September 2008 Monthly Forecast

Posted 27 August 2008
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  • Overview

    Burkina Faso will hold the Council’s September presidency. This is always a busy month at the UN, but most activities revolve around the General Assembly’s annual debate, due to start this year on the 23rd. Several meetings on issues related... Read more

  • Status Update

    Status Update of Security Council Activity in August 2008. Read more

  • Notable Dates

    Notable dates for September 2009. Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • Haiti

    The Secretary-General’s report on the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) is due by 31 August. In September, the Group of Friends of Haiti (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Peru, Uruguay and the US) is likely to review the report and discuss options for a draft resolution renewing MINUSTAH’s mandate—due to expire on 15 October. Read more

  • Sudan

    Darfur will continue to be a focus for the Council in September. In particular Council members are expected to discuss issues relating to the deployment of the UN-AU Mission (UNAMID) and current proceedings before the International Criminal Court (ICC). Read more

  • Iran

    The E3+3 countries (France, Germany and the UK plus China, Russia and the US) have been discussing further sanctions against Iran in light of its ongoing noncompliance with Council demands to stop uranium enrichment. However, recent events in Georgia have created tensions between Russia on the one hand and the US and the Europeans. Read more

  • Somalia

    Somalia could be back in the Council again in September. The Sanctions Committee is expected to provide a midterm briefing, and at press time, a new sanctions resolution appeared to be under discussion. The goal would be to impose targeted measures against peace spoilers and violators of the arms embargo. Read more

  • Chad/MINURCAT

    The Council is expected to renew the mandate of the UN Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT), which expires on 25 September. Read more

  • Afghanistan

    The mandate of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan expires on 13 October, but the Council may renew it during September. Read more

  • Georgia

    The Council is expected to continue its focus on Georgia in September. At press time, it had met seven times in a combination of closed consultations and open meetings. Two draft resolutions, one by France and the other by Russia, were on the table at the end of August. Read more

  • Liberia

    The Council is expected to renew the mandate of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) which is due to expire on 30 September. The Council is also expected to consider the August report from the Secretary-General regarding progress on benchmarks for the drawdown of UNMIL. Read more

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