What's In Blue: October 2012

  • The Council will hold its annual open debate on women, peace and security on Monday, 29 October.* As President of the Council for October, Guatemala has chosen the role of women’s civil society organisations and their contribution to the prevention... Tags: ,

  • Tomorrow (25 October) Ambassador Gert Rosenthal (Guatemala), chair of the 1572 Côte d’Ivoire Sanctions Committee, will brief Council members in consultations on the midterm report (S/2012/766) of the Panel of Experts (PoE) that assists the Committee. The Committee discussed the... Tags: , ,

  • Tomorrow morning (24 October) Council members will be briefed by the Joint UN-Arab League Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi via video-conference from Cairo on his recent visit to Syria and countries in the region (Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and... Tags: , ,

  • The Council is scheduled to hold a briefing followed by consultations among members tomorrow afternoon (24 October) on the Secretary-General’s most recent report (S/2012/771) on the situation in Darfur. It seems that Edmond Mulet, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, is... Tags: , ,

  • It seems that Council members may have a briefing and consultations on Libya and Syria tomorrow morning (23 October) following a request by Russia. This morning (22 October) Russia circulated three draft press statements, one on Libya and two on... Tags: , ,

  • Security Council members are set to adopt a draft presidential statement on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) later this afternoon. Last Wednesday (10 October), Council members were briefed by Edmond Mulet, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping... Tags: , , ,

  • Tomorrow morning (18 October), the General-Assembly is scheduled to hold elections, by secret ballot, for five non-permanent Council seats for the 2013-2014 term.These include one seat for the African Group, currently held by South Africa; one seat for the Asia-Pacific... Tags: ,

  • Council members are scheduled to hold consultations tomorrow afternoon (16 October) on Sudan and South Sudan, with Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous expected to brief. At press time, an outcome seemed unlikely. When Council members last met in consultations... Tags: , ,

  • 15 October 2012

    Somalia Debate

    Tomorrow morning (16 October), the Security Council is scheduled to hold a debate on Somalia, with briefings by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Augustine Mahiga and AU Commissioner for Peace and Security Ramtane Lamamra. (Both will address the Council by video-conference.)... Tags: , ,

  • 11 October 2012

    Mali Resolution

    The Council appears set to adopt—possibly on Friday (12 October)—a resolution on Mali expressing its readiness to support an international military force that would assist the Malian army in reasserting sovereignty over the northern half of the country, which is... Tags: , ,

  • A draft resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for an additional year was put in blue this afternoon (11 October) and the Council looks set to adopt it tomorrow afternoon. Negotiations on the text... Tags: , ,

  • A Security Council draft resolution reauthorising the mandate of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan for twelve months is currently under silence. The draft is scheduled for adoption tomorrow morning (9 October). (This adoption is expected to take... Tags: , , ,

  • Council members began considering a draft press statement yesterday (3 October) in response to mortar fire the same day from Syria hitting the Turkish border town of Akçakale, killing five women and children and reportedly seriously injuring others. Turkish artillery... Tags: , ,

  • The Council is expected to hold consultations tomorrow (4 October) on Sudan/South Sudan and on the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, is expected to brief on both topics. At press time, no... Tags: , , ,

  • 3 October 2012

    Mali Consultations

    Tomorrow afternoon (4 October), the Security Council will hold consultations on Mali, enabling members to have a preliminary discussion on the possibility of the Council authorising a force led by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). (Last month,... Tags: , ,

  • 2 October 2012

    Haiti Debate

    The Council is set to hold a debate on the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) tomorrow morning (3 October). Foreign Minister Harold Caballeros of Guatemala—which holds the Council presidency this month—is expected to chair the debate. Mariano Fernández, the... Tags: , ,

  • This morning the Council adopted its October programme of work. There will be three open debates this month – on the Middle East, the Council’s linkages with the International Criminal Court (ICC), as well as women, peace and security. Additionally,... Tags: , ,