The need for better monitoring of sanctions implementation was stressed today as the Security Council met in an open session to hear reports on processes and planned initiatives relating to targeted measures put in place by the 15-member body.
The United Nations General Assembly today elected Bulgaria, Cameroon, Guinea, Mexico and Syria as new non-permanent members of the Security Council for two-year terms to replace the five nations leaving at the end of this year.
The chief British diplomat at the United Nations was named today chairman of the Security Council committee on terrorism, a body set up late last week to monitor the implementation of a range of measures designed to combat the scourge.
Africa and terrorism will top the agenda of the Security Council for the month of October, according to the Permanent Representative of Ireland, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the 15-member body.
Working late into the night on Friday, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that reaffirms its unequivocal condemnation of the terrorist acts on the United States on 11 September and lays out wide-ranging strategies to combat international terrorism.
The Ambassador of France, which this month holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council, today said he would work to lift the sanctions against the Sudan and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia during September.
For the second time in its history, the United Nations Security Council today held a public wrap-up discussion of its work for the month, led by the delegation of Colombia, which held the presidency for August.
Discussions on the contentious issue of how to reform the United Nations Security Council are being conducted in a positive environment, according to a spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly, who is chairing the talks.
The incoming President of the Security Council today said that the 15-member body could discuss coordinating its work in the area of conflict management with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at an open session later this month.