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Eastern DRC home to humanitarian disaster

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The “volatile” eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where a Southern African regional mission and force has been deploying since December is the scene...

Restive eastern DR Congo deteriorating – top UN official

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The “worsening situation” in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) prompted a visit by a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) delegation which reports “a...

Eastern DRC briefing for UNSC delegation

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United Nations Security Council (UNSC) staffers were briefed on the security situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by Major General Jeff Nyagah,...

‘Unprecedented’ insecurity in West Africa and the Sahel, UN Security Council...

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Although West Africa and the Sahel continues to face unprecedented security challenges, it is still “a land of immense opportunities”, a senior UN official...

Ongoing DRC violence does not augur well for election – Keita

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With Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) preparing for a general election, the country’s deteriorating security situation and ongoing violence does not augur well, a...

Strengthening cooperation between the UNSC and the AU

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the United Nations (UN) and the African Union to speed up deliberations to ensure that peacekeeping operations on...

ISS: Niger in the hot seat at the UN Security Council

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Niger will serve on the United Nations (UN) Security Council from January 2020 for a two-year term as a non-permanent member, alongside two other...

ISS: Going fast or going far?

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A popular African proverb says, "˜If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together.'The proverb could...

ISS: Can South Africa make a difference on a fractured Security...

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South Africa was once ‘a giant in the world and our reputation was well known, because of what we represented', says the...

ISS: SA returns to the UN Security Council with a new...

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By happy coincidence, South Africa will take a seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council next year with Cyril Ramaphosa at...

Sweden, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia, Bolivia elected to U.N. Security Council for 2017-18

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Sweden, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia and Bolivia were elected to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday for 2017-18, but further voting was due...

U.N. Security Council removes Libyan oil tanker from blacklist

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The United Nations Security Council on Thursday removed from a U.N. blacklist an Indian-flagged tanker that was recently prevented from shipping oil...

Russia voices concern about U.N. sanctions, spy drones in South Sudan

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The United Nations Security Council on Friday voted to amend the mandate of a peacekeeping mission in South Sudan so it can...

ISS: Confront the P5: why the UN Security Council must change

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After more than two decades of work on African peace and security, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) recently unveiled Elect the...

Rights experts call for U.N. to intervene in Burundi

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The U.N. Security Council must intervene in Burundi to prevent mass atrocities and the risk of a regional conflict, seven independent U.N....

Libya blames U.N. council for hampering bid to fight Islamic State

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Libya accused the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday of hampering its terrorism fight, while the U.N. envoy to Libya said the...

U.N. threatens sanctions for violations of Mali ceasefire

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The United Nations Security Council on Monday threatened to blacklist anyone who hinders a peace deal in Mali reached by an alliance...

U.N. extends Darfur peacekeeping mission amid withdrawal calls

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The United Nations Security Council on Monday extended for another year a peacekeeping mission to protect civilians and ensure aid delivery in...

At U.N., states urged to do more to stop flow of...

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Interior ministers from members of the United Nations Security Council on Friday voiced concern that some countries were not doing enough to...

ISS: Beyond rhetoric: the role of women in sustainable peacebuilding

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A high-level review of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution 1325, expected to be released in October this year, provides an opportunity...

EU seeks UN approval to seize migrant boats, Russia against destruction

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Europe is seeking United Nations Security Council approval to seize boats used to traffic migrants across the Mediterranean from Libya, though diplomats...

UN renews Western Sahara force without changes Africans wanted

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The United Nations Security Council renewed for another year the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the disputed North African territory of Western Sahara...

ISS: The double-edged sword of sanctions

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On 3 March 2015, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted Resolution 2206 on South Sudan. Among other things, the resolution...

U.N. delays approval of Libya request for weapons, jets

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At least eight United Nations Security Council members delayed approval on Monday of a request by Libya to import weapons, tanks, jets...

U.N. Security Council sets up South Sudan sanctions regime

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The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday established a sanctions regime for South Sudan but stopped short of imposing worldwide travel bans and...

U.N. condemns Islamic State’s ‘barbaric terrorist acts’ in Iraq

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The United Nations Security Council on Friday condemned what it described as the latest "barbaric terrorist acts" in Iraq by Islamic State...

Libya, Egypt ask U.N. to lift arms embargo to fight Islamic...

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Libya and Egypt asked the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday to lift an arms embargo on Libya, impose a naval blockade...

ISS: ICC and UNSC – point scoring and the cemetery of...

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As conflict proliferates and intensifies globally, international crimes are often committed in territories beyond the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This...

China and Russia act to block a new precedent for intervention

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China and Russia vetoed a resolution on Syria this weekend that the United States and others had introduced at the UN Security...

Statement: President Jacob Zuma: UN Security Council Summit Debate

Statement by President Jacob Zuma on the occasion of the UN Security Council Summit Debate 12 January 2012 Your Excellency, the Secretary-General of the...

UNSC resolvs closer ties with AU

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The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously adopted a resolution that will further enhance the ties between the UN and sub-regional...

Zuma in New York

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President Jacob Zuma has arrived in New York to attend a series of high-level meetings, beginning with South Africa officially assuming the...

UN must stay relevant: Ebrahim

South Africa's Deputy Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Ebrahim Ebrahim says the UN must be able to respond appropriately and effectively...

REform UN: Zuma

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President Jacob Zuma has repeated the call for Africa to be represented in the permanent category of the Security Council. In light...

Zuma wants UN reform

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President Jacob Zuma has reiterated the call for Africa to be represented in the permanent category of the Security Council. In light...

Speaking notes: International Cooperation, Trade and Security Cluster Media Briefing –...

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We welcome you to this second Ministerial Cluster briefing for 2011. The 31st Summit of Heads of State and government of the Southern...

Statement by Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim at the Eleventh Annual Regional...

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Excellencies; Honourable members of official delegations from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and other participating countries; Mr Gherardo Pontrandolfi, Head of the...

UN rebuts Mbeki

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's chief of staff, Vijay Nambiar, has defended the United Nations' record in the Cote d'Ivoire. In a highly...

How to use a United Nations Security Council seat to protect...

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During the Darfur crisis, China used its seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to prevent numerous attempts to impose an embargo on...

South Africa chaired the African Union Peace and Security Council for...

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The month of May has been a busy and important month for the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC), with consideration...

Nigeria prods UN chief on Security Council seat

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President Goodluck Jonathan has urged U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to support Nigeria's efforts to become the only African nation with a permanent...

SA issues cryptic statement on N Korean arms seizure

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has issued a cryptic statement confirming the seizure of an illegal shipment of North...

Global Witness wants action on UN Congo minerals report

UN member states should take strong action in response to new information about companies and individuals who trade in minerals from areas of the...