Insights: the Middle East

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    Syria: Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation

    Tomorrow (25 April), the Council will receive a briefing on Syria from Mark Lowcock, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. Lowcock, who briefed the Council on 17 April, is expected to present the monthly report of the Secretary-General on the humanitarian...

    posted on TUE 24 APR 2018
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    Syria: A Council Divided

    The Security Council’s engagement on Syria during the past week has represented one of the body’s most divisive periods in the post-Cold War era, triggered by an alleged chemical weapons attack on the city of Douma, in Eastern Ghouta, on...

    posted on TUE 17 APR 2018
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    Yemen: First Briefing by Special Envoy*

    Tomorrow (17 April), the Security Council will receive a briefing from the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock. Following the public meeting, Council members are expected to hold closed consultations for further...

    posted on MON 16 APR 2018
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    Syria: Vote on Competing Drafts*

    This afternoon (10 April), the Security Council is expected to meet to vote on possibly three draft resolutions: two competing drafts (by the US and Russia) aimed at establishing a UN Independent Mechanism of Investigation (UNIMI) and a Russian draft...

    posted on TUE 10 APR 2018
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    Syria: Briefing on Alleged Chemical Weapons Attack in Douma

    This afternoon (9 April), the Security Council will hold a meeting to discuss the alleged chemical weapons attack in the city of Douma, in Eastern Ghouta on 7 April. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and the Deputy to...

    posted on MON 9 APR 2018
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    Syria: Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation

    Tomorrow (27 March), the Security Council is expected to receive a briefing on the humanitarian situation in Syria by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock (via VTC), followed by consultations. The meeting will be chaired by the Minister of Foreign...

    posted on MON 26 MAR 2018
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    Syria: Informal Interactive Dialogue on Chemical Weapons

    Tomorrow (20 March), at the initiative of the Netherlands, Council members are expected to hold an informal interactive dialogue on chemical weapons in Syria with the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, and the Director-General of the Organisation...

    posted on MON 19 MAR 2018
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    Syria: Briefing by the High Commissioner for Human Rights*

    This afternoon (19 March), the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, is expected to brief the Council on the human rights situation in Syria. The meeting was requested by France, with the support of the Netherlands, Peru,...

    posted on MON 19 MAR 2018
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    Syria: Briefing by Special Envoy

    Tomorrow (16 March), the Security Council is expected to receive a briefing by Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (via VTC), followed by consultations. Council members are expected to be interested in the role of de Mistura’s team in...

    posted on THU 15 MAR 2018
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    Yemen: Security Council Presidential Statement

    The Security Council appears ready to adopt a new presidential statement tomorrow morning (15 March) on Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, calling for the full and sustained opening of all of Yemen’s ports, including Hodeidah and Saleef ports, and for increased access...

    posted on WED 14 MAR 2018
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    Syria: Briefing on the Implementation of Resolution 2401 and Arria-Formula Meeting

    On Monday (12 March), the Security Council is expected to receive a briefing from Secretary-General António Guterres on the implementation of resolution 2401, as called for by this resolution within fifteen days of its adoption. Later that day, Council members...

    posted on FRI 9 MAR 2018
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    Syria: Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation after Demand to Cease Hostilities

    Tomorrow (28 February), the Security Council is expected to receive a briefing from Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock on the humanitarian situation in Syria. This is the third time he will address Council members on this issue in February,...

    posted on TUE 27 FEB 2018
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    Yemen: Council Vote to Renew Sanctions Regime*

    This morning (26 February), the Security Council is scheduled to vote on draft resolutions to renew the Yemen sanctions regime. It is expected to vote first on a draft resolution put in blue on Friday (23 February) by the UK,...

    posted on MON 26 FEB 2018
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    Syria: Possible Vote on Humanitarian Draft Resolution and Meeting on Eastern Ghouta

    This afternoon, Kuwait and Sweden have put a draft resolution into blue that would establish a month-long cessation of hostilities in Syria. Two rounds of negotiations were held on the draft, as well as intense bilateral negotiations between the penholders...

    posted on WED 21 FEB 2018
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    Israel/Palestine: Arria-formula meeting

    Tomorrow (22 February), Council president Kuwait, Bolivia, France and Sweden, will host an Arria-formula meeting entitled, “Prospects for the two-State solution for peace”. A statement will be delivered on behalf of former US President Jimmy Carter by Ambassador Richard Murphy...

    posted on WED 21 FEB 2018