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23 Apr 2015 description

Humanitarian situation and needs

Key messages

  • The Sahrawi refugees are the result of an unresolved political conflict with humanitarian consequences, which have to be addressed in line with the humanitarian principles of neutrality and impartiality.

  • The Sahrawi refugee situation is defined as a forgotten crisis by the European Commission, meaning that it receives little funding from the international community.

16 Apr 2015 description

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) has decided to scale up its efforts to find a solution to the dispute over the Western Sahara. Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe, the new chairperson of the African Union (AU), has vowed to make it a priority this year.

10 Apr 2015 description

United Nations, United States | | Friday 4/10/2015 - 22:20 GMT

UN chief Ban Ki-moon called Friday for a new push to resolve the conflict over Western Sahara and stressed that cooperation to address human rights could help find a settlement.

In a report to the Security Council, Ban said Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario Front must "seriously engage" with his envoy and "intensify their efforts" to end the conflict over the north African territory.

10 Apr 2015 description

Since 2014 the Western Sahara situation has risen high on the agenda of the African Union (AU) with the former president of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano, appointed as the Special Envoy of the Chairperson for Western Sahara. The Peace and Security Council (PSC) has now decided to place the issue on its agenda at least twice a year.

06 Apr 2015 description

Security Council
Press Conference

Amid the crisis in Yemen, the ongoing situation in Syria and other urgent threats to peace and security, the Jordanian presidency of the Security Council would focus on a range of issues, holding three open debates and hearing top officials brief on pressing matters.

03 Apr 2015 description

CONF150402-CS

La Représentante permanente de la Jordanie auprès des Nations Unies, Mme Dina Kawar, qui préside ce mois-ci le Conseil de sécurité, a présenté à la presse, cet après-midi, le programme de travail mensuel de cet organe, qui sera notamment marqué par trois débats publics, dont un, le 23 avril, portera sur le rôle des jeunes dans la lutte contre l’extrémisme violent et pour la promotion de la paix.

01 Apr 2015 description
report Geneva Call

On 30 March, the Polisario Front destroyed a stockpile of anti-personnel (AP) mines in Tifariti, Western Sahara. The total number of destroyed AP mines still has to be confirmed. This is the fifth destruction since the Polisario Front decided to ban this weapon in 2005 by signing Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment banning AP mines.

30 Mar 2015 description
report African Union

I. INTRODUCTION

  1. This report is submitted in pursuance of the relevant decisions of both the Executive Council and the Assembly of the Union, requesting me to pursue my efforts with respect to the search for a solution to the conflict in Western Sahara and to provide regular updates on the evolution of the situation.

II. BACKGROUND

30 Mar 2015 description
report African Union

PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL
496TH MEETING
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

PSC/PR/COMM/1.(CDXCVI)

COMMUNIQUÉ

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 496th meeting held on 27 March 2015, adopted the following decision on the situation in Western Sahara:
Council,

26 Feb 2015 description

ALGIERS – The World Food Programme (WFP) and other UN agencies appealed today to donors to support the food needs of refugees from Western Sahara living in Algeria, warning of insufficient funding to cover their needs in the second half of this year.

25 Feb 2015 description

ALGER – Le Programme Alimentaire Mondial (PAM) et d’autres agences des Nations Unies ont lancé un appel aux donateurs aujourd’hui, pour qu’ils continuent d’appuyer les besoins alimentaires des réfugiés du Sahara Occidental en Algérie, en alertant sur le financement insuffisant pour couvrir leurs besoins pendant la deuxième partie de l’année.

11 Feb 2015 description

United Nations, United States | AFP | Wednesday 2/11/2015 - 17:55 GMT |

The UN envoy for Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, arrived in Morocco on Wednesday at the start of his first regional tour in a year, which followed tensions with Rabat over the disputed territory.

Morocco accused Ross in 2012 of being partial in the dispute over the former Spanish colony but in late January said it was ready to support his mediation efforts.

10 Feb 2015 description

The recently concluded African Union (AU) summit, from 23 to 26 January 2015, which concluded with the adoption of Agenda 2063 – the continent’s blueprint for development – once again gave African leaders and international role players an opportunity to engage on pressing issues affecting the continent.

While the theme of the summit was ‘Women’s empowerment and development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063’, peace and security unsurprisingly dominated both the agenda and the high-level sideline meetings, with mixed results.

03 Feb 2015 description

The year opened with a worsening of the ongoing conflicts in Yemen, Nigeria and Ukraine, each with potentially major regional implications. Violence escalated in Sudan, as well as in Lebanon's Tripoli and along its southern border with Israel, and a deadly clash between police and militants in the southern Philippines threatened to derail the peace process there. In South Asia, both Bangladesh and Nepal saw political tensions intensify.

02 Feb 2015 description

The UNHCR/WFP Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) visited the five camps (Awserd, Boujdour, Dakhla, El Aaiun and Smara) where it conducted focus group discussions, interviews with key Informants , household visits and visits to the settlements’ infrastructures.

15 Jan 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11376

2014 Round-up
Security Council
Round-up Release

Seized with a succession of new crises in Europe, the Middle East and across Africa, the Security Council in 2014 tackled an expanding workload in a record number of meetings while seeking to defeat terrorism, prevent conflicts, protect civilians, and improve the effectiveness of sanctions and other tools to quell tensions and neutralize threats.