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- Report of the Secretary-General on the situation concerning Western Sahara (S/2018/889) [EN/AR]
- Western Sahara Represented by ‘Shadow Republic’, Says Petitioner as Fourth Committee Continues Decolonization Discussion
- Rising Unrest in Sahel Spells Need to Resolve Long-Standing Western Sahara Dispute, Say Delegates as Fourth Committee Concludes Decolonization Debate
- Secretary-General Welcomes Decision by Morocco, Frente POLISARIO, Algeria, Mauritania to Participate in Meeting on Western Sahara
- Western Sahara: MINURSO, September 2018
SEVENTY-THIRD SESSION, HIGHLIGHTS
Multilateralism Only Viable Response, Assembly President Says, as Secretary-General Hails Peace Efforts in Horn of Africa, Korean Peninsula
Amid the backdrop of rising unilateralism and large-scale migration, world leaders attending the General Assembly united under the theme of making the United Nations relevant to all people, stressing that only through a multilateral rules-based order can the international community meet emerging challenges.
The Dominican Republic takes on the presidency of the Security Council in January. As its signature event it has chosen to hold an open debate on the impact of climate-related disasters on international peace and security, which will be chaired by President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic.
« Une solution pacifique » au conflit dans le Sahara occidental est « possible », a estimé jeudi l’envoyé de l’ONU à l’issue d’une table ronde de deux jours « de discussions intensives » entre les parties à Genève.
Ladies, Gentlemen, thank you all for coming,
I am very pleased to be here, I will read a short statement and then I am happy to provide you with some of my impressions from our meetings held here in Geneva. I will not be taking any questions today.
The delegations have agreed on the following declaration [the Personal Envoy reads the communiqué in English – please find the full text in English, French and Arabic here below].
Une table-ronde sur le Sahara occidental a débuté mercredi à l’Office des Nations Unies à Genève (ONUG).
Les discussions se dérouleront pendant deux jours, au Palais des Nations, sous les auspices d’Horst Köhler, l’Envoyé personnel du Secrétaire général de l’ONU pour le Sahara occidental.
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
The Secretary‑General welcomes the decision of Morocco, the Frente POLISARIO, Algeria and Mauritania to accept the invitation of his Personal Envoy, Horst Köhler, to participate in an initial round‑table meeting in Geneva on 5 and 6 December 2018.
CONSEIL DE SÉCURITÉ
8387E SÉANCE – APRÈS-MIDI
Le Conseil de sécurité a, cet après-midi, à l’issue d’un vote de 12 voix pour et 3 abstentions (Bolivie, Fédération de Russie et Éthiopie), décidé de proroger pour six mois, le mandat de la Mission des Nations Unies pour l’organisation d’un référendum au Sahara occidental (MINURSO).
La résolution 2285 (2016) du Conseil de sécurité court désormais jusqu’au 30 avril 2019.
31 OCTOBER 2018
8387TH MEETING (PM)
Members Pass Measure by 12 Votes in Favour to None against, with 3 Abstaining
The Security Council decided today to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) until 30 April 2019, calling upon the parties to the dispute over that territory to engage constructively in resumed talks planned for the end of 2018.
16 OCTOBRE 2018
Intégrité territoriale ou autodétermination? Ce sont là les deux principes défendus respectivement par le Maroc et l’Algérie au sujet du Sahara occidental lors de la clôture du débat général sur la décolonisation de la Quatrième Commission (questions de politiques spéciales et décolonisation).
GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOURTH COMMITTEE
SEVENTY-THIRD SESSION, 8TH MEETING (AM)
Spiking insecurity and instability in Africa’s Sahel region indicates an urgent need to resolve the long-standing dispute over Western Sahara, delegates told the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) today, as it concluded its general debate on decolonization.
Assemblée générale Quatrième Commission
Soixante-treizième session, 6e séance – après midi
GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOURTH COMMITTEE
SEVENTY-THIRD SESSION, 6TH MEETING (PM)
Delegates of France, Papua New Guinea Give Update on New Caledonia Referendum
Western Sahara is represented by a “shadow republic”, the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) heard today, as it continued its hearing of petitioners in the context of its general debate on decolonization questions.
In this issue:
How the latest AU decision on Western Sahara could affect other crises
The African Union and the question of LGBTI-rights
The AU will have to do more to convince SADC
Helping those affected by Boko Haram to get back on their feet
Interview with Nicholas Haysom, UN Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan
At its 31st summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania the African Union (AU) decided to limit its own peace efforts in the Western Sahara in order to support the process led by the United Nations (UN). This support will be through a troika of heads of state, together with the AU Commission (AUC) chairperson. The move is a big win for Morocco, which believes the AU-led efforts are biased. However, it could set a precedent for other AU member states that disapprove of AU interventions.
On 8 August, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy to Western Sahara, Horst Köhler, is expected to brief Security Council members in closed consultations. No Council product appears planned, with the exception of possible press elements.