Dates: MAY 2016

  1. Insights

    Wrap-Up Session on the Council’s Work in May

    Tomorrow morning (31 May), the Security Council will hold a public wrap-up session for the month of May. Egypt, Council president in May, has circulated a concept note describing the objectives of the meeting and suggesting issues that members may...

    posted on MON 30 MAY 2016
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    Security Council to Renew South Sudan Sanctions Regime

    Tomorrow (31 May), the Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution renewing the South Sudan sanctions regime (i.e. assets freezes and travel bans on designated individuals) for an additional year and the Panel of Experts for 13 months. After...

    posted on MON 30 MAY 2016
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    Informal Meeting between Members of the UN Security Council and the EU Political and Security Committee

    Tomorrow (26 May), members of the UN Security Council will hold an informal meeting with members of the EU Political and Security Committee (PSC). Since this is an informal meeting, it will be held in the permanent mission of Egypt...

    posted on THU 26 MAY 2016
  4. Insights

    Briefing on Recent Developments in Guinea-Bissau

    This afternoon (26 May), Security Council members will receive a briefing in consultations on Guinea-Bissau from Political Affairs Assistant Secretary-General Tayé-Brook Zerihoun on the country’s ongoing political crisis. Senegal requested the briefing in order for Council members to get an...

    posted on THU 26 MAY 2016
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    Briefing on the Sahel: Impact of Climate Change and Desertification

    Tomorrow (26 May), the Security Council will have a briefing on challenges in the Sahel, focusing on the impact of climate change and desertification to peace and security in this region. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the head of the UN Office...

    posted on WED 25 MAY 2016
  6. Insights

    Discussion on the Secretary-General Selection Process under “Any Other Business”

    This afternoon, Council members will discuss the next steps for the Security Council in the Secretary-General selection process under “any other business” at the request of Egypt. This is the first meeting in consultations regarding the appointment of the next...

    posted on WED 25 MAY 2016
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    Briefing by Special Envoy for Syria

    Tomorrow morning (26 May), Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura will brief Council members, via video-teleconference, as the intra-Syrian political process is facing serious challenges due to the unravelling cessation of hostilities and the ongoing lack of humanitarian access. Council members...

    posted on WED 25 MAY 2016
  8. Insights

    Security Council Consultations on Yemen Peace Talks

    Tomorrow (25 May), Security Council members are expected to receive a briefing in consultations from Special Envoy for Yemen Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed (via video-teleconference). The briefing is intended to update members on peace talks in Kuwait, in anticipation of...

    posted on TUE 24 MAY 2016
  9. Insights

    Council Resolution to Terminate Liberia Sanctions Regime

    Tomorrow morning (25 May), the Council is expected to adopt a resolution that terminates the Liberia sanctions regime. This will end the remaining arms measures, the Liberia 1521 sanctions committee and the Panel of Experts, which were established in 2003....

    posted on TUE 24 MAY 2016
  10. Insights

    Council Resolution to Terminate Liberia Sanctions Regime

    Tomorrow morning (25 May), the Council is expected to adopt a resolution that terminates the Liberia sanctions regime. This will end the remaining arms measures, the Liberia 1521 sanctions committee and the Panel of Experts, which were established in 2003....

    posted on TUE 24 MAY 2016
  11. Insights

    Annual Meeting with Members of the AU PSC and Open Debate and Presidential Statement on AU-UN Cooperation

    Annual Meeting with Members of the AU PSC This afternoon (23 May), members of the Security Council and members of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) will hold their tenth joint annual consultative meeting. Security Council members and PSC...

    posted on MON 23 MAY 2016
  12. Insights

    Council Visiting Mission: Meeting with the League of Arab States in Cairo

    Yesterday, 21 May, on the last day of their visiting mission, Security Council members met in Cairo with members of the League of Arab States (LAS) – the first “consultative meeting” between the two bodies. They also met with the...

    posted on SUN 22 MAY 2016
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    Dispatches from the Field: Discussions in Nairobi on AMISOM and Refugee Situation

    Council members continued their visiting mission today in Nairobi. They first had a meeting with the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, at the presidential palace, followed by a discussion with senior government officials. Both meetings focused largely on issues related to...

