Somalia

  • On Friday (16 June), Security Council members will hold an Arria-formula open meeting on the risk of famine in the conflict-affected areas of north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. The session is being co-hosted by the A3 (the three...

  • Tomorrow (14 June), the Council will adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) until 31 March 2018. Following fairly straightforward negotiations, the penholder, the UK, put a draft resolution in blue yesterday. On...

  • June 2017

    Somalia

    Monthly Forecast

    In June, the Council is expected to renew the mandate of UNSOM, which expires on 16 June.

  • Tomorrow (26 May), the Security Council will adopt a resolution renewing the authorisation of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which expires on 31 May. The Council has opted to adopt a three-month technical rollover of the authorisation until 31...

  • May 2017

    Somalia

    Monthly Forecast

    In May, the Council is expected to renew the authorisation of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which expires on 31 May. The Council also expects to receive the report of the AU-UN joint assessment of AMISOM requested by resolution 2297, and recommendations from the Secretary-General on the UN’s role in Somalia in the post-election period requested by resolution 2275.

  • April 2017

    Somalia and Eritrea

    Monthly Forecast

    In April, the Chair of the Somalia and Eritrea 751/1907 Sanctions Committee, Ambassador Kairat Umarov (Kazakhstan), will deliver his 120-day briefing to the Council. The Council also expects to receive the midterm update of the Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG).

  • 21 March 2017

    Somalia Briefing and UNSOM Adoption

    What's in Blue

    On Thursday (23 March), the Security Council will hold a high-level meeting on the situation in Somalia. UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will chair the meeting, while Special Representative Michael Keating and newly-elected Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmajo” will...

  • March 2017

    Somalia

    Monthly Forecast

    In March, the Council is expected to renew the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), which expires on 31 March. The Council is awaiting recommendations from the Secretary-General on the UN’s role in Somalia in the post-election period and may opt for a technical rollover of UNSOM’s mandate until those recommendations can be duly considered. The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) is expected to submit its report on the Somali Security Forces to the Council by 30 March, as requested in resolution 2317. The Council will also receive a briefing by the Chair of the 751/1907 Somalia Eritrea Sanctions Committee, Ambassador Kairat Umarov (Kazakhstan).

  • Tomorrow (24 February) Senegal, Sweden and Uruguay are co-hosting a closed Arria-formula meeting with the heads of human rights components of three UN peace operations. Council members have used the closed Arria-formula format to meet with the heads of human...

  • 26 January 2017

    Somalia: Briefing and Consultations

    What's in Blue

    Tomorrow (27 January), the Security Council will convene to consider the situation in Somalia. Special Representative of the Secretary-General Michael Keating will brief on the UN Mission in Somalia, while AU Special Representative to Somalia Francisco Madeira will brief on...

  • January 2017

    Somalia

    Monthly Forecast

    In January, the Council expects to receive the report of the Secretary-General on the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). The Secretary-General’s options and recommendations for the UN presence in Somalia in the post-electoral phase requested by resolution 2275 were also expected in January, however, with the electoral process not yet complete, it is unclear when these will be transmitted. The mandate of UNSOM expires on 31 March 2017.

  • Tomorrow (10 November), the Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution on Somalia and Eritrea Sanctions. It is not clear if every issue has been addressed to the satisfaction of all Council members; as a result, it is possible that...

  • Tomorrow afternoon (9 November), the Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution reauthorising Somalia anti-piracy measures, which expire the following day. As penholder, the US drafted the resolution, which renews the measures with no major changes. Following one round of...

  • November 2016

    Somalia and Eritrea

    Monthly Forecast

    In November, the Council is expected to adopt a resolution on Somalia and Eritrea sanctions that will address the partial lifting of the arms embargo, authorisation for maritime interdiction of illicit arms imports and charcoal exports, and the humanitarian exemption, which all expire in November. The 120-day briefing by the chair of the 751/1901 Somalia and Eritrea Sanctions Committee, Rafael Darío Ramírez Carreño (Venezuela), is expected, and the final reports of the Monitoring Group are due. The mandate review of the monitoring group is also due in November. Finally, the Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution renewing counter-piracy measures.

  • September 2016

    Somalia

    Monthly Forecast

    In September, the Council will consider the Secretary-General’s 120-day report on Somalia. The Council is also expecting the AU to submit a report on the implementation of the AU Mission in Somalia’s (AMISOM) mandate—the first such report to be received since 2013. Special Representative of the Secretary-General Michael Keating is expected to brief the Council, followed by consultations.