Insights: UN Institutional Issues

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    The June Programme of Work of the Security Council

    The month began on an unexpected note with consultations on 2 June on a draft resolution on Ukraine, drafted by Russia, the President of the Security Council for June. Ukraine is currently in the footnotes of the programme of work...

    posted on TUE 3 JUN 2014
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    Adoption of the First Stand-alone Resolution on Security Sector Reform

    Tomorrow (28 April) morning, the Security Council is scheduled to hold an open debate on security sector reform (SSR) with the Secretary-General expected to brief and Foreign Minister Aminu Wali of Nigeria expected to chair the meeting. The outcome will...

    posted on SUN 27 APR 2014
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    Security Council Retreat

    The annual Security Council retreat with the Secretary-General will be held early next week—21 and 22 April—in Greentree, New York. The Secretary-General and senior staff of the UN Secretariat will meet with the Permanent Representatives of the 15 Council members....

    posted on THU 17 APR 2014
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    Extraordinary Election to the Security Council

    Tomorrow morning (6 December), the General Assembly will hold an extraordinary election to fill one of the five non-permanent seats in the Security Council for the 2014-2015 term. On 17 October, Chad, Chile, Lithuania, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia were elected...

    posted on THU 5 DEC 2013
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    2013 Finnish Workshop for Incoming Council Members

    The 11th workshop for incoming members of the Security Council will be held for two days (21-22 November), starting this afternoon,in Long Island, New York. The workshop is organised by the government of Finland in cooperation with the Security Council...

    posted on THU 21 NOV 2013
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    Annual Debate on Working Methods

    Tomorrow morning (29 October) the Security Council will hold its fourth annual debate on Council working methods. Ambassador María Cristina Perceval (Argentina), the chair of the Informal Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Questions, will kick off the discussion....

    posted on MON 28 OCT 2013
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    Security Council Elections: Options after Saudi Arabia Rejects its Seat

    This morning (18 October) Saudi Arabia issued a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement announcing that it would not accept membership of the Security Council until it is reformed. Only yesterday Saudi Arabia was elected by the General Assembly as a...

    posted on FRI 18 OCT 2013
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    Security Council Elections 2013

    Tomorrow (17 October), the General Assembly will hold elections for the Security Council to fill five of the ten non-permanent seats in the Council for the 2014-2015 term. The five seats available for election this year will be distributed regionally...

    posted on WED 16 OCT 2013
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    Wrap-Up Session for April 2013

    Tomorrow morning the Security Council is expected to hold a wrap-up session for the month of April. This will be the third wrap-up session of the monthly programme of work since January 2013. (Pakistan and ROK held similar sessions in...

    posted on MON 29 APR 2013
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    Wrap-Up Session for February 2013

    Tomorrow morning (28 February) the Council is expected to hold a wrap-up session for the month. The format will be a private meeting in which Council members will have the opportunity to speak on the Council’s work in February. Non-council...

    posted on WED 27 FEB 2013
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    Council Wrap-Up Session

    Tomorrow morning (Thursday, 31 January), the Security Council is scheduled to hold a private meeting under the agenda item “Implementation of Note S/2010/507”. The meeting was convened by Pakistan—as Council President in January—as a “wrap-up session” of the Council’s work...

    posted on WED 30 JAN 2013
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    Working Methods Open Debate

    On Monday (26 November), the Security Council is scheduled to hold an open debate on its working methods. This will be the fifth open debate on this topic (the first one was held in 1994). No Council outcome is anticipated....

    posted on WED 21 NOV 2012
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    The Finnish Workshop for Newly Elected Council Members

    Starting tomorrow (Thursday, 15 November), the 15 current members of the Security Council and the five members elected for the 2013-2014 term will participate in a two-day workshop organised by the Government of Finland and the Security Council Affairs Division...

    posted on WED 14 NOV 2012
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    Annual Report Adoption

    On Thursday morning (8 November), and pursuant to article 24(3) of the UN Charter, the Security Council is scheduled to adopt its draft annual report to the General Assembly covering its work from 1 August 2011 until 31 July 2012....

    posted on TUE 6 NOV 2012
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    Working Methods Consultations

    On Monday (19 March), Security Council members will hold consultations on the Council’s working methods at the permanent representative level. As Council president in March, the UK has highlighted the issue as a priority, particularly in terms of modernising Council...

    posted on FRI 16 MAR 2012