Western Sahara

  • This morning, the Council adopted a resolution on the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), with ten votes in favour, two against(Uruguay and Venezuela), and three abstentions (Angola, New Zealand and Russia). Twice before...

  • This afternoon, Council members Angola and Venezuela will be convening an Arria-formula meeting on Western Sahara. The situation in Western Sahara has garnered increased attention recently, following a dispute between the Secretary-General and Morocco that culminated in Morocco’s demanding the...

  • April 2016

    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 also be watching the situation on the ground closely following the evacuation of dozens of MINURSO staff at Morocco’s request.

  • 26 March 2016

    Council Discussions on Western Sahara

    What's in Blue

    Extensive discussions in the Security Council on Western Sahara over the last week culminated on Thursday evening (24 March) in the President presenting only basic press elements, a reflection of the deep divisions among Council members on how to interpret...

  • 17 March 2016

    Consultations on Western Sahara

    What's in Blue

    This afternoon (17 March), Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman will brief Council members in consultations on Western Sahara. The meeting, requested yesterday by the Secretariat, comes amid a public dispute between Morocco and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, which culminated in...

  • December 2015

    Western Sahara

    Monthly Forecast

    In December, Council members expect a briefing in consultations by Christopher Ross, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara. The Special Representative and head of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), Kim Bolduc, may also brief.

  • Tomorrow morning (28 April), the Security Council will vote on a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for another year. The draft resolution, which was put in blue earlier today, contains...

  • April 2015

    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) for another 12 months. Prior to the mandate renewal, Council members expect a briefing in consultations on the situation in Western Sahara from Kim Bolduc, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of MINURSO, and Christopher Ross, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy.

  • October 2014

    Western Sahara

    Monthly Forecast

    In October, Council members expect a briefing in consultations by Christopher Ross, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara. The incoming Special Representative and head of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) Kim Bolduc, may also brief the Council. 

  • Tomorrow (29 April), the Security Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for twelve months. (The current mandate expires on 30 April.) The draft resolution was...

  • April 2014

    Western Sahara

    Monthly Forecast

    In April, the Council expects a briefing in consultations on the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) by Wolfgang Weisbrod-Weber, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of MINURSO, and Christopher Ross, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara. A resolution will likely be adopted to renew MINURSO’s mandate—which expires on 30 April—for another 12 months.

  • 30 October 2013

    Western Sahara Consultations

    What's in Blue

    This afternoon (30 October) Security Council members are set to receive a briefing in consultations on the status of negotiations on Western Sahara. The Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, Christopher Ross, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the...

  • October 2013

    Western Sahara

    Monthly Forecast

    In October, the Council members expect a briefing in consultations on the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) by Wolfgang Weisbrod-Weber, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of MINURSO, and Christopher Ross, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara.

  • 24 April 2013

    Western Sahara Mission Mandate Renewal

    What's in Blue

    Tomorrow morning (25 April), the Security Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for twelve months. (The current mandate expires on 30 April 2013.) The draft...

  • April 2013

    Western Sahara

    Monthly Forecast

    In April, the Council expects a briefing in consultations on the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) by Wolfgang Weisbrod-Weber, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of MINURSO. The Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, is also likely to brief the Council.