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CHAPTER 8: Section 5(a) Changes

2019 presidential note expands political guidance for Council missions to the field, and undertakes to be more inclusive

30 January 2020

On 27 December 2019, after two years of negotiations in the Informal Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Questions, under the chairmanship of Kuwait, the Security Council adopted presidential note S/2019/990 on the subject of its missions to the field . . .

For first time in Council’s history, African Council members are sole co-leads for mission to Africa

Updated on 1 Oct. 2020

From 13 to 17 February 2019, the Security Council members embarked on a mission to West Africa, and the sole co-leads for both legs of the mission were Côte d’Ivoire and Equatorial Guinea.  This marks the first time in the Council’s history that a mission to Africa of all 15 Council members has been exclusively led by two African co-leads . . .

Is unanimity required for Security Council missions to the field?

7 October 2017

In the context of missions to the field which have been delayed or blocked owing to the opposition of some Council members, other members have asked whether, procedurally, there is a way to dispatch a mission in the absence of full consensus . . . 

Effective demarche by Council members during their May 2016 mission to Somalia

17 July 2016

The terms of reference for the Security Council mission to the Horn of Africa from 17 to 22 May 2016 included the following objective for the visit to Mogadishu:  “To reaffirm to the Government of Somalia the expectation of the Security Council that elections will be held in August 2016” . . .

Missions to the field by some, but not all, Security Council members

28 February 2016

On 29 January 2016, the British representative, noting that the Council’s delay in agreeing to visit to Burundi “weakened our message at a time when sustained pressure was needed”, wondered “whether we should move away from consensus in agreeing such visits” . . .  

Council business conducted at Headquarters while a Council mission is in the field

26 February 2016

Because the Council’s missions to the field are considered to be subsidiary bodies of the Council, the Council can conduct business at Headquarters while representatives of Council members are abroad.  This occurred during the Council’s mission to Africa in January 2016 . . .

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