The Special Political Mission for Yemen also known as the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen, focuses on supporting Yemen’s return to a peaceful political transition in accordance with the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative, the outcomes of the National Dialogue and Security Council resolutions.

Its mandate revolves around: 

•             engaging with all sides in Yemen, including the Government, political parties, civil society organizations, women, youth and other actors in support of an inclusive Yemeni-led transition;

•             leading United Nations support and coordinating international assistance to the key processes of the transition;

•             working closely with the members of the, the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Security Council and other international partners to ensure strong and consistent international backing for peace and stability in Yemen.

The Special Envoy provides briefings to the Security Council, on behalf of the Secretary-General, on developments in Yemen, including on the implementation of the outcomes of the Comprehensive National Dialogue Conference, every 60 days.

Useful Documents

The Security Council has been closely monitoring the situation since the start of the uprising in 2011, and has adopted many resolutions on Yemen:

  • Resolution 2014 (2011) calling for implementation of a political settlement based upon the GCC Initiative and requesting the Secretary-General to continue his good offices;

  • Resolution 2051 (2012) reaffirming the need for the full and timely implementation of the Transition Agreement and signaling potential sanctions;

  • Resolution 2140 (2014) supporting the implementation of the National Dialogue outcomes, reaffirming the need for the full and timely implementation of the political transition, and establishing a sanctions regime under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter;

  • Resolution 2201 (2015) deploring the unilateral actions taken by the Houthis to dissolve parliament and take over Yemen’s government institutions, expressing grave concern over reports of the use of child soldiers, and urging all parties to continue the transition;

  • Resolution 2204 (2015) extending the mandate of the Sanctions Panel of Experts to March 2016.

  • Resolution 2216 (2015) demanding that all Yemeni parties fully implement resolution 2201 (2015), imposing an arms embargo on selected individuals, and requesting that the Secretary-General intensify his good offices role in order to enable the resumption of the political process.

  • Resolution 2266 (2016) extending the asset freeze and travel ban imposed by resolution 2140 (2015) to help stem the crisis in Yemen, which is threatening the country’s ongoing political transition.

  • Resolution 2402, (2018), unanimously renewing a travel ban, assets freeze and arms embargo against those threatening peace and security in Yemene threatening peace and security in Yemen

  • Presidential Statement on the Situation in the Middle East of 15 February 2013.