Dates: JANUARY 2016

  1. Insights

    Somalia: Briefing and Possible Press Statement

    Tomorrow morning (28 January), the Security Council is scheduled to hold a meeting on Somalia, followed by consultations, to consider the Secretary-General’s 8 January quarterly report (S/2016/27). Briefings are expected via VTC by the new Special Representative for Somalia, Michael...

    posted on WED 27 JAN 2016
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    UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus Mandate Renewal

    Tomorrow morning (28 January) the Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for an additional six months. The draft was put into blue earlier today. The UK, the...

    posted on WED 27 JAN 2016
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    Resolution on CAR Sanctions

    The Council is expected to adopt a resolution tomorrow renewing the sanctions on the Central African Republic (CAR), which expire on 29 January, and the mandate of the Panel of Experts assisting the 2127 Sanctions Committee, which expires on 29...

    posted on TUE 26 JAN 2016
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    Syria: UN Humanitarian Head and Executive Director of the World Food Programme to brief on Humanitarian Situation

    Tomorrow afternoon (27 January), Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien and the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Ertharin Cousin, will brief the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria. Both briefers will participate in the informal consultations...

    posted on TUE 26 JAN 2016
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    Arria-Formula Meeting on Missing Persons

    Tomorrow (27 January), the UK is planning to host an Arria-formula meeting open to UN member states, UN entities, civil society and the media, on the “The Global Challenge of Accounting for Missing Persons from Conflict, Human Rights Abuses, Disasters,...

    posted on TUE 26 JAN 2016
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    Adoption of a Resolution Establishing a UN mission in Colombia

    This afternoon (25 January), the Security Council is set to adopt a resolution establishing a political mission of unarmed international observers in Colombia. The Foreign Minister of Colombia María Ángela Holguín is expected to participate the meeting. The mission will...

    posted on MON 25 JAN 2016
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    Dispatches from the Field: Meetings with the African Union and UN Special Representative in Addis Ababa

    Addis Ababa: The Council’s last day of its visiting mission started with an informal meeting with Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union Haile Menkerios. Council members shared with Menkerios their impressions from the Burundi leg of the...

    posted on SAT 23 JAN 2016
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    Dispatches from the Field: Burundi

    Bujumbura: Meetings with Former Burundian Officials and UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Council members arrived in Bujumbura yesterday evening (21 January) for the start of their three-day visit to Burundi and Addis Ababa. Upon arrival Council...

    posted on SAT 23 JAN 2016
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    Darfur Briefing and Consultations

    On Monday (25 January), the Council will be briefed by Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous on the AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), followed by consultations. The briefing is expected to focus on the Secretary-General’s 24 December 2015 UNAMID...

    posted on FRI 22 JAN 2016
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    Council Visiting Mission to Burundi and Addis Ababa

    Council members leave today for a three-day visiting mission to Burundi and the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Angola, France and the US will serve as co-leads on the Burundi leg of the mission, and Egypt will lead the...

    posted on WED 20 JAN 2016
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    Syria: Special Envoy to Brief on Political Talks

    On Monday (18 January), Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura will brief Security Council members in consultations, via video-teleconference, on the preparations for political talks between the Syrian government and the Syrian opposition in Geneva, announced for 25 January....

    posted on FRI 15 JAN 2016
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    Open Debate: Protection of Civilians

    On Tuesday (19 January), the Security Council will hold an open debate on the protection of civilians, which will be chaired by José Luis Cancela, Uruguay’s Vice-Minister for External Relations. UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, International Committee of the Red...

    posted on FRI 15 JAN 2016
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    Syria: Briefing on Besieged Areas

    Tomorrow afternoon (15 January), Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kyung-Wha Kang will brief the Security Council on the dire humanitarian situation of the 394,000 people living in besieged areas in Syria. No outcome is expected. France and the UK requested...

    posted on THU 14 JAN 2016
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    Libya: Briefing on the Implementation of the Peace Agreement

    Tomorrow (15 January), Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Martin Kobler will brief Council members by video teleconference under “any other business” on challenges to the implementation of the Peace Agreement...

    posted on THU 14 JAN 2016
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    UNOWA: Briefing and Consultations

    Tomorrow (14 January), the Council will have its semi-annual meeting on the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA). The Special Representative for West Africa and head of UNOWA, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, will brief on the Secretary-General’s 22 December report on...

    posted on WED 13 JAN 2016
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    Syria and Yemen: “Any Other Business” Briefings on Humanitarian Situations

    On Monday (11 January), following consultations on Mali, OCHA head Stephen O’Brien will brief Council members on the humanitarian situations in Syria and Yemen under “any other business”. Yesterday the leads on the Syrian humanitarian track, New Zealand and Spain,...

    posted on FRI 8 JAN 2016
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    The Security Council’s January Programme of Work

    In January, new members—Egypt, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay—begin their two-year term on the Council. Uruguay also takes on the presidency of the Security Council this month. This afternoon, Council members agreed on the programme of work. While the schedule...

    posted on MON 4 JAN 2016
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    “Any Other Business” Briefings: Central African Republic, Syria/Turkey and Yemen

    Tomorrow (5 January) following consultations on the Syria chemical weapons issues, Council members will receive briefings under “any other business,” on the Central African Republic (CAR), Syria/Turkey, and Yemen. Central African Republic Council members will be briefed at the request...

    posted on MON 4 JAN 2016