Ireland and the UN Security Council – The Week Ahead

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Ireland and the UN Security Council – The Week Ahead brings you the key developments from the UN Security Council on a weekly basis. Each update provides an overview of developments at the Security Council, with a particular focus on Ireland, and looks ahead to the key meetings taking place over the coming week at the UN’s top table.

Ireland and the UN Security Council – The Week Ahead brings you the key developments from the UN Security Council on a weekly basis. Each update provides an overview of developments at the Security Council, with a particular focus on Ireland’s term, and looks ahead to the key meetings taking place over the coming week at the UN’s top table.


Week 16: 19 – 23 April 2021

Recent developments at the UNSC

Monday – 19th April

  • High-level open debate on cooperation between the UN and regional and subregional organisations. President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc of Vietnam will chair the meeting. Secretary-General António Guterres and former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are expected to brief. Representatives of various regional organisations are also scheduled to brief.

Tuesday – 20th April

  • Informal interactive dialogue on Somalia. The expected briefers include the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), James Swan; officials from the Somali government, and representatives from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the AU and the EU.

Wednesday – 21st April

  • Briefing on the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). The expected briefers are the Special Representative for Western Sahara and head of MINURSO, Collin Stewart, and Acting Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Michael Kingsley-Nyinah.
  • Quarterly meeting on Colombia. Special Representative and head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia Carlos Ruiz Massieu is expected to brief on recent developments and the Secretary-General’s latest 90-day report on the mission.

Thursday – 22nd April

  • The Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of the 1540 Committee (non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction).
  • Quarterly open debate on “the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland is the anticipated briefer.

Friday – 23rd April

  • Informal interactive dialogue on mercenaries in Libya. Possible briefers include the Special Envoy for Libya and head of UNSMIL, Ján Kubiš, and Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo.

Week 15: 12 – 16 April 2021

Recent developments at the UNSC

Monday – 12th April

  • Briefing, followed by consultations, on the Great Lakes region. Special Envoy Huang Xia is expected to brief on the implementation of the 2013 Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework (PSC Framework) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and on other recent developments in the region.

Tuesday – 13th April

  • Briefing on Kosovo from the Special Representative and head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Zahir Tanin.

Wednesday – 14th April

  • Annual high level open debate on sexual violence in conflict (WPS). The expected briefers are Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Denis Mukwege; and Director of the South Sudan Women with Disabilities Network, Caroline Atim. A Women’s Protection Adviser from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) may also brief.

Thursday – 15th April

  • Briefing, followed by consultations, on Yemen. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths and Acting Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ramesh Rajasingham are expected to brief.
  • Adoption of a resolution renewing measures related to the illicit export of petroleum from Libya and the mandate of the Panel of Experts assisting the 1970 Libya Sanctions Committee.

Friday – 16th April

  • Meeting of the Military Staff Committee.


Week 14: 5 – 9 April 2021

Recent developments at the UNSC

Monday – 5th April

  • No official meetings scheduled.

Tuesday – 6th April

  • Briefing, followed by consultations, on the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix is expected to brief.
  • Briefing, followed by consultations, on the Syria chemical weapons track from High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu.

Wednesday – 7th April

  • Briefing, followed by consultations, on the Great Lakes region. Special Envoy Huang Xia is expected to brief on the implementation of the 2013 Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework (PSC Framework) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and on other recent developments in the region.

Thursday – 8th April

  • Vietnam is expected to convene a ministerial-level open debate on mine action. Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister, Pham Binh Minh, will chair the meeting. Secretary-General António Guterres will brief. The Council will also be briefed by Ambassador Stefano Toscano, the director of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining, and Nguyen Thi Dieu Linh, manager of “Project Renew” (an all-women demining team) at the Norwegian People’s Aid in Vietnam.

Friday – 9th April

  • Arria formula meeting on Myanmar.


Week 13: 29 – 2 March/April 2021

Recent developments at the UNSC

Monday – 29th March

  • Briefing, followed by consultations, on the humanitarian situation in Syria with Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.

