August 2007 Monthly Forecast

Posted 30 July 2007
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Aide Memoire

Important matters pending before the Council include:

  • The 2005 World Summit requested the Security Council to consider reforms relating to the Military Staff Committee. This has yet to be addressed.
  • The monthly Secretary-General’s report on Darfur required by resolutions 1556 and 1590 has not been published since February.
  • Since a briefing in March, the Council has not addressed the issue of Northern Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army. The parties have since reached a critical pre-agreement on accountability issues that envisages the use of traditional dispute resolution methods in lieu of the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are wide concerns that such a mechanism may not lead to proceedings consistent with international standards for serious crimes trials and thus may not be a valid basis for eliminating ICC jurisdiction over the case.
  • Some key posts for Special Representatives of the Secretary-General have been vacant for several months. The position of the head of UNMIS in Sudan has not been filled since the end of 2006 and the post of the Special Representative in Côte d’Ivoire has been awaiting appointment since mid-February.
  • 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.
  • On the DRC, the Council is still to consider imposing individual sanctions under resolution 1698 against armed groups that recruit children. Nor is it clear whether the Security Council has abandoned the issue of natural resources in the DRC notwithstanding its open thematic debate on the subject of natural resources and conflict in June (S/PV.5705).
  • On West Africa, the Council has not followed up its 16 March consultations on cross-border issues.

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