• Security Council

    Western Sahara: A Chance for Change or to Stay Stuck in Time

    by  • April 10, 2013 • Africa, Human Rights, Peace and Security, Refugees, Security Council • 

    MINURSO Monitors Ceasefire in Western Sahara

    The saga of Western Sahara, a disputed territory that has been stuck in limbo in North Africa for decades, will receive its annual nod this month by the United Nations Security Council, but this time actual changes may be afoot if the council acts more decisively, particularly on human-rights matters. Christopher Ross, the UN...

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    Australian Academics Want Women’s Voices Heard at the Security Council

    by  • April 2, 2013 • Peace and Security, Security Council, Women • 

    Woman laying out leather

    A new network of women academics from Australia and New Zealand is keeping a close eye on Australia’s new two-year term as an elected member of the United Nations Security Council. The academics have organized a collective to track how well the UN’s most powerful body and Australia itself adhere to the landmark Women,...

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    Life for Women and Girls in Afghanistan Grows Deadlier

    by  • March 20, 2013 • Asia, Peace and Security, Security Council, Women • 4 Comments

    Afghan woman in a burqa, Kabul.

    With the deadline for the departure of American and NATO troops from Afghanistan just a year away, civilian casualties in the country remain alarmingly high, says a new report from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama). Although the report said the number of casualties had decreased for the first time in six...

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    The Masterminds Behind Security Council Resolutions

    by  • March 14, 2013 • Africa, Peace and Security, Security Council, US-UN Relations • 1 Comment

    Security Council Meeting on the situation in Cyprus

    The United Nations Security Council bases its resolutions on agenda items as varied as the renewal of a peacekeeping force mandate in Haiti to responding to a missile launching in North Korea. With resolutions’ language often dense legalese that recalls, recognizes, emphasizes, demands and, at times, condemns and deplores the issue at hand, the...

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    Guatemala’s Role on the Security Council, as Viewed by Its Ambassador

    by  • March 5, 2013 • ICC, Security Council, UN Diplomats • 3 Comments

    Gert Rosenthal, Guatemala's ambassador to the UN

    Gert Rosenthal does not sound like a Spanish name, but the mother of Rosenthal, the Guatemalan ambassador to the United Nations, was born there and his father was German. To complicate matters, “a little accident happened,” he said, as his parents, Florence and Ludwig, left Germany in the 1930s, and Rosenthal was born in...

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    Illegal Gold Mining Runs Rampant in Eastern Congo

    by  • February 26, 2013 • Africa, Peace and Security, Security Council • 5 Comments

    Internally displaced people in Congo

    Gold is now one of the most problematic conflict minerals in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and United Nations Security Council sanctions on the illegal mining of natural resources, including gold, have done little to prevent smugglers from profiting, says a new report from a German foundation. The foundation, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, is...

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    The International Court Judge’s Fight for Justice

    by  • February 21, 2013 • ICC, International Justice, Security Council • 3 Comments

    Judge Song of the ICC

      The president of the International Criminal Court, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, told a Columbia University audience recently that a major challenge facing the court is what he called a steady lack of political support from the United Nations Security Council and UN member states. “We need a far more consistent and vigilant approach by...

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    France’s Intervention in Mali Just Got More Complicated

    by  • January 15, 2013 • Africa, Security Council • 2 Comments

    Mbera refugee camp in Mauritania.

    In its fifth day, France’s air assault against Al Qaeda-related militias and other regional Islamic extremists continues to rattle central Mali and the de fact border region separating the country from its northern territory, which was seized by a range of terrorist groups last spring. Contrary to France’s assertion earlier this week, it said...

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    Pakistan Formally Complains to India on Gunfire in Kashmir

    by  • January 11, 2013 • Asia, Security Council • 

    Mohammad Masood Khan

    Pakistan has lodged a formal complaint on the “repeated, unacceptable and unprovoked attacks” on Pakistani soldiers by the Indian army, said a statement released on Jan. 11 from the foreign secretary, Jalil Abbas Jilani. He has summoned the high commissioner of India, Sharat Sabharwal, to the Foreign Office and lodged the protest after Indian...

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    Former Timorese President Chosen as UN Envoy in Guinea-Bissau

    by  • January 2, 2013 • Africa, GOINGS-ON, Security Council • 1 Comment

    Jose Ramos-Horta, new chief of the UN peace-building mission in Guinea-Bissau

    José Ramos-Horta has been appointed the new United Nations envoy to Guinea-Bissau. The former Timorese president and Nobel Peace Prize winner is replacing Joseph Mutaboba, a diplomat from Rwanda, as the special representative and chief of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau. Mutaboba, 63, finishes his assignment, which lasted nearly four years, at the...

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    A Place for Women at the Table

    by  • November 28, 2012 • Peace and Security, Security Council, Women • 3 Comments

    Vandana Devi and Gulabi Bahadur, two elected women representatives from Jhabua district in Madhya Pradesh listen to UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet speak during the National Leadership Summit in Jaipur, India on 4 October 2012.

      A dozen years have passed since the United Nations Security Council made history by adopting a resolution that addressed women’s rights during conflicts and required their participation in preventing wars and in peace talks. Until Resolution 1325was approved, post-conflict reconstruction had been mostly the realm of those possessing the Y chromosome in the...

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    The Syrian War, Picked Apart by a Diplomat Who Knows

    by  • November 20, 2012 • Middle East, Security Council • 5 Comments

    Jean-Marie Gguehenno of Columbia University

    The new creation of a national Syrian coalition to make the opposition groups more coherent could propel a much-needed breakthrough in the country’s 20-month civil war, Jean-Marie Guéhenno a professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, told an audience there on Nov. 13. It has been a costly affair humanitarian-wise: close to...

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    Finland and Others Compete for Coveted Security Council Seats

    by  • October 7, 2012 • Security Council • 1 Comment

    Helsinki street

    HELSINKI – As the United States prepares for its much-awaited presidential election on Nov. 6, another hotly contested vote is readying at the United Nations Security Council on Oct. 18. Numerous countries are vying for the five open nonpermanent seats, among them Australia, Finland and Luxembourg, who are competing for the two seats being...

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    Protecting Children’s Rights in Troubled Landscapes

    by  • September 22, 2012 • Child Soldiers, Security Council • 7 Comments

    Special Representative Rhadika Coomaraswamy meeting with Chadian President Idriss Déby

    The Security Council has waded deeper into the tricky waters of protecting the rights of children in armed conflict despite protests of sovereignty from some countries, passing a resolution that clarifies the mandate for the UN special envoy on safeguarding children. The resolution, submitted by Canada and 30 other primarily Western countries, was adopted...

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