Insights: Working Methods

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    Security Council Programme of Work for October

    Russia is the president of the Security Council in October. The Council plans to hold several meetings in person this month, although some will take place via videoconference (VTC) due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19. As a signature event of...

    posted on THU 1 OCT 2020
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    Security Council Programme of Work for September

    Niger is the president of the Security Council in September. Although the Security Council is expected to continue to work largely remotely via videoconference (VTC), due to COVID-19 restrictions, it plans to hold some meetings—including adoptions—in person on UN premises....

    posted on TUE 1 SEP 2020
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    Security Council Programme of Work for August

    Indonesia is the president of the Security Council in August. The Security Council is expected to continue to work remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions, as reflected in the programme of work. It could decide to hold some meetings on UN...

    posted on MON 3 AUG 2020
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    Security Council to Adopt its Annual Report to the General Assembly

    Tomorrow morning (14 July), the Security Council is expected to adopt its annual report to the General Assembly covering 1 January-31 December 2019. The adoption will take place during the first Council in-person meeting since mid-March, when extraordinary and provisional...

    posted on MON 13 JUL 2020
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    Security Council Programme of Work for July

    Germany is the Security Council president in July. Briefing the press today, Ambassador Christoph Heusgen emphasised that a comprehensive approach to peace and security and the defence of the rules-based international order would be guiding themes (“the leitmotif”) of Germany’s...

    posted on WED 1 JUL 2020
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    Security Council Resolution on COVID-19*

    Tomorrow (1 July) the Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution supporting the Secretary-General’s appeal for a global ceasefire to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. The draft resolution expresses “grave concern about the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across...

    posted on TUE 30 JUN 2020
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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