Tuesday – 30th March

  • Briefing, followed by consultations, on the work of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).
  • Briefing on the work of the 1540 Committee, which deals with the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, chaired by Ambassador Juan Ramón de la Fuente Ramírez (Mexico).

Wednesday – 31st March

  • Wrap up session for the month.
  • Closed meeting of the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict. Ireland is an informal focal point on this file.

Thursday – 1st April

  • Vietnam assumes the monthly Presidency of the Security Council for April 2021.
  • Ireland co-chairs a meeting of the Informal Expert Group on Women, Peace and Security on the topic of Libya.

Friday – 2nd April

  • No official meetings scheduled.

Week 12: 22 – 26 March 2021

Recent developments at the UNSC

Monday – 22nd March  

  • No official meetings scheduled.

Tuesday – 23rd March

  • Quarterly briefing on Afghanistan. Deborah Lyons, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), is expected to brief on the Secretary-General’s 12 March report on UNAMA. Shaharzad Akbar, chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), is also expected to brief.

Wednesday – 24th March

  • Briefing from the Special Envoy to Libya and head of the UN Support Mission for Libya (UNSMIL), Ján Kubiš, and the chair of the 1970 Libya Sanctions Committee, Ambassador T. S. Tirumurti (India).

Thursday – 25th March  

  • Briefing, followed by VTC consultations, on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland is the anticipated briefer.
  • Briefing from the chair of the 1591 Sudan Sanctions Committee, Ambassador Sven Jürgenson (Estonia), on the Committee’s work.
  • Consultations on the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights.

Friday – 26th March  

  • Two subsidiary body meetings: the 2140 Yemen Sanctions Committee and 2206 South Sudan Sanctions Committee.
  • Arria-formula meeting sponsored by Kenya on the threat of improvised explosive devices to peace operations.

WEEK 11: 15-19 MARCH 2021

Recent developments at the UNSC

Monday – 15th March

  • Briefing, followed by VTC consultations, on the political situation in Syria on the 10th anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict. Special Envoy Geir Pedersen is scheduled to brief.

Tuesday – 16th March

  • Briefing, followed by VTC consultations, on Yemen. Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock will brief. General Abhijit Guha, who heads the UN Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement, will participate in the consultations.

Wednesday – 17th March

  • No official meetings scheduled.

Thursday – 18th March

  • Briefing in VTC consultations on the Secretary-General’s report on the implementation of resolution 1701, which was adopted in 2006 and called for a cessation of hostilities between the Shi’a militant group Hezbollah and Israel. Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix and Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon Najat Rochdi are expected to brief.

Friday – 19th March

  • No official meetings scheduled.

WEEK 10: 8-12 MARCH 2021

Recent developments at the UNSC

Monday – 8th March

  • Security Council members will convene virtually for an Arria-formula meeting entitled: “Call to Lead by Example: Ensuring the Full, Equal and Meaningful Participation of Women in UN-led Peace Processes”. Ireland will chair the meeting and publish the interventions made in the meeting, as well as statements submitted in writing by NGOs. Expected briefers are: Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo; Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen; Bronagh Hinds, an advocate for women’s rights from Northern Ireland; and a female peacebuilder from Yemen.

Tuesday – 9th March

  • Briefing, followed by VTC consultations, on the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS).

Wednesday – 10th March

  • Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ann Linde, the Chairperson-in-Office (CiO) for the Organization for Security and Co–operation in Europe (OSCE), is expected to brief the Security Council on the organisation’s activities.

Thursday – 11th March

  • High-level open debate via VTC on conflict and food security, the signature event of the US presidency. Secretary-General António Guterres, Executive Director of the World Food Programme David Beasley, and Executive Director of Oxfam International Gabriela Bucher are the anticipated briefers.

Friday – 12th March

  • The Security Council is scheduled to adopt two resolutions:
    • Renewal of the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
    • Reauthorising the mandate of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
  • High-level VTC Arria-formula meeting entitled: “Crimea: 7 years of violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”. Security Council members Estonia, France, Ireland, Norway, the UK, and the US are co-sponsoring the meeting, along with several non-Council members. Ilze Brands Kehris, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights and Head of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in New York, is expected to deliver the keynote speech. Briefings are also expected from Phillip Karber, the President of the Potomac Foundation, and Maria Tomak, the Coordinator of Media Initiative for Human Rights.

