Insights: the Middle East

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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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    Middle East, including the Palestinian Question: Informal Videoconference Meeting

    On Monday afternoon (30 March), Security Council members will convene an informal videoconference meeting on the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov is expected to provide the quarterly briefing on...

    posted on SUN 29 MAR 2020
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    Syria: Joint Political and Humanitarian Informal Meeting via Videoconferencing

    On Monday morning (30 March), Security Council members will convene an informal videoconference meeting on the political and humanitarian situations in Syria. Special Envoy Geir O. Pedersen and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock are expected to brief. This is...

    posted on SAT 28 MAR 2020
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    Syria: Briefing on Idlib

    This afternoon (28 February), the Security Council is planning to hold an emergency meeting on the situation in Idlib. It seems that an official from the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, most likely Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo, will provide...

    posted on FRI 28 FEB 2020
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    Syria Humanitarian Briefing

    Tomorrow (27 February) Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller is expected to brief the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria. Henrietta Fore, the Executive Director of UNICEF, is also expected to brief. While the discussion is expected...

    posted on WED 26 FEB 2020
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    Burundi Informal Interactive Dialogue

    Tomorrow (26 February) Security Council members will hold an informal interactive dialogue (IID) to discuss the situation in Burundi. Assistant Secretary-General for Africa Bintou Keita will brief. Burundi has been invited to participate; it is not yet clear whether this...

    posted on TUE 25 FEB 2020
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    Yemen: Council Vote on Sanctions Regime*

    This morning the Council may vote on two different resolutions that renew the Yemen sanctions regime. Both would extend Yemen financial and travel ban sanctions until 26 February 2021, and the mandate of the Yemen Panel of Experts until 28...

    posted on TUE 25 FEB 2020
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    Syria Political Briefing and Arria-formula Meeting with the Commission of Inquiry

    Tomorrow morning (19 February) Special Envoy Geir O. Pedersen is expected to brief the Security Council on the political track on Syria via video-teleconference from Geneva. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock may brief as well. In the afternoon, an...

    posted on TUE 18 FEB 2020
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    Security Council to Meet to Discuss US Middle East Peace Plan

    Tomorrow (11 February) the Security Council will hold a briefing on the agenda item “the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”. This is not the scheduled monthly meeting on the topic; rather, this meeting was requested by...

    posted on MON 10 FEB 2020
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    Syria: Consultations on Developments in Idlib

    Tomorrow (3 January) Council members are expected to hold consultations on the situation in Idlib. France and the UK requested the meeting in light of the recent escalation of hostilities on the ground in north-west Syria. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs...

    posted on THU 2 JAN 2020
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    Syria Political Briefing

    Tomorrow (19 December) Special Envoy Geir O. Pedersen is expected to brief the Security Council on political developments related to Syria. Consultations are scheduled to follow. The work of the Constitutional Committee is expected to be addressed in the meeting....

    posted on THU 19 DEC 2019
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    Syria Briefing and Competing Humanitarian Draft Resolutions

    This morning (19 December), Assistant Secretary-General Ursula Mueller is expected to provide the monthly briefing on the humanitarian situation in Syria, which will be followed by consultations. This afternoon, the Council is expected to vote on competing draft resolutions authorising...

    posted on THU 19 DEC 2019
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    Syria Political Briefing

    Tomorrow (22 November), Special Envoy Geir O. Pedersen will brief on the political track in Syria. Sabah al-Hallak, a Syrian women’s rights activist, is also expected to brief. Members are expected to make statements following the briefings. Consultations are currently...

    posted on THU 21 NOV 2019
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    Syria Humanitarian Briefing

    Tomorrow (14 November), the Security Council will hold its monthly meeting on the humanitarian situation in Syria. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock is expected to brief the Council in the open chamber, while closed consultations are expected to follow....

    posted on WED 13 NOV 2019
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    Syria Chemical Weapons: Private Meeting with the OPCW Director-General

    Tomorrow (5 November), the Security Council will be briefed in a private meeting by the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Fernando Arias, on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Holding this session as...

    posted on MON 4 NOV 2019