NEW YORK: This week, all formal Security Council and subsidiary body meetings are expected to take place in person, says press statement on Sunday.
On Monday (15 November), Security Council members will hold closed consultations on the political and humanitarian situations in Syria. Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths are expected to brief.
Also on Monday, the Security Council is expected to vote on two draft resolutions: one renewing the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), and another renewing several elements of the 751 Somalia sanctions regime.
These votes were originally scheduled for 12 November but were postponed to allow for further deliberations on the draft texts.
On Tuesday (16 November), Mexico will convene an open debate on “Peace and security through preventive diplomacy: A common agenda to all United Nations principal organs”, under the agenda item “Maintenance of international peace and security”.
The expected briefers are Secretary-General António Guterres; Abdulla Shahid, President of the General Assembly; Collen Vixen Kelapile, President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); and Joan Donoghue, President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). A presidential statement is a possible outcome.
There will be an open briefing, followed by closed consultations, on Somalia on Wednesday (17 November). Special Representative for Somalia and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) James Swan and AU Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and head of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Francisco Madeira will brief. A civil society representative is also expected to brief.
Also on Wednesday, there will be a briefing, followed by consultations, on Afghanistan. Special Representative and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Deborah Lyons and a civil society representative are the anticipated briefers.
On Thursday (18 November) and Friday (19 November), the 15 current Council members and the incoming five (Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana, and the United Arab Emirates) will participate in the annual “Hitting the Ground Running” workshop organised by Finland.
This week, Council members will closely follow developments in Ethiopia and Sudan. They may choose to convene meetings on these and other issues.
At the subsidiary body level, the 1373 Counter-Terrorism Committee will hold a formal meeting on Tuesday (16 November) to, among other things, receive a briefing on the activities of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) from Assistant Secretary-General Michèle Coninsx, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate’s Executive Director.
On Thursday (18 November), there will be a joint special meeting of the 1373 Counter-Terrorism Committee and the 1267/1989/2253 Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee.
The meeting will focus on terrorism financing threats and trends, as well as on the implementation of resolution 2462 of 28 March 2019 on the prevention and suppression of terrorism financing.