UN Security Council concludes August meetings

The United Nations (UN) Security Council wrapped up its final meeting of August on Monday with discussions relating to conflict roots and humanitarian concerns among other pressing issues.

Discussion centered around conflicts occurring in several areas including Iraq, Syria, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Yemen, Libya and between Israel and Palestine. Members of the council urged for a unification of efforts to bring about a peaceful end to these conflicts.

Group such as lesbians, gays and transgender individuals, should be added to the list of those vulnerable to violence and terror plots  in these areas, U.S. Ambassador to the UN David Pressman said.

Condolences were offered to Brazil following the death of Gen. Jabarandi Jose Luiz Jaborandy Jr., the Force Commander of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti.

Russian Federation Representative Vitaly Churkin gave a presentation on the challenges that the council will need to address as the Russian Federation takes the UN Security Council's presidency. He also announced that the delegation aims to implement a resolution to expand the investigatory capability in relation to chemical weapons abuses.

 “Such thematic meetings underscore the importance of collective action and strengthen it,” Nigeria representative U. Joy Ogwu, council president for August, said.

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