January 2007 Monthly Forecast

Posted 22 December 2006
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Aide Memoire

Important matters pending for the Council are:

  • Two requests from the 2005 World Summit related to the Council’s work have seen little or no recent progress. Reforms to the Military Staff Committee have yet to be addressed.  Council members established in May 2006 an ad hoc committee on mandate review to conduct the review of Security Council mandates called for by the Summit.  By end of June, the committee made several minor recommendations on some preliminary issues but they are still to be considered by the Council and the Committee has not yet made progress on the major issues.
  • The Secretary-General’s recommendations on the status of the Sheb’a Farms, requested by resolution 1701, are still to be submitted.
  • The Secretary-General’s report on the protection of civilians in camps in Chad and on improving security along the border with Sudan requested in August in resolution 1706 is still pending as of this writing. (The report is now expected to include also the results of the Chad-Central African Republic assessment mission.)
  • The Council is still to consider possible targeted sanctions under resolutions 1649 and 1698, as envisaged in the Secretary-General’s 22 May report on foreign armed groups in the DRC. The Secretary-General’s observations on sanctions against individuals obstructing action by MONUC, requested in resolution 1698, are still pending. It is possible that they will be presented in the next reports from MONUC (January) and the Group of Experts (expected to be issued in January as soon as the Sanctions Committee approves its forwarding to the Council).
  • On Somalia, the Council is still to follow up on its “intention to consider taking measures against those who seek to prevent or block a peaceful dialogue process, overthrow the Transitional Federal Institutions by force, or take action that further threatens regional stability” expressed in resolution 1725.
  • A draft resolution on Small Arms circulated by Argentina in March has not been adopted.
  • The December 2004 report by the Secretary-General on human rights violations in Côte d’Ivoire, requested by a presidential statement, has still not been made public. Also on Côte d’Ivoire, the December 2005 report by the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide has not been published.

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