March 2008 Monthly Forecast

Posted 28 February 2008
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Notable Dates

Reports Due for Consideration in March

Document Requesting Report

29 February

SG monthly report on Darfur

S/RES/1769

29 February

SG report on implementation of resolution 1701 (every four months)

S/RES/1701

10 March

SG report on Somalia

S/PRST/2007/49, S/RES/1801

mid-March

SG semi-annual report on UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)

S/RES/1662

20 March

SG report on UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)

S/RES/1777

25 March

SG quarterly report on Chad/CAR

S/RES/1778

31 March

SG report on UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)

S/RES/1244

31 March

SG report on UN Organisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC)

S/RES/1794

late March

SG quarterly report on Darfur

S/RES/1769

late March

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

S/RES/1580

March 2008

Mandates Expire

Relevant Document

23 March

UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)

S/RES/1746

31 March

Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED)

S/RES/1787

31 March

Democratic Republic of the Congo sanctions and Group of Experts

S/RES/1799

March 2008

Other Important Dates

2-4 March

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to visit Iraq and meet with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Nouri Maliki.

20 March

The Council is expected to receive a briefing and report from the Chairman of the 1737 Sanctions Committee concerning Iran.

29 March

The mid-term briefing of the Panel of Experts for Sudan to the Sanctions Committee is due by this date.

late March

The Council may receive a briefing from the Secretary-General on Nepal in the lead-up to the 10 April elections.

Also expected in March:

  • The fourth round of talks between Morocco and the Polisario is scheduled for 16-18 March in Manhasset, New York.
  • A parliamentary session to elect a new Lebanese President has been scheduled for 11 March.
  • An Arab League Summit has been scheduled for 29-30 March in Damascus.
  • The Secretary-General is likely to present a report on progress in the establishment of the Lebanon special tribunal in early March.
  • The Council is expected to receive the Peacebuilding Commission’s advice on the situation in Guinea-Bissau.
  • Preparatory work on the demarcation of the border between north and south Sudan may begin.
  • The Human Rights Council expects the report of Special Rapporteur on Sudan Sima Samar in March.
  • The Secretary-General is likely to present a report on enhancing cooperation between the UN and regional organisations, especially the AU. 

Important Dates over the Horizon

  • A referendum on a new constitution in Myanmar has been scheduled for May.
  • The Human Rights Council will hold the first session of the Universal Periodic Review from 7 to 18 April.
  • A census is now planned for April in Sudan.
  • Constituent assembly elections in Nepal, delayed twice from 22 November and 20 June, have been scheduled for 10 April.
  • Council members have invited the AU Peace and Security Council to a joint meeting in New York on 16 April. Discussions are ongoing regarding the agenda.
  • A referendum on a new constitution in Myanmar has been scheduled for May.
  • Local government elections are scheduled for June in Sierra Leone.
  • Presidential elections in Côte d’Ivoire are now expected before the end of June 2008, postponed from 31 October 2007.
  • The Secretary-General is expected to submit to the Council a report on Small Arms in April 2008.
  • A meeting of states to consider the implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in small arms and Light Weapons in all its Aspects is planned for 14-18 July 2008 in New York.
  • Local elections are currently planned for 1 October in Iraq.

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