July 2008 Monthly Forecast

Posted 27 June 2008
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Aide Memoire

Important matters pending for the Council include:

  • The 2005 World Summit requested that the Security Council consider reforms for the Military Staff Committee. This has yet to be addressed.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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 is yet to report to the Council on Kenya as requested in its 6 February presidential statement (S/PRST/2008/4).
  • In a letter from its president (S/2007/722) on 7 December 2007 the Council asked the Secretary-General to provide an outline the mandate of the adviser on the prevention of genocide and of the implications of upgrading this position from an Assistant Secretary-General to Under Secretary-General. At press time, it appears that a response had not been released.
  • UNAMI reports on human rights are now usually delayed by several months and are therefore quite outdated. (The last report, released in March, covered the period from 1 July to 31 December 2007.) In the past, the reports were produced every two to three months.
  • The Council is yet to follow up on the Secretary-General’s recommendations regarding protection of civilians, presented in his October 2007 report (S/2007/643).

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