Maintaining Need for Credible Assessments of Proliferation Threat in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Security Council Extends Expert Panel’s Mandate

SC/11806
4 March 2015
7397th Meeting (AM)

Maintaining Need for Credible Assessments of Proliferation Threat in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Security Council Extends Expert Panel’s Mandate

The Security Council today, determining that the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their delivery means remained a threat to international peace and security, agreed to extend for 13 months the mandate of the Panel of Experts that assists the Sanctions Committee on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Unanimously adopting resolution 2207 (2015) under the Charter’s Chapter VII, the 15-member body extended until 5 April 2016 the mandate of the Panel, created pursuant to paragraph 26 of resolution 1874 (2009).

The Council also requested the expert Panel to provide to the Sanctions Committee — established pursuant to resolution 1718 (2006) — a midterm report on its work no later than 5 August 2015, and a final report no later than 5 February 2016.  The members had before them today the Panel’s latest report of 23 February 2015 (document S/2015/131).

Further to the resolution, the Council urged all States, relevant United Nations bodies and other interested parties to cooperate fully with the Sanctions Committee and Panel, in particular by supplying any information at their disposal on the implementation of measures imposed by resolutions 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013) and 2094 (2013).

The meeting began at 10:04 a.m. and ended at 10:07 a.m.

Resolution

The full text of resolution 2207 (2015) reads as follows:

The Security Council,

Recalling its previous relevant resolutions, including resolutions 825 (1993), 1540 (2004), 1695 (2006), 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 1887 (2009), 1928 (2010), 1985 (2011), 2050 (2012), 2087 (2013), 2094 (2013), 2141 (2014) as well as the statements of its President of 6 October 2006 (S/PRST/2006/41), 13 April 2009 (S/PRST/2009/7), and 16 April 2012 (S/PRST/2012/13),

Recalling the creation, pursuant to paragraph 26 of resolution 1874 (2009), of a Panel of Experts, under the direction of the Committee, to carry out the tasks provided for by that paragraph,

Recalling the interim report by the Panel of Experts appointed by the Secretary-General pursuant to paragraph 26 of resolution 1874 (2009) and the 23 February 2015 final report (S/2015/131) by the Panel,

Recalling the methodological standards for reports of sanctions monitoring mechanisms contained in the Report of the Informal Working Group of the Security Council on General Issues of Sanctions (S/2006/997),

Welcoming the efforts made by the Secretariat to expand and improve the roster of experts for the Security Council Subsidiary Organs Branch, bearing in mind the guidance provided by the Note of the President (S/2006/997),

Emphasizing, in that regard, the importance of credible, fact-based, independent assessments, analysis, and recommendations, in accordance with the mandate of the Panel of Experts, as specified in paragraph 26 of resolution 1874 (2009),

Determining that proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, as well as their means of delivery, continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security,

Acting under Article 41 of Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,

“1.   Decides to extend until 5 April 2016 the mandate of the Panel of Experts, as specified in paragraph 26 of resolution 1874 (2009) and modified in paragraph 29 of resolution 2094 (2013), expresses its intent to review the mandate and take appropriate action regarding further extension no later than 7 March 2016, and requests the Secretary-General to take the necessary administrative measures to this effect;

“2.   Requests the Panel of Experts to provide to the Committee no later than 5 August 2015 a midterm report on its work, and further requests that, after a discussion with the Committee, the Panel of Experts submit to the Council its midterm report by 7 September 2015, and requests also a final report to the Committee no later than 5 February 2016 with its findings and recommendations, and further requests that, after a discussion with the Committee, the Panel of Experts submit to the Council its final report no later than 7 March 2016;

“3.   Requests the Panel of Experts to provide to the Committee a planned programme of work no later than 30 days after the Panel’s reappointment, encourages the Committee to engage in regular discussions about this programme of work and to engage regularly with the Panel about its work, and further requests the Panel of Experts to provide to the Committee any updates to this programme of work;

“4.   Expresses its intent to continue to follow the work of the Panel;

“5.   Urges all States, relevant United Nations bodies and other interested parties, to cooperate fully with the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1718 (2006) and the Panel of Experts, in particular by supplying any information at their disposal on the implementation of the measures imposed by resolution 1718 (2006), resolution 1874 (2009), resolution 2087 (2013) and resolution 2094 (2013);

“6.   Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.”

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