January 2013 Monthly Forecast

Posted 21 December 2012
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Overview


Pakistan will preside over the Security Council in January.

Open debates are planned on a comprehensive approach to counter-terrorism and a multidimensional approach to peacekeeping. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar is expected to preside over the counter-terrorism debate and both debates are likely to include a briefing by the Secretary-General.

There is also going to be the quarterly open debate on the Middle East, with a briefing expected from the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry.

A briefing is expected on developments in Yemen, by the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Jamal Benomar.

Briefings, followed by consultations are likely on:

  • developments in the Central African Republic and the latest Secretary-General’s report on the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) by Margaret Vogt, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of BINUCA;
  • developments in Côte d’Ivoire and the latest Secretary-General’s report on the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) by Albert Gerard Koenders, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of UNOCI;
  • developments in Libya by Tarek Mitri, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL);
  • developments in Burundi and the latest Secretary-General’s report on the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB) by Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of BNUB;
  • the work of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) and the Secretary-General’s report by Said Djinnit, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNOWA;
  • the Secretary-General’s quarterly report on the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) by the head of the UN Peacekeeping Department, Hervé Ladsous;
  • the Secretary-General’s further options for a voluntary and UN-funded logistics support packages for the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA); and
  •  the rule of law, most likely by the Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson.

Briefings in consultations are likely on:

The Council will also be following closely developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Syria and may hold meetings on these situations.

A formal meeting will be needed to adopt the renewal of the mandate of BINUCA and UNFICYP.