Dates: FEBRUARY 2015

  1. Insights

    Briefing on Minsk Agreement Implementation in Ukraine

    Tomorrow (27 February), the Security Council may hold a public meeting on Ukraine possibly followed by an informal interactive dialogue session. The Chief Monitor of the Special OSCE Monitoring Mission, Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan (Turkey), and the Chair of the OSCE’s...

    posted on THU 26 FEB 2015
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    Syria Humanitarian Briefing

    Tomorrow afternoon (26 February), Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kyung-wha Kang and High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres will brief the Council on the devastating humanitarian situation in Syria and neighbouring countries. Tomorrow’s briefing will not be followed by consultations,...

    posted on WED 25 FEB 2015
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    Adoption of Resolution on UN Interim Security Force for Abyei

    Tomorrow (26 February), the Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) until 15 July 2015. The first draft was circulated to Council members on 18 February and...

    posted on WED 25 FEB 2015
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    Briefing on the Central African Republic under “Any Other Business”

    Tomorrow (26 February), Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous will brief Council members on the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) under “any other business”. The focus of the briefing will be the Secretary-General’s request to the Council to...

    posted on WED 25 FEB 2015
  5. Insights

    Briefing by the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office

    Tomorrow morning (23 February), Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ivica Dačić will brief the Council in his capacity as Chairperson-in Office of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The OSCE briefing is...

    posted on MON 23 FEB 2015
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    Adoption of Resolution Renewing Yemen Sanctions Regime

    Tomorrow morning (Tuesday, 24 February), the Security Council will adopt a resolution that extends the Yemen assets freeze and travel ban sanctions measures until 26 February 2016. The new resolution also extends the mandate of the Panel of Experts responsible...

    posted on MON 23 FEB 2015
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    South Sudan Briefing and Consultations

    Tomorrow ( 24 February), the Council is expected to hold a briefing on the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), which will be followed by consultations. Briefers will include Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous and Assistant Secretary-General for Human...

    posted on MON 23 FEB 2015
  8. Insights

    Council Ministerial Open Debate on the UN Charter

    On Monday (23 February), the Security Council will have a ministerial-level open debate on the UN Charter where Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will brief and member states are expected to reflect on the history of the Charter and reaffirm their commitment...

    posted on SUN 22 FEB 2015
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    Arria-Formula Meeting with the Commission of Inquiry on Syria

    Tomorrow morning (20 February), Security Council members are set to meet with the Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry on Syria in a closed Arria-formula format session arranged by the UK. A closed format was chosen to allow for a...

    posted on THU 19 FEB 2015
  10. Insights

    Council to Adopt Presidential Statement on Burundi

    Today (18 February), the Council is set to adopt a presidential statement on Burundi. The statement comes at a time of transition from the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB) to the UN Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi (MENUB). (In accordance...

    posted on WED 18 FEB 2015
  11. Insights

    Council Meeting on Libya and ISIS

    Tomorrow afternoon (18 February), the Security Council will meet to discuss the situation in Libya. The meeting follows the Sunday release by Islamists allied with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) of a video in which 21 Egyptian...

    posted on TUE 17 FEB 2015
  12. Insights

    Adoption of Resolution Renewing the UN’s Peacebuilding Mission in Guinea-Bissau

    The Council will adopt a resolution tomorrow morning (18 February), renewing the mandate of the UN Integrated Peace-building Mission in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) until 29 February 2016. Following a briefing and consultations on 5 February with the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and...

    posted on TUE 17 FEB 2015
  13. Insights

    Council to Vote on Ukraine Draft Resolution Today

    The Security Council is to vote on a draft resolution at 3 p.m. today (17 February) endorsing the agreements reached on 12 February in Minsk. It was drafted and put in blue by Russia on Friday (13 February) following email...

    posted on TUE 17 FEB 2015
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    Syria Special Envoy to Brief on Discussions toward an Aleppo Freeze Zone

    Tomorrow afternoon (17 February), Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura will deliver his second briefing to Council members on efforts to facilitate a negotiated “freeze zone” between the government and opposition in Aleppo—Syria’s “second city” which has suffered serious...

    posted on MON 16 FEB 2015
  15. Insights

    Council to Adopt Resolution on Yemen

    The Security Council is expected to adopt later today (15 February) a resolution on Yemen. On Friday afternoon (13 February), the UK circulated a draft that it had been working on with Jordan which was open for comments until 10...

    posted on SUN 15 FEB 2015
  16. Insights

    Briefing and Consultations on Yemen’s Political Crisis

    Tomorrow morning (12 February), the Council will have a briefing followed by consultations on the ongoing political crisis and rapidly deteriorating security situation in Yemen. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who has just returned from the region where he visited Dubai, Saudi...

    posted on WED 11 FEB 2015
  17. Insights

    Adoption of a Resolution on the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham and Al-Nusra Front

    Tomorrow (12 February), the Security Council is set to adopt a resolution targeting some of the sources of funding of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and Al-Nusra Front (ANF). After being discussed among permanent members, the draft...

    posted on WED 11 FEB 2015
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    Council to Adopt Resolution Renewing the Sudan Sanctions Committee Panel of Experts

    On Thursday (12 February), the Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of the panel of experts of the Sudan Sanctions Committee for an additional 13 months until 12 March 2016. (The current mandate expires on 13...

    posted on TUE 10 FEB 2015
  19. Insights

    Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Feltman to brief on Burkina Faso under Any Other Business

    Tomorrow (10 February), Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman will brief Council members on his recent visit to West Africa, with a focus on the latest developments in Burkina Faso. The briefing will be under “Any Other Business”, following consultations...

    posted on MON 9 FEB 2015
  20. Insights

    Presidential Statement on Mali and Threat to Impose Sanctions

    Today the Security Council is planning to adopt a presidential statement ahead of the start of the fifth round of the inter-Malian negotiation process in Algiers scheduled for 8 February. In part, it seems that the presidential statement responds to...

    posted on FRI 6 FEB 2015
  21. Insights

    Syria: Chemical Weapons Consultations & OPCW Vote on Fact-Finding Reports

    Tomorrow (6 February), UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane will brief Security Council members on the sixteenth monthly report (S/2015/56) on the implementation of resolution 2118, which required the verification and destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons*. Kane is...

    posted on THU 5 FEB 2015
  22. Insights

    Briefing and Consultations on UN Assistance Mission in Somalia

    Tomorrow (4 February), Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) Nicholas Kay, will brief the Security Council on the Secretary-General’s 23 January report of the mission and on other recent developments. Maman...

    posted on TUE 3 FEB 2015
  23. Insights

    Security Council’s February Programme of Work

    The Security Council’s programme of work for February adopted this morning contains mostly regular briefings and consultations on issues on the Council’s agenda, as well as a number of mandate renewals for sanctions and sanctions committee monitoring bodies as well...

    posted on TUE 3 FEB 2015