The Security Council met this morning to hear a briefing by Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was appointed as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq on 27 May. Before the Council was a report of the Secretary-General, which provides an initial assessment of the scope of the challenges involved in implementing resolution 1483 (22 May 2003), and indicates those areas in which the United Nations can play a useful role based on its expertise and comparative advantage. In Resolution 1483, the Security Council authorized the United Nations Organization to facilitate dialogue and consensus-building among Iraqis in various sectors of activity. The challenge for the United Nations in Iraq is to find meaningful and effective ways to assist the Iraqi people in achieving their goals. Its aim is to help the Iraqis participate in, and take ownership of, the definition of the policies and priorities that will shape the future of their country.
A general view of the Security Council chamber as members meet to discuss the situation in Iraq today at United Nations Headquarters.