Health Crises

  • On Thursday (24 September), the Security Council will hold a summit-level debate on “global governance after COVID-19” via videoconference. Niger’s president, Mahamadou Issoufou, will chair the meeting. Secretary-General António Guterres and AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat will brief at...

  • 8 September 2020

    Videoconference on COVID-19 Pandemic

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    Tomorrow (9 September), Security Council members will hold an open videoconference (VTC) on the implementation of resolution 2532, which demanded a cessation of hostilities in all situations on the Council’s agenda to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations...

  • September 2020

    Global Governance post-COVID-19

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    The Security Council is expected to hold a summit level debate on global governance post-COVID-19 during the virtual high-level week of the General Assembly. Expected briefers are Secretary-General António Guterres and Chairperson of the AU Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat.

  • Tomorrow (12 August), the Security Council will hold a high-level open debate on “Pandemics and the Challenges of Sustaining Peace” via videoconference (VTC). Indonesia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Retno L.P. Marsudi, will chair the session, which will include briefings by...

  • August 2020

    Pandemics and Peacebuilding

    Monthly Forecast

    In August, the Council is expected to hold a high-level open debate on “Peacebuilding and sustaining peace: challenges caused by pandemics”. Possible briefers are Secretary-General António Guterres, former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, representing The Elders, the NGO of public figures founded by Nelson Mandela, and Sarah Cliffe, Director of New York University's Center on International Cooperation.

  • Tomorrow (22 July), Security Council members will hold an informal interactive dialogue (IID) with representatives of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) on the impact of COVID-19 on conflict-affected countries. Louise Blais, chargé d’affaires of Canada, which chairs the PBC, and Oscar...

  • 30 June 2020

    Security Council Resolution on COVID-19*

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    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...

  • July 2020

    Pandemics and Security

    Monthly Forecast

    In July, the Council will hold an open debate on the peace and security implications of pandemics and international health crises. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will chair the session. Secretary-General António Guterres, ICRC President Peter Maurer, and AU Commissioner for Social Affairs Amira Elfadil Mohammed are the likely briefers. Because the measures introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are likely still to be in place, the debate is expected to be held as an open videoconference (VTC) and statements by non-Council members are expected to be submitted in writing.

  • Tomorrow afternoon (9 April), Security Council members will convene a closed meeting with Secretary-General António Guterres on the COVID-19 pandemic via videoconferencing. The meeting is expected to focus on his appeal for a global ceasefire and the pandemic’s impact on...

  • Introduction: COVID-19 and the Security Council to Date The Security Council has faced rising criticism over its silence on the COVID-19 pandemic. Unable to meet in person due to the pandemic’s outbreak in New York, members spent much of the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The novel coronavirus COVID-19 has since January already claimed over 12,950 lives globally and has had an impact on more than 180 countries and territories. Many countries have instituted drastic measure to curb the spread of the virus. COVID-19 has...

  • On Friday (2 August), the Security Council adopted a presidential statement on the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The adoption of the statement took place amidst ongoing efforts to stem the spread of the...

  • On Wednesday, 31 July, Council members are scheduled to hold an informal interactive dialogue (IID) on the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Belgium, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, France, Germany, and South Africa requested this meeting....