UNOWAS (West Africa and the Sahel)

  • 25 June 2013

    Briefing and Consultations on the Sahel

    What's in Blue

    Tomorrow afternoon (26 June) the Security Council expects to be briefed by the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Sahel, Romano Prodi, on the 14 June report of the Secretary-General on the situation in the Sahel region and the...

  • 3 June 2013

    DPA Horizon Scanning Briefing

    What's in Blue

    Following adoption of the June programme of work tomorrow morning (4 June), Council members are scheduled to be briefed by Oscar Fernández-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, in what appears to be an effort by the UK, the President of...

  • June 2013

    Mali/Sahel

    Monthly Forecast

    In June, the Council expects to be briefed by Albert Koenders, the newly appointed Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Koenders is expected to brief on the security situation in MINUSMA’s area of responsibility as requested in resolution 2100.  The briefing will be followed by consultations.

  • On Monday morning (13 May), at the initiative of Togo, the Security Council is scheduled to hold an open debate on the challenges of combating terrorism in Africa. The meeting will be chaired by President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé of Togo,...

  • May 2013

    Peace and Security in Africa

    Monthly Forecast

    In May, the Council is expected to be briefed in consultations by the Secretary General’sSpecial Envoy for the Sahel, Romano Prodi, on the Secretary-General’s report on the Sahel. The Council also expects to hold a debate on “Peace and Security in Africa: the challenges of the fight against terrorism in Africa in the context of maintaining international peace and security” with a briefing from the Secretary-General.

  • January 2013

    UNOWA (West Africa)

    Monthly Forecast

    In January the Council expects a briefing from Said Djinnit, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), on the Secretary-General’s semi-annual report, including an update on the Gulf of Guinea piracy problem.

  • 7 December 2012

    High-Level Sahel Meeting

    What's in Blue

    On Monday morning (10 December), Foreign Minister Saad-Eddine Al Othmani (Morocco) will preside over a high-level public meeting of the Security Council on the Sahel region. During the meeting, the Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and the Special Envoy for the...

  • December 2012

    Threats to Peace and Security in the Sahel

    Monthly Forecast

    In December, the Council is expected to hold a high-level meeting on the Sahel, a sprawling territory covering parts of Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Algeria, Niger, Chad, Sudan and Eritrea. The focus will be on security, humanitarian, governance and development concerns in the region, perennial problems brought into sharp relief by an unexpected military coup in Mali on 22 March and an upsurge in the activities of terrorist groups in the region.

  • 14 September 2012

    Briefing and Consultations on the Sahel

    What's in Blue

    This afternoon (17 September), Jeffrey Feltman—the head of the Department for Political Affairs—will brief the Council on progress made on the development of an integrated strategy for the Sahel region which is meant to encompass security, governance, development, human rights...

  • July 2012

    UNOWA (West Africa)

    Monthly Forecast

    In July the Council expects to consider the semi-annual report of the Secretary-General on the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), including an update on the Gulf of Guinea piracy problem. Said Djinnit, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNOWA, will brief.

  • ABIDJAN: This afternoon (21 May) Council members on the West Africa visiting mission had a high-level meeting with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. This was the first such meeting between Council members and...

  • A draft presidential statement on the situation in Mali as well as the security and humanitarian situation in the Sahel region is under silence procedure until 9.30 Monday (26 March) morning. If silence is not broken, the Council is likely...

  • 12 March 2012

    Humanitarian Briefing on Syria and the Sahel

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    Tomorrow morning (13 March) Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, will brief Council members via video-teleconference on both Syria and the Sahel. She was in Syria from 7 to 9 March and in Niger from 16 to 18 February with...

  • 26 February 2012

    Debate on Gulf of Guinea Piracy

    What's in Blue

    On Monday morning (27 February), the Council is scheduled to hold a debate on the threats to peace and security in the Gulf of Guinea region posed by piracy and other forms of armed robbery. (It originally seemed as if...

  • On Tuesday (21 February), the Council will hold a high-level debate on the impact of transnational organised crime on peace and security in West Africa and the wider Sahel region. The President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbé, will preside over the...