December 2007 Monthly Forecast

Posted 29 November 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 Secretary-General’s report on security sector reform, requested in February in presidential statement 2007/3 and expected in November has not been issued yet.
  • The post of the Special Representative in Ethiopia-Eritrea has been vacant since May 2006.
  • 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).
  • 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 West Africa, the Council is yet to follow up its 16 March consultations on cross-border issues.
  • A report from the Secretary-General on options for further implementation of resolution 1625 on conflict prevention, particularly in Africa, requested in August in a presidential statement to be submitted within sixty days has not been published as of this writing.
  • The last UNAMI human rights report in Iraq covered the period from 1 April to 30 June 2007. The reports are usually produced every two to three months, therefore the last one was due on 30 September.
  • The Secretary-General has yet to develop proposals for the delineation of the international borders of Lebanon, especially in the Sheb’a Farms area, in accordance with resolution 1701, and advise on the cartographic, legal and political implications of the alternative path suggested by the government of Lebanon in its seven-point plan, namely placing the area UN jurisdiction until a boundary is permanently delineated.
  • On Sierra Leone, the Secretary-General’s report based on a comprehensive assessment, to assist the Council in defining UNIOSIL’s exit strategy (the mandate expires on 31 December), requested by resolution 1734 and to be submitted closer to the election date” (held this the summer) is overdue.

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