Dates: DECEMBER 2015

  1. Insights

    Libya: Adoption of a Resolution Welcoming the Libyan Political Agreement

    Today the Council is expected to adopt a resolution today welcoming the signing of the Libyan Political Agreement on 17 December in Skhirat, Morocco, and the formation of a nine-member Presidency Council. The Political Agreement was signed by delegates to...

    posted on WED 23 DEC 2015
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    Yemen: Briefings by the Special Envoy, OCHA and the High Commissioner for Human Rights

    Tomorrow (22 December), the Council will meet on Yemen for briefings by the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed, OCHA Assistant Secretary-General Kyung-wha Kang and the High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. While the...

    posted on MON 21 DEC 2015
  3. Insights

    Resolution on 1988 Afghanistan Sanctions Committee

    On Monday (21 December), the Council is expected to adopt a resolution making adjustments to the 1988 Afghanistan Sanctions regime. This follows a review of the implementation of the sanctions regime, called for in resolution 2160 of June 2014, the...

    posted on FRI 18 DEC 2015
  4. Insights

    Meeting on Iraq’s Complaint Regarding Turkish Deployment near Mosul

    This afternoon (18 December), following the Syria ministerial meeting, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman will brief the Security Council on Iraq’s complaint regarding the Turkish deployment of an armoured battalion to the Ba’shiqa region near Mosul. It seems likely...

    posted on FRI 18 DEC 2015
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    Syria: Ministerial Meeting and Possible Adoption of a Resolution on a Political Solution

    This afternoon (18 December), the Security Council will hold a ministerial-level meeting chaired by US Secretary of State John Kerry. At press time, it was unclear whether agreement would be reached in time to adopt a resolution on the need...

    posted on FRI 18 DEC 2015
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    Ministerial Meeting on the Al Qaida Sanctions Regime

    Tomorrow (17 December), the Security Council will hold a ministerial-level briefing on the 1267/1989 Al Qaida sanctions regime which will be chaired by US Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew, and attended by at least eight finance ministers. The Secretary-General...

    posted on WED 16 DEC 2015
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    Briefing on Trafficking in Persons in Situations of Conflict

    On Wednesday (16 December), the US has organised a briefing on trafficking in persons in situations of conflict. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson will brief along with Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC)....

    posted on TUE 15 DEC 2015
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    Briefing by the Chair of the 1737 Iran Sanctions Committee

    This afternoon (15 December), the chair of the 1737 Iran Sanctions Committee, Ambassador Román Oyarzun (Spain), is scheduled to present his quarterly briefing to the Council. At press time, the chair’s statement had not yet been agreed by the members...

    posted on TUE 15 DEC 2015
  9. Insights

    Council to Vote on Draft Resolution on UN Interim Security Force for Abyei

    Tomorrow (15 December), the Security Council is planning to vote on a resolution that would renew the mandate of UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) for an additional five months. The initial draft was circulated to Council members by...

    posted on MON 14 DEC 2015
  10. Insights

    Council to Vote on a Resolution on UN Mission in South Sudan

    Tomorrow (15 December), the Council is planning to vote on a resolution renewing and revising the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The initial draft was circulated to Council members by the US, the penholder on UNMISS,...

    posted on MON 14 DEC 2015
  11. Insights

    Appointment of the Next Secretary-General: Joint Letter Under Silence

    A draft joint letter from the Security Council and General Assembly presidents, which will mark the start of the process to select and appoint the next Secretary-General, is under silence until noon today (14 December). Following a meeting between Russia,...

    posted on MON 14 DEC 2015
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    Briefing on Burundi Following Attacks on Military Bases

    This afternoon (11 December), Council members will be briefed, at the request of France, under “any other business” by Jamal Benomar, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, on the unfolding situation in Burundi following attacks on military bases in Bujumbura early this...

    posted on FRI 11 DEC 2015
  13. Insights

    Meeting on the situation in Ukraine

    Tomorrow morning (11 December), the Council will hold a meeting on the situation in Ukraine at the request of Lithuania. At press time, briefings are expected from Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson; Chief Monitor of the Organization for Security and Cooperation...

    posted on THU 10 DEC 2015
  14. Insights

    Briefing and Consultations on the Political Process in Libya

    Tomorrow afternoon (11 December), the Security Council will be briefed by Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), followed by consultations. Ambassador Ramlan Ibrahim (Malaysia), the chair of the...

    posted on THU 10 DEC 2015
  15. Insights

    Arria-Formula Meeting: Responsibility to Protect and Non-State Actors

    On Monday (14 December), Council members are scheduled to hold an Arria-formula meeting, co-hosted by Chile and Spain, on the responsibility to protect (RtoP) and non-state actors. The meeting is open to all member states, observer missions and civil society....

    posted on THU 10 DEC 2015
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    Meeting on the Human Rights Situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)

    Tomorrow afternoon (10 December), the Security Council is expected to hold a meeting on the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), with briefings by High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and Under-Secretary-General...

    posted on WED 9 DEC 2015
  17. Insights

    Adoption of Resolution on Youth, Peace and Security

    Tomorrow (9 December), the Security Council will adopt a resolution initiated by Jordan on youth, peace and security which recognises the contribution of youth in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, and warns against the rise of radicalisation to violence...

    posted on TUE 8 DEC 2015
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    Joint Letter on the Secretary-General Appointment Process

    The UK has indicated interest in a discussion this week under “any other business” (AOB) on a draft joint letter from the Security Council and General Assembly presidents which will mark the start of the process to select and appoint...

    posted on MON 7 DEC 2015
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    Adoption of a Presidential Statement on the Sahel

    Tomorrow morning (8 December), the Council is expected to adopt a presidential statement on the Sahel. Members had hoped to adopt the statement at the Council’s 25 November briefing by the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on the implementation of the UN...

    posted on MON 7 DEC 2015
  20. Insights

    Security Council’s December Programme of Work

    Today (1 December), the Council adopted its provisional programme of work for December. The US is Council president this month. Besides the regular work of renewing mandates and discussing reports, there may also be a Council mission to Burundi, although...

    posted on TUE 1 DEC 2015
  21. Insights

    South Sudan Briefing and Consultations

    Tomorrow (2 December), the Council is scheduled to receive a briefing on South Sudan from Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous, followed by consultations. Ellen Margrethe Løj, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan and Head of the...

    posted on TUE 1 DEC 2015