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# UN Security Council

Last week
12th March 2023 - 18th March 2023
# War in Ukraine
UN-backed inquiry accuses Russia of war crimes in Ukraine
The report marked a highly unusual condemnation of a member of the Security Council.
Last year
# Aung San Suu Kyi
UN Security Council adopts first ever Myanmar resolution and calls for release of Aung San Suu Kyi
Suu Kyi has been a prisoner since the army toppled her government almost two years ago.
# United Nations
Russian invasion of Ukraine and veto undermines UN Security Council, Coveney says
Coveney believes Ireland has had a “sustained and positive impact” during its two-year term on the council.
# triple lock
Change to triple-lock mechanism 'sensible' due to changed global situation, says Coveney
A motion at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis is calling for a the triple-lock to be turned into a double-lock.
# Biological weapons
UN Security Council rejects Russian call for biological weapons probe
Russia had circulated a document to council members alleging that this biological activity is taking place in Ukraine with support from the US Defence Department.
# hell on earth
The Horror of Haiti: Sexual violence and murder gangs as Ireland works on diplomatic solution
Irish diplomats have said Haitian society has collapsed as hunger and gang violence drive the Caribbean state towards famine.
# Sabotage
Nord Stream pipeline blasts equal to several hundred kilos of TNT says report
The UN Security Council is due to hold an emergency meeting on the leaks later today.
# New York
Ireland would have to assess whether to take in fleeing Russians, says Taoiseach
Germany has indicated its willingness to accept Russian deserters.
# United Nations
Ireland 'deeply frustrated' at Security Council’s failure to act on Russia, Palestine and climate change
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney addressed the UN Security Council in New York earlier today.
# New York
Ukraine conflict: Coveney expecting 'abrasive' exchanges at pivotal UN Security Council meeting
Minister Simon Coveney will be around the table with Russia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Today's UN Security Council meeting is being considered as the most high-profile engagement of Ireland’s two-year term on the body.
All five permanent members of the Council will be in attendance for the first time since the war in Ukraine began.
Coveney said the idea of a ceasefire and peace agreement "seems like quite a way off".
# Zaporizhzhia
UN nuclear watchdog warns of 'grave hour' at Ukraine nuclear plant following shelling
Rafael Grossi said the International Atomic Energy Agency must be allowed to inspect the Zaporizhzhia plant “as soon as possible”.
# Security Council
Irish diplomats secure aid for 4.1 million displaced people despite threat of Russian UN veto
Ireland became a member of the UN Security Council in 2021 and has responsibility for the Syria file.
# Peace missions
Government renews approval for Irish peacekeeping missions in Syria and Kosovo
Irish troops are based in the Golan Heights and the Kosovar capital Pristina in UN mandated operations.
# UN
Zelenskyy calls for meeting with Putin 'to end the war' as Mariupol evacuation 'thwarted'
Ukraine has made a plea to the UN to help evacuate citizens from the city, after previous attempts failed.
# Ukraine
Ukraine receives missiles from Norway amid warning Mariupol defenders are facing 'last days'
Commander Serhiy Volyna said his marines are “maybe facing our last days, if not hours”.
# Ukraine
Simon Coveney to address UN Security Council today on Bucha and Kyiv visit
Coveney visited Bucha and Kyiv last week and will brief his colleagues on what he witnessed.
# Security Council
UN votes to secure formal presence in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan
The resolution, which avoids using the word Taliban, will allow the UN to continue its “crucial” work in Afghanistan.
# ukraine crisis
US sanctions Russia for 'beginning' invasion of Ukraine
Putin has received permission from Russia’s upper house to use the army outside its borders to support separatists in Ukraine.
The Russian President has asked the country's upper house to approve using the army outside its borders to support separatists in Ukraine.
European Union foreign ministers will adopt sanctions against Russia today after Putin ordered troops into breakaway regions.
The Taoiseach met German Chancellor Olaf Scholz earlier , who is suspending the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.
Vladimir Putin orders Russian troops into two rebel regions in Ukraine to 'maintain peace'
What does Russia's recognition of two eastern Ukrainian territories mean?