    posted on FRI 20 MAY 2016
  14. Insights

    Dispatches from the Field: Meetings in Mogadishu

    Security Council members today started their visiting mission to the Horn of Africa with a day of meetings in Mogadishu. (Due to the security situation all the meetings took place at the Mogadishu airport.) A key focus of the discussions...

    posted on THU 19 MAY 2016
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    Security Council Visiting Mission to the Horn of Africa: Programme and Issues

    This evening, Council members will embark on a visiting mission to Somalia, Kenya and Egypt. While the situation in Somalia will be the main focus of the trip, there will also be discussions on the situation in Libya during the...

    posted on TUE 17 MAY 2016
  16. Insights

    Informal Interactive Dialogue with Heads of Military Components of UN Peace Operations

    Tomorrow (18 May), the Security Council expects to discuss key cross-cutting operational issues in UN peacekeeping during a briefing by Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous and four force commanders: Lieutenant General Derick Mbuyiselo Mgwebi (South Africa) of the UN...

    posted on TUE 17 MAY 2016
  17. Insights

    Secretary-General’s Retreat with Security Council Members

    The annual Security Council retreat with the Secretary-General will start this evening and continue throughout the day tomorrow (16 and 17 May) at Greentree Estate, New York. The annual retreat affords Council members a rare opportunity to engage in collective...

    posted on MON 16 MAY 2016
  18. Insights

    Presidential Statement on Boko Haram ahead of Abuja Regional Security Summit

    Today (13 May), the Security Council is expected to adopt a presidential statement on Boko Haram, ahead of tomorrow’s Regional Security Summit in Abuja. The US, in coordination with Senegal, circulated a draft text Wednesday afternoon, seeking comments by Thursday...

    posted on FRI 13 MAY 2016
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    Briefing on Electoral Crisis in Haiti

    Tomorrow afternoon (12 May), at the request of the US, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, will brief Council members in consultations on the electoral crisis in Haiti. A press statement is a possible outcome following the meeting. The US...

    posted on WED 11 MAY 2016
  20. Insights

    Countering the narratives of terrorism: open debate and presidential statement

    Tomorrow (11 May), the Security Council will hold an open debate focusing on countering the narratives and ideologies of terrorism. The Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson; the Secretary-General of Al-Azhar Islamic Research Academy, Mohi El-Din Afifi; and the Vice President and...

    posted on TUE 10 MAY 2016
  21. Insights

    Arria-formula Meeting on Protection of Civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

    Tomorrow afternoon (6 May), Egypt, Security Council president and Arab Group representative, together with Angola, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela, has organised an Arria-formula meeting on the protection of the Palestinian civilian population in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). The meeting,...

    posted on THU 5 MAY 2016
  22. Insights

    Syria: Chemical Weapons Briefing and Draft Resolution

    Tomorrow (5 May), Acting UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Kim Won-soo will brief Council members on the Secretary-General’s most recent report (S/2016/391) on progress in the elimination of the Syrian chemical weapons programme. As in previous briefings, Kim will...

    posted on WED 4 MAY 2016
  23. Insights

    Syria: Briefing on Aleppo

    This afternoon (4 May) Council members expect to be briefed on the political and humanitarian situations in Aleppo by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman and OCHA head Stephen O’Brien. Syria has asked to participate under Rule 37. It seems...

    posted on WED 4 MAY 2016
  24. Insights

    Joint Briefing by the Chairs of the Counter-Terrorism-Related Committees

    Tomorrow (4 May), the Security Council will receive a briefing from the chairs of its counter-terrorism-related committees. The briefers will be Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen (New Zealand), chair of the 1267/1989/2253 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) (Da’esh)/Al-Qaida...

    posted on TUE 3 MAY 2016
  25. Insights

    Security Council’s May Programme of Work

    May is looking to be a busy month for the Council under the Egyptian presidency. Tomorrow the Council will adopt a resolution on protection of civilians with a focus on health care in armed conflict during a briefing on this...

    posted on MON 2 MAY 2016
  26. Insights

    Briefing and Resolution on Healthcare in Armed Conflict

    Tomorrow (3 May), the Security Council will hold a briefing and adopt a resolution on health care in armed conflict. Briefers will include the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Peter Maurer, the President of the ICRC; and Joanne Liu, the President...

    posted on MON 2 MAY 2016