March 2007 Monthly Forecast

Posted 1 March 2007
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Status Update

Recent developments on the situations covered in our February Forecast are covered in the relevant briefs in this issue.  However, other interesting Council developments in February included:

  • Democratic Republic of Congo: On 15 February the Council adopted resolution 1742 rolling over MONUC’s mandate until 15 April 2007. It requested recommendations by mid-March on MONUC’s future mandate.  The Council also received a report on the potential impact of sanctions on the country’s population. (S/2007/68)
  • Haiti: On 15 February the Council extended MINUSTAH’s mandate until 15 October 2007. (S/RES/1743)
  • Security Sector Reform: On 20 February, the Council held an open debate on security sector reform.  The Council adopted a presidential statement and called on the Secretary-General to make concrete recommendations. (S/PRST/2007/3)
  • Iran: On 22 February the IAEA report on Iran’s non-compliance with resolution 1737 was transmitted to the Council. (S/2007/100)
  • Timor-Leste: On 22 February the Council adopted resolution 1745 extending UNMIT’s mandate until 26 February 2008 and increasing its police personnel as recommended by the 1 February Secretary-General’s report. (S/2007/50)
  • Terrorism & WMDs: Resolution 1540: On 23 February, the Council held an open debate (S/PV.5635), chaired by Slovakia’s Foreign Minister Ján Kubiš, and adopted a presidential statement (S/PRST/2007/4) promoting cooperation between the Council and international organisations to enhance states’ implementation of resolution 1540.  
  • Great Lakes Region: The Office of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the Great Lakes Region is scheduled to close at the end of March.  As indicated in our January 2007 Forecast, the Council in December renewed the mandate of the Special Representative for a final period, pending the establishment of a regional secretariat (S/PRST/2006/57).  So far, there are no indications or likelihood that the mandate of the Special Representative will be renewed for a further period.

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