Ghana will hold the presidency of the Security Council in November.
Ghana plans to host two signature events during the month. The first signature event is a ministerial-level open discussion on the theme “Building Effective Resilience in Peace Operations for Sustainable Peace”. Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Shirley Ayorkor Botchwe is expected to chair the meeting. The expected briefers are Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Bankole Adoye, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs and Peace and Security, Mary Robinson, President of The Elders, and Karin Landgren, Executive Director of Security Council Reports.
Another signature event is a debate “Terrorism in Africa – Imperative to Peace, Security and Development”.. Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo is expected to chair the meeting. AU Commission President Moussa Faki Mahamat, European Council President Charles Michel and civil society representatives are expected to brief.
In November, the Security Council will hold an annual briefing with its heads of state Police component of UN peacekeeping operations. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations; UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Commissioner of Police, Christine Fossen; UN Organization Stabilization Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) Commissioner of Police, Modi Berethe; and Emma Birikorang, Director of the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center, are expected briefers.
An annual briefing is also expected from the Council UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi in November.
In addition to the discussion on counter-terrorism in Africa, other African issues on the work program for November are:
- Libyasemi-annual briefings by ICC Prosecutors on country cases;
- Gulf of GuineaInformation on the Secretary-General’s report on piracy in the Gulf of Guinea Resolution 2634;
- Five Group Joint Forces for the Sahel (FC-G5S).briefing and consultation on force activities;
- Sudan/South SudanRenewed Mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA);
- Central African Republic, meeting with troop-contributing countries to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and renewing MINUSCA’s mandate; And
- Somalia751 Renewal of the Mandate of the Somalia Interdiction Regime and its Panel of Experts.
Middle East issues in the program include:
The Council is expected to meet on two European issues in November. It will be discussed half yearly Bosnia and Herzegovina and reauthorize the EU-led Multinational Stabilization Force (EUFOR ALTHEA). There is also a possibility of one or more meetings aboveUkraine.
The only Asian issue scheduled for November is a consultation on the report1718 DPRK Sanctions Committee.
The Council is expected to receive a briefing from the 1267/1989/2253 Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) and the chairs of the Al-Qaeda Prevention Committee, the 1373 Counter-Terrorism Committee and the 1540 Committee. The Council is also expected to renew the mandate of the 1540 Committee.
Both the Security Council and the General Assembly will hold elections for the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in November.
On November 17-18, the annual Finnish workshop on “Hitting the Ground Running” will be held.
Other issues may be raised in November depending on developments.
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