Dates: AUGUST 2019

  1. Insights

    Briefing on the Work of the 1718 Sanctions Committee

    This afternoon (29 August), the chair of the 1718 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Sanctions Committee, Ambassador Christoph Heusgen (Germany), will brief Council members in consultations on the work of the committee during the past three months. The meeting...

    posted on THU 29 AUG 2019
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    Presidential Statement on Yemen

    On Thursday morning (29 August), the Security Council is expected to adopt a presidential statement on recent developments in southern Yemen and efforts to resume comprehensive political negotiations and implement the Stockholm Agreement, among other issues. During the Council’s closed...

    posted on WED 28 AUG 2019
  3. Insights

    UN Interim Force in Lebanon Mandate Renewal

    Tomorrow (29 August) the Security Council will vote on a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for another year ahead of its 31 August expiry. Leading up to tomorrow’s vote, Council members held two...

    posted on WED 28 AUG 2019
  4. Insights

    Syria: Humanitarian and Political Briefing

    Tomorrow (29 August), the Council will receive briefings on the humanitarian situation in Syria from Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock and on the political process from Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen. The meeting is expected to focus...

    posted on WED 28 AUG 2019
  5. Insights

    Mali Sanctions Regime Renewal

    Tomorrow (29 August), the Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution renewing the sanctions regime on Mali and the mandate of the Panel of Experts. The sanctions measures (travel ban and asset freeze) target individuals and entities engaged in...

    posted on WED 28 AUG 2019
  6. Insights

    Iraq: Briefing and Consultations on UNAMI

    Tomorrow morning (28 August), the Security Council is scheduled to hold a briefing, followed by consultations, on the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The Special Representative and head of UNAMI, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, is expected to brief via video teleconference....

    posted on TUE 27 AUG 2019
  7. Insights

    UN/AU Hybrid Operation in Darfur: Briefing

    On Monday (26 August), Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix is expected to brief (via video-teleconference) on the AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). The briefing is in accordance with resolution 2479 of 27 June, which decided on a technical rollover of...

    posted on FRI 23 AUG 2019
  8. Insights

    Meeting on Intermediate-range Cruise Missile Test

    Tomorrow afternoon (22 August), the Security Council will hold a briefing on the 18 August intermediate-range cruise missile test conducted by the US. China and Russia requested a meeting under the agenda item “threats to international peace and security” citing...

    posted on WED 21 AUG 2019
  9. Insights

    Arria-formula Meeting: Advancing the Safety and Security of Persons belonging to Religious Minorities in Armed Conflict

    Tomorrow (22 August) an open Arria-formula meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the ECOSOC chamber on: “Advancing the safety and security of persons belonging to religious minorities in armed conflict”. The meeting has been organised by Poland in...

    posted on WED 21 AUG 2019
  10. Insights

    Myanmar Meetings on the Return of Refugees and Accountability

    Council members will hold two meetings in the coming days on the situation in Myanmar. Tomorrow (21 August), Council members will discuss the return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar under “any other business”. The meeting was requested by Belgium, France,...

    posted on TUE 20 AUG 2019
  11. Insights

    Presidential Statement on International Humanitarian Law

    This afternoon (20 August), the Council is set to adopt a presidential statement drafted by Poland, focusing on international humanitarian law. This is to mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the universally ratified four Geneva Conventions, which regulate...

    posted on TUE 20 AUG 2019
  12. Insights

    Yemen Briefing and Consultations

    On 20 August, the Security Council is expected to hold a briefing on Yemen. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths (via VTC from Amman), and UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller are expected to brief. This will be followed by...

    posted on MON 19 AUG 2019
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    Debate on “Maintenance of international peace and security: Challenges to peace and security in the Middle East”

    Tomorrow (20 August), the Security Council is scheduled to hold one of Poland’s signature events of its presidency, a debate entitled “Maintenance of international peace and security: Challenges to peace and security in the Middle East”. The sole briefer is...

    posted on MON 19 AUG 2019
  14. Insights

    Security Council to Adopt Annual Report

    Tomorrow (Tuesday, 20 August) the Security Council is set to adopt the introduction to its annual report to the General Assembly covering 1 January-31 December 2018. Its drafter, the UK, is expected to present the introduction to the members. The...

    posted on MON 19 AUG 2019
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    Jammu and Kashmir Consultations

    Tomorrow (16 August) Security Council members are scheduled to hold consultations on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Oscar Fernández-Taranco, the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, and General Carlos Humberto Loitey, the UN Military Adviser for Peacekeeping Operations, are expected...

    posted on THU 15 AUG 2019
  16. Insights

    Briefing on International Humanitarian Law

    Tomorrow (13 August), the Security Council will hold a briefing on “the 70th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions – upholding humanity in modern conflict”, presided over by Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz. Briefers are expected to be ICRC President Peter...

    posted on MON 12 AUG 2019
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    West Africa and the Sahel Presidential Statement

    Tomorrow (7 August), the Security Council is expected to adopt a presidential statement on West Africa and the Sahel. Côte d’Ivoire and Belgium, as the penholders, circulated the draft statement following the 24 July briefing by the Special Representative and...

    posted on TUE 6 AUG 2019
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    Syria: Briefing on Detainees, Abductees and Missing Persons

    Tomorrow (7 August), the Security Council is expected to hold a meeting on the situation of detainees, abductees and missing persons in Syria. The Council will be briefed by Rosemary DiCarlo, the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs; Hala Al...

    posted on TUE 6 AUG 2019
  19. Insights

    Council Adopts Presidential Statement on Ebola

    On Friday (2 August), the Security Council adopted a presidential statement on the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The adoption of the statement took place amidst ongoing efforts to stem the spread of the...

    posted on MON 5 AUG 2019
  20. Insights

    Security Council Programme of Work for August

    Poland is president of the Security Council in August. The month got off to a busy start. Today, a discussion was held by members under “any other business” on recent missile launches by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK),...

    posted on THU 1 AUG 2019
  21. Insights

    Children and Armed Conflict Open Debate

    Tomorrow (2 August) the Security Council will hold an open debate on children and armed conflict, which will be chaired by Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz. Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba will present the Secretary-General’s annual...

    posted on THU 1 AUG 2019