Luxembourg will preside over the Security Council in March.

Security Council Meeting on Ukraine

The situation in the Central African Republic, issues of children and armed conflict, and events in Afghanistan would be among the Security Council’s top priorities in March, the Permanent Representative of Luxembourg said today at a Headquarters press conference.

Briefing on developments during her country’s March presidency, Sylvie Lucas said the Council’s work programme would be fluid, depending on current events.  She noted the 15-member body had met twice in the last week to discuss the situation in Ukraine and would continue to closely monitor events.  “The presidency is prepared to convene other meetings, if necessary,” she said.

The work programme covered a broad range of subjects, she said.  On 7 March, the Council would hold an open debate on children and armed conflict, over which the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg would preside.  The Secretary-General, the Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict, and the Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) would also participate, as would a former child solder from Sierra Leone.

The situation in the Central African Republic, Libya, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, Sudan and South Sudan will be discussed.

Provisional Programme of Work of the Security Council – March 2014