Update Reports

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

  • The Council is currently negotiating a possible statement reacting to the ongoing trial of Aung San Suu Kyii. If there is agreement on language and the type of statement (i.e. press or presidential) the Council may meet 20 May.

  • On the morning of 8 May the Council is expected to hold an open meeting on the request of 6 May by the Permanent Representative of Chad, Ahmad Allam-mi, ”to discuss the attack perpetrated by the Sudan against…Chad.” The Secretariat is expected to brief and the Chadian ambassador is also likely to participate.

  • On 30 April, the Council is expected to hold consultations on Cyprus and hear a briefing by the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alexander Downer, who has been conducting good offices and providing support to talks between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders, Mehmet Ali Talat and Demetris 

  • The Council is expected to be briefed on Sri Lanka by Catherine Bragg, the Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs tomorrow, 22 April 2009. She is also expected to provide some details of the Secretary-General’s Chief of Staff, Vijay Nambiar’s recent visit to Sri Lanka.

  • On April 20 the Council is expected to be briefed on the situation in Fiji by B.Lynn Pascoe, Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs. The briefing is likely to focus on the 10 April decision by Fiji’s interim government to scrap its constitution. This was a response to the 9 April ruling by Fiji’s Court of Appeal that the removal of the elected 

  • On 9 April Uganda circulated a draft presidential statement to Council members that addresses the recent resurgence of coups d’état in Africa. Its purpose is to support the AU decision of 3 February on the “resurgence of the scourge of coups d’état in Africa”.

  • At press time the P5 and Japan were holding consultations to determine a Council response to the launch of a rocket on 5 April, claimed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to be for the purpose of placing a satellite in orbit.

  • The Council is expected to issue a presidential statement in the coming days endorsing the Secretary-General’s proposal to transform the UN Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BONUCA) into an integrated UN presence in Central African Republic (CAR). The mandate of BONUCA expires on 31 December.

  • On 27 February, the Council is expecting a briefing by John Holmes, Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, on the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka. This briefing follows his 19 – 21 February visit to Sri Lanka. It will take place in closed consultations under “Other Matters”, following a briefing on the Peacebuilding Support Office.

  • On 17 February the Security Council is expecting a briefing on the humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The briefing will be at an open meeting of the Council and the UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes, is expected to talk about his recent visit to the DRC.

  • 13 February 2009

    Update Report No. 1: Sudan

    Council members anticipate that shortly a decision will be issued by the judges of the pre-trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) concerning the prosecutor’s application of 14 July 2008 for the issuance of an arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

  • On 29 January the Council will hold a private meeting on Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Respect for International Humanitarian Law. This item was added to the Council’s programme of work by the French presidency, acting on an idea by French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner. The initiative was conceived 

  • On 27 January the Council will hear a briefing from UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East’s (UNRWA) Commissioner General Karen Koning AbuZayd and Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes on the urgent humanitarian needs in Gaza. It will be the first time ever that UNRWA has briefed the Council.

  • At the initiative of France and the UK, the Council will begin what seems likely to be an extended process of overhauling some key elements of peacekeeping. France, as Council president for January, is organising an informal seminar on 22 January and a thematic debate in the Council on 23 January.

  • The Security Council on 6 January 2009 agreed to elect the following chairpersons of Council committees, sanctions committees, and working groups.