March 2007 Monthly Forecast

Posted 1 March 2007
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Notable Dates

Important Dates Over the Horizon

Reports Due for Consideration in March

Relevant Document 

26 February Commissioner’s quarterly UNMOVIC report (UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission)                                                                                          S/RES/1284 
28 February SG regular report on Somalia S/RES/1725
early March SG regular report on UNMIK (UN Mission in Kosovo) S/RES/1244
5 March SG quarterly report on UNOCI (UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire)

S/RES/1739

8 March SG quarterly report on UNAMI (UN Assistance Mission in Iraq)

S/RES/1700

12 March

SG quarterly report on resolution 1701 (Lebanon), including recommendations on the status of the Sheb’a Farms

S/PRST/2006/52 
15 March SG recommendations on MONUC’s mandate (UN Mission in the DRC) S/RES/1742
mid March Commissioner’s quarterly UNIIIC report (UN International Independent Investigation Commission)

S/RES/1686

mid March SG semi-annual report on UNAMA  (UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan) S/RES/1662 
mid March SG quarterly report on UNMIL (UN Mission in Liberia)

S/RES/1712

mid March SG quarterly report on UNOGBIS (UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau)

S/RES/1580

mid March Neighbouring states’ reports to the Côte d’Ivoire Sanctions Committee on compliance with the arms and diamonds sanctions S/RES/1727 
29 March Panel of Experts mid-term briefing to the Sudan Sanctions Committee

S/RES/1713

31 March SG monthly report on Darfur

S/RES/1590 

Expiry of Mandates in 2007                          Operations    Relevant Document
24 March UNAMA

S/RES/1662 

31 March UNMIL

S/RES/1712

31 March SG’s Special Representative for the Great Lakes (final period) S/PRST/2006/57
March 2007 Other Important Dates
5-9 March IAEA Board of Governors meeting
14-15 March Donors’ roundtable in Bujumbura for Burundi
22 March

The Temporary International Mechanism for Assistance to the Palestinian People is due to expire, it is up to the Quartet to renew it.

Also expected in March:

  • There are media reports of a mid-March meeting in Baghdad bringing together regional actors, including Iran and Syria, along with US and UK officials, to discuss stabilisation strategies for Iraq.
  • A Somali national reconciliation conference is possible.
  • The Peacebuilding Commission is expected to visit Burundi and Sierra Leone in mid-March.
  • The preliminary proposal from the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Future Status Process for Kosovo, Martti Ahtisaari, was submitted to the Contact Group and the parties in late January and is currently under discussion. It is expected to reach the Council in March with possible discussion in April.

Important Dates over the Horizon

  • The Council is tentatively planning visiting missions for 2007 to West Africa (including Côte d’Ivoire), Timor-Leste and Central Africa.
  • The Peacebuilding Commission’s next round of country-specific meetings are expected in April for Burundi and in April or May for Sierra Leone.
  • Parliamentary elections in Chad are scheduled for April.
  • Presidential elections in Timor-Leste are expected in April, with parliamentary elections expected in June.
  • A UN Conference at the ministerial-level on Iraq will be held in Geneva on 17-18 April.
  • Human Rights Council elections are scheduled for May.
  • A Council open debate on Protection of Civilians is expected in June.
  • The Special Court for Sierra Leone has reported that Charles Taylor’s trial at The Hague will begin in June.
  • Election of Nepal’s constituent assembly is expected in June.
  • Elections in Sierra Leone are expected in July.
  • The Secretary-General’s next reports on the thematic issues of Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict and Women, Peace & Security are expected by October.
  • Presidential elections in Côte d’Ivoire are tentatively expected by 31 October.
  • Local elections in the DRC are expected in the second half of 2007.
  • A workshop on security sector reform, a joint initiative of Slovakia and South Africa, is being planned for later in 2007 in Africa.Full forecast

 

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