Insights: UN Institutional Issues

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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
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    Open Debate on Council Working Methods

    The Council is set to hold an open debate tomorrow (Wednesday, 30 November) on Security Council working methods, under the agenda item “Implementation of the note by the President of the Security Council”. (Presidential note S/2010/507 of 26 July last...

    posted on TUE 29 NOV 2011
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    Workshop for New Members

    Starting tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, 17 November) the current 15 members of the Council and the five new Council members (Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo) who begin their term on the Council on 1 January 2012 will participate in a...

    posted on WED 16 NOV 2011
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    Appointment of the UN Secretary-General

    The Security Council is expected to meet in a private session (as requested under the Provisional Rules of Procedure) on 16 June to formally recommend the re-appointment of the Secretary-General for the 2012-2016 term. Members of the Council met in...

    posted on MON 13 JUN 2011
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    Insights on the Use of Technology in the Council

    Today the Council was briefed by Atul Khare, ASG for Peacekeeping (representing DPKO head, Alain le Roy, who is out of town) and UNAMID head, Ibrahim Gambari who spoke to the the Council by video-link from Darfur. The use of...

    posted on TUE 25 JAN 2011