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CHAPTER 2: Section 11 Changes

For its May Council presidency, Estonia plans first-ever ministerial-level Arria meeting

30 April 2020

On 8 May 2020, Estonia, Security Council President for that month, will convene a groundbreaking, ministerial level Arria-formula meeting on “75 years from the end of the Second World War on European soil – Lessons learned for preventing future atrocities, responsibility of the Security Council” . . .  

After several years of drift, is it time to rethink the “Arria-formula” meeting template?

15 June 2019

The trend away from the traditional attributes of Arria-formula meetings since 2012 has occurred so rapidly and completely that many UN Member States today are unaware of how radical the transformation has been . . .

Arria-formula meeting on Syrian human rights convened on short notice, to some complaints

19 March 2018

When a formal Council meeting on Syrian human rights failed to go forward owing to a procedural vote, four Council members convened an Arria-formula meeting shortly thereafter in order to hear the intended briefing by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights . . .

Summaries of “Arria-formula” meetings published as Security Council documents

2 June 2016

On 19 May 2016, the representatives of Angola and Spain transmitted to the Security Council President a summary of the “Arria-formula” meeting they co-hosted on 29 March 2016  . . .

No quorum necessary for “Arria-formula” meetings

26 Aug. 2015

On 19 March 2015, Lithuania hosted an “Arria-formula meeting on the human rights situation, media freedom and situation of the national minorities in Ukraine.  Council members Angola, China, the Russian Federation and Venezuela did not attend . . . 

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What determines whether or not an Arria-formula meeting will be webcast?

5 July 2023

On 26 June 2023, Malta and seven other Member States convened an Arria-formula meeting on “Enhancing the

capacities of Member States to ensure a gender responsive approach to counter-terrorism”. The Permanent

Mission of Malta, after the conclusion of the Arria, tweeted that “A recording of the meeting will be shared on

Wednesday”, evidently making the recording independently available after Russia had objected to its being

webcast . . . 

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