March 2008 Monthly Forecast

Posted 28 February 2008
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Aide Memoire

Important matters pending for the Council include:

  • The Council has yet to follow up on the Secretary-General’s recommendations on protection of civilians contained in his report of 28 October 2007.
  • In a 21 November 2007 letter to the Secretary-General (S/2007/680), the President of the Council requested a briefing on steps the Secretariat is planning to provide for the enhanced physical security of the UNMOVIC archives, in particular those containing sensitive proliferation information. It is unclear when this information would be forthcoming.
  • The Secretary-General’s report on enhancing cooperation between the UN and regional organisations, in particular the AU, requested in March 2007 (S/PRST/2007/7) and November 2007 (S/PRST/2007/42) has yet to be issued.
  • 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 that the Security Council consider reforms for the Military Staff Committee. This has yet to be addressed.
  • The post of the Special Representative for UNMEE 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, which was raised in its open thematic debate on the subject of natural resources and conflict in June 2007 (S/PV.5705).
  • On West Africa, the Council has yet to follow up its 16 March 2007 consultations on cross-border issues.
  • The most recent UNAMI report on human rights in Iraq covered the period 1 April-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 of post of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Afghanistan has been vacant since Tom Koenigs, the previous SRSG, left at the end of December 2007.

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