WEEK 9: 1-5 MARCH 2021

Recent developments at the UNSC

  • The US will have the Presidency of the Security Council this month for the first time under the Biden administration and will hold a high-level open debate on conflict and food security as its signature event with the Secretary-General as a possible briefer.
  • Permanent Representative of Myanmar to the UN, Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun ended his General Assembly address on Friday 26 February by denouncing the 1 February coup with a three-fingered salute used by protesters, after the latest violence against protestors in Myanmar. The military regime swiftly responded by dismissing the Ambassador, accusing him of committing “high treason”.
  • In a UNSC briefing on Somalia on Monday 22 February, Special Representative and Head of the UN Assistance Mission (UNSOM), James Swan, noted that political tensions were threatening Somalia’s State-building progress and called on all political leaders to pull back from confrontation.
  • In a high level open debate on climate and security on Tuesday 23 February, Council members were briefed by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and natural historian David Attenborough, who both highlighted the need for more collective action to address the risks posed by climate change to global peace and security.
  • Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock briefed the Security Council on Friday 26 February on the increasingly fragile humanitarian situation in Syria. According to data published by the WFP, 60% of the Syrian population do not have access to safe and nutritious food.

Monday – 1st March

  • Adoption of the provisional programme of work for March. All Council meetings are likely to be held virtually.

Tuesday – 2nd March

  • Meeting with troop-contributing countries of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
  • The Informal Experts Group on Women, Peace and Security, which is co-chaired by Ireland and Mexico, is scheduled to hold a meeting on Yemen.

Wednesday – 3rd March

  • Briefing, followed by consultations, on UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Thursday – 4th March

  • Briefing, followed by consultations, on the Syria chemical weapons file. High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu is likely to brief.

Friday – 5th March

  • The 1970 Libya Sanctions Committee will discuss the final report of its Panel of Experts.

WEEK 8: 22-26 FEBRUARY 2021

Recent developments at the UNSC

Monday – 22nd February

  • Briefing, followed by VTC consultations, on Somalia. Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) James Swan, AU Special Representative Francisco Madeira and EU Managing Director for Africa Rita Laranjinha are expected to brief UNSC members.
  • Briefing, followed by a closed VTC, on the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH). Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of  BINUH Helen La Lime is scheduled to brief.

Tuesday – 23rd February

  • High level open debate on Climate and Security. Prior to the meeting, David Attenborough will deliver a brief pre-recorded message. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to chair the meeting. Secretary-General António Guterres and a youth climate activist are expected to brief.

Wednesday – 24th February

  • Briefing, followed by VTC consultations, on the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix, EU Managing Director for Africa Rita Laranjinha, and a youth civil society representative will brief. AU Peace and Security Commissioner Smaїl Chergui may brief as well.

Thursday – 25th February

  • Adoption of two resolutions: one renewing Yemen financial and travel ban sanctions and the mandate of the Yemen Panel of Experts, and another renewing the Council’s authorisation of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
  • Briefing, followed by VTC consultations, on the humanitarian situation in Syria. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock is likely to brief.
  • Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason, chair of the 751 Somalia Sanctions Committee, is expected to brief via VTC on this Committee’s work.

Friday – 26th February

  • Monthly meeting on the “Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question”. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland is the anticipated briefer.

WEEK 7: 15-19 FEBRUARY 2021

Recent developments at the UNSC

Monday – 15th February

  • No official meetings scheduled.

Tuesday – 16th February

  • Briefing from Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), on the most recent developments in Iraq and on the two latest Secretary-General’s reports on UNAMI and on the issue of missing Kuwaiti and third-country nationals and missing Kuwaiti property, including the national archives.

Wednesday – 17th February

  • Open debate focusing on equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines in contexts affected by conflict and insecurity. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will chair the meeting. Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF; Seth Berkley, CEO of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance; and Jagan Chapagain, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are expected to brief.

