DR Congo, Middle East and Côte d’Ivoire to dominate Security Council in January

The situations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Côte d’Ivoire, as well as instability in the Middle East and general threats to international peace will dominate the Security Council’s work in January, the 15-member body agreed today after holding its first consultations of 2007.

General Assembly President proposes three options on Security Council reform

After two days of the General Assembly’s annual debate on reforming the 15-member Security Council, the Assembly President has outlined three possible options on how to proceed, noting that while consensus appears to exist on the need to expand its membership, a “divergence of views” continues on how best to do this.

Lebanon: UN Rights Council report condemns flagrant Israeli violations in summer war

Israel’s use of weapons such as cluster bombs during this summer’s war with Hizbollah in Lebanon was a flagrant violation of the right to life and property, excessive, not justified by military necessity and went beyond the arguments of proportionality, according to a report mandated by the Human Rights Council.

Annan calls on Human Rights Council to strive for unity, avoid familiar fault lines

The members of the United Nations Human Rights Council must be careful to avoid becoming divided between developed and developing countries, Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned today as he urged them to embrace the universality of rights.

From Golan Heights to access to water, UN Human Rights Council resumes work

The United Nations Human Rights Council passed three resolutions and adopted seven decisions as it resumed its second session today, considering subjects ranging from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights to the integrity of judicial systems to access to water.

UN Human Rights Council should broaden its focus beyond Middle East – Annan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced the hope that the new United Nations Human Rights Council, a major reform he had sought, would broaden its work from just considering the Palestinian-Israeli issue so as to avoid the perception of unfairness.

UN Human Rights Council denounces recent Israeli military actions in northern Gaza

Condemning Israel’s recent military activities in the northern Gaza Strip, including an attack at Beit Hanoun which resulted in 19 deaths, the United Nations Human Rights Council today called for urgent international action to end those incursions and voted to send a fact-finding mission to the region.

Ending deadlock, UN Assembly elects Panama as new member of Security Council

Panama today was elected to a two-year term on the United Nations Security Council after being chosen by Latin American and Caribbean nations as a compromise candidate to end the stalemated contest for the seat between Guatemala and Venezuela that had been going on since last month.

Panama emerges as compromise candidate to fill last vacant Security Council seat

Panama today emerged as the compromise candidate to fill the last remaining seat on the 15-member United Nations Security Council, breaking more than two weeks and 47 rounds of voting deadlock in the General Assembly that pitted Guatemala against Venezuela to represent the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Security Council to focus on Afghanistan, genocide and conflict: November president

The Security Council will send a high-level mission to Afghanistan this month to assess the situation first-hand, while consultations on preventing conflict and genocide will also be high on the list of priorities, the body’s president for November said today.