Dates: MARCH 2017

  1. Insights

    Resolution on the Lake Chad Basin

    The Council is about to adopt a resolution on the Lake Chad Basin, where the terrorist group Boko Haram continues an insurgency that has resulted in one of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises. The draft resolution follows Council members’ visiting...

    posted on FRI 31 MAR 2017
  2. Insights

    Vote on Draft Resolution Renewing MONUSCO Mandate

    Tomorrow (31 March), the Security Council is set to renew the mandate of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), including that of its force intervention brigade, until 31 March 2018. The negotiations over...

    posted on THU 30 MAR 2017
  3. Insights

    Arria-Formula Meeting on Hybrid Wars

    Tomorrow morning (31 March), Ukraine will chair an Arria-formula meeting on hybrid wars as a threat to international peace and security. The meeting will be open to the wider UN membership, UN entities and nongovernmental groups. Ukrainian ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko...

    posted on THU 30 MAR 2017
  4. Insights

    Yemen: Briefing by the Special Envoy and Chair of the 2140 Sanctions Committee

    Tomorrow (29 March), Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed and Ambassador Koro Bessho (Japan), Chair of the Yemen 2140 Sanctions Committee, will brief Council members in consultations. Members do not expect Ould Cheikh Ahmed to report any significant...

    posted on TUE 28 MAR 2017
  5. Insights

    Arria-formula Meeting on Women, Peace and Security and Mediation

    This afternoon, Italy and the UK are chairing an Arria-formula meeting on Women, Peace and Security and Mediation. Interventions will be made by Benedetto Della Vedova, Italy’s Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and Baroness Anelay, UK Minister of State...

    posted on MON 27 MAR 2017
  6. Insights

    Briefing and Draft Resolution on Protection of Cultural Heritage in Armed Conflicts

    On Friday morning (24 March), the Security Council will hold a briefing and will vote on a draft resolution on the protection of cultural heritage in the event of armed conflicts. Briefings are expected from Irina Bokova, Director-General of the...

    posted on THU 23 MAR 2017
  7. Insights

    South Sudan Briefing

    Tomorrow (23 March), the Security Council will hold a high-level briefing on South Sudan. Secretary-General António Guterres, Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Chairman Festus Mogae, Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura and a South Sudanese civil...

    posted on WED 22 MAR 2017
  8. Insights

    Somalia Briefing and UNSOM Adoption

    On Thursday (23 March), the Security Council will hold a high-level meeting on the situation in Somalia. UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will chair the meeting, while Special Representative Michael Keating and newly-elected Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmajo” will...

    posted on TUE 21 MAR 2017
  9. Insights

    Meeting on the Situation in Yemen

    Tomorrow (17 March), Council members will discuss Yemen under “any other business”, with a briefing from Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman. Russia requested the meeting yesterday evening in light of the expected attack by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition and...

    posted on THU 16 MAR 2017
  10. Insights

    UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan: Mandate Renewal

    Tomorrow (17 March), the Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) until 17 March 2018. The adoption was initially to take place during the debate on Afghanistan on 10...

    posted on THU 16 MAR 2017
  11. Insights

    Briefing on the Situation in Myanmar

    Tomorrow morning (17 March), at the request of the UK, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman is scheduled to brief Council members on the situation in Myanmar during informal consultations under “any other business”. A representative from the Office of...

    posted on THU 16 MAR 2017
  12. Insights

    Briefing on the Central African Republic

    Tomorrow (16 March), the Security Council will be briefed by Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous and Central African Republic (CAR) President Faustin Archange Touadera on the situation in the CAR. It seems that France took the opportunity of President...

    posted on WED 15 MAR 2017
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    Open Debate on Forced Labour, Slavery and Other Similar Practices

    On Tuesday (14 March), the Security Council will hold a ministerial-level open debate on “Trafficking in persons in conflict situations: forced labour, slavery and other similar practices”, held under the Council agenda item “Maintenance of international peace and security”. The...

    posted on FRI 10 MAR 2017
  14. Insights

    Mosul: Consultations on the Humanitarian Situation and Alleged Chemical Weapons Attack

    Tomorrow afternoon (10 March), Council members will meet in consultations on the situation in and around Mosul, Iraq. Briefings are expected from OCHA head Stephen O’Brien and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Kim Won-soo. Russia requested the meeting earlier this...

    posted on THU 9 MAR 2017
  15. Insights

    Briefing on Burundi

    Tomorrow (9 March), the Council will be briefed in consultations by the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Conflict Prevention, Jamal Benomar, on the Secretary-General’s report on the situation in Burundi (S/2017/165). The security and political situation in Burundi, which...

    posted on WED 8 MAR 2017
  16. Insights

    Dispatches from the Field: Final Day in Abuja

    On Monday (6 March), Security Council members concluded their visiting mission to the Lake Chad Basin countries in Abuja. The day involved a meeting with the Vice-President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, as well as meetings with the UN Country Team...

    posted on TUE 7 MAR 2017
  17. Insights

    Syria: Consultations on the Geneva Talks

    Tomorrow afternoon, Council members will be briefed by Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura on the fourth round of the intra-Syrian talks held between 23 February and 3 March. Council members will be interested in hearing de Mistura’s assessment of the...

    posted on TUE 7 MAR 2017
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    Dispatches from the Field: Visit to Maiduguri in Northeast Nigeria

    On Sunday, following its meetings in Niamey, Niger, the Council delegation flew to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, Nigeria. Among the highlights during their half-day in Maiduguri were a visit to an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp, and a...

    posted on SUN 5 MAR 2017
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    Dispatches from the Field: Council Members Vist Niger

    On Saturday evening (4 March), soon after arriving in Niamey, Niger, the Council delegation met with President Mahamadou Issoufou and government ministers at the Presidential Palace. On Sunday morning, members met with the UN country and humanitarian teams, diplomatic corps...

    posted on SUN 5 MAR 2017
  20. Insights

    Dispatches from the Field: Security Council Members Visit Chad

    Today (4 March), Security Council members continued the Chad leg of their visiting mission of the Lake Chad Basin with meetings in N’Djamena. While members came primarily to assess the crisis in the region, and the challenges facing Chad, caused...

    posted on SAT 4 MAR 2017
  21. Insights

    Dispatches from the Field: Visit to Cameroon

    Meetings in Youndé Today Council members began their 5-day visiting mission to the Lake Chad Basin region to assess the impact of the Boko Haram insurgency. The delegation started the day in Youndé and travelled in the afternoon to the...

    posted on FRI 3 MAR 2017
  22. Insights

    Security Council Visiting Mission to the Lake Chad Basin Region

    This evening (1 March), Council members depart New York to begin a visiting mission to the Lake Chad Basin region, where the terrorist group Boko Haram continues an insurgency that has resulted in one of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises....

    posted on WED 1 MAR 2017
  23. Insights

    The Security Council’s Programme of Work for March

    During its presidency in March, the UK is planning to focus on conflict prevention in Africa. Tomorrow Council members start a 5-day visiting mission to the Lake Chad Basin region with stops in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. The mission...

    posted on WED 1 MAR 2017