Thursday – 18th February

  • Briefing on Yemen from Special Envoy Martin Griffiths and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock. Ambassador I. Rhonda King (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) is also expected to brief in her capacity as the chair of the 2140 Yemen Sanctions Committee.

Friday – 19th February

  • No official meetings scheduled.

WEEK 6: 8-12 FEBRUARY 2021

Recent developments at the UNSC

  • The Security Council adopted a Presidential Statement on UNOWAS (West Africa and the Sahel) on 3 February, the first under Ireland’s co-penholdership of this file with Niger. The statement underscored the importance of addressing the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism and violent extremism in West Africa and the Sahel, as well as the need for a holistic approach to address the causes of intercommunal violence in the region.
  • Ireland raised the situation of Ethiopia at the Security Council on 3 February under A.O.B, drawing attention to the dire and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Tigray.
  • The Security Council convened a special meeting on Myanmar on 2 February in the aftermath of the military coup, which took place on 1 February. UN Special Envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, addressed ambassadors during a closed meeting held the day after Myanmar’s military seized power and urged Council members to collectively send a clear signal in support of democracy in Myanmar.

Monday – 8th February

  • No official meetings scheduled.

Tuesday – 9th February

  • Briefing on the political situation in Syria with Special Envoy Geir Pedersen.

Wednesday – 10th February

  • Vote on a resolution extending the mandate of the Panel of Experts assisting the 1591 Sudan Sanctions Committee.
  • Briefing from Under-Secretary-General Vladimir Voronkov, the head of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, and Assistant Secretary-General Michèle Coninsx, the Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, on the Secretary-General’s 12th strategic-level report on the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh).

Thursday – 11th February

  • Briefing on Ukraine with Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo; Heidi Grau, the Special Representative of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Chairperson-in-Office; and Halit Çevik, the Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine.

Friday – 12th February

  • No official meetings scheduled.

WEEK 5: 1-5 FEBRUARY 2021

Recent developments at the UNSC

  • The UK will have the Presidency of the Security Council in February. Its signature events will focus on climate change and COVID-19. The high-level meeting on security risks in climate–vulnerable contexts is expected to be chaired by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The COVID-19 meeting will focus on equitable access to vaccines, especially in conflict-affected areas; UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is expected to chair.
  • Several meetings are planned on Somalia. The Council will receive a briefing on developments in Somalia and the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).
  • A meeting is also planned on the 751 Somalia sanctions committee, to be chaired by Ireland. At the end of the month the Council is expected to renew the authorisation of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Monday – 1st February

  • The UK assumes the monthly presidency of the Security Council. Pending the adoption of the provisional programme of work for February on that day, videoconference (VTC) meetings are anticipated this week on the chemical weapons track in Syria (with High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu briefing) and Myanmar (with a briefing by Special Envoy Christine Schraner Burgener).
  • UNSC members will also continue to negotiate a presidential statement on the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) that may be adopted during the week.

Tuesday – 2nd February

  • The Informal Expert Group on Women, Peace and Security (co-chaired by Ireland and Mexico) is expected to hold a VTC meeting on South Sudan.

WEEK 4: 25-29 JANUARY 2021

Recent developments at the UNSC

  • UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, called for urgent scaling up of funds for climate change adaptation and resilience building programmes, at the Climate Adaptation Summit, hosted by the Netherlands, which is taking place online today and tomorrow.
  • In a briefing to the Security Council on 20 January, UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, painted a bleak picture of what lies ahead for Syrians in 2021. He informed the Security Council that “a slow tsunami” is now “crashing across Syria”, referring to recent data from the UN humanitarian office which shows that more than 8 in 10 people are living in poverty in Syria. The fifth round of the Syrian-led, Syrian-owned, UN-facilitated Constitutional Committee will convene in Geneva this week.
  • In a briefing to the Security Council on 21 January, Special Representative and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, highlighted how illegally armed groups were threatening to undermine the historic 2016 peace agreement and called on both sides to “spare no efforts” in working together and with the UN mission, noting the importance of continuing to lay the groundwork for “reconciliation across the country”.

