Update Reports

Supplementary reports issued throughout the month on emerging or developing situations being addressed by the Security Council.

  • On 16 April the Council will hold an open debate on Post Conflict Peace Building: Comprehensive Peacebuilding Strategy to Prevent the Recurrence of Conflict under the presidency of the Council for April, Japan. The meeting is expected to be chaired by the Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Katsuya.

  • Council members on 23 March discussed the need for a briefing on Myanmar and requested a briefing in informal consultations on 24 March. At press time it was unclear how the Secretariat was preparing to respond to the request from the Council. Some members were expecting to hear from Vijay Nambiar, the Secretary-General’s 

  • At the initiative of Gabon, which holds the Council presidency in March, a debate will be held on 19 March on the impact of illicit small arms trafficking on peace and security in the Central African region.

  • On 16 February the Council adopted a presidential statement on the situation in Guinea, in which itwelcomed “the recent positive developments in Guinea while remaining concerned by the situation”.

  • The Council is expecting a briefing on 24 February under the agenda item “Threats to International Peace and Security”from the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Antonio Maria Costa. This will be followed by a Council debate.

  • 17 February 2010

    Update Report No. 4: Haiti

    On Friday, 19 February the Council is expecting a public briefing from Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes and the head of the Peacekeeping Department, Alain Le Roy, on the humanitarian situation in Haiti and the work of the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

  • In February the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, will coordinate a meeting between Morocco and the Polisario Front. This meeting follows the UN’s proposal to hold informal direct talks over the status of Western Sahara.

  • On 5 February the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev is scheduled to brief the Council in an open meeting. He is expected to provide an overview of Kazakhstan’s priorities and plans for its 2010 chairmanship of the organisation.

  • On 29 December 2009 the Security Council agreed on the selection of the two elected Council members to participate in the Organisational Committee of the Peacebuilding Commission for a one year term starting on 1 January 2010. (Seven Council members, including the P5 on a permanent basis, are members of the Organisational Committee.)

  • The year 2009 has seen a dramatic drop in the level of Security Council decisions. Output has reduced to levels not seen since 1991. The following chart demonstrates graphically the overall situation. This report gives a breakdown of the figures. It also analyses some of the underlying factors which may have influenced this situation.

  • On 12 January Council members are expected to discuss Guinea, during previously scheduled consultations on the work of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA). The report on the situation in Guinea, of the International Commission of Inquiry (COI) which investigated the 28 September 2009 government forces crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Guinea, is before the Council.

  • On 13 January the Council will hold a debate at the initiative of China on the relationship between the UN and regional and subregional organisations. In its concept paper China emphasises the pre-eminence of the Security Council in matters pertaining to the maintenance of international peace and security.

  • On 14 January Council members are expected to meet in informal consultations to hear a briefing on the activities of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Central Asia and head of the Centre, Miroslav JenĨa.

  • 16 December 2009

    Update Report No. 2: Eritrea

    It appears that the Council is now close to agreement on a resolution imposing sanctions against Eritrea. A draft resolution was circulated to Council members by Uganda in November. Extensive expert level and bilateral consultations have taken place. The draft is expected to be put in blue on 17 December and is likely to be put to the vote on 18 December.

  • The Council is set to hold an open debate on 8 December on the topic of drug trafficking as a threat to international security.The debate is expected to be presided over by the Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso, Bédouma Alain Yoda. The presence of other ministerial level speakers is possible.