Western Sahara

  • On Tuesday (30 April), the Security Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for an additional six months until 31 October. The US, as penholder,...

  • April 2019

    Western Sahara

    Monthly Forecast

    In April, Council members expect to hold consultations on Western Sahara and to renew the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) before it expires on 30 April. The Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Köhler, is expected to brief on his latest activities and Colin Stewart, the Special Representative for Western Sahara and head of MINURSO, is expected to brief on the Secretary-General’s MINURSO report, due in early April.

  • 28 January 2019

    Western Sahara Consultations

    What's in Blue

    Tomorrow (29 January), Security Council members will receive a briefing in consultations from the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General to Western Sahara, Horst Köhler. The session is being held in accordance with resolution 2440 that renewed the mandate of the UN...

  • January 2019

    Western Sahara

    Monthly Forecast

    In January 2019, Council members are expected to hold consultations on Western Sahara in accordance with resolution 2440 that requested the Secretary-General to brief the Council on a regular basis at any time he deems appropriate, including within three months of MINURSO’s renewal and again prior to the expiration of its mandate. The Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Horst Köhler, is expected to brief. There may also be a briefer from the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. The mandate of MINURSO expires on 30 April 2019.

  • This afternoon (31 October), the Council is expected to adopt a resolution that extends for six months the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), and expresses full support for the intention of the Secretary-General...

  • October 2018

    Western Sahara

    Monthly Forecast

    The Council will receive a briefing in consultations on Western Sahara in October. The Special Representative and head of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), Colin Stewart, is expected to brief. Also during October, the Council is expected to renew the mandate of MINURSO, which expires on 31 October.

  • 7 August 2018

    Western Sahara Consultations

    What's in Blue

    On 8 August, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy to Western Sahara, Horst Köhler, is expected to brief Security Council members in closed consultations. No Council product appears planned, with the exception of possible press elements. In resolution 2414 this past April,...

  • 27 April 2018

    Western Sahara: Mandate Renewal*

    What's in Blue

    This afternoon (27 April), the Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for six months, until 31 October. Prior to the adoption, the Council was briefed...

  • April 2018

    Western Sahara

    Monthly Forecast

    In April, the Council is expected to adopt a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). The Council will receive the Secretary-General’s report on the situation in Western Sahara and will be briefed by Special Representative of the Secretary-General Colin Stewart and the Department of Political Affairs on the situation ahead of MINURSO’s renewal. MINURSO’s mandate expires on 30 April.

  • March 2018

    Western Sahara

    Monthly Forecast

    In March, Council members are expected to meet in consultations to receive a briefing from the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy on Western Sahara, Horst Köhler, who was appointed on 16 August 2017, and Special Representative Colin Stewart, appointed to head MINURSO on 1 December 2017. The briefing, originally slated for February, is in response to Resolution 2351, adopted on 28 April 2017. In renewing the mandate of MINURSO for an additional year, the resolution requested the Secretary-General to update the Security Council within six months of the appointment of the new personal envoy. The resolution called for information about the ways in which the envoy, working with the parties, was progressing towards a mutually acceptable political solution that would provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara; how MINURSO’s performance measures were being developed and implemented; and how structures and staffing could be reorganised to achieve mission goals efficiently.  MINURSO’s mandate expires on 30 April.

  • 21 November 2017

    Briefing on Western Sahara

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    Tomorrow (22 November), Council members will receive a briefing in consultations on the situation in Western Sahara. Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) Kim Bolduc will deliver what...

  • October 2017

    Western Sahara

    Monthly Forecast

    In October, the Council will receive a briefing in consultations on Western Sahara. It will be the second of the Secretary-General’s semi-annual briefings on the situation in Western Sahara this year. While at press time the briefers had not yet been confirmed, typically the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General conduct the briefing.

  • 28 April 2017

    Western Sahara Resolution

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    The Council is scheduled to vote later this afternoon on a draft resolution to extend the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for another year, until 30 April 2018. The vote was initially scheduled...

  • April 2017

    Western Sahara

    Monthly Forecast

    In April, the Council is expected to adopt a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). The Council will receive the report of the Secretary-General on the situation in Western Sahara and will be briefed on the situation ahead of MINURSO’s renewal.

  • 17 October 2016

    Western Sahara Consultations

    What's in Blue

    Tomorrow (18 October), Special Representative and head of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) Kim Bolduc and Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General Christopher Ross will brief Council members in the regular semi-annual briefing. Special Representative Bolduc...