What's In Blue: the Middle East

  • 19 December 2019

    Syria Political Briefing

    Tomorrow (19 December) Special Envoy Geir O. Pedersen is expected to brief the Security Council on political developments related to Syria. Consultations are scheduled to follow. The work of the Constitutional Committee is expected to be addressed in the meeting.... Tags: ,

  • This morning (19 December), Assistant Secretary-General Ursula Mueller is expected to provide the monthly briefing on the humanitarian situation in Syria, which will be followed by consultations. This afternoon, the Council is expected to vote on competing draft resolutions authorising... Tags: ,

  • 21 November 2019

    Syria Political Briefing

    Tomorrow (22 November), Special Envoy Geir O. Pedersen will brief on the political track in Syria. Sabah al-Hallak, a Syrian women’s rights activist, is also expected to brief. Members are expected to make statements following the briefings. Consultations are currently... Tags: ,

  • 13 November 2019

    Syria Humanitarian Briefing

    Tomorrow (14 November), the Security Council will hold its monthly meeting on the humanitarian situation in Syria. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock is expected to brief the Council in the open chamber, while closed consultations are expected to follow.... Tags: ,

  • Tomorrow (5 November), the Security Council will be briefed in a private meeting by the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Fernando Arias, on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Holding this session as... Tags: , ,

  • This afternoon (24 October), Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller will provide the scheduled monthly briefing on the humanitarian situation in Syria.  Assistant Secretary-General for the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Mohamed Khaled Khiari is expected to brief... Tags: ,

  • On Thursday (17 October), the Security Council will be briefed on Yemen by Special Envoy Martin Griffiths (via video-teleconference) and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock. During closed consultations, General Abhijit Guha, the chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC)... Tags: ,

  • Tomorrow morning (10 October), Security Council members are expected to discuss the situation in Syria under “any other business”, following Turkey’s military offensive in north-eastern Syria, which began earlier today. The European members of the Council—Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, and... Tags: ,

  • Today (8 October) the Security Council is expected to adopt a short presidential statement welcoming the Secretary-General’s 23 September announcement of the agreement of the Syrian government and the Syrian Negotiations Commission for “a credible, balanced, and inclusive Constitutional Committee”... Tags: ,

  • 27 September 2019

    Syria Political Briefing

    On Monday (30 September), Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen will brief the Security Council on the political situation in Syria. While members are expected to make statements in the open chamber following Pedersen’s briefing, closed consultations are scheduled... Tags: ,

  • Tomorrow (20 September), the Security Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD), which expires on 21 September. UNITAD Draft Resolution The penholder on... Tags: , ,

  • Tomorrow morning (19 September), Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller is expected to brief Council members during the monthly meeting on the humanitarian situation in Syria. Members are expected to make statements following the briefing. After the meeting, the... Tags: ,

  • On Monday (16 September), the Security Council will hear briefings on Yemen from Special Envoy Martin Griffiths (via video-teleconference) and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock. Consultations are scheduled to follow the public session. Fighting last month between the Yemeni... Tags: ,

  • On Thursday morning (29 August), the Security Council is expected to adopt a presidential statement on recent developments in southern Yemen and efforts to resume comprehensive political negotiations and implement the Stockholm Agreement, among other issues. During the Council’s closed... Tags: ,

  • Tomorrow (29 August) the Security Council will vote on a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for another year ahead of its 31 August expiry. Leading up to tomorrow’s vote, Council members held two... Tags: , ,