Insights: the Middle East

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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
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    Yemen Briefing and Consultations

    On 20 August, the Security Council is expected to hold a briefing on Yemen. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths (via VTC from Amman), and UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller are expected to brief. This will be followed by...

    posted on MON 19 AUG 2019
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    Iraq: Briefing on ISIL/Da’esh Accountability (UNITAD)

    On Monday (15 July), the Security Council is scheduled to hear a briefing by Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, the Special Adviser and head of the UN Investigative Team for Accountability of Da’esh (UNITAD). This will be Khan’s second briefing to...

    posted on FRI 12 JUL 2019
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    Yemen: Council to Renew Mandate of UN Mission to Support the Hodeidah Agreement

    On Monday (15 July), the Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution to extend for six months the mandate of the UN Mission to Support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA). Reaching agreement on the mandate renewal appeared straightforward. On 5...

    posted on FRI 12 JUL 2019
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    Dispatches from the Field: Meetings in Iraq

    On Saturday (29 June), Security Council members flew from Kuwait City to Baghdad for a series of meetings, concluding their visiting mission to Kuwait and Iraq. The Council met with the following: Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi, at the Government...

    posted on SUN 30 JUN 2019
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    Iran Non-proliferation Briefing

    Tomorrow (26 June), the Security Council will hold its semi-annual briefing on the implementation of resolution 2231, which endorsed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear programme. Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo will present...

    posted on TUE 25 JUN 2019
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    Yemen Briefing and Consultations

    On Monday (17 June), the Security Council will hear briefings from Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths (via video-teleconference), Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock, and Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) David Beasley. During the ensuing consultations,...

    posted on FRI 14 JUN 2019