# Ukraine
Russia and US square off at UN Security Council over troops at Ukraine's border
The two permanent members of the Council have faced each other today over Ukraine.
All time
# Myanmar
Save the Children staff confirmed dead in Myanmar massacre
Photos of the attack have spread on social media in Myanmar, fuelling outrage against the military.
# kabul rescue
Coveney defends Defence department's handling of offer to buy long-range 'heavy lift' aircraft
Questions have been raised about the need for heavy lift aircraft for the Irish Air Corps. An Aviation company had offered two second hand flights eight months before the Kabul mission.
Questions have been raised about the need for heavy lift aircraft for the Irish Air Corps.
Documents show Ireland was offered aircraft eight months before Afghan rescue mission - despite Coveney denial
PHOTOS: The Army Rangers' mission to evacuate Irish people from Afghanistan
# un missions
Irish Defence Forces officer warns staffing crisis jeopardising UN overseas missions
Raco are holding their annual conference in Kildare.
# military takeover
Sudanese prime minister released as protesters face tear gas
The military takeover has been widely denounced.
# New York
Taoiseach denies that UN resolution on climate change and global conflict is doomed
The Taoiseach is chairing the UN Security Council debate in New York today.
# New York
Taoiseach in NYC: 'High-level week' begins as Martin meets new state Governor today
The Taoiseach travelled to New York yesterday to begin a series of UN events.
# Women's Rights
'We need enormous effort': Coveney leads UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan in New York
The foreign affairs minister visited the 9/11 memorial earlier today.
First foreigners on commercial flight fly out of Kabul since US pulled out
New Taliban government faces opposition with scattered protests in Afghan cities
# United Nations
Coveney to chair UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan in New York
The foreign affairs minister will also visit the 9/11 memorial ahead of the 20th anniversary of the attack.
# chairing the debate
Ireland hopes to use 'honest broker' image to make an impact in Security Council presidency
As Ireland takes up the reins of the Security Council presidency, it has a chance to highlight important security issues.
# UN
Ireland to keep focus on Afghanistan during presidency stint of the UN Security Council
For the next 30 days, Ireland will chair debates and organise the agenda for the Security Council.
# Bab al-Hawa
Rare cooperation between Russia and US sees cross-border aid to Syria continue
The approved text is an amalgam of two drafts – one proposed by Ireland and Norway, and another by Russia.
# Aid
Ireland joins US and Norway to press for extension of cross-border aid into Syria
A border crossing that aid passes through is due to close this week.
# Ethiopia
Ireland, US and UK request UN Security Council meeting over war-torn Tigray
Ethiopia’s federal government yesterday declared a “unilateral ceasefire” in Tigray.
# Ireland on the world stage
Explainer: Five months in, what has Ireland been up to on the UN Security Council?
Minister Coveney said that there has been a “fundamental misunderstanding” of what Ireland is doing on the Council.
# minister for foreign affairs
Simon Coveney: ‘Calls to expel Israeli ambassador make no sense - issues get resolved by negotiation’
What did Ireland do with its UN Security Council seat in the 11 days that violence erupted between Israel and Hamas?
'Walking a fine line': Ireland, China and the UN Security Council
How can a non-permanent member of the Security Council like Ireland ensure that human rights remain at the heart of the Council’s agenda?
# Belarus
Save our son: Parents of detained journalist plead for help after flight diverted to Belarus
The speech to parliament was the first time the Belarusian leader has spoken in public since Roman Protasevich’s arrest.
# Gaza
UN Security Council calls for 'full adherence' to Gaza ceasefire
Members have also stressed “the immediate need for humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian civilian population”.
# Palestine
Coveney says 'it's too early to tell' if Israel has committed war crimes in Gaza
The Foreign Minister condemned the killing of civilians, especially children, in the last week.
# myanmar coup
US urges action by UN Security Council on Myanmar coup
The US wants the UN to issue a resolution to pressure the military junta to restore democracy.
# Vaccines
UN Security Council to debate challenge of global vaccine access
One question that could be considered is whether UN peacekeepers should be declared essential workers and given vaccine priority.