October 2007 Monthly Forecast

Posted 28 September 2007
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Aide Memoire

Important matters awaiting attention 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 UNAMI report on human rights in Iraq, usually produced every two to three months, has not been published since March. The last one covered the period from 1 January to 31 March 2007.
  • Despite a quarterly reporting requirement mandated by resolution 1546 the report on the Multinational Force in Iraq due on 13 September is overdue. The last MNF report was published on 13 June.
  • Since a briefing in March, the Council has not addressed the issue of  Northern Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army.
  • The post of the Special Representative in Ethiopia-Eritrea has been vacant since May 2006; the post of the Special Representative in Côte d’Ivoire is vacant and has been awaiting appointment since mid-February.
  • On the DRC, the Council has still not taken up individual sanctions under resolution 1698 against armed groups that recruit children. Nor has the Council resumed discussion of 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 is yet to follow up its 16 March consultations on cross-border issues.
  • On Sierra Leone, the Secretary-General’s report based on a comprehensive assessment, to assist the Council in defining UNIOSIL’s exit strategy, requested by resolution 1734 and to be submitted “closer to the election date” is now due.

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