October 2009 Monthly Forecast

Posted 30 September 2009
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Viet Nam will preside over the Security Council in October.

Two open debates are currently expected:

  • On 5 October a debate on women, peace and security is scheduled and due to be presided over by the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem. In September, Viet Nam circulated a draft resolution to be adopted following the debate. This would be the first resolution on this matter since the adoption of resolution 1325 in 2000.
  • An open debate on the Middle East is expected, following the monthly briefing by the Secretariat. It is currently scheduled to take place in the week of 19 October.

Formal meetings are expected for the adoption of several resolutions. In addition to the expected resolution on women peace and security, the Council is likely to:

  • renew the mandate of MINUSTAH;
  • renew the authorisation of the International Security Assistance Force to Afghanistan;
  • renew the mandate of the Panel of Experts for the Sudan Sanctions Committee; and
  • renew the Côte d’Ivoire sanctions and the mandate of its Group of Experts.

There will also be formal meetings on Kosovo (with the expected participation of representatives of Serbia and Kosovo) and Timor-Leste. But no Council decisions are expected.

Briefings are expected on the UN Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad; on Somalia; and on the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC). The Council will also receive its annual briefing from the President of the International Court of Justice.

Consultations are likely on the mandate of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and on the sanctions regime in that country; on the mandate of the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti; on MONUC; on Iraq-Kuwait missing persons and property issues; on the UN Mission in Sudan; and on theSecretary-General’s 1559 report concerning Lebanon.

Council members are also expected to continue their work on the Annual Report of the Security Council to the General Assembly.

From 30 September through 2 October, the Council’s 1540 Committee (on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction) is expected to hold a meeting with UN members at large to facilitate the participation of member states, intergovernmental organisations and regional organisations in a comprehensive review.
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