Dates: FEBRUARY 2016

  1. Insights

    DPRK: Adoption of New Sanctions Resolution

    This afternoon, the US was hoping to put into blue a draft resolution that will impose new sanctions and tighten some of the existing measures against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), in response to its 6 January nuclear...

    posted on FRI 26 FEB 2016
  2. Insights

    Briefing by the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office

    On Monday morning (29 February), German Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier will brief the Security Council in his capacity as the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The chairpersonship rotates on a yearly basis,...

    posted on FRI 26 FEB 2016
  3. Insights

    Syria: Adoption of a Resolution on the Cessation of Hostilities

    This afternoon (26 February), the Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution endorsing the cessation of hostilities in Syria. The adoption is slated for 3 p.m., two hours before the cessation of hostilities will go into effect at 00:00...

    posted on FRI 26 FEB 2016
  4. Insights

    Mandate Renewal of UNIOGBIS and Guinea-Bissau Political Crisis

    Tomorrow (26 February), the Security Council will adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office for Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) for a year. Senegal circulated an initial draft on 19 February. Following an expert level meeting on 22...

    posted on THU 25 FEB 2016
  5. Insights

    Briefing by the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Myanmar

    Tomorrow afternoon (25 February), at the request of the UK, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar, is scheduled to brief Council members during informal consultations under “any other business” (AOB). A representative from the Office of the High...

    posted on WED 24 FEB 2016
  6. Insights

    Negotiations on a Draft Presidential Statement on Burundi

    Council members have been negotiating a draft presidential statement on the situation in Burundi. The draft statement was circulated by France on Friday night (19 February) after bilateral discussions with Council members. Several members wanted the Council to adopt an...

    posted on WED 24 FEB 2016
  7. Insights

    Security Council to Renew Yemen Sanctions Regime

    This morning, the Security Council is set to adopt a resolution that renews the Yemen sanctions measures for an additional year and extends the mandate of the Panel of Experts until 27 March 2017. The UK, as penholder, circulated a...

    posted on WED 24 FEB 2016
  8. Insights

    Syria: Briefings by the head of OCHA and the Special Envoy

    Tomorrow morning (24 February), OCHA head Stephen O’Brien will brief the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria. The next day (25 February), Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura will brief Council members in consultations on the progress towards a...

    posted on TUE 23 FEB 2016
  9. Insights

    Open Debate on Peacebuilding

    Tomorrow (23 February), the Security Council will hold an open debate on the 2015 review of the UN peacebuilding architecture. The briefers will be current PBC chair Ambassador Macharia Kamau (Kenya), Ambassador Olof Skoog (Sweden), who served as chair of...

    posted on MON 22 FEB 2016
  10. Insights

    South Sudan Briefings

    Tomorrow (19 February), the Council will hold a briefing, followed by consultations, on the situation in South Sudan and the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), as well as on the work of the South Sudan Sanctions Committee. Regarding the...

    posted on THU 18 FEB 2016
  11. Insights

    Middle East Briefing and Draft Press Statement

    Tomorrow (18 February), Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman will provide a briefing, followed by consultations, during the Council’s regular monthly meeting on the Middle East. There has been an increase in Council activity on Israel/Palestine under Venezuela’s presidency....

    posted on WED 17 FEB 2016
  12. Insights

    Sudan/South Sudan Consultations

    Tomorrow (18 February), Special Envoy of the Secretary-General Haile Menkerios is expected to provide the quarterly briefing to Council members on Sudan/South Sudan issues in consultations, via video-teleconference. These quarterly briefings—originally held on a semi-monthly basis—focus on the implementation of...

    posted on WED 17 FEB 2016
  13. Insights

    Briefings and Consultations on Yemen humanitarian situation, Special Envoy’s efforts and 2140 Sanctions

    Tomorrow (16 February), the Council will be briefed by OCHA head Stephen O’Brien, followed by consultations, on the humanitarian situation in Yemen. The following day (17 February), the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed, and the Chair...

    posted on MON 15 FEB 2016
  14. Insights

    Open Debate on the UN Charter

    On 15 February (Monday), the Council will hold a ministerial level open debate on the topic of “Respect for the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations as a key element for the maintenance of international peace...

    posted on FRI 12 FEB 2016
  15. Insights

    Burundi Consultations and Briefing by Special Adviser

    Security Council members are expected to hold consultations this afternoon on the situation in Burundi. The meeting was called for by France, the penholder on Burundi. Jamal Benomar, the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General, is expected to brief. A representative...

    posted on WED 10 FEB 2016
  16. Insights

    Council to Vote on Sudan Sanctions Draft Resolution

    Tomorrow (10 February), the Security Council is scheduled to vote on a draft resolution renewing the Panel of Experts of the 1591 Sudan Sanctions Committee until 12 March 2017. The draft in blue expresses the Council’s intention to take appropriate...

    posted on TUE 9 FEB 2016
  17. Insights

    Working Methods Debate

    On Thursday (11 February), at the initiative of Venezuela, the Security Council is scheduled to hold a debate titled “Working Methods of Security Council Subsidiary Organs”. A concept note for the debate was circulated on 2 February (S/2016/102). Briefings are...

    posted on TUE 9 FEB 2016
  18. Insights

    Briefing by Political Affairs Head on UN Counter-Terrorism Efforts against ISIL

    On Tuesday (9 February), the Security Council will be briefed by Jeffrey Feltman, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, on UN counter-terrorism efforts against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), followed by consultations. The briefing will be based...

    posted on MON 8 FEB 2016
  19. Insights

    Syria: Special Envoy and OCHA to Brief

    Tomorrow (5 February), at the request of Venezuela, Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura will brief Security Council members in consultations, via video teleconference, on the postponement of political talks between the Syrian government and the Syrian opposition. John...

    posted on THU 4 FEB 2016
  20. Insights

    February Programme of Work

    This afternoon, the Security Council adopted its provisional programme of work for February. Venezuela, as Council president this month, has elected to hold two open debates. The first debate will focus on the respect of purposes and principles of the...

    posted on MON 1 FEB 2016