Dates: OCTOBER 2016

  1. Insights

    Exchange of Letters Regarding the Mandate of the UN Mission in Colombia

    The UK, as penholder on Colombia, has put under silence until 3pm today a response letter taking note of a letter from the Secretary-General which calls for minor adjustments to the mandate of the UN Mission in Colombia responding to...

    posted on MON 31 OCT 2016
  2. Insights

    Syria: Draft Resolution on the Renewal of the UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism

    Tomorrow (31 October), the mandate of the UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), the body mandated to determine responsibility for the use of chemical weapons in Syria, expires. The Council will vote on a resolution to extend the JIM for a...

    posted on SUN 30 OCT 2016
  3. Insights

    Security Council Briefing on Yemen

    On Monday (31 October), the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed will brief the Council, along with an OCHA representative. At present this is scheduled to be followed by consultations, but some members are anticipating that they...

    posted on FRI 28 OCT 2016
  4. Insights

    Debate on Cooperation between the UN and the CSTO, CSO and CIS

    Tomorrow morning (28 October), at the initiative of Russia, the Council will for the first time hold a debate on cooperation between the UN and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and the Commonwealth of...

    posted on THU 27 OCT 2016
  5. Insights

    Syria: Chemical Weapons Briefing and Possible Vote on a Resolution to Renew the Joint Investigative Mechanism

    Tomorrow (27 October), Virginia Gamba, the head of the UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), will present the fourth report of the JIM, the body mandated to determine responsibility for the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The report was circulated...

    posted on WED 26 OCT 2016
  6. Insights

    Consultations on Guinea-Bissau

    Tomorrow (20 October), Council members are expected to receive a briefing in consultations via video-teleconference from Modibo Touré, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Guinea-Bissau and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS). Senegal requested the briefing in...

    posted on WED 19 OCT 2016
  7. Insights

    Consultations on Colombia Following the Referendum

    During consultations tomorrow afternoon, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in Colombia, Jean Arnault, will brief Council members. General Javier Perez Aquino, the mission’s chief observer, will also be present. This will be the first Council...

    posted on MON 17 OCT 2016
  8. Insights

    Western Sahara Consultations

    Tomorrow (18 October), Special Representative and head of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) Kim Bolduc and Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General Christopher Ross will brief Council members in the regular semi-annual briefing. Special Representative Bolduc...

    posted on MON 17 OCT 2016
  9. Insights

    South Sudan Consultations

    On 17 October, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous is scheduled to brief Council members in consultations on South Sudan. The meeting is expected to focus on the Secretary-General’s second confidential monthly assessment, covering the period from 9 September to...

    posted on SAT 15 OCT 2016
  10. Insights

    Syria: Special Envoy to Brief after Lausanne Talks

    On Monday (17 October), Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura will brief Council members in consultations on the political process which has been stalled since April. The chances of political talks between the government and opposition resuming any time in the...

    posted on FRI 14 OCT 2016
  11. Insights

    Settlements Arria and Open Debate on Israel/Palestine

    Tomorrow, Council members are scheduled to hold an Arria-formula meeting entitled “Illegal Israeli Settlements: Obstacles to Peace and the Two-State Solution”. The meeting is hosted by Malaysia, with Angola, Egypt, Senegal and Venezuela co-hosting. Next week, on 19 October, the...

    posted on THU 13 OCT 2016
  12. Insights

    Mandate Renewal of UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti

    Tomorrow (13 October), the Security Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for six months while maintaining its authorised troop strength at 2,370 military personnel and 2,601 police, as recommended...

    posted on WED 12 OCT 2016
  13. Insights

    Briefing on Burundi

    On Thursday (13 October), the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Jamal Benomar, will brief Council members in consultations on recent developments in Burundi before his next visit to the country. Benomar’s briefing will be the first on Burundi since the Council adopted...

    posted on TUE 11 OCT 2016
  14. Insights

    Syria: Vote on a Resolution Demanding an End to Military Flights over Aleppo

    The Council is expected to vote on a draft resolution focused on the situation in Aleppo tomorrow (8 October). Since the rupture of the cessation of hostilities, agreed between Russia and the US on 9 September, there has been a...

    posted on FRI 7 OCT 2016
  15. Insights

    Vote on a Resolution Recommending António Guterres as the Next Secretary-General

    Following today’s (5 October), colour-coded straw poll, in which António Guterres was the only candidate with more than nine “encourage” votes and received no red ballot as a “discourage” vote, which would indicate a possible veto in a formal vote,...

    posted on WED 5 OCT 2016
  16. Insights

    Vote on Renewing the Provisions of Resolution 2240 on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling in the Mediterranean

    Tomorrow (6 October), the Council will vote on a resolution aimed at disrupting human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants on the high seas off the coast of Libya. It will renew the provisions of resolution 2240, which expire on...

    posted on WED 5 OCT 2016
  17. Insights

    Secretary-General Appointment: First Colour-Coded Ballot

    Council members will hold their first colour-coded straw poll tomorrow. Since July, five undifferentiated straw polls have been held, but this ballot will provide the first clear indication of which candidates could face a veto in a formal vote. The...

    posted on TUE 4 OCT 2016
  18. Insights

    Security Council’s October Programme of Work

    Russia will have the presidency of the Council in October, when Council members will hold their first colour-coded straw poll for the position of the next Secretary-General, giving the first clear indication of which candidates could face a veto in...

    posted on MON 3 OCT 2016
  19. Insights

    Darfur Briefing and Consultations

    Tomorrow morning (4 October), the Security Council is expected to hold a briefing, followed by consultations, on the UN/AU Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous is expected to brief on the Secretary-General’s latest 90-day report...

    posted on MON 3 OCT 2016