Dates: APRIL 2012

  1. Insights

    Sudan/South Sudan Draft Resolution

    Council members are still negotiating a draft resolution addressing the deteriorating relations between Sudan and South Sudan. The US circulated the draft on Thursday (26 April) and a preliminary discussion was held that afternoon at Deputy Permanent Representative (DPR) level....

    posted on MON 30 APR 2012
  2. Insights

    ICJ Elections

    Tomorrow (27 April), the Council and the General Assembly will both hold elections for the vacant position on the International Court of Justice (ICJ), following the resignation of Judge Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh (Jordan) on 31 December 2011. (Council resolution 2034...

    posted on THU 26 APR 2012
  3. Insights

    Darfur Briefing and Consultations

    Tomorrow morning (26 April), the Council is scheduled to receive a briefing on the latest report of the Secretary-General (S/2012/231) on the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) followed by consultations. It seems that Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous,...

    posted on WED 25 APR 2012
  4. Insights

    Côte d’Ivoire Sanctions Renewal

    Tomorrow (26 April), Council members are scheduled to adopt a resolution renewing the Côte d’Ivoire sanctions regime for 12 months. The resolution, which will also renew the mandate of the Panel of Experts (PoE) that supports the 1572 Sanctions Committee,...

    posted on WED 25 APR 2012
  5. Insights

    Debate on Securing Borders Against Illicit Flows

    Tomorrow (25 April), the Council will hold an open debate on securing borders against illicit flows. The Secretary-General is set to brief the Council with a large number of member states expected to participate. Council members began negotiating a presidential...

    posted on TUE 24 APR 2012
  6. Insights

    Briefing on UN Supervision Mission in Syria

    Council members will be briefed tomorrow afternoon (24 April) on the recently authorised UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) in closed consultations by UN-Arab League Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan (via video-link) and Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Hervé Ladsous. It...

    posted on MON 23 APR 2012
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    Renewal of Western Sahara Mission

    Tomorrow (24 April), Security Council members are set to adopt a resolution to extend the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for another year. A draft resolution was discussed by the Group of Friends...

    posted on MON 23 APR 2012
  8. Insights

    Briefing on Women, Peace and Security

    Tomorrow morning (24 April) Council members will be briefed on women, peace and security by the Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, and the Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Hervé Ladsous. The public briefing will be followed by consultations. It...

    posted on MON 23 APR 2012
  9. Insights

    Syria Observer Mission Resolution

    It seems that the Council will meet this morning (21 April) at 11 a.m. for a possible vote on a resolution to authorise a UN mission in Syria. Council members met in consultations at permanent representative level late yesterday to...

    posted on SAT 21 APR 2012
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    Briefing and Consultations on Guinea-Bissau

    This afternoon (19 April), the Council is scheduled to receive a briefing on Guinea-Bissau followed by closed consultations among members. It seems the Council will hear from three foreign ministers: Mamadú Saliu Jaló Pires of Guinea-Bissau (who was out of...

    posted on THU 19 APR 2012
  11. Insights

    DRC “Arria Formula” Meeting

    Tomorrow (20 April), Council members will attend an “Arria Formula” meeting on security sector reform (SSR) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The meeting is organised by France together with representatives of NGOs and will be a closed...

    posted on THU 19 APR 2012
  12. Insights

    Nuclear Non-Proliferation Briefing

    Tomorrow (19 April), the Council is scheduled to hold a meeting on nuclear non-proliferation, disarmament and security with a briefing by the Secretary-General. This briefing is a primary focus for the US during its April presidency and follows on the...

    posted on WED 18 APR 2012
  13. Insights

    Briefing by Deputy Joint Special Envoy for Syria

    Tomorrow morning (19 April) Council members will be briefed on Syria in informal consultations by Jean-Marie Guéhenno, deputy to UN-Arab League Special Envoy Kofi Annan, and Assistant Secretary General for Peacekeeping Edmond Mulet. It is likely that Annan may brief...

    posted on WED 18 APR 2012
  14. Insights

    Eritrean PR to Address Sanctions Committee

    Tomorrow afternoon (18 April) the Council’s Sanctions Committee for Somalia and Eritrea (751 and 1907 Committee) is scheduled to hear from the Eritrean permanent representative Araya Desta. It appears that Desta was invited to meet with the Committee as members...

    posted on TUE 17 APR 2012
  15. Insights

    Council Meeting on Sudan/South Sudan

    Tomorrow morning (17 April) at 11.30am, Council members are expecting to hold a meeting with Haile Menkerios, the UN Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, and Thabo Mbeki, head of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel, on the deteriorating...

