorrow (7 March) the Council is scheduled to receive a briefing from Ian Martin, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Martin, who last briefed the Council on 29 February via...

    posted on TUE 6 MAR 2012
  23. Insights

    Briefing on Yemen

    Tomorrow morning (7 March) Council members are scheduled to be briefed in consultations on the situation in Yemen by the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Jamal Benomar. This briefing had originally been scheduled for 28 February, but was postponed as Benomar had...

    posted on TUE 6 MAR 2012
  24. Insights

    Monthly DPA Briefing on Emerging Issues: March

    Tomorrow morning (6 March) Council members will receive their monthly briefing on emerging issues by the head of the Department of Political Affairs, B. Lynn Pascoe. It seems Pascoe is likely to focus on the situation in Syria, Camp Ashraf...

    posted on MON 5 MAR 2012
  25. Insights

    Follow-Up Consultations on Haiti Council Visit

    Tomorrow morning (Tuesday, 6 March) Council members are scheduled to hold consultations on Haiti . It appears that Council members will be given an opportunity to provide feedback on the Council’s mission there from 13 February to 16 February. It...

    posted on MON 5 MAR 2012
  26. Insights

    Council’s March Programme of Work

    This morning (2 March), Security Council members adopted the Council’s programme of work for the month of March. The UK, the Council president for March, has as the centrepiece of its presidency a ministerial level debate on change in North...

    posted on FRI 2 MAR 2012
  27. Insights

    Somalia Open Debate

    On Monday (5 March) the Council is scheduled to hold an open debate on Somalia as a follow up to the 23 February London Conference. The UK has proposed a draft presidential statement (PRST) endorsing the conference communiqué, which is...

    posted on FRI 2 MAR 2012
  28. Insights

    DRC Sanctions Committee

    Tomorrow (2 March), the DRC Sanctions Committee will meet with the newly appointed DRC group of experts, prior to the group’s departure to the region and several European and Asian capitals. (In resolution 2021 of 29 November 2011, the Council...

    posted on THU 1 MAR 2012
  29. Insights

    Syria Press Statement

    This morning (1 March), Council members are still working on a press statement on the failure of the Syrian government to authorise, in a timely manner, access for Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, to assess...

    posted on THU 1 MAR 2012