Insights: Working Methods

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    Security Council Programme of Work for June

    France holds the presidency of the Security Council in June. In light of the UN Headquarters’ anticipated partial closure extending to the end of June, the Council is expected to continue using the provisional measures agreed on at the end of March, as adapted in April...

    posted on MON 1 JUN 2020
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    Working Methods: Open VTC

    Tomorrow, 15 May, the Security Council will hold an open video teleconference (VTC) in lieu of its annual open debate on working methods. The meeting is being conducted under the agenda item “Implementation of the note by the President of...

    posted on THU 14 MAY 2020
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    Security Council Programme of Work for May

    In May, Estonia has the presidency of the Security Council. In light of the Secretariat’s anticipated closure extending through May, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council is expected to continue using the provisional measures agreed on at the end...

    posted on FRI 1 MAY 2020
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    “Informal Plan of VTC of the Security Council” for April 2020

    The Dominican Republic is president of the Security Council in April. Earlier today, Council members agreed an “Informal Plan of VTC” for the month. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the Council’s working methods, members will continue to hold...

    posted on WED 1 APR 2020
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    New Security Council Working Methods in the midst of COVID-19

    On Friday (March 27), the Security Council agreed to procedures for its meetings and adoptions, created to address the current difficulty of meeting physically due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new measures were set out in a...

    posted on FRI 27 MAR 2020
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    “Technical Rollovers” of Security Council mandates

    In the upcoming period, several Security Council mandates will expire. These include the mandates of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia and of the Panel of Experts assisting the 1718 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, expiring on 31 March and...

    posted on THU 26 MAR 2020
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    Security Council Programme of Work for March

    China has the presidency of the Security Council in March. It has chosen to hold three discretionary events this month. The first will be a debate in early March on “Countering terrorism and extremism in Africa” featuring briefings by Chef...

    posted on MON 2 MAR 2020
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    Security Council Programme of Work for February

    Belgium holds the presidency of the Security Council for February. It has decided to convene an open debate on “Peacebuilding and sustaining peace: Transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict situations” as one of the signature events of its presidency. High...

    posted on MON 3 FEB 2020
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    Security Council Programme of Work for January

    Viet Nam has the presidency of the Security Council in January. It has chosen to hold a ministerial-level debate on “Maintenance of international peace and security: Upholding the UN Charter” as the signature event of its presidency. Viet Nam’s Deputy...

    posted on THU 2 JAN 2020
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    Security Council Programme of Work for December

    The US has the presidency in December. The programme of work focuses largely on regular briefings and mandate renewals and is compressed due to a desire to conclude business by 20 December. Several mandate renewals are anticipated this month on...

    posted on MON 2 DEC 2019
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    Hitting the Ground Running: Annual Workshop for Incoming Council Members

    The 17th annual workshop for incoming members of the UN Security Council, titled “Hitting the Ground Running”, will be held on 7 and 8 November on Long Island, New York. The workshop is convened by the government of Finland in...

    posted on WED 6 NOV 2019
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    Security Council Programme of Work for November

    The UK is the president of the Security Council this month. It has decided to hold an open debate on reconciliation, which appears to be a follow-up to an open debate during its last presidency (August 2018), on mediation, where...

    posted on FRI 1 NOV 2019
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    Security Council Programme of Work for October

    South Africa is the president of the Security Council in October.  It has chosen to initiate two debates on peace and security in Africa. The first, scheduled for tomorrow (2 October), will focus on mobilising youth towards “Silencing the Guns”...

    posted on TUE 1 OCT 2019
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    Ministerial Debate: Cooperation between the UN and the CSTO, the CIS and the SCO

    Tomorrow morning (25 September), the Security Council will hold a ministerial-level debate on cooperation between the UN and regional and subregional organisations, focusing on the role of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the...

    posted on TUE 24 SEP 2019
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    Security Council Programme of Work for September

    Russia is the president of the Security Council this month. Its presidency will feature a ministerial-level debate late in the month on the cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organisations, with a focus on the role of the...

    posted on TUE 3 SEP 2019