Dates: MAY 2020

  1. Insights

    Hong Kong: Discussion under “Any Other Business”

    The UK and US have requested a discussion of yesterday’s decision by China’s National People’s Congress Party regarding national security legislation for Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of China) under “other matters” (also known as “any other business), which will...

    posted on FRI 29 MAY 2020
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    Security Council Vote on South Sudan Sanctions

    Tomorrow (29 May) Security Council president Estonia is expected to announce the voting results on a resolution renewing sanctions on South Sudan until 31 May 2021—including targeted sanctions (assets freezes and travel bans) and an arms embargo—and the mandate of...

    posted on THU 28 MAY 2020
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    Iraq: Renewal of UNAMI’s mandate

    Tomorrow afternoon (29 May), the Security Council president (Estonia) is expected to announce the adoption of a resolution renewing the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) until 31 May 2021. Background Iraq’s political and security situations...

    posted on THU 28 MAY 2020
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    African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Reauthorisation

    Tomorrow (29 May) the Security Council is expected to reauthorise the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) until 28 February 2021.  Under an agreement reached on 27 March (S/2020/253), due to the COVID-19 virus, the Council will vote through written voting...

    posted on THU 28 MAY 2020
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    Open VTC on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

    Tomorrow (27 May) Security Council members will hold a high-level open videoconference (VTC) to discuss the Secretary-General’s annual report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. The meeting format is traditionally an open debate. Although Council members will deliver...

    posted on TUE 26 MAY 2020
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    Arria-Formula Meeting: Cyber Stability, Conflict Prevention and Capacity Building

    Tomorrow (22 May) there will be an Arria-formula meeting on: “Cyber Stability, Conflict Prevention and Capacity Building”, organised by Estonia in cooperation with Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia and Kenya. Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will deliver opening remarks and...

    posted on THU 21 MAY 2020
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    Arria-formula Meeting on the Situation in Crimea

    Tomorrow afternoon (21 May), Russia will be hosting an Arria-formula meeting via VTC on the situation in Crimea. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia (Russia) is expected to provide introductory and closing remarks at the meeting. Briefings are expected from Asadullah Bairov, Deputy...

    posted on WED 20 MAY 2020
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    Venezuela: Open VTC

    Today (20 May) Security Council members are scheduled to hold an open videoconference (VTC) meeting on Venezuela. Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo is expected to brief. The meeting was requested by Russia. It appears to have been...

    posted on WED 20 MAY 2020
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    Videoconference: “The Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question”

    Tomorrow (20 May), Security Council members will hold an open VTC, followed by a closed 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...

    posted on TUE 19 MAY 2020
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    Libya: Open and Closed VTC on UNSMIL and Libya Sanctions

    Tomorrow morning (19 May), the Security Council is scheduled to hold an open VTC and a closed VTC on the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and Libya sanctions. The Acting Special Representative and head of UNSMIL, Stephanie Williams,...

    posted on MON 18 MAY 2020
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    Syria: Political and Humanitarian Informal Meetings via Videoconferencing

    On Monday (18 May) and Tuesday (19 May), Security Council members will convene two separate open videoconferencing (VTC) meetings, followed by closed VTC sessions, on the political and humanitarian situation in Syria, respectively. Special Envoy Geir O. Pedersen is expected...

    posted on SAT 16 MAY 2020
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    Working Methods: Open VTC

    Tomorrow, 15 May, the Security Council will hold an open video teleconference (VTC) in lieu of its annual open debate on working methods. The meeting is being conducted under the agenda item “Implementation of the note by the President of...

    posted on THU 14 MAY 2020
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    Myanmar: Closed VTC

    This afternoon (14 May), Security Council members will hold a closed VTC meeting on Myanmar. Special Envoy Christine Schraner Burgener is expected to brief on recent developments in the country, including the escalation of the conflict in northwest Rakhine State...

    posted on THU 14 MAY 2020
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    Syria: Informal Interactive Dialogue on Chemical Weapons

    Tomorrow (12 May), Security Council members are expected to hold an Informal Interactive Dialogue (IID) on chemical weapons in Syria with Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Director-General Fernando Arias, Coordinator of the OPCW’s Investigation and Identification Team...

    posted on MON 11 MAY 2020
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    Iraq: Open and Closed VTC on UNAMI

    Tomorrow morning (12 May), the Security Council is scheduled to hold an open VTC and closed VTC on the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI). The Special Representative and head of UNAMI, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, is planning to brief from...

    posted on MON 11 MAY 2020
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    High-level Arria-formula Meeting to Mark the 75th Anniversary of the End of World War II on European Soil

    Tomorrow (8 May), Estonia, Security Council president for May, is hosting a high-level Arria-formula meeting starting at 10 am via VTC on the theme: “Seventy-five years from the end of the Second World War on European soil—lessons learned for preventing...

    posted on THU 7 MAY 2020
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    Security Council Programme of Work for May

    In May, Estonia has the presidency of the Security Council. In light of the Secretariat’s anticipated closure extending through May, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council is expected to continue using the provisional measures agreed on at the end...

    posted on FRI 1 MAY 2020