posted on THU 17 SEP 2020
ISIL/Da’esh Accountability: Council to Renew the Mandate of UNITAD

Tomorrow (18 September), the Security Council president (Niger) is expected to announce the results of the written voting procedure on a draft resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD), which expires on 21 September.

UNITAD was set up through resolution 2379 of 21 September 2017. The Council asked the Secretary-General to establish an investigative team to support Iraqi domestic efforts to hold accountable the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Da’esh/ISIL) for crimes it committed in the country “by collecting, preserving, and storing evidence in Iraq of acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide”. Additionally, the investigative team is responsible for promoting accountability globally for atrocity crimes committed by ISIL in order to counter ISIL narratives that have led people to join the terrorist group. UNITAD is headed by a Special Adviser, Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, and formally began its work on 20 August 2018.

According to resolution 2379, further extensions of UNITAD’s mandate may be requested by Iraq “or any other government that has requested the Team to collect evidence of acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide, committed by ISIL (Da’esh) in its territory”. In a 16 September letter to the Council president (S/2020/909), the Iraqi foreign minister requested the renewal of UNITAD’s mandate for another year.

It seems that the UK, the penholder on UNITAD, shared a first draft resolution with all Council members on 14 September. Negotiations took place via email; no meetings were held. It appears that none of the Council members had comments on the draft. On 16 September, the UK put a text under silence, which was not broken. The draft resolution was put in blue and the written voting procedure started today (17 September). A unanimous adoption is expected.

The draft resolution retains UNITAD’s mandate, as set out most recently in resolution 2490, and renews it until 18 September 2021. Two technical changes were made to the text: the preambular part references resolution 2490 and the operative part refers to the Iraqi letter requesting this year’s mandate renewal. One substantive paragraph was added in the operative part of the draft, in which the Council “requests the Secretary-General to align the term of the Special Adviser with the term of this mandate and to renew the Special Adviser’s term to 18 September 2021”. The Secretary-General appointed Khan on 31 May 2018 and the Iraqi government requested his reappointment for 12 months earlier this year. The draft resolution in blue aligns the terms of the Special Adviser with the term of UNITAD’s mandate.

posted on WED 16 SEP 2020
Humanitarian Effects of Environmental Degradation on Peace and Security: Open VTC

Tomorrow (17 September), Security Council members plan to hold a ministerial-level open debate in videoconference (VTC) format on the humanitarian effects of environmental degradation on peace and security. Kalla Ankourao, Niger’s Foreign Minister, is expected to chair the meeting. The... Read more »

posted on WED 16 SEP 2020
Videoconference on Conflict-induced Hunger

Tomorrow afternoon (17 September), Security Council members will hold an open videoconference (VTC) on conflict-induced food insecurity and the risk of famine, including in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), northeast Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian... Read more »

posted on TUE 15 SEP 2020
Syria: Meetings on the Humanitarian and Political Situations via Videoconference

On Wednesday (16 September) and Friday (18 September), Security Council members will convene open videoconference meetings (VTC) on the situation in Syria. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock is expected to brief on the humanitarian situation on Wednesday, while Special... Read more »

posted on TUE 15 SEP 2020
South Sudan: Open and Closed VTCs

On Wednesday (16 September), there will be an open VTC, followed by a closed VTC, on South Sudan. Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) David Shearer, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock, and a... Read more »

posted on MON 14 SEP 2020
UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Mandate Renewal

Tomorrow morning (15 September), the Security Council is set to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for another year until 17 September 2021. Council members are expected to vote on the resolution... Read more »

posted on MON 14 SEP 2020
Libya: Council to Renew UNSMIL Mandate

Tomorrow (15 September), the Security Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution in person renewing the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) for another year until 15 September 2021. It seems that the UK, the penholder... Read more »

posted on MON 14 SEP 2020
Yemen: Briefing and Consultations*

Tomorrow (15 September), Security Council members will hold a briefing and consultations on Yemen at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) chamber. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths will provide his monthly briefing. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock is also expected... Read more »

posted on FRI 11 SEP 2020
Peacekeeping: Open Debate via VTC

On Monday (14 September), the Security Council will hold its annual open debate on peacekeeping in accordance with resolution 2378, which requests the Secretary-General to provide a comprehensive annual briefing on “reform of United Nations peacekeeping” every twelve months and... Read more »

posted on THU 10 SEP 2020
Myanmar: Closed VTC Briefing

Tomorrow (11 September), Council members will hold a closed videoconference (VTC) meeting on the situation in Myanmar. Briefings are expected from Special Envoy for Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener; High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi; and Kanni Wignaraja, UNDP Assistant Administrator... Read more »

posted on WED 9 SEP 2020
Children and Armed Conflict: Open Debate and Adoption of a Presidential Statement on Attacks Against Schools

Tomorrow (10 September), Security Council members will convene for an open debate on “Children and Armed Conflict: Attacks against Schools as a Grave Violation of Children’s Rights”, which will focus on the Sahel region. The meeting will coincide with the... Read more »

posted on TUE 8 SEP 2020
Arria-Formula Meeting on the Implementation of the Youth, Peace and Security Agenda by UN Peace Operations

Tomorrow (9 September) an Arria-formula meeting will be held via videoconference on the implementation of Security Council resolutions on youth, peace and security by UN peace operations. It is being co-organised by the Dominican Republic, France, Indonesia, Niger, Saint Vincent... Read more »

posted on TUE 8 SEP 2020
Videoconference on COVID-19 Pandemic

Tomorrow (9 September), Security Council members will hold an open videoconference (VTC) on the implementation of resolution 2532, which demanded a cessation of hostilities in all situations on the Council’s agenda to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations... Read more »

posted on MON 7 SEP 2020
Open VTC Debate on Cooperation between the UN and the International Organization of La Francophonie

On Tuesday (8 September) Council president Niger will convene an open videoconference (VTC) meeting on the relationship between the UN and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). This year marks the 50th anniversary of the organisation’s founding in Niamey,... Read more »

posted on THU 3 SEP 2020
Arria-formula Meeting on Human Rights in Belarus  

Tomorrow (4 September) an Arria-formula meeting on human rights in Belarus will be held via videoconference (VTC). The meeting is being co-organised by Council members Estonia, the UK and the US and co-sponsored by Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland,... Read more »