Most read reports
- How the latest AU decision on Western Sahara could affect other crises
- Western Sahara Consultations
- Report of the Secretary-General on the situation concerning Western Sahara (S/2018/277) [EN/AR]
- Calling for Renewed Efforts to End Decades-old Western Sahara Conflict, Security Council Extends Mission, Adopting Resolution 2414 (2018)
- Note to Correspondents: Visit by the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara
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.
Global Overview JULY 2018
After visits to Algiers, Nouakchott, Rabuni and Rabat, the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, former German President Horst Koehler, paid a three day visit to Western Sahara from 28 June to 1 July which included meetings in Laayoune, Smara and Dakhla.
Global Overview JUNE 2018
Addis Ababa, 24 June 2018: As part of his consultative missions in the region, as well as the preparation of the African Union Summit scheduled in Nouakchott on 1 and 2 July, the Chairperson of the Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, travelled to Tindouf, to meet with the authorities of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, from 19 to 21 June 2018. He was received by President Brahim Ghali, with whom he had an in-depth exchange of views. He also met with Foreign Minister Mohamed Salem Ould Salek.
Global Overview MAY 2018
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
The Secretary-General is closely following the developments in Western Sahara. In accordance with Security Council resolution 2414 (2018) adopted on 27 April, and in order to maintain an environment conducive to the resumption of dialogue under the auspices of his Personal Envoy, Horst Köhler, the Secretary-General calls for maximum restraint. No action should be taken which may constitute a change to the status quo.
Global Overview APRIL 2018
Poland will hold the presidency of the Council in May. An open debate on the Council’s role in upholding international law is planned, to be chaired by the country’s President Andrzej Duda, with Secretary-General António Guterres expected to brief. A ministerial-level open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict is also expected, with Polish Minister for Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz presiding and briefers including Guterres and Director-General of the ICRC Yves Daccord.
Esto dijo a la Agencia de Prensa IPC la presidenta de la asociación humanitaria Doctora Beituha, que apoya a mujeres saharauis afectadas por el conflicto entre Sahara Occidental y Marruecos.
“Tiene que haber una unión entre todas las mujeres, en todos los territorios de Colombia, que se coordinen entre ellas y que lleven a cabo actividades de sensibilización para que no se vuelva a la guerra”. De esa forma lo expresó Raabub Mohamed Lamin, sobreviviente de la guerra entre Sahara y Marruecos, y presidenta de la asociación humanitaria Doctora Beituha.
Peru will have the presidency in April. It has chosen to hold a high-level briefing on peacebuilding and sustaining peace which is planned to coincide with the 24-25 April General Assembly high-level event on this issue. Secretary-General António Guterres and the Chair of the PBC, Ambassador Ion Jinga (Romania), are expected to brief.
There will be three open debates this month.
Conseil de sécurité
8246e séance – après-midi
Le Conseil de sécurité a, cet après-midi, prorogé jusqu’au 31 octobre 2018, soit six mois au lieu d’un an habituellement, le mandat de la Mission des Nations Unies pour l’organisation d’un référendum au Sahara occidental (MINURSO), déployée en septembre 1991 afin d’y surveiller le cessez-le-feu et d’organiser un référendum qui permettrait aux habitants de décider du futur statut de ce territoire.
8246TH MEETING (PM)
The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) until 31 October 2018, calling for a “realistic, practicable and enduring” political solution to end the decades‑old conflict.
Refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria, have long been run by the Polisario movement, which seeks an independent state in Western Sahara, also claimed by Morocco. But a new generation of Sahrawi refugees is growing fractious as aid dwindles and diplomatic efforts fail to deliver a settlement.
Answering a couple of questions that were raised by various people in this room on Western Sahara: First, I can say that neither Bir Lahlou nor Tifariti fall within the buffer strip.