Insights: UN Institutional Issues

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    Security Council Programme of Work for April

    Germany holds the Council presidency in April, as the March-April “joint presidencies” of France and Germany continue. In their press conference on 1 March, Ambassadors François Delattre (France) and Christoph Heusgen (Germany) outlined several priorities for March and April: to...

    posted on MON 1 APR 2019
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    Security Council Programme of Work for March*

    France holds the presidency in March. France and Germany, which will be Council president in April, have chosen to hold “joint presidencies” covering both months. The March programme has been adopted, while members have taken note of and welcomed the...

    posted on SUN 3 MAR 2019
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    Security Council “Plan of Action” for February 2019

    Equatorial Guinea is Council president this month. The “provisional programme of work” for the month was not adopted as planned today, due to disagreement over whether Kosovo should be on the programme. The frequency of reporting on the UN Mission...

    posted on FRI 1 FEB 2019
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    Security Council Programme of Work for January 2019

    The Dominican Republic is Security Council president this month. It is one of five new members beginning their two-year Council terms on 1 January, with Belgium, Germany, Indonesia, and South Africa. The Dominican Republic’s signature event for the month will...

    posted on WED 2 JAN 2019
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    Open Debate on Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-Regional Organisations

    Tomorrow (6 December), the Security Council will hold a ministerial-level open debate on cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organisations, focusing on the role of states, regional arrangements and the UN in the prevention and resolution of conflicts....

    posted on WED 5 DEC 2018
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    Security Council Programme of Work for December

    Côte d’Ivoire is the president of the Security Council in December. The programme of work was adopted earlier today. During its presidency, Côte d’Ivoire will hold two signature meetings. The first will be a debate on economic recovery in post-conflict...

    posted on MON 3 DEC 2018
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    Hitting the Ground Running: The 2018 Finnish Workshop for Incoming Council Members

    The 16th annual workshop for incoming members of the UN Security Council will be held on 29 – 30 November, commencing this evening (29 November) in Long Island, New York. The workshop is convened by the government of Finland in...

    posted on THU 29 NOV 2018
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    "Strengthening Multilateralism and the Role of the United Nations" Open Debate

    Tomorrow (9 November) the Security Council is planning to hold an open debate on “Strengthening multilateralism and the role of the UN”. Briefing the press on this month’s programme of work on 1 November in his capacity as Council president...

    posted on THU 8 NOV 2018
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    Working Methods Open Debate

    Tomorrow (6 February), the Security Council will hold an open debate on working methods. The Executive Director of Security Council Report, Ian Martin, will be the briefer. While no formal outcome is anticipated, Council president Kuwait, which is the chair...

    posted on MON 5 FEB 2018
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    Hitting the Ground Running: The 2017 Finnish Workshop for Incoming Members of the Security Council

    The 15th annual workshop for incoming members of the UN Security Council will be held on 2-3 November, commencing this evening (2 November) in Long Island, New York. The workshop is convened by the government of Finland in cooperation with...

    posted on THU 2 NOV 2017
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    Security Council’s Programme of Work for October

    France is the president of the Council in October. A visiting mission to the Sahel focusing on the operationalisation of the joint force of the Group of Five for the Sahel (G5 Sahel) is planned for 19 to 23 October....

    posted on MON 2 OCT 2017
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    Finnish Workshop for Incoming Members of the UN Security Council

    The 14th annual workshop for incoming members of the UN Security Council will be held on 3-4 November, commencing this evening (3 November) in Long Island, New York. The workshop is convened by the government of Finland in cooperation with...

    posted on THU 3 NOV 2016
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    Vote on a Resolution Recommending António Guterres as the Next Secretary-General

    Following today’s (5 October), colour-coded straw poll, in which António Guterres was the only candidate with more than nine “encourage” votes and received no red ballot as a “discourage” vote, which would indicate a possible veto in a formal vote,...

    posted on WED 5 OCT 2016
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    Secretary-General Appointment: First Colour-Coded Ballot

    Council members will hold their first colour-coded straw poll tomorrow. Since July, five undifferentiated straw polls have been held, but this ballot will provide the first clear indication of which candidates could face a veto in a formal vote. The...

    posted on TUE 4 OCT 2016
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    Fifth Straw Poll to Select the Secretary-General

    On Monday (26 September), Council members will hold the fifth straw poll in the process to select the next Secretary-General. Like the first four straw polls held on 21 July, 5 August, 29 August and 9 September, this ballot will...

    posted on FRI 23 SEP 2016