What's In Blue: Africa

  • 27 June 2011

    DRC Resolution

    Council members appear ready to adopt a resolution tomorrow (28 June)renewing MONUSCO’s mandate for another year. Following a first round of negotiations on the French draft last Monday (20 June) Council members at the expert level agreed that the draft... Tags: , ,

  • 23 June 2011

    Insights on Sudan

    The situation in Sudan continues to occupy the Council. On Monday, 20 June, the Council were briefed by Thabo Mbeki, Chairperson of the AU High Level Implementation Panel and Haile Menkerios, head of UNMIS, via video link from Addis Ababa... Tags: , ,

  • The Council is scheduled to hold consultations on the Liberia sanctions regime on 23 June to discuss the report from the Liberia sanctions regime’s Panel of Experts. The Liberia Sanctions Committee received the report on 1 June and it was... Tags: , ,

  • 22 June 2011


    Yesterday (21 June) the UK circulated a draft presidential statement on Somalia to Council members. It appears the draft proposes that the Council should welcome the Kampala Accord of 9 June between the Somali president Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and... Tags: , ,

  • 20 June 2011

    DRC Resolution

    This afternoon Council members will discuss at expert level a draft resolution renewing MONUSCO’s mandate for another year. The draft was circulated by France last Wednesday (15 June). The P5 received a copy in early June. It seems that consensus... Tags: , ,

  • 17 June 2011

    Somali Piracy Report

    On Wednesday, 15 June, the Secretary-General’s report on possible modalities for the establishment of anti-piracy courts (requested by the Council in resolution 1976 of 11 April) was circulated to Council members. A briefing on the report by Under- Secretary-General for... Tags: , , ,

  • 15 June 2011

    Briefing on Sudan

    The briefing on Sudan by peacekeeping head Alain Le Roy, which was postponed twice since Friday, is scheduled to take place today (15 June) at 3 pm. It is also possible that UN Special Envoy, Haile Menkerios, and former South... Tags: , ,

  • 14 June 2011


    On 15 June, the Chair of the AU High Level Ad-Hoc Committee on Libya will brief the Council on its mediation efforts. (The AU Committee includes Congo, Mali, Mauritania (Chair) South Africa and Uganda&#8212 and will be represented at ministerial... Tags: , ,

  • 13 June 2011

    Briefing on Sudan

    The briefing on Sudan scheduled for this afternoon by peacekeeping head, Alain le Roy, has been postponed. It appears that the parties asked the Council to give them more time to work out a solution to Abyei. (Since Sunday Ethiopian... Tags: , ,

  • 13 June 2011

    Briefing on Sudan

    The briefing on Sudan by peacekeeping head, Alain le Roy, to the Council originally scheduled for Friday (10 June) was moved from Friday to today (Monday, 13 June). Council members decided to wait so that the briefing could include a... Tags: , ,

  • 9 June 2011

    Briefing on Sudan

    Tomorrow, 10 June, Council members are expected to be briefed by the Secretariat on the situation in Sudan. The implementation of the presidential statement adopted on 3 June which made very specific demands to the parties with regard to the... Tags: , ,

  • 3 June 2011

    Western Sahara Talks

    Starting on Sunday, 5 June, the parties to the Western Sahara conflict will convene for three days of talks at Greentree Estate, New York . This will be the seventh round of UN-backed informal talks between Morocco and the Polisario... Tags: , ,

  • Tomorrow (3 June 2011) Abou Moussa, the Head of UN Office in Central Africa (UNOCA) will brief Council members during informal consultations. Moussa did not meet with Council members prior to his appointment and this will be his first interaction... Tags: , , ,

  • Council members are negotiating a presidential statement on Sudan at expert level which may be adopted tomorrow. The US raised the possibility of a statement on Tuesday, 31 May. However, given the pace of events on the ground and the... Tags: , ,

  • 27 May 2011


    On Tuesday, 31 May, the Council is expected to have an initial discussion on the special report of the Secretary-General containing recommendations on a successor mission to UNMIS. Council members have just got back from Sudan, and impressions from the... Tags: , ,