Insights: the Middle East

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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
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    Syria Briefing and Consultations

    This afternoon (24 October), Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller will provide the scheduled monthly briefing on the humanitarian situation in Syria.  Assistant Secretary-General for the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Mohamed Khaled Khiari is expected to brief...

    posted on THU 24 OCT 2019
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    Yemen: Briefing and Consultations

    On Thursday (17 October), the Security Council will be briefed on Yemen by Special Envoy Martin Griffiths (via video-teleconference) and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock. During closed consultations, General Abhijit Guha, the chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC)...

    posted on WED 16 OCT 2019
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    Syria Briefing under “Any Other Business”

    Tomorrow morning (10 October), Security Council members are expected to discuss the situation in Syria under “any other business”, following Turkey’s military offensive in north-eastern Syria, which began earlier today. The European members of the Council—Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, and...

    posted on WED 9 OCT 2019
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    Council to Adopt Presidential Statement on the Syrian Constitutional Committee

    Today (8 October) the Security Council is expected to adopt a short presidential statement welcoming the Secretary-General’s 23 September announcement of the agreement of the Syrian government and the Syrian Negotiations Commission for “a credible, balanced, and inclusive Constitutional Committee”...

    posted on TUE 8 OCT 2019
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    Syria Political Briefing

    On Monday (30 September), Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen will brief the Security Council on the political situation in Syria. While members are expected to make statements in the open chamber following Pedersen’s briefing, closed consultations are scheduled...

    posted on FRI 27 SEP 2019
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    ISIL/Da’esh Accountability: Council to Renew UNITAD

    Tomorrow (20 September), the Security Council is scheduled to adopt a 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 Draft Resolution The penholder on...

    posted on THU 19 SEP 2019
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    Syria: Draft Resolutions and Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation*

    Tomorrow morning (19 September), Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller is expected to brief Council members during the monthly meeting on the humanitarian situation in Syria. Members are expected to make statements following the briefing. After the meeting, the...

    posted on WED 18 SEP 2019
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    Yemen: Briefing and Consultations

    On Monday (16 September), the Security Council will hear briefings on Yemen from Special Envoy Martin Griffiths (via video-teleconference) and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock. Consultations are scheduled to follow the public session. Fighting last month between the Yemeni...

    posted on FRI 13 SEP 2019
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    Presidential Statement on Yemen

    On Thursday morning (29 August), the Security Council is expected to adopt a presidential statement on recent developments in southern Yemen and efforts to resume comprehensive political negotiations and implement the Stockholm Agreement, among other issues. During the Council’s closed...

    posted on WED 28 AUG 2019
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    UN Interim Force in Lebanon Mandate Renewal

    Tomorrow (29 August) the Security Council will vote on a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for another year ahead of its 31 August expiry. Leading up to tomorrow’s vote, Council members held two...

    posted on WED 28 AUG 2019
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    Syria: Humanitarian and Political Briefing

    Tomorrow (29 August), the Council will receive briefings on the humanitarian situation in Syria from Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock and on the political process from Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen. The meeting is expected to focus...

    posted on WED 28 AUG 2019
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    Iraq: Briefing and Consultations on UNAMI

    Tomorrow morning (28 August), the Security Council is scheduled to hold a briefing, followed by consultations, on the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The Special Representative and head of UNAMI, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, is expected to brief via video teleconference....

    posted on TUE 27 AUG 2019