Traditionally, US and China have negotiated new sanctions before involving the other 13 UN Security Council members.
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The force is part of the UN peacekeeping mission known as UNMISS, which has been in South Sudan since its independence from Sudan in 2011.
“We’re starting to see serious instability in Venezuela,” US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told reporters after the closed-door Security Council meeting, which was requested by the US.
East African states and South Africa believe that allowing South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar to return to the war-torn country would not “necessarily be positive at this stage.”
Trump has said the US share of UN budgets was “unfair” and has proposed an unspecified reduction in funding for the world body and its agencies.
UN chief Guterres warns the state department that the cutting of funds to the UNDP could have “devastating effects” on women and girls.
Russia continues to side with Syria as the country’s government and diplomats deny any involvement in the deadly sarin gas attack in Syria’s Khan Sheikhoun.
Western countries blamed Syrian armed forces for the recent gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in a rebel-held area of Idliib.
The cut marks US President Donald Trump’s first move to curtail funding for the UN and its agencies.
The Trump administration’s view is a departure from Obama’s stance and at odds with European powers, who insist Bashar al-Assad must step down.
Speaking to reporters at the UN headquarters, ambassador Nikki Haley said US expects its allies to back the country; otherwise “we’re taking names,” she said.
The resolution had been put forward by Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal and Venezuela.
Although the resolution demanded Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem”, nothing will likely change on the ground.
The draft text says the Israeli settlements in Gaza and West Bank are illegal, and a hindrance to the the two-state solution. US President Barack Obama is not expected to make any major moves on the Israel-Palestine issue.
“The Security Council must take steps to stem the flow of arms to South Sudan” Ban told the Security Council.
After evacuations from war-torn Aleppo were obstructed, the UN will vote on Sunday on a resolution to allow its own officials to facilitate the evacuation process.
Guterres has pledged to personally help broker peace in various conflicts and reform the 71-year-old world body to become more effective.
The 41 troops from Gabon and Burundi were identified by 45 possible victims in the Central African Republic’s Kemo prefecture, a UN representative said.
It was the sixth time Russia has vetoed a Security Council resolution on Syria and the fifth time China has blocked action.
Some 850,000 of those people are besieged by government forces, the UN said, while the rest are trapped by ISIS militants and other armed groups.
Latin American countries, supported by Western nations, successfully proposed an amendment that gutted the African group draft resolution.
The inquiry has already found that Syrian government forces were responsible for three chlorine gas attacks and that ISIS militants had used mustard gas.
The UN inquiry found that peacekeepers did not operate under a unified command, resulting in multiple conflicting orders to the four troop contingents.
Russia failed to get re-elected following lobbying by rights groups against Moscow’s candidacy because of its military support for the Syrian government.
The Yemeni foreign minister Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi said on his official Twitter feed that President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi had agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire with the possibility of it being extended.
The council will vote on a French text requiring an end to air strikes and military flights over Aleppo and a Russian text that doesn’t include that demand.
European commissioner Kristalina Georgieva of Bulgaria was a last-minute entry a week ago, but it remains to be seen if she will pose a threat to Guterres.
The 193-member general assembly adopted a political declaration to spend next two years to help refugees, however, the declaration is not a legal binding.
The UN threatened an arms embargo in South Sudan if President Salva Kiir’s government did not cooperate.
The UNSC will hold secret ballots until a consensus is reached on a candidate to replace UN chief Ban Ki-moon of South Korea who steps down at the end of 2016 after serving two five-year terms.
Ukrainian UN ambassador alleged that Russia had amassed more than 40,000 troops in Crimea and on the Ukrainian border, which “may reflect some very bad intentions”.
The report to the UNSC also said a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia had violated humanitarian law by bombing a civilian home in Al-Mahala village.
Saudi Arabia threatened to cut UN funding when its military coalition was blacklisted for killing children in Yemen.
A memo questioned Britain’s veto-power after the country withdrew police officers from the peacekeeping mission in South Sudan without consulting the UN.
The UN report said the coalition was to blame for 60% of child deaths and injuries in the conflict last year, killing 510 and wounding 667.
The debate between candidates for the UN chief position has been broadcast live for the first time, on Al Jazeera network as well as the UN website.
In a report released on Tuesday, Ban Ki-Moon said that under those plans peacekeepers might need to ask for help from other UN missions.
Italy has pledged to step down after one year to allow The Netherlands to be elected to the council.
A two-third majority vote by the 193-member UN General Assembly can suspend a state from the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council.