Côte d’Ivoire joined the Council in 2013, and has
generally engaged positively on country-specific issues, but could further
strengthen its engagement.
Voting Record in 2016
Voting Record in 2015
In 2014, Cote d’Ivoire maintained a generally positive voting record on country-specific resolutions at the Council. It continued to support resolutions on Sri Lanka, Syria and North Korea, and voted in favor of the new resolution on Ukraine. Additionally, Cote d’Ivoire voted in favor of all resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories (OPT). Yet, Cote d’Ivoire maintained its posture of abstaining on the Iran and Belarus resolutions. Cote d’Ivoire is among the most supportive Africa group members of the Council’s mandate to respond to country situations.
Cote d’Ivoire’s generally strong record on the Council’s country-specific work, however, is difficult to square with its unhelpful support for replacing the Council-appointed independent expert on Cote d’Ivoire outside of the normal rotation.
In 2014, Cote d’Ivoire supported the convening of the special session on the situation in the Central African Republic. The only resolution Cote d’Ivoire co-sponsored other than those it joined as a member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and of the African Group, was the resolution on Ukraine. Cote d’Ivoire did participate in several debates on country-specific situations under item 10.
Cote d’Ivoire should consolidate its generally positive engagement at the Council on country situations by reconsidering its abstentions on resolutions addressing situations of grave violations, and by increasing its co-sponsorship of country-specific resolutions, both under Item 4 and 10.
Voting record in 2014
Support for key joint statements in 2014
Côte d'Ivoire voted in favor of all the Council's resolutions on Syria and the Sri Lanka resolution in 2013. However, Côte d'Ivoire abstained on resolutions concerning Iran and Belarus, both serious human rights situations.
Côte d'Ivoire voted in favor of all but two of the resolutions on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories. Cote d'Ivoire abstained on the resolution on the human rights situation in the occupied Syrian Golan and on Israeli settlements.
Côte d'Ivoire joined the Swiss-coordinated joint statement calling for the Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the ICC, but it did not support the joint statements on the human rights situation of Bahrain.
In 2013 Côte d’Ivoire co-sponsored 15 country-specific
resolutions including a number of resolutions focusing on situations in African
countries and the situation in Syria, under agenda items 4 and 10. Côte d'Ivoire
rarely intervened in the Council's debates on country-specific situations. Its
engagement on country situations at the Council would be enhanced by continuing
to broaden its co-sponsorship of country-specific resolutions and by
participating in the country-specific debates of the Council.