March 2009 Monthly Forecast

Posted 26 February 2009
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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 a presidential statement on Darfur in July 2008 (S/PRST/2008/27) the Council welcomed the UN investigation underway into the 8 July attack against UNAMID peacekeepers. The Council is still awaiting the results of this investigation.
  • There was no monthly report from the Kosovo Force (KFOR) in November. 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 four years. However, in January the Council embarked on an initiative to look at ways of improving the Council’s handling of peacekeeping issues. An outcome is expected in August.
  • The quarterly reports of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan are now always outdated when released.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.
  • UNAMl reports on human rights, in the past produced every two to three months, are now also very delayed. (The last report, released in December, covered the period from 1 January-30 June 2008.)
  • The Secretary-General’s recommendations to the Council regarding specific action on sexual violence as put forward in his latest report on protection of civilians in armed conflict (S/2007/643) have yet to be systematically implemented in country-specific situations.
  • The Council requested the Secretariat 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 2008 the Council in resolution 1813 called upon the parties to continue negotiations. But there have been no further talks, nor any briefings to the Council on the situation.
  • On the DRC, the Council sanctions committee has not acted on individual sanctions under resolutions 1698 and 1807 against armed groups that recruit children and or commit “serious violations of international law involving the targeting of children or women in situations of armed conflict, including killing and maiming, sexual violence, abduction and forced displacement,” respectively, despite MONUC’s reports about the problems continuing on a serious scale.
  • 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 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 Peacebuilding Commission’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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