Senegal Holds UN Security Council Presidency for November

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NEW YORK — The Republic of Senegal Tuesday will officially hold the United Nations Security council's (UNSC) presidency replacing Russia.

The Senegal envoy is scheduled to hold tonight a press conference to brief the state members on the UN body work program for November. Senegal has planned three meetings to discuss peace operations including an open debate on the challenges of asymmetric threats to peace operations; a debate on UN-AU cooperation; and a briefing on UN policing.

During its presidency, the Security Council is expected to undertake a visiting mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Senegal has organized a briefing on the Great Lakes Region to be held prior to the visit.

Other centrepieces of the November presidency will include an open debate on the issue of water, peace and security and a briefing on cooperation between the UN and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Council members will be closely following developments in the Middle East including Iraq, Lebanon, as well as the latest development on peace process between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Regarding European situations, the council will hold its semi-annual debate on Bosnia and Herzegovina and will adopt a resolution renewing the authorization of the EU-led multinational stabilization force there. The Council will also have its quarterly briefing on the activities of UNMIK in Kosovo.

The 15 current Council members and the incoming five (Bolivia, Ethiopia, Italy, Kazakhstan and Sweden) will participate in the annual "Hitting the Ground Running" workshop outside of New York City, organized by Finland.

Under the Charter, the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, all member states are obligated to comply with Council decisions.

It has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote, the permanent members of the Council known as the Permanent Big Five, including China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, while the ten non-permanent members elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly including Jordan, Chile, Nigeria, Lithuania, Chad, Venezuela, New Zealand, Spain, Malaysia and Angola.