UNOWAS (West Africa and the Sahel)

  • July 2016

    UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel

    Monthly Forecast

    In July, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), will brief on the semi-annual UNOWAS report. This is the first briefing on UNOWAS since the Council decided to merge the Office of the Special Envoy for the Sahel (OSES) into the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA).

  • Tomorrow (26 May), the Security Council will have a briefing on challenges in the Sahel, focusing on the impact of climate change and desertification to peace and security in this region. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the head of the UN Office...

  • Dakar (8 March) – Members today completed the final leg of their visiting mission to West Africa, in Dakar, Senegal. The Council programme included a visit to the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), where members received...

  • 3 March 2016

    Council Visiting Mission to West Africa

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    Tomorrow Council members will begin a visiting mission to Mali, Guinea Bissau and Senegal. This will be the Council’s third visit for both Guinea Bissau (2003 and 2004) and Mali (2000 and 2014), and its first to Senegal, where the...

  • 13 January 2016

    UNOWA: Briefing and Consultations

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    Tomorrow (14 January), the Council will have its semi-annual meeting on the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA). The Special Representative for West Africa and head of UNOWA, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, will brief on the Secretary-General’s 22 December report on...

  • January 2016

    UN Office for West Africa

    Monthly Forecast

    In January, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), will brief the Council, followed by consultations. Members will consider the semi-annual UNOWA report. UNOWA’s mandate expires 31 December 2016 and is customarily renewed through an exchange of letters between the Secretary-General and the president of the Security Council.       

  • Tomorrow morning (8 December), the Council is expected to adopt a presidential statement on the Sahel. Members had hoped to adopt the statement at the Council’s 25 November briefing by the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on the implementation of the UN...

  • 25 November 2015

    Briefing and Presidential Statement on the Sahel

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    Today (25 November), the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Sahel, Hiroute Guebre Sellassie, will brief the Council on the Secretary-General’s latest report on the implementation of the UN’s Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (S/2015/866). Council members had hoped to adopt...

  • November 2015

    Sahel

    Monthly Forecast

    In November, the Special Envoy for the Sahel, Hiroute Guebre Sellassie, is expected to brief the Council on the Secretary-General’s report on the implementation of the UN’s integrated Sahel strategy. The Council may adopt a presidential statement.

  • Tomorrow morning (6 October), Council members will discuss developments in Burkina Faso under “any other business” following consultations on Mali. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), will brief via video-teleconference from Dakar. The...

  • 17 September 2015

    Briefing on Burkina Faso Coup

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    This afternoon Council members will discuss the unfolding developments in Burkina Faso under “any other business” following consultations on the UN Disengagement Observer Force. At press time, Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman was expected to brief Council members,...

  • Tomorrow morning (27 August), Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman will brief the Security Council on his one day visit to Burkina Faso on 25 August. Feltman visited the country, together with the head of the UN Office for...

  • July 2015

    UN Office for West Africa

    Monthly Forecast

    In July, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), will brief the Council, followed by consultations. Members will be considering the semi-annual UNOWA report. No outcome is expected.

  • Tomorrow (10 February), Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman will brief Council members on his recent visit to West Africa, with a focus on the latest developments in Burkina Faso. The briefing will be under “Any Other Business”, following consultations...

  • 7 January 2015

    UNOWA Briefing and Consultations

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    Tomorrow afternoon (8 January), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), will brief the Security Council, followed by consultations. Council members will be considering the Secretary-General’s semi-annual UNOWA report (S/2014/945). No outcome is expected....