Israel/Palestine

  • 26 March 2012

    Middle East Briefing and Consultations

    What's in Blue

    Tomorrow morning (27 March), the Council will be briefed by Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. Serry is likely to focus on developments in the Quartet’s efforts to create sufficient momentum for direct Israeli-Palestinian...

  • This afternoon (8 February), the Secretary-General is scheduled to brief Council members in informal consultations on his recent visit to the Middle East and Addis Ababa where he attended the AU Summit from 29-30 January. (The Secretary-General was in Lebanon...

  • 20 January 2012

    Middle East Debate

    What's in Blue

    Next Tuesday (24 January) the Council will hold its quarterly open debate on the Middle East. Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernández-Taranco will brief. It seems his main focus will be the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. He is also likely...

  • Tomorrow (18 January) Council members are scheduled to be briefed by Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, in informal consultations on the humanitarian situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). On 10 January, Morocco requested...

  • 18 November 2011

    Middle East Briefing and Consultations

    What's in Blue

    On Monday (21 November) Council members will meet in informal consultations following a briefing by Robert Serry, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. Serry is expected to focus on the recent activity by the Quartet, developments in...

  • 9 November 2011

    Palestine’s Membership Application

    What's in Blue

    On Friday (11 November) the Council’s standing Committee on Admission of New Members will hold a formal meeting at permanent representative level on Palestine’s application for UN membership (its last formal meeting was on Thursday, 3 November). The Committee will...

  • Tomorrow (Thursday, 3 November) the Council’s standing Committee on Admission of New Members will hold a formal meeting at permanent representative level on Palestine’s application for UN membership (unlike Council formal meetings, Council Committee formal meetings are not public). Following...

  • 21 October 2011

    Middle East Debate and Consultations

    What's in Blue

    On Monday (24 October) the Council will hold its quarterly open debate on the Middle East following a briefing by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, B. Lynn Pascoe. It seems Pascoe is expected to focus on the recent diplomatic activity by...

  • October 2011

    Israel/Palestine

    Monthly Forecast

    In October the Security Council is due to hold its quarterly open debate on the Middle East after a briefing by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe. The focus of discussion will likely be whether there has been tangible progress to break the stalemate in the Israel/Palestine peace process against the backdrop of the Palestinian bid for UN membership.

  • Tomorrow (28 September) the Council will meet in a closed formal meeting to discuss Palestine’s application for UN membership. During informal consultations yesterday (26 September) afternoon, Council members agreed that the next step would be to have a formal meeting...

  • Council members will meet this afternoon in informal consultations to discuss Palestine’s application to the UN (S/2011/592). The application was formally submitted to the Secretary-General on Friday, 23 September by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The application was then sent to...

  • On Monday, 26 September, it is expected that the Council will meet in consultations at 3pm on the issue of Palestine's application for UN membership. However, at time of writing it remained unclear if or when the Security Council might vote on such an application.

  • September 2011

    Israel/Palestine

    Monthly Forecast

    In September the Council will have its regular monthly briefing on the Middle East, followed by consultations. The stalemated Israel/Palestine peace process is expected to be the focus of discussion against the backdrop of a possible Palestinian bid for UN membership in September.

  • 25 July 2011

    Middle East Debate and Syria Developments

    What's in Blue

    On Tuesday, 26 July, the Council will hold its quarterly open debate on the Middle East. It will be briefed by Robert Serry, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. It seems the stalemated peace process will be...

  • 25 July 2011

    Update Report No. 1: Israel/Palestine

    Update Report

    On Tuesday, 26 July the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, will brief the Council. The Council will then hold its regular quarterly open debate on the Middle East. The stalemated Israel/Palestine peace process is expected to be the focus of discussion against the backdrop of the failure of the Quartet, again, at its 11 July meeting in Washington DC to reach an agreement and heightened expectations of developments in the General Assembly in September. At press time, it seemed likely that Serry would report that negotiations were still to materialise and that no other credible initiatives were on the horizon.