Acknowledging the political agreement reached on 18 October in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Security Council remained concerned about the risk for destabilization of the country in the absence of a swift and consensual resolution to the current political crisis.
Following vetoes wielded by China and the Russian Federation, the Security Council today failed to adopt a draft resolution that would have had all parties in Syria end attacks on the city of Aleppo within 24 hours. The proposed cessation of hostilities would have lasted at least one week and would have demanded immediate safe access to all areas for humanitarian assistance.
Liberia remained stable, but sustaining the progress it had made would require greater investment in the country’s security services as well as commensurate improvements in the justice and correction sectors, the head of United Nations peacekeeping told the Security Council today as it considered the situation in that country and the future of the mission deployed there.
Exploitation of the Internet and social media for terrorist purposes will be defeated, including through sustained and comprehensive action involving the active participation and collaboration of Member States, international and regional organizations, civil society and the private sector, according to the one of the preliminary conclusions of a special meeting in New York on 1 December.
Debates on international judicial cooperation, the sanctions regime surrounding nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, and human trafficking would be the major topics to be addressed this month by the Security Council, Román Oyarzun Marchesi (Spain), Council President for December, said at a Headquarters press conference today.
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Román Oyarzun Marchesi (Spain):
In an emergency session called by the delegations of France and the United Kingdom, the Security Council met today to discuss the urgent humanitarian situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
The Security Council strengthened its sanctions regime against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea today, condemning that country’s 9 September nuclear test in the strongest terms.
On 22 November 2016, the Chair of the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1988 (2011) and the Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015) concerning ISIL (Da’esh), Al-Qaida and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities, H.E. Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen (New Zealand), briefed members of both Committees in joint informal consultations on his recent visit to Kabul, Afghanistan from 11 to 13 November 2016.
The United Nations coordinator of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process called on all stakeholders to counter “a hate-driven agenda” threatening to destroy possibilities for a two-State solution to the conflict, in his monthly briefing to the Security Council today.