January 2010 Monthly Forecast

Posted 30 December 2009
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China will hold the presidency of the Council in January.

An open debate on cooperation between the UN and regional and subregional organisations is planned towards the end of the month.

Two UN operations’ mandates expire in January: the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) on 23 January and the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire(UNOCI) on 31 January. Also, the Council authorisation for the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) expires on 31 January.

The Council will receive several briefings in January:

  • On Afghanistan, a briefing by Special Representative of the Secretary-General Kai Eide is expected, presenting the most recent report of the Secretary-General and an update on recent developments in the country. This is likely to be followed by a debate.
  • On Côte d’Ivoire, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Choi Young-jin is expected to brief prior to the Council’s expected renewal of UNOCI.
  • A briefing on Nepal, by the Representative of the Secretary-General Karin Landgren is expected prior to the likely renewal of the UNMIN mandate.
  • The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, is likely to brief on developments in that country prior to the expected renewal of the AMISOM authorisation.
  • The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo, Lamberto Zannier, is expected to update the Council on recent developments and a debate is likely.
  • A briefing on West African issues is also expected by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Said Djinnit.
  • A briefing on Central Asian issues is expected from the head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventative Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA).
  • There is a possibility of a briefing on Sudan by the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Alain Le Roy.
  • There will also be the monthly briefing on the Middle East and at press time discussions were still continuing on a possible debate.

Consultations are expected on the report of the International Commission of Inquiry investigating the 28 September 2009 government forces crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Guinea.

There will also be Council decisions on allocation of the chairpersons of the subsidiary bodies and of the Council elected members of the Peacebuilding Commission.

The Council is also expecting in January a report from its Counter-Terrorism Committee dealing with weapons of mass destruction (1540 Committee) and to receive proposals from the Secretary-General for monitoring and reporting on the protection of women and children from rape and other sexual violence in armed