Dates: OCTOBER 2013

  1. Insights

    Arria Formula Meeting on the Central African Republic

    Tomorrow morning (1 November), members of the Security Council will convene with members of various UN organs and civil society for an Arria formula meeting on “The human rights and humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic”. The meeting will...

    posted on THU 31 OCT 2013
  2. Insights

    Interactive Dialogue with AU Contact Group and Kenya on ICC Deferral

    Tomorrow (31 October), Council members will hold an interactive dialogue with an AU high-level contact group and Kenya regarding the AU request that the Security Council defer International Criminal Court (ICC) proceedings against President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William...

    posted on WED 30 OCT 2013
  3. Insights

    Western Sahara Consultations

    This afternoon (30 October) Security Council members are set to receive a briefing in consultations on the status of negotiations on Western Sahara. The Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, Christopher Ross, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the...

    posted on WED 30 OCT 2013
  4. Insights

    Briefing and Consultations on Somalia

    Tomorrow (30 October), the Security Council will be briefed by Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on two reports as well his recent visit to Mogadishu. Eliasson is expected to cover the report of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on benchmarks...

    posted on TUE 29 OCT 2013
  5. Insights

    Annual Debate on Working Methods

    Tomorrow morning (29 October) the Security Council will hold its fourth annual debate on Council working methods. Ambassador María Cristina Perceval (Argentina), the chair of the Informal Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Questions, will kick off the discussion....

    posted on MON 28 OCT 2013
  6. Insights

    Consultations on Clashes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Council members will meet in consultations at the request of France this afternoon (28 October) to discuss the on-going violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The head of the UN Stabilisation Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), Special...

    posted on MON 28 OCT 2013
  7. Insights

    Annual Briefing by ICJ President

    On Monday (28 October), the Security Council will convene for a private meeting to receive a briefing from the President of the ICJ, Peter Tomka (Slovakia). The briefing, which has been held annually since the practice was first established in...

    posted on FRI 25 OCT 2013
  8. Insights

    Briefing: Presidential Statement on the OIC

    On Monday (28 October) the Security Council will receive a briefing from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. The briefing will be chaired by the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan,...

    posted on FRI 25 OCT 2013
  9. Insights

    South Sudan Consultations

    Today (25 October), following consultations on Syria, Council members are expected to hold consultations on the situation in South Sudan with Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous scheduled to brief. It seems that the meeting will focus in particular on...

    posted on FRI 25 OCT 2013
  10. Insights

    Humanitarian Briefing on Syria

    Friday morning (25 October) Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos will brief the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria, to be followed by closed consultations. While not confirmed, it is possible that some...

    posted on WED 23 OCT 2013
  11. Insights

    Sudan-South Sudan Consultations

    Tomorrow morning (24 October), Council members are scheduled to hold the semi-monthly consultations on Sudan-South Sudan issues with Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Tayé-Brook Zerihoun expected to brief. Several issues will likely be on Council members minds and may be...

    posted on WED 23 OCT 2013
  12. Insights

    Côte d’Ivoire Sanctions Committee Briefing

    On Thursday (24 October), Ambassador Gert Rosenthal (Guatemala), chair of the 1572 Côte d’Ivoire Sanctions Committee, will brief Council members in consultations on the midterm report (S/2013/605) of the Group of Experts (GoE) that assists the Committee. (The GoE presented...

    posted on WED 23 OCT 2013
  13. Insights

    Briefing and Consultations on the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur and a Briefing on Guinea

    Tomorrow morning (23 October), the Security Council is scheduled to hold a briefing and consultations on the quarterly report of the Secretary-General on the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous is expected to brief...

    posted on TUE 22 OCT 2013
  14. Insights

    Security Council Elections: Options after Saudi Arabia Rejects its Seat

    This morning (18 October) Saudi Arabia issued a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement announcing that it would not accept membership of the Security Council until it is reformed. Only yesterday Saudi Arabia was elected by the General Assembly as a...

    posted on FRI 18 OCT 2013
  15. Insights

    Briefings on the Security Council’s Visiting Mission and on the UN Mission in the DRC

    On Monday (21 October), the Security Council will be briefed by the lead countries of the various legs of the recent Security Council visiting mission to Africa from 4-8 October. Morocco will brief on the Democratic Republic of the Congo...