Monday – 25th January

  • Briefing on the implementation of Resolution 2532, which demanded a cessation of hostilities in all situations on the Council’s agenda to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Briefings are expected from: Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, and Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support, Atul Khare.

Tuesday – 26th January

  • The quarterly open debate on “The Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question” will be held via video conference. Tor Wennesland, the new Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, is the anticipated briefer.

Wednesday – 27th January

  • Briefing on the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA). Special Representative and head of the UNRCCA, Natalia Gherman, is expected to brief.

Thursday – 28th January

  • The Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).
  • Briefing by the Acting Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Stephanie Williams, which will be followed by closed consultations.  Ambassador T. S. Tirumurti of India, the chair of the 1970 Libya Sanctions Committee, is also expected to provide the chair’s report on the Committee’s work.

Friday – 29th January

  • Closed meeting of the 751 Somalia Sanctions Committee, chaired by Ireland. The Committee’s Panel of Experts is expected to brief.
  • Wrap up session.

WEEK 3: 18-22 JANUARY 2021

Recent developments at the UNSC

Monday – 18th January

  • Briefing on: “Cooperation between the UN and regional and subregional organizations (Arab League)”. Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo and LAS Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit are expected to brief.

Tuesday – 19th January

  • Consultations on the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) are planned. Special Representative and head of UNFICYP, Elizabeth Spehar, is the anticipated briefer.

Wednesday – 20th January

  • Joint briefing, followed by consultations, on the political and humanitarian situations in Syria. Special Envoy Geir Pedersen will most likely brief on political developments, while Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock is expected to brief on humanitarian issues.

Thursday – 21st January

  • Briefing on Colombia, followed by consultations. Special Representative and head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia Carlos Ruiz Massieu is expected to provide the briefing.

Friday – 22nd January

  • Arria-formula meeting on media freedom in Belarus.

WEEK 2: 11-15 JANUARY 2021

Recent developments at the UNSC

  • On 7 January 2021, the Subsidiary body appointments were made by the P5. Ireland’s roles are as follows:
    • Chair of the Somalia Sanctions Committee
    • Facilitator for implementation of resolution 2231 (Iran nuclear deal)
    • Co-chair with Mexico of Informal Expert Group (IEG) on Women, Peace and Security
    • Co-chair with Niger of Informal Expert Group of UNSC members on Climate and Security
  • Ireland will also act as co-penholder with Niger on the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel file and with Norway on the Syrian humanitarian file.
  • Minister of State Thomas Byrne addressed the Council in the first signature event of Tunisia’s presidency on the topic of maintaining peace and security in fragile contexts on 6 January.
  • Finally, in a meeting on the use of Chemical Weapons in Syria on 5 January 2021, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu said that the declaration that Syria had submitted on its chemical weapons status “cannot be considered accurate and complete in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)”.  Ambassador Byrne Nason called on the Syrian government to cooperate with the work of the OPCW and fully eliminate its chemical weapons programme.

Monday – 11th January

  • Briefing by Special Representative and head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) Mohamed Ibn Chambas, who will present the Secretary-General’s recent report on West Africa and the Sahel. A presidential statement is being prepared that is likely to be proposed for adoption later this month by co-penholders Ireland and Niger.

Tuesday – 12th January

Wednesday – 13th January

Thursday – 14th January

  • Monthly briefing on Yemen in VTC format, followed by VTC consultations. Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock are the expected briefers. General Abhijit Guha, who heads the UN Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement, plans to participate in consultations.
  • The Council is also scheduled to meet with troop contributing countries of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

Friday – 15th January

  • No official meetings scheduled.

WEEK 1: 4-8 JANUARY 2021

Monday – 4th January

  • The Security Council is expected to adopt its provisional programme of work for January 2021. Subject to the adoption of the programme, the following meetings are anticipated:

Tuesday – 5th January

  • Monthly meeting on the use of chemical weapons in Syria via videoconference (VTC). High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu is the likely briefer

Wednesday – 6th January