Western Sahara

  • 25 August 2016

    Consultations on Western Sahara

    What's in Blue

    Tomorrow morning (26 August), Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations El-Ghassim Wane will brief Council members in consultations on the situation in Western Sahara. The briefing was requested by Venezuela in light of allegations by the Polisario that Morocco has traversed...

  • Tomorrow (26 July), the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), Kim Bolduc, will brief Security Council members in consultations, as requested by resolution 2285 of 29 April. The...

  • July 2016

    Western Sahara

    Monthly Forecast

    In July, the Council expects a briefing on the situation in Western Sahara and the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), as requested by resolution 2285. The resolution renewed MINURSO’s mandate and emphasised the urgent need for the mission to return to full functionality following Morocco’s expulsion of 84 civilian staff members in March due to a dispute with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, following Ban’s use of the term “occupation” to describe Morocco’s relationship to Western Sahara. 

  • 15 June 2016

    Meeting on Western Sahara

    What's in Blue

    Tomorrow afternoon (16 June), Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous will brief Council members under ‘any other business’ on the situation in Western Sahara. Venezuela requested the briefing in order to hear about the situation on the ground and ongoing...

  • 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.