posted on SUN 22 JUL 2018 4:22 PM
Afghanistan Presidential Statement

On Monday morning (23 July), the Security Council is expected to adopt a presidential statement on the electoral process in Afghanistan. This follows the conclusion of the voter registration process on 18 July for this year’s parliamentary and district council elections and for the 2019 presidential elections. It seems that the Netherlands, the penholder on Afghanistan, intended on the one hand for the Council to send a supportive message to Afghanistan for the progress made, and on the other hand… Read more »

posted on FRI 20 JUL 2018 1:58 PM
Myanmar Briefing

On Monday (23 July), Council members will meet in consultations to discuss a number of issues related to the situation in Myanmar and the Rohingya refugee crisis. Briefings are expected from Special Envoy Christine Burgener; Volker Türk, the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection in the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), who will brief by video-teleconference; and a UNDP representative. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is expected to be present to answer questions. Sweden… Read more »

posted on WED 18 JUL 2018 10:51 PM
Annual Meeting with Members of the AU Peace and Security Council

Tomorrow afternoon (18 July), members of the Security Council and members of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) will hold their 12th joint annual consultative meeting. Members of both bodies will hold informal consultations tomorrow morning ahead of the formal meeting. The annual consultative meeting will conclude with a joint press conference chaired by the President of the Security Council and the Chairperson of the PSC. Security Council members and PSC members have held annual joint consultative meetings since… Read more »

posted on THU 12 JUL 2018 9:45 PM
UN-AU Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) Mandate Renewal

Tomorrow (13 July), the Security Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN-AU Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) until 30 June 2019. This follows the 29 June adoption of resolution 2425, a technical rollover of the mandate of UNAMID until 13 July. This technical rollover was to allow more time to consider possible changes to the force configuration and mandate, particularly those proposed in the 1 June joint special report of the UN Secretary-General and… Read more »

posted on THU 12 JUL 2018 6:03 PM
South Sudan: Vote on Sanctions Resolution*

Tomorrow (13 July), the Security Council will vote on a draft resolution that would renew the South Sudan Sanctions regime until 31 May 2019 and the Sanctions Committee’s Panel of Experts until 1 July 2019. The draft also calls for the imposition of an arms embargo on South Sudan until 31 May 2019 and for the designation of two additional individuals: Paul Malong Awan, the former Chief of Staff of South Sudan’s army turned rebel leader, and Malek Ruben Riak,… Read more »

posted on WED 11 JUL 2018 7:00 PM
Central African Republic Presidential Statement

On Friday (13 July), the Council is expected to adopt a presidential statement on the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) addressing the deteriorating situation in the country.… Read more »

posted on TUE 10 JUL 2018 6:18 PM
Climate-related Security Risks Debate

Tomorrow (11 July), the Security Council will hold a debate on climate-related security risks. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Margot Wallström, will chair the debate. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed; Hindou Ibrahim of the International Indigenous People’s Forum on Climate Change; and the Minister of Water Resources of Iraq, Hassan Janabi, are expected to give briefings. While no outcome is envisioned, it is anticipated that Sweden will produce a chair’s summary of the meeting.… Read more »

posted on MON 9 JUL 2018 5:35 PM
Women, Peace and Security in the Sahel Region Briefing

Tomorrow morning (10 July), the Security Council will hold a briefing on ‘Women, Peace and Security in the Sahel region” under the agenda item “Peace and Security in Africa”, chaired by Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström. UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and AU Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security Bineta Diop are expected to brief. Members are expected to make statements following the briefings. No outcome is envisaged at this point.… Read more »

posted on FRI 6 JUL 2018 4:05 PM
Children and Armed Conflict: Open Debate and Resolution

On Monday (9 July), the Council will hold a high-level open debate on children and armed conflict with the theme, “Protecting Children Today Prevents Conflict Tomorrow”. The meeting will be chaired by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba will present the Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict. Other speakers include the executive director of UNICEF, Henrietta Fore, and Yenny Londoño, a civil society representative from Colombia. The Council is expected… Read more »

posted on THU 5 JUL 2018 4:35 PM
International Criminal Court: Arria-formula meeting

Tomorrow (6 July), Council members will hold an “Arria-formula” meeting to discuss the relationship between the Security Council and the International Criminal Court (ICC) and to mark the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute establishing the ICC. The meeting, titled “UNSC-ICC Relations: Achievements, Challenges and Synergies”, will be co-hosted by Council members that are also parties to the Rome Statute: Bolivia, Côte d’Ivoire, France, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Sweden and the UK.… Read more »