May 2009 Monthly Forecast

Posted 30 April 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 into the 8 July attack against UNAMID peacekeepers. The results are still awaited.

• The monthly reports from the Kosovo Force (KFOR) appear to have stopped. The last one available covers the period 1-31 July 2008.

• In resolution 1327 on the report of the Panel on UN 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• The quarterly reports of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan are now always outdated when released.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 Iraq, 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 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.

• 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 2008 request for advice and recommendations on the situation in the Central African Republic (S/2008/383).

• The Secretary-General is yet to report to the Council on Kenya as requested in a February 2008 presidential statement (S/PRST/2008/4).

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