January 2009 Monthly Forecast

Posted 24 December 2008
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Aide Memoire

Important matters pending for the Council include:

  • The Council is yet to take up the Secretary-General’s recommendations regarding protection of civilians, presented in his October 2007 report (S/2007/643).
  • The 2005 World Summit requested that the Security Council consider reforms for the Military Staff Committee. This has yet to be addressed.
  • There was no monthly report from KFOR in Kosovo in November. These reports which are submitted every month also have a significant time-lag. The last one available covers the period 1-31 July 2008.
  • In resolution 1327 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  • The quarterly reports of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan are now routinely outdated when released. (The last report, released in December, covered the period 1 May–31 July 2008.) The next report covering the period 1 August – 30 October 2008 is yet to be released.
  • Similarly, UNAMI reports on human rights are now usually delayed by several months and are therefore quite outdated. (The last report, released in December, covered the period from 1 January – 30 June 2008.)
  • The Council requested the Secretary-General on 21 November 2006 (S/2006/928) to update the index to Council notes and statements on working methods. This has not been published.
  • On Western Sahara, in April the Council in resolution 1813 called upon the parties to continue negotiations. But there have been no further talks, nor any briefing to the Council on the situation.
  • On Lebanon, 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 the Council has yet to address the latest report of the Lebanon Independent Border Assessment Team, which was issued on 25 August 2008 (S/2008/582).
  • The Council is awaiting the PBC’s response to its May request for advice and recommendations on the situation in the Central African Republic (S/2008/383).
  • The Secretariat is yet to report to the Council on Kenya as requested in the 6 February presidential statement (S/PRST/2008/4).

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