May 2008 Monthly Forecast

Posted 30 April 2008
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Notable Dates

Reports Due for Consideration in May

Document Requesting Report

21 April

SG semi-annual report (S/2008/264) on the implementation of resolution 1559 (Lebanon)


late April

SG monthly report on the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID)


late April

SG report on UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) (every four months)

S/RES/1793, S/2008/137

early May

Report from High Representative for the Implementation of the Peace Agreement in Bosnia and Herzegovina



SG semi-annual report on UN Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB)



SG report on the termination of operations related to letters of credit issued in the oil-for-food programme


May 2008

Other Important Dates

early May

Ian Martin, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Nepal and head of UNMIN, is expected to brief the Council.

early May

The Council is expecting the semi-annual briefing of the chairs of the three counter-terrorism (resolutions 1267, 1373 and 1540) committees.


A Secretariat briefing and Council consultations on security sector reform are expected.


The Sudan sanctions committee expects the midterm briefing of the Panel of Experts.


The Council is expecting a briefing by the High Representative for the Implementation of the Peace Agreement in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Miroslav Lajcak of Slovakia.

Also expected in May:

  • An open debate on protection of civilians is expected.
  • An open debate on post-conflict peacebuilding is expected.
  • The Middle East Quartet principals will gather in London on 2 May in a meeting chaired by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to assess the peace process launched in Annapolis in November 2007.
  • A meeting of the Sudan Donor Consortium is scheduled for 5-7 May in Oslo. In the margins, UN-AU Joint Special Representative Rodolphe Adada is expected to chair a closed-door meeting on Darfur.
  • The Sudan national census is expected to be completed by 6 May.
  • A referendum on a new constitution in Myanmar has been scheduled for 10 May.
  • Parliamentary elections are planned for 11 May in Serbia.
  • The report of the expert mission on policing with findings and recommendations regarding Timor-Leste is expected to be completed in early or mid-May, when it will possibly be formally circulated to members in a letter from the Secretary-General.
  • The Iraq Compact Annual Review Conference is scheduled to be held in Stockholm, Sweden on 29 May.
  • The Council is expected to depart on a visiting mission to Africa in late May. A final schedule is still pending.

Important Dates over the Horizon

  • Local government elections are scheduled for June in Sierra Leone.
  • By 21 June the Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat have agreed to meet again and decide on the resumption of full-fledged negotiations under the auspices of the Secretary-General.
  • An international conference to review progress on implementation of the Afghan Compact is scheduled for June in Paris.
  • 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.
  • Presidential elections in Côte d’Ivoire are now expected on 30 November 2008.

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