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Report of the Security Council

Part IV


Report of the Military Staff Committee

I.    Introduction

1. The present report of the Military Staff Committee covers the period from 1 August 2015 to 31 December 2016.

 

II.    Background

2. The Military Staff Committee was established pursuant to Article 47 of the Charter of the United Nations and Security Council resolution 1 (1946). The Committee has a mandate to advise and assist the Security Council on all questions relating to the Council’s military requirements for the maintenance of international peace and security, the employment and command of forces placed at its disposal, the regulation of armaments, and possible disarmament.

 

III.    Summary of the activities of the Committee

3. The Committee functioned continuously under its revised draft statute and revised draft rules of procedure, contained in document S/115 of 1 August 1946, during the period under review. The Committee held a total of 40 meetings, of which 10 were held during the period from 1 August to 31 December 2015 and 30 were held from 1 January to 31 December 2016, and discussed a total of 67 topics. From 26 February to 1 March 2016, the Committee conducted a field mission to the Central African Republic.

4. Military representatives of the elected members of the Security Council participated in 36 meetings. Representatives of Secretariat departments participated in discussions: the Department of Peacekeeping Operations on 53 topics, the Department of Political Affairs on 8 topics, the Department of Field Support on 4 topics and the Department of Safety and Security on 1 topic.


5. Current United Nations peacekeeping and special political missions were the focus of 29 meetings:

  • (a) United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic: four meetings;
    (b) United Nations Mission in South Sudan: four meetings;
    (c) United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali: three meetings;
    (d) United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus: three meetings;
    (e) United Nations Mission in Liberia: three meetings;
    (f)  United Nations Support Mission in Libya: three meetings;
    (g) United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia: two meetings;
    (h) African Union Mission in Somalia: two meetings;
    (i)  United Nations Disengagement Observer Force: two meetings;
    (j)  United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti: two meetings;
    (k) United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei: two meetings;
    (l)  United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau: two meetings;
    (m)United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara: two meetings;
    (n) United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: one meeting;
    (o) United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon: one meeting;
    (p) African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur: one meeting;
    (q) United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan: one meeting;
    (r) United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq: one meeting;
    (s) United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel: one meeting.

6. Twenty-eight meetings included various thematic debates:

  • (a) Terrorism as a threat in the context of peacekeeping operations;
    (b) Follow-up to the report of the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations: implications for military operations;
    (c) Logistics support for peacekeeping operations;
    (d) Intelligence in the context of peacekeeping operations;
    (e) Peacekeeping Capability Readiness System;
    (f)  Military capability studies;
    (g) Command and control in peacekeeping operations;
    (h) Military-police cooperation in peacekeeping operations;
    (i)  Use of modern technology in the context of peacekeeping operations;
    (j)  Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations: North Atlantic Treaty Organization.


7. From 26 February to 1 March 2016, the Committee conducted a field mission to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic, which was its third field mission to a peacekeeping operation. The aim was to gain an in-depth understanding of the peacekeeping operation and its capabilities. On 30 March, the Committee unanimously approved its report on its trip to the Central African Republic and distributed it to members of the Security Council. The Chair of the Committee briefed, on 18 March, military representatives of the elected members of the Security Council and, on 15, 19 and 21 April, representatives of the United Nations Secretariat, namely, the Military Adviser to the Secretary-General, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations and the Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, on the findings of the visit.


8. On 19 April, the Committee secretariat launched the Military Staff Committee website (www.un.org/sc/suborg/en/subsidiary/msc), which is available in the six official languages of the United Nations and offers swift and easy access to the programme of work of and current information on the Committee.


9. In accordance with paragraph 178 of General Assembly resolution 60/1 entitled “2005 World Summit Outcome”, the Committee considered its composition, mandate and working methods.

10. The Committee remained prepared to carry out the functions assigned to it under the terms of Article 47 of the Charter.