Security Council to debates on Haiti, Middle East, women and peace

14:23, April 05, 2011      

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The UN Security Council will feature open debates on Haiti, the Middle East, women, peace and security in April, Nestor Osorio, the Colombian UN ambassador who holds the rotating Council presidency for April, announced here Monday.

Osorio, whose country is one of the 10 non-permanent member of the 15-nation Security Council, made the announcement when he was briefing the reporters here on the program of the 15-nation UN body for this month.

The Security Council will hold a thematic debate on Haiti, which will take place on Wednesday, the Council president said.

"The president of Colombia is taking very seriously the situation in Haiti, as part of the commitment of the Latin American region to help a member of the region and that's why we have decided to assign this open debate," Osorio said.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will be presiding over the Council, along with Haitian President Rene Preval and former U. S. President Bill Clinton as a special envoy of the secretary- general who will present a report on the situation.

"The idea is to try to propose a coherent approach for the development, economic and social development of Haiti as a way to guarantee peace and security in this country," Osorio said.

With the open debate on women, peace, and security on April 12, Executive Director for UN Women Michelle Bachelet will present a report about how the activities of the office are progressing. The Council then could give some guidelines in order to get a real development in this area, Osorio said.

Additionally, there will be briefing concerning sexual violence on April 14 based on a report from Margot Wallstrom, the special representative of the UN secretary-general on sexual violence in conflict.

An open debate on the Middle East will take place on April 26, he said.

"This time we are hoping very much to get some specific results or guidelines from the Quartet that will meet on the 15th or 16th of April," Osorio said. "After that we hope that we will have our open debate with new elements and hopefully with some concrete directions to really create a peace process in the region."

This is the first time that Colombia has held the Security Council presidency in the course of its current two-year term on the 15-nation Council. Colombia was elected by the UN General Assembly to sit on the Council from 2011 to 2013.

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