Statement by President of the UN Security Council Ambassador Sven Jürgenson on the Annual Report of the United Nations Security Council in the UN General Assembly

Mr. President,

Let me begin by thanking you, on behalf of all the members of the Security Council, for your service as President of the General Assembly at its seventy-fifth session, and for arranging today’s meeting.

Estonia, as the President of the Security Council for the month of June 2021, has the honor to introduce the annual report of the Council (A/75/2), covering the period from 1st of January to 31st of December 2020.

I extend my thanks to the delegation of Niger for preparing the introduction to the report, and members of the Council for their contributions to it. I would also like to express our appreciation, on behalf of the members of the Security Council, to the Secretariat and all others involved in compiling and producing the report.

The Charter of the United Nations entrusts the Security Council with the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. With the support of United Nations membership, the Security Council has sought to discharge its responsibilities actively to support peacekeeping efforts and urge peaceful resolution of conflicts around the world.

Despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, during the period under review, the Council held 81 in-person meetings and 269 videoconferences. Exceptional working methods to allow for the continuation of the work of the Security Council for the period of pandemics were agreed by the Council and mostly reiterated during each presidency from March until December.

The Council adopted 57 resolutions in person and by written procedure and 13 presidential statements. The Council issued 46 statements to the press. During the reporting period, the Council was unable to conduct any field missions owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Council continued to focus on situations that affect peace and security in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East. Last year, the Council continued to consider thematic, general and cross-cutting issues, including non-proliferation, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, the protection of civilians in armed conflict, children and armed conflict, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, women, peace and security and cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations. The Council continued to receive briefings on the work of its subsidiary bodies, including its sanctions committees. The Council convened an annual open debate on its working methods in May 2020 to look at the implementation of note S/2010/507 and to discuss how to ensure transparency, efficiency and effectiveness in the work of the Council.

In conclusion, I am pleased to say that despite limitations of the Council’s working methods resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Security Council managed to finish and adopt the report even earlier than last year.

The Assembly’s consideration of the submitted report of the Council is a very important aspect of transparency and I look forward to the discussion of the report by the members of the General Assembly. I will convey the views to our colleagues in the Security Council.

Thank you.