AFRICAN ISSUES TOP UN SECURITY COUNCIL’S AGENDA IN OCTOBER

The conflicts and humanitarian crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mali, the Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan, will be high on the UN Security Council agenda in October.

A UN statement said the African issues will form a major part of the Security Council’s agenda to be presided by Russia which holds the Security Council’s rotating presidency for October.

The statement said that other issues to be tackled include crisis in Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen.

It also noted that about 20 planned meetings will take place during Russia’s Council’s presidency.

They comprise a meeting on a report to be presented by the UN Secretary-General on “Women, Peace and Security” and thematic debates on the UN’s cooperation with a number of regional organizations, such as the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

On Oct 5, the Security Council is scheduled to vote on candidates for the post of UN Secretary-General.

“With five rounds of the voting already held, former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres is seen as a favorite,” it disclosed.

The statement stated that, “the Security Council will continue, and perhaps complete, the process of elaborating recommendations for the UN General Assembly on the nomination of the new UN Secretary-General.”

The Security Council will also continue to deliberate on the situation in Syria, which remains tense after the ceasefire agreement expired in the Arabian country on Sept 19, adding that, “in this vein, fashioning out a fresh ceasefire agreement will be high on the agenda of the Syria talks at the UN Security Council in October.”

The Security Council, which bears primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, comprises five permanent members, namely China, France, UK, Russia, and the US, and ten non-permanent memberss with a two-year-term.

The current ten non-permanent members are Angola, Venezuela, Egypt, Spain, Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal, Ukraine, Uruguay and Japan.

The presidency rotates on a monthly basis among all its 15 member states, depending on the English-language alphabetical order of their names.

In September, the UN Security Council was chaired by New Zealand, with Russia due to hand over the Council’s presidency to Senegal on Nov 1.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK