Dates: MARCH 2018

  1. Insights

    Peacekeeping Open Debate

    Tomorrow (28 March), the Security Council will hold an open debate on “Collective Action to Improve UN Peacekeeping Operations”. The meeting will be chaired by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte. The Council will be briefed by Secretary-General...

    posted on TUE 27 MAR 2018
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    UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) Mandate Renewal

    Tomorrow (27 March), the Security Council is set to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), until 31 March 2019. The draft resolution, circulated by the penholder France on 14 March,...

    posted on MON 26 MAR 2018
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    Somalia: Council to renew mandate of UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM)

    Tomorrow morning (27 March), the Council is expected to renew the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) for an additional year. Council members met twice to negotiate the text, which went into blue earlier today, after passing...

    posted on MON 26 MAR 2018
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    Syria: Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation

    Tomorrow (27 March), the Security Council is expected to receive a briefing on the humanitarian situation in Syria by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock (via VTC), followed by consultations. The meeting will be chaired by the Minister of Foreign...

    posted on MON 26 MAR 2018
  5. Insights

    Conflict and Hunger: Briefing

    Tomorrow (23 March), the Security Council is convening a briefing on conflict and hunger, to be chaired by Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag. Briefings are expected from the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, and...

    posted on THU 22 MAR 2018
  6. Insights

    Lake Chad Basin: Briefing

    Tomorrow (22 March), the Security Council will meet on the Lake Chad Basin to discuss the implementation of resolution 2349 with a focus on the section ‘Root Causes and Development’. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohamed will brief. Briefings are also expected...

    posted on WED 21 MAR 2018
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    Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK): Panel of Experts Mandate Renewal

    Tomorrow morning (21 March), the Security Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution extending the mandate of the Panel of Experts assisting the 1718 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Sanctions Committee. The draft resolution follows closely the language of...

    posted on TUE 20 MAR 2018
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    Syria: Informal Interactive Dialogue on Chemical Weapons

    Tomorrow (20 March), at the initiative of the Netherlands, Council members are expected to hold an informal interactive dialogue on chemical weapons in Syria with the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, and the Director-General of the Organisation...

    posted on MON 19 MAR 2018
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    Syria: Briefing by the High Commissioner for Human Rights*

    This afternoon (19 March), the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, is expected to brief the Council on the human rights situation in Syria. The meeting was requested by France, with the support of the Netherlands, Peru,...

    posted on MON 19 MAR 2018
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    Syria: Briefing by Special Envoy

    Tomorrow (16 March), the Security Council is expected to receive a briefing by Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (via VTC), followed by consultations. Council members are expected to be interested in the role of de Mistura’s team in...

    posted on THU 15 MAR 2018
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    Democratic Republic of the Congo: Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation

    On Monday (19 March), the Council will be briefed on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), focusing on the humanitarian situation. Briefers will include Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock, who recently visited the country, and Jeanine Bandu Bahati,...

    posted on THU 15 MAR 2018
  12. Insights

    Crimea: Arria-formula Meeting

    This afternoon (15 March), Security Council members will convene for an Arria-formula meeting on the Crimea. The meeting is being organised by the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, the UK and the US in partnership with Ukraine, which served on the Council...

    posted on THU 15 MAR 2018
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    UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS): Renewal of Mandate

    Tomorrow (15 March), the Security Council is scheduled to vote on a draft resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) for an additional year. The initial draft was circulated by the US, the penholder on...

    posted on WED 14 MAR 2018
  14. Insights

    Yemen: Security Council Presidential Statement

    The Security Council appears ready to adopt a new presidential statement tomorrow morning (15 March) on Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, calling for the full and sustained opening of all of Yemen’s ports, including Hodeidah and Saleef ports, and for increased access...

    posted on WED 14 MAR 2018
  15. Insights

    Use of Nerve Agent in the United Kingdom: Briefing

    A meeting has been scheduled for 3 pm this afternoon (14 March) regarding accusations of the use of a nerve agent in the United Kingdom on 4 March. Yesterday evening, the United Kingdom requested the meeting to update members in...

    posted on WED 14 MAR 2018
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    Sudan (Darfur): Briefing and Consultations on UNAMID and the 1591 Sanctions Committee

    Tomorrow morning (14 March), the Security Council is expected to hold a briefing on the UN/AU Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Joint Special Representative for Darfur and head of UNAMID Jeremiah Mamabolo is expected to brief (via VTC) on the...

    posted on TUE 13 MAR 2018
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    Syria: Briefing on the Implementation of Resolution 2401 and Arria-Formula Meeting

    On Monday (12 March), the Security Council is expected to receive a briefing from Secretary-General António Guterres on the implementation of resolution 2401, as called for by this resolution within fifteen days of its adoption. Later that day, Council members...

    posted on FRI 9 MAR 2018
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    Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Briefing

    Tomorrow (8 March), Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, the current OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, will provide the annual briefing to the Security Council on the activities of the Organisation. He will most likely outline Italy’s priorities in its capacity as chair this...

    posted on WED 7 MAR 2018
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    UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA): Debate and Mandate Renewal

    The Council will hold its regular quarterly debate on Afghanistan on Thursday (8 March), during which a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is expected to be adopted. Briefers are expected to include Special...

    posted on WED 7 MAR 2018
  20. Insights

    Security Council Programme of Work for March

    The Netherlands is the president of the Security Council in March. It has chosen as its centrepiece an open debate on “Collective Action to Improve UN Peacekeeping Operations”, which will take place late in the month and is expected to...

    posted on THU 1 MAR 2018