Dates: APRIL 2020

  1. Insights

    Syria: Political and Humanitarian Informal Meetings via Videoconferencing

    Tomorrow (29 April), Security Council members will convene two separate videoconferencing meetings on the Syria political and humanitarian situations, respectively. Special Envoy Geir O. Pedersen is expected to brief on the political situation in the morning, while Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian...

    posted on TUE 28 APR 2020
  2. Insights

    Presidential Statement on Conflict-induced Hunger

    Tomorrow (29 April) the Security Council is expected to adopt a presidential statement on conflict-induced hunger. Negotiations on the draft statement have been ongoing throughout April after the Dominican Republic circulated a draft text at the start of the month,...

    posted on TUE 28 APR 2020
  3. Insights

    Venezuela: Closed VTC on the Humanitarian Situation

    This afternoon (28 April), Security Council members will convene an informal closed videoconference (VTC) meeting to discuss the humanitarian situation in Venezuela, at the request of the Council’s EU member countries (Belgium, Estonia, France and Germany). Reena Ghelani, OCHA’s Director...

    posted on TUE 28 APR 2020
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    UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and Sudan/South Sudan: Open and Closed VTC Meeting

    Tomorrow (28 April), there will be an open VTC, followed by a closed VTC, on the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and Sudan/South Sudan. Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix is expected to brief on the Secretary-General’s most recent report...

    posted on MON 27 APR 2020
  5. Insights

    Open VTC meeting on Youth, Peace and Security

    On Monday (27 April), Security Council members will hold an open video teleconference (VTC) meeting entitled: “Towards the fifth anniversary of the youth and peace and security agenda: accelerating implementation of resolutions 2250 and 2419”. Secretary-General António Guterres and Jayathma...

    posted on SUN 26 APR 2020
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    UN/AU Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID): Open and Closed VTC Meeting

    Tomorrow (24 April), Security Council members will hold an open VTC, followed by a closed VTC, on the UN/AU Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo and Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix are...

    posted on THU 23 APR 2020
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    Open VTC on “The Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question”

    Tomorrow (23 April), Security Council members will hold an open VTC on “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov is expected to brief. Due to the impact...

    posted on WED 22 APR 2020
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    Arria-formula Meeting on “Climate and security risks: the latest data”

    Tomorrow (22 April), an Arria-formula meeting will be held via VTC on “Climate and security risks: the latest data”. It is being co-organised by Belgium, France, the Dominican Republic, Estonia, Germany, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia, the United...

    posted on TUE 21 APR 2020
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    Great Lakes Region: Open and Closed VTC Meetings

    Tomorrow (22 April), Council members will hold an open VTC, followed by a closed VTC, on the Great Lakes region. The UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, Huang Xia, will brief. The meeting will be held an...

    posted on TUE 21 APR 2020
  10. Insights

    Protection of Civilians from Conflict-Induced Hunger

    On Tuesday (21 April), the Security Council will hold an open videoconference meeting on the “Protection of civilians from conflict-induced hunger”. Briefings are expected by the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Qu Dongyu; the Executive Director of the World...

    posted on MON 20 APR 2020
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    Yemen: Informal meeting via Videoconferencing

    Tomorrow (16 April), the Security Council will convene an informal open videoconference (VTC) meeting, followed by a closed VTC meeting, on Yemen. Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock are expected to brief and...

    posted on WED 15 APR 2020
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    Syria: Closed VTC Meeting on Chemical Weapons

    Tomorrow (15 April), Security Council members will hold a closed VTC meeting with the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. While this is the monthly meeting on the implementation of resolution...

    posted on TUE 14 APR 2020
  13. Insights

    Colombia: Informal Meeting via Videoconferencing

    Tomorrow morning (14 April), Security Council members will convene an informal open videoconference (VTC) meeting, followed by a closed VTC meeting, on the situation in Colombia. Special Representative and head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia Carlos Ruiz Massieu...

    posted on MON 13 APR 2020
  14. Insights

    Informal Council Meeting on the COVID-19 Pandemic via Videoconferencing

    Tomorrow afternoon (9 April), Security Council members will convene a closed meeting with Secretary-General António Guterres on the COVID-19 pandemic via videoconferencing. The meeting is expected to focus on his appeal for a global ceasefire and the pandemic’s impact on...

    posted on WED 8 APR 2020
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    Libya: Closed VTC on the EU Operation “Irini” in the Mediterranean

    Tomorrow (8 April), the Security Council is scheduled to hold a closed VTC on Libya. The focus of the meeting will be the new EU military operation in the Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR MED IRINI), which was launched on 1 April as...

    posted on TUE 7 APR 2020
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    Mali: Informal Meeting on MINUSMA via Videoconferencing

    Tomorrow morning (7 April), Security Council members will convene an informal open videoconference (VTC) meeting, followed by a closed VTC meeting, on the situation in Mali and the activities of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Special...

    posted on MON 6 APR 2020
  17. Insights

    International Peace and Security, and Pandemics: Security Council Precedents and Options

    Introduction: COVID-19 and the Security Council to Date The Security Council has faced rising criticism over its silence on the COVID-19 pandemic. Unable to meet in person due to the pandemic’s outbreak in New York, members spent much of the...

    posted on SUN 5 APR 2020
  18. Insights

    “Informal Plan of VTC of the Security Council” for April 2020

    The Dominican Republic is president of the Security Council in April. Earlier today, Council members agreed an “Informal Plan of VTC” for the month. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the Council’s working methods, members will continue to hold...

    posted on WED 1 APR 2020