NEW YORK: Today (Monday (11 April), the Security Council will convene for a briefing on the situation in Ukraine, which will focus on the effects of the crisis on women and children. The meeting will be chaired by Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, UK Minister of State for South Asia, North Africa, the UN and the Commonwealth, and the UK Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict. The anticipated briefers are Deputy Exec-utive Director of UN Wo-men Åsa Regnér, UNICEF Director of the Office of Emergency Programmes Manuel Fontaine and a civil society representative.This is stated in a statement released on Sunday.
Also on Monday, there will be a briefing on equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines in conflict-affected areas or in humanitarian crisis situations. The meeting will be chaired by Lord Ahmad. The expected briefers are Assistant Secretary-General Ted Chaiban, the Global Lead Coordinator for COVID-19 Vaccine Country-Readiness and Delivery; Esperanza Martinez, Head of the ICRC’s COVID-19 Crisis Management Team; and a civil society representative.
The Council will hold its quarterly meeting on Co-lombia on Tuesday (12 April). Special Represen-tative and head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia Carlos Ruiz Massieu will brief on recent developments and the Secretary-General’s latest 90-day report on the mission. Colombian president Iván Duque is expected to represent Colombia at the meeting, which will be chaired by Lord Ahmad.
On Wednesday (13 April), the UK will organise an open debate on conflict-related sexual violence, which will focus on “Accountability as Prevention: Ending Cycles of Sexual Violence in Conflict”. Lord Ahmad is expected to chair the meeting. Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad, and one or more civil society representatives are the anticipated briefers.
On Thursday (14 April), there will be an open briefing, followed by closed consultations, on Yemen. Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths are the expected briefers.
Following the meeting on Yemen, Council members are expected to discuss the situation in Ethiopia under “any other business”, at the request of the A3 members (Gabon, Ghana and Kenya).
At the subsidiary body level, the 1718 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Sanctions Committee will hold its annual open briefing to member states on Tuesday (12 April).
On Thursday (14 April), there will be a formal meeting of the Military Staff Committee.