    posted on MON 16 APR 2012
  16. Insights

    Western Sahara Consultations

    Tomorrow (17 April), Security Council members are set to receive a briefing in consultations on the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). The Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, Christopher Ross, and the head of MINURSO, Hany Abdel-Aziz, are scheduled...

    posted on MON 16 APR 2012
  17. Insights

    Continuing Negotiations on a Syria Draft Resolution

    Council members are continuing this afternoon (13 April), at permanent representative level, to try to come to an agreement on a draft resolution on Syria authorising the deployment of an advance team of 30 unarmed military observers to Syria to...

    posted on FRI 13 APR 2012
  18. Insights

    Press Statement on Guinea-Bissau

    Council members were briefed this morning (13 April) by the Secretariat on the situation in Guinea-Bissau. They were told that the military had arrested the former Prime Minister, Carlos Gomes Júnior, and the interim President, Raimundo Pereira. (Gomes is tipped...

    posted on FRI 13 APR 2012
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    Council Meeting on DPRK Rocket Launch

    Council members are scheduled to meet this morning (13 April) in consultations to discuss the launch of a rocket by the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 12 April. There appears to be general agreement that launching the rocket,...

    posted on FRI 13 APR 2012
  20. Insights

    Syria Draft Resolution

    The Council is working towards adopting a resolution authorising the deployment of an advance team of unarmed military observers to Syria to supervise the cessation of violence by all parties. (If the resolution is adopted tomorrow, such an advance monitoring...

    posted on THU 12 APR 2012
  21. Insights

    Briefing by Special Envoy for Syria

    Tomorrow morning (12 April) Council members are scheduled to hear from the Joint UN-Arab League Special Envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, on progress made on the cessation of violence by both the Syrian government and the opposition elements. It appears...

    posted on WED 11 APR 2012
  22. Insights

    Draft Presidential Statement on Sudan-South Sudan Violence

    Council members met this afternoon (11 April) at expert level to discuss a draft presidential statement circulated following consultations this morning that focused on Abyei and the tensions between Sudan and South Sudan. During the consultations, Edmond Mulet, Assistant Secretary-General...

    posted on WED 11 APR 2012
  23. Insights

    Consultations on Abyei

    Council members are scheduled to meet in consultations tomorrow morning (11 April) to discuss the most recent Secretary-General’s report on the situation in Abyei (S/2012/175), the disputed territory straddling Sudan and South Sudan. Edmond Mulet, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations,...

    posted on TUE 10 APR 2012
  24. Insights

    Press Statement on Mali Under Silence Procedure

    Following recent developments in Mali over the weekend, today(10 April)France has circulated a draft press statement which apparently welcomes the 6 April Framework Agreement on the restoration of constitutional order in Mali and expresses support for the efforts made by...

    posted on MON 9 APR 2012
  25. Insights

    Briefing on Myanmar

    Tomorrow (10 April) during consultations Council members will be updated on developments in Myanmar by the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar. (Nambiar most recently visited Myanmar from 12 – 17 February, his third since the inauguration...

    posted on MON 9 APR 2012
  26. Insights

    Briefing and Consultations on Iraq

    Tomorrow, (10 April), Martin Kobler, head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), is scheduled to brief the Council, followed by consultations among members. This is the second time the Council will receive a briefing from Kobler, who assumed...

    posted on MON 9 APR 2012
  27. Insights

    Syria Draft Presidential Statement

    Following a briefing by Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan during consultations on Monday (2 April), Council members have been working on a draft presidential statement on Syria and may meet either later today (4 April) or tomorrow morning to adopt...

    posted on WED 4 APR 2012
  28. Insights

    Council’s April Programme of Work

    April has begun on a busy note for the Council. Yesterday (2 April), Council members were briefed by the Joint Special Envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, in consultations. This morning, Council members had consultations on the programme of work for...

    posted on TUE 3 APR 2012
  29. Insights

    Security Council Retreat with the Secretary-General

    The annual Security Council Retreat with the Secretary-General begins this evening (3 April), with a full day of discussions tomorrow (4 April). The Secretary-General and senior staff of the UN Secretariat will meet with Security Council members, represented at the...

    posted on TUE 3 APR 2012
  30. Insights

    Briefing on Mali

    Tomorrow (3 April), following consultations on the programme of work for the month of April, it is likely that Council members will be briefed on Mali by DPA head, B.Lynn Pascoe. Apparently Council members are expecting a draft statement –...

    posted on MON 2 APR 2012