THE WEEK AHEAD at the UN SECURITY COUNCIL

THE WEEK AHEAD at the UN SECURITY COUNCIL

29 November - 3 December 2021 Dear Athanasios, On Monday (29 November), Council members will hold consultations on the implementation of resolution 1701. Adopted in 2006, resolution 1701 called for a cessation of hostilities between Israel and the Shi’a group Hezbollah. The anticipated briefers are Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka, and UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col. Also on Monday, Ambassador Mona Juul (Norway), the chair of the 1718 DPRK Sanctions Committee, will brief Council members in closed consultations on the 90-day report regarding the committee’s work. On Tuesday (30 November), there will be a briefing, followed by consultations, on the “Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question”. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland and a civil society representative are expected to brief. On Wednesday (1 December), Niger assumes the monthly presidency of the Council for December. Members are also expected to agree the provisional programme of work for the month. The Council is expected to adopt a resolution this week, possibly on Thursday (2 December), renewing counter-piracy measures off the coast of Somalia. On Thursday, Christian Ritscher, the Special Advisor and Head of the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD), is expected to brief on UNITAD. The briefing will be followed by consultations. Also on Thursday, the Council is expected to receive its annual joint briefing from the chairs of its counter-terrorism committees: Ambassador Trine Heimerback (Norway), chair of the 1267/1989/2253 Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) and Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee; Ambassador Tarek Ladeb (Tunisia), chair of the 1373 Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC); and Ambassador Juan Ramón de la Fuente Ramírez (Mexico), chair of the 1540 Committee. On Friday (3 December) there will be a meeting with troop contributing countries of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). This week, Council members will closely follow developments in Ethiopia. They may choose to convene meetings on this and other issues. A number of meetings are also planned at the subsidiary body level. A meeting of the 1373 Counter-Terrorism Committee is anticipated on Monday (29 November). On Tuesday (30 November), there may be a meeting of the 1988 Afghanistan Sanctions Committee, featuring a briefing by an OCHA representative. The1267/1989/ 2253 ISIL/Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee and the 1988 Sanctions Committee may hold their annual joint open briefing on Friday (3 December). The anticipated briefers are: Ambassador Trine Heimerback (Norway), chair of the 1267/1989/2253 ISIL/Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee; Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti (India), chair of the 1988 Sanctions Committee; Edmund Fitton-Brown, Coordinator of the 1267 and 1988 Committee’s Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team; and Daniel Kipfer Fasciati, Ombudsperson of the 1267/1989/2253 ISIL/Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee. On Monday (29 November), Security Council members will convene an Arria-formula meeting on “Accountability in the Syrian Arab Republic”. The meeting is being co-hosted by Estonia, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States, jointly with non-Council members Belgium, Canada, Germany, Georgia, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, Qatar, Sweden, and Turkey. Further Council developments will be posted to What’s In Blue. Follow us on Twitter @SCRtweets.

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