UNOWAS (West Africa and the Sahel)

  • 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

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    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...

  • In February the Council is expected to hold a high-level debate on the impact of transnational organised crime on peace, security and stability in West Africa and the Sahel region. The focus of the debate will include concerns arising from the situation in Libya, including illicit trafficking networks and arms flows in particular, an upsurge in terrorist attacks and other forms of destabilisation in the Sahel and the growing piracy problems in West Africa.

  • On Monday (16 January), the Council is scheduled to be briefed and have consultations on the Secretary-General’s latest report on the activities of UNOWA from 1 July to 31st December 2011 (S/2011/811, 30 December). The Special Representative of the Secretary-General...

  • January 2012

    UNOWA (West Africa)

    Monthly Forecast

    In January the Council is expected to consider a report from the Secretary-General on the activities of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), submitted in December 2011. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of UNOWA, Said Djinnit, will likely brief the Council.

  • 15 December 2011

    Monthly DPA Briefing on Emerging Issues

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    Tomorrow (Friday, 16 December) Council members will have their monthly briefing on emerging issues by the head of the Department of Political Affairs, B. Lynn Pascoe. It seems Pascoe is likely to update on a UN technical mission to the...

  • This afternoon (Monday, 31 October) the Council will adopt a resolution, drafted by Nigeria, expressing its concern about the threat posed by piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea. The draft text was introduced on 19...

  • 18 October 2011

    Gulf of Guinea Piracy Briefing

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    Tomorrow (Wednesday, 19 October) the Council will be briefed by the Secretary-General on the piracy situation in the Gulf of Guinea. Council members and representatives from members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community...

  • 22 August 2011

    Monthly DPA Briefing on Emerging Issues

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    This afternoon Council members will have their monthly briefing on emerging or significant issues by the Department of Political Affairs head, B. Lynn Pascoe. It seems the briefing was originally going to focus on the constitutional crisis in Nepal and...

  • July 2011

    West Africa (UNOWA)

    Monthly Forecast

    In July the Council is expected to consider a report of the Secretary-General on UNOWA. It is also expecting a briefing by Special Representative Said Djinnit.

  • This special research report provides an analysis of a set of new issues that have been emerging in the West African subregion and possible implications for the Security Council in the coming year(s). It identifies some key emerging threats to peace and security in the 16-state subregion and their linkages to existing security challenges. The report points to a key feature: the fact that some of the new threats are essentially criminal rather than political in nature. However, it explains also the growing political and security implications. The report also highlights action already taken by the Council to recognise these threats and considers options available to the Council to tackle these issues going forward. The raw material for the study was derived from literature research; field research in a number of countries in the West African subregion (including Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria); and interviews in the region with diplomats, government officials and officials of relevant international intergovernmental bodies (e.g. UN Office in West Africa or UNOWA, UN Office for Drugs and Crime or UNODC, the Economic Community of West African States or ECOWAS and the AU), NGOs and academics.