Dates: OCTOBER 2015

  1. Insights

    Adoption of Working Methods Presidential Statement

    Tomorrow morning (Friday, 30 October), the Council is planning to adopt a presidential statement on its working methods. The draft text was circulated by Angola, New Zealand, and Spain several days after an open debate on Council working methods held...

    posted on THU 29 OCT 2015
  2. Insights

    Consultations on the Democratic Republic of the Congo Sanctions Committee

    Tomorrow (28 October), Council members will be briefed in consultations by the chair of the 1533 Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Sanctions Committee, Ambassador Dina Kawar (Jordan), on the Group of Experts’ (GoE) midterm report (S/2015/797). Kawar last briefed...

    posted on TUE 27 OCT 2015
  3. Insights

    Briefing and Consultations on Darfur

    Tomorrow morning (28 October), the Council is expected to receive a briefing on the AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) from Assistant-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet, which will be followed by consultations. The Secretary-General’s most recent report on UNAMID...

    posted on TUE 27 OCT 2015
  4. Insights

    Yemen Arria-formula meeting on humanitarian assistance and relief efforts

    Tomorrow afternoon (28 October), Jordan has organised an Arria-formula meeting on humanitarian assistance and relief efforts in Yemen. OCHA head Stephen O’Brien will brief, as will Abdullah Al-Rabiah, Chairman of the Saudi-based King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center and...

    posted on TUE 27 OCT 2015
  5. Insights

    Yemen: Briefing by the Special Envoy and Chair of the 2140 Committee

    Tomorrow (23 October), the Security Council will be briefed by the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, and chair of the 2140 Yemen Sanctions Committee Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaité (Lithuania). This will be followed by consultations. The Special...

    posted on THU 22 OCT 2015
  6. Insights

    Middle East Open Debate & Briefing by Secretary-General on Israel/Palestine

    Tomorrow (22 October), the Security Council will convene for the quarterly open debate on the Middle East, with Spain’s foreign minister José Manuel García-Margallo presiding over the ministerial-level meeting. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov is...

    posted on WED 21 OCT 2015
  7. Insights

    Draft Resolution on Somalia-Eritrea Sanctions in Blue

    The Council is expected to adopt a resolution on Somalia-Eritrea sanctions either tomorrow or Friday (22 or 23 October). A text was first circulated by the penholder, the UK, on Thursday last week, with negotiations on Friday and Monday, and...

    posted on WED 21 OCT 2015
  8. Insights

    Briefing by the US on Iran Missile Launch

    This afternoon (21 October), at the request of the US, following consultations on Israel/Palestine, Council members are expected to discuss under “any other business” Iran’s 11 October launch of a ballistic missile. In announcing the launch, Iran described the missile...

    posted on WED 21 OCT 2015
  9. Insights

    Arria-Formula Meeting on Victims of Terrorism

    Tomorrow morning (21 October), Spain and the US are cohosting an open Arria-formula meeting on victims of terrorism and their role in countering violent extremism. The Foreign Minister of Spain, José Manuel García-Margallo; Spain’s Interior Minister, Jorge Fernández Díaz and...

    posted on TUE 20 OCT 2015
  10. Insights

    Briefing on Burundi by Political Affairs Head

    Tomorrow (21 October), Council members will be briefed during consultations on the situation in Burundi, by the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman. The briefing is being held at the request of France, in light of the continuing political turmoil...

    posted on TUE 20 OCT 2015
  11. Insights

    Working Methods Open Debate

    Tomorrow the Council will hold its sixth annual open debate on working methods. The debate is expected to address key concerns about the working methods of the Council, including transparency, participation, accountability and efficiency. The briefers for the debate will...

    posted on MON 19 OCT 2015
  12. Insights

    Presidential Statement on deteriorating situation in the Central African Republic

    Tomorrow morning (20 October), the Council is scheduled to adopt a presidential statement on the deteriorating situation in the Central African Republic (CAR). Council members have issued two press statements on the CAR in recent weeks. The first, on 28...

    posted on MON 19 OCT 2015
  13. Insights

    Meeting on the escalation of tensions and violence in Israel/Palestine

    This morning (16 October), at Jordan’s request, the Council will have a briefing by Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Tayé-Brook Zerihoun on the escalation of tensions and violence in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. The permanent representatives...

    posted on FRI 16 OCT 2015
  14. Insights

    Resolution Renewing Mandate of UN Mission in Haiti

    Tomorrow morning (14 October), the Council is expected to adopt a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for one year while maintaining its authorised troop strength at 2,370 military personnel and 2,601 police, as...

    posted on TUE 13 OCT 2015
  15. Insights

    Open Debate and Draft Resolution on Women, Peace and Security

    On Tuesday (13 October), Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain, will preside over the annual debate on women, peace and security. The Secretary-General and the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will brief. Two civil society representatives will also...

    posted on MON 12 OCT 2015
  16. Insights

    Council to Vote on Draft Resolution on South Sudan

    This morning (9 October) the Council will vote on a draft resolution* adjusting the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to support implementation of the “Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South...

    posted on THU 8 OCT 2015
  17. Insights

    Vote on a Resolution on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling in the Mediterranean

    Tomorrow (9 October), the Council is expected to vote on a resolution* aimed at disrupting human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants on the high seas off the coast of Libya. The draft was circulated in September by the UK,...

    posted on THU 8 OCT 2015
  18. Insights

    Syria Chemical Weapons Briefing

    Tomorrow afternoon (7 October), Acting UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Kim Won-soo will brief Security Council members on the monthly report (S/2015/737) on the implementation of resolution 2118, which required the verification and destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons. The...

    posted on TUE 6 OCT 2015
  19. Insights

    UNOWA head Mohammed Ibn Chambas to brief on Burkina Faso

    Tomorrow morning (6 October), Council members will discuss developments in Burkina Faso under “any other business” following consultations on Mali. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), will brief via video-teleconference from Dakar. The...

    posted on MON 5 OCT 2015
  20. Insights

    Security Council’s October Programme of Work

    This afternoon (2 October), Council members adopted their programme of work for October. Spain, the Council president for the month, has chosen as the centrepiece of its presidency an open debate on women, peace and security. It is expected to...

    posted on FRI 2 OCT 2015