Insights: the Middle East

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    Syria: Briefing on Humanitarian Developments and the Situation of Children

    Tomorrow (27 July), the Security Council will receive a briefing on Syria from Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba. The Swedish presidency conceived the idea of addressing...

    posted on THU 26 JUL 2018
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    Middle East (Israel/Palestine) Open Debate

    Tomorrow (24 July), the Security Council will hold its quarterly open debate on the Middle East. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov is expected to brief via video-teleconference. The need to de-escalate tensions over Gaza will...

    posted on MON 23 JUL 2018
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    Yemen Consultations

    On 5 July, Security Council members will hold consultations on Yemen, receiving briefings from UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths via video-teleconference and from OCHA Director of Operations John Ging. Members may issue press elements following the meeting. Griffiths is expected...

    posted on TUE 3 JUL 2018
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    Iran Nuclear Agreement: Briefing on the Implementation of Resolution 2231

    This afternoon (27 June), the Security Council will hold its semi-annual briefing on the implementation of resolution 2231, adopted in July 2015, which endorsed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear programme. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary...

    posted on WED 27 JUN 2018
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    Syria: Briefing and Consultations on political and humanitarian developments

    Tomorrow (27 June), the Security Council expects to be briefed on political and humanitarian developments in Syria. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura will brief on political matters, while OCHA’s Director of Operations John Ging will brief on the humanitarian situation....

    posted on TUE 26 JUN 2018
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    Middle East (Israel/Palestine): Briefing and Consultations

    Tomorrow (19 June), Special Coordinator Nickolay Mladenov is expected to brief the Security Council during the monthly meeting on the Middle East (Israel/Palestine). The briefing will be followed by consultations. At press time, it seems that most members are not...

    posted on MON 18 JUN 2018
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    Yemen Consultations

    This afternoon (18 June), UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths will brief Council members in closed consultations via video-teleconference. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock will also brief. Griffiths is expected to present a framework for peace talks and update members...

    posted on MON 18 JUN 2018
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    Iraq: Vote to renew UNAMI mandate

    Tomorrow (14 June), the Security Council is expected to renew the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) for ten months, until 31 May 2019. It seems that the US, the penholder, was aiming for an earlier adoption...

    posted on WED 13 JUN 2018
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    Yemen: Consultations on Attack on Hodeidah

    Tomorrow at noon, Security Council members will meet in consultations to discuss the Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE)-led coalition offensive on the port city of Hodeidah, held by Houthi rebels. The UK requested the session earlier this afternoon....

    posted on WED 13 JUN 2018
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    Yemen Consultations

    This morning at 11 am, Security Council members will hold consultations on Yemen. The focus is expected to be on the possibility of an imminent attack on the port city of Hodeidah. The UK, the penholder on Yemen, requested the...

    posted on MON 11 JUN 2018
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    Middle East (Israel/Palestine): Vote Today on Draft Resolution*

    Today (1 June), the Security Council is expected to meet to vote on a draft resolution proposed by Kuwait focusing on the protection of civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Gaza. Prior to this vote, there may be a...

    posted on FRI 1 JUN 2018
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    Middle East (Israel/Palestine) Briefing and Consultations

    Tomorrow (23 May), the Security Council will hold its scheduled monthly meeting on the Middle East (Israel/Palestine). The Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, is expected to brief from Jerusalem via video-teleconference, and some members may...

    posted on TUE 22 MAY 2018
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    Syria: Special Envoy Briefing and Consultations

    Tomorrow (16 May), the Security Council is expected to receive a briefing by Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, followed by consultations. Last month, the alleged chemical weapons attack of 7 April on the city of Douma, in Eastern Ghouta, led...

    posted on TUE 15 MAY 2018
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    Israel/Palestine Meeting*

    Tomorrow (15 May), at the request of Kuwait, a public briefing of the Security Council will be convened under the agenda item “the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process...

    posted on MON 14 MAY 2018
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    Middle East Open Debate

    Tomorrow (26 April), Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov is expected to brief at the quarterly open debate on the Middle East (Israel/Palestine). Recent negative developments on the ground and a rise in political tensions are...

    posted on WED 25 APR 2018