Insights: Middle East

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    Middle East and North Africa Debate

    On Monday (25 June), the Council will hold a debate on the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, which is expected to focus on root causes of conflict in these regions and ways to address these conflicts. Secretary-General...

    posted on FRI 22 JUN 2018
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    Israel/Palestine: Arria-Formula Meeting on Missing and Captive Persons in Gaza

    Tomorrow (22 December), Council members will meet for an Arria-formula meeting that is being co-sponsored by Ukraine and the US entitled, “Humanitarian Aspects of Missing and Captive Persons in Gaza”. The meeting is being held amid heightened tensions concerning the...

    posted on THU 21 DEC 2017
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    Syria: Resolution on Cross-border Humanitarian Access and Political and Humanitarian Briefings*

    Tomorrow (19 December), the Security Council is expected to vote on a draft resolution prepared by Egypt, Japan and Sweden renewing the authorisation for cross-border and cross-line humanitarian access to Syria. There were two rounds of negotiations with all Council...

    posted on MON 18 DEC 2017
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    Iran: Semi-Annual Briefing on the Implementation of Resolution 2231

    Tomorrow (19 December), the Council will hold a briefing on the implementation of resolution 2231, adopted on 20 July 2015, which endorsed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear programme. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman will...

    posted on MON 18 DEC 2017
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    Syria Humanitarian Briefing

    Tomorrow (29 November), Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock is expected to brief the Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria. The briefing will be followed by consultations. The briefing takes place in the midst of significant Council activity on...

    posted on TUE 28 NOV 2017
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    Vote on the Syria Joint Investigative Mechanism*

    Tomorrow (24 October), the Security Council is scheduled to vote on a draft resolution that would renew the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for an additional year. The...

    posted on MON 23 OCT 2017
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    Yemen Briefing and Consultations

    Tomorrow (12 July), the Council will receive a briefing via video teleconference from the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. Briefings are also expected via video teleconference from the director-generals of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros...

    posted on TUE 11 JUL 2017
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    Arria-formula Meeting on Protection of Civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

    Tomorrow afternoon (6 May), Egypt, Security Council president and Arab Group representative, together with Angola, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela, has organised an Arria-formula meeting on the protection of the Palestinian civilian population in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). The meeting,...

    posted on THU 5 MAY 2016
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    Consultations on Iran

    On Monday morning (14 March), at the request of the US, Security Council members are expected to meet in consultations to discuss Iran’s recent ballistic missile launches. It seems that a briefing by the Department of Political Affairs has been...

    posted on SUN 13 MAR 2016
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    Briefing and Consultations on Yemen

    Tomorrow (3 March), the Security Council will be briefed by OCHA head Stephen O’Brien. This will be followed by consultations, where the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed is expected to brief via video-teleconference from Dubai. Assistant...

    posted on WED 2 MAR 2016
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    Briefing by the Chair of the 1737 Iran Sanctions Committee

    This afternoon (15 December), the chair of the 1737 Iran Sanctions Committee, Ambassador Román Oyarzun (Spain), is scheduled to present his quarterly briefing to the Council. At press time, the chair’s statement had not yet been agreed by the members...

    posted on TUE 15 DEC 2015
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    Consultations on Yemen Following Geneva Talks

    Tomorrow morning (24 June), Security Council members will have consultations on Yemen. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Yemen, and OCHA Operations Director John Ging are expected to brief. Council members may issue a press statement that...

    posted on TUE 23 JUN 2015
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    Yemen Briefing and Press Statement

    Tomorrow morning (3 June), Council members are likely to receive a briefing from the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed on Yemen via video teleconference under “any other business” following consultations on Syria. Russia requested to have the meeting...

    posted on TUE 2 JUN 2015
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    Mladenov to Brief on the Fall of Mosul to ISIS

    This morning (12 June), Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Nickolay Mladenov will brief Council members on the fall of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, to the Islamic State of the Iraq and the...

    posted on THU 12 JUN 2014
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    Negotiations on Syria Mission Renewal & Tremseh Press Statement

    Tomorrow morning (16 July), negotiations among Council members are expected to continue at expert and possibly permanent representative level on the UK draft resolution on Syria. The draft text renews the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), for 45 days...

    posted on SUN 15 JUL 2012