February 2008 Monthly Forecast

Posted 29 January 2008
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Important matters pending before the Council include:

  • The Council is yet to follow up on the Secretary-General’s recommendations on protection of civilians contained in his report of 28 October 2007.
  • The Council requested the Secretary-General on 29 November 2006 (S/2006/928) to update the index to Council notes and statements on working methods. This has not been published.
  • The 2005 World Summit requested the Security Council to consider reforms for the Military Staff Committee. This has yet to be addressed.
  • The Secretary-General’s report on security sector reform, requested in February 2007 (PRST2007/3), has not been issued.
  • The post of the Special Representative in Ethiopia-Eritrea has been vacant since May 2006.
  • On the DRC, the Council Sanctions Committee has not acted on individual sanctions under resolution 1698 against armed groups that recruit children despite MONUC reports about the problem continuing on a serious scale. Nor has the Council resumed discussion of the issue of natural resources in the DRC, raised in 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 2007 consultations on cross-border issues.
  • The Secretary-General’s report on options for further implementation of resolution 1625 on conflict prevention, particularly in Africa, requested in August in PRST 2007/31 had not been published as of this writing. (However, advance copies were reportedly available to Council members in mid-January.)
  • The most recent UNAMI human rights report on human rights in Iraq covered the period from 1 April to 30 June 2007. The reports are usually produced every two to three months. A further report was therefore expected on 30 September.
  • The Secretary-General has yet to put forward proposals for the delineation of the international borders of Lebanon, especially in the Sheb’a Farms area, in accordance with resolution 1701, and respond to the cartographic, legal and political implications of the alternative path suggested by the government of Lebanon in its seven-point plan.
  • The Council referred Guinea-Bissau to the PBC and on 19 December 2007 it formally became the third country to be placed on the PBC’s agenda. No official document has been published at press time.

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