More openness, diversity mark busy 2019 in UN Security Council

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UN Security Council
UN Security Council

With more than 240 public meetings and a wider range of civil society briefers, the UN Security Council continued its push toward more transparency in 2019, a year marked by “widespread popular uprisings and the erosion of hard-won international treaties,” UN News said Saturday.

In 2019, the world’s top peace and security body held 243 public meetings, an average of 21 per month, UN News said on its website.

Last year, 52 resolutions were adopted, two new field missions – support for the ceasefire in Yemen and an integrated UN Office in Haiti – were established.

One new agenda item – the situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela – was added last year.

“On three occasions last year, sharply divided delegations presented competing draft resolutions, which resulted in the rejection of six proposed texts. China, France, Russia, Britain and the United States – the Council’s five veto-wielding permanent members – found themselves particularly at odds over questions of state sovereignty, trading sporadic accusations of interference in domestic affairs,” UN News noted.

“This is just a snapshot of the Council’s work in 2019 pulled from the annual round-up prepared by our hard-working colleagues in the Meetings Coverage section of the Department of Global Communications,” it said. Enditem

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