April 2008 Monthly Forecast

Posted 28 March 2008
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Aide Memoire

Important matters pending for the Council include:

  • The Council has yet to take up 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. This information is not yet forthcoming.
  • In its resolution 1327 (2000) on the implementation of the report of the Panel on United Nations Peace Operations (the Brahimi report, S/2000/809), the Council decided to review periodically the implementation of the provisions contained in the resolution’s annex. No such reviews have occurred in the past three years.
  • 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) had not been published as of press time.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • UNAMI reports on human rights in Iraq are now coming so late as to be completely outdated. (The March 2008 report covered the period from 1 July to 31 December 2007.) In the past, the reports were produced every two to three months.
  • The December 2004 report by the Secretary-General on human rights violations in Côte d’Ivoire, requested by presidential statement 2004/17, 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.
  • 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 Secretariat was to report to the Council on Kenya as requested in its 6 February presidential statement (S/PRST/2008/4).
  • The Council is yet to consider the 23 January Secretary-General’s report on security sector reform (S/2008/39).

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