    posted on FRI 18 OCT 2013
  16. Insights

    Women, Peace and Security: Open Debate and Resolution

    The Security Council will hold its annual open debate on women, peace and security and the implementation of resolution 1325 on Friday (18 October). As President of the Council for October, Azerbaijan has chosen “women, rule of law and transitional...

    posted on THU 17 OCT 2013
  17. Insights

    Security Council Elections 2013

    Tomorrow (17 October), the General Assembly will hold elections for the Security Council to fill five of the ten non-permanent seats in the Council for the 2014-2015 term. The five seats available for election this year will be distributed regionally...

    posted on WED 16 OCT 2013
  18. Insights

    Briefing and Consultations on Mali: Security Situation, Deployment and Elections

    Wednesday morning (16 October), the Security Council will receive a briefing on the Secretary-General’s most recent report on the situation in Mali (S/2013/582). Albert Gerard Koenders, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation...

    posted on MON 14 OCT 2013
  19. Insights

    Syria: Briefing on Joint OPCW and UN Mission

    This afternoon (10 October), Council members will convene for a briefing in consultations from the Secretary-General’s Chef de Cabinet, Susana Malcorra, on the Secretary-General’s 7 October letter to the Security Council outlining recommendations on the role of the UN in...

    posted on THU 10 OCT 2013
  20. Insights

    Central African Republic:Reinforcing BINUCA’s Mandate

    Tomorrow (10 October) the Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution updating and reinforcing the mandate of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) in the light of recent developments, as well as addressing other...

    posted on WED 9 OCT 2013
  21. Insights

    Renewal of Haiti Mission Mandate

    A draft resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for an additional year was put in blue this afternoon (9 October) and is scheduled for adoption tomorrow morning. As had been expected, the draft authorises...

    posted on WED 9 OCT 2013
  22. Insights

    Afghanistan: International Security Assistance Force Reauthorisation

    Tomorrow morning (10 October), the Security Council is set to adopt a resolution reauthorising the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan until 31 December 2014. Australia, the penholder on Afghanistan, circulated the draft resolution to Council members in mid-September....

    posted on WED 9 OCT 2013
  23. Insights

    Dispatches from the Field: Meeting Between Members of the UN Security Council and AU Peace and Security Council

    ADDIS ABABA: Members of the UN Security Council held their seventh annual consultative meeting with members of the AU Peace and Security Council today (8 October) at AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa. Council members also met with AU Chair Nkoszana...

    posted on TUE 8 OCT 2013
  24. Insights

    Dispatches from the Field: The Security Council in Kigali and Kampala

    KIGALI and KAMPALA: On Monday (7 October), Council members closed their tour of the Great Lakes Region with a one-day two-country visit to Rwanda and Uganda for meetings with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda...

    posted on TUE 8 OCT 2013
  25. Insights

    Dispatches from the Field: The Security Council in Goma

    GOMA: On Sunday (6 October) Council members spent a second day of intense meetings in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Goma, the capital of North Kivu province. The main focus of the Goma leg was the intervention...

    posted on MON 7 OCT 2013
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    Dispatches from the Field: The Security Council in Kinshasa

    KINSHASA: In the first full day of their Great Lakes Region visiting mission, Security Council members focused on the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Region (PSC Framework)...

    posted on SUN 6 OCT 2013
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    Dispatches from the Field: The Security Council in Kinshasa

    KINSHASA: On the first full day of their Great Lakes Region visiting mission, Security Council members focused on the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Region (PSC Framework)...

    posted on SUN 6 OCT 2013
  28. Insights

    Dispatches from the Field: Council Visiting Mission to the Great Lakes

    KINSHASA: Council members began their tour of the Great Lakes when they landed in Kinshasa this evening (4 October). Over the next three days they will also be visiting Goma, Kigali and Entebbe. The final stop will be Addis Ababa...

    posted on FRI 4 OCT 2013
  29. Insights

    October Programme of Work for the Security Council

    Azerbaijan’s presidency of the Security Council for the month of October has begun on a busy note. Following this morning’s (2 October) adoption of the Council’s provisional programme of work for October, Council members were briefed in consultations on the...

    posted on WED 2 OCT 2013
  30. Insights

    Syria: Addressing the Humanitarian Crisis

    Last night (1 October), a draft presidential statement addressing the humanitarian situation in Syria was put under silence until this morning, potentially setting the stage for the Security Council to adopt the statement as early as today. Council members met...

    posted on WED 2 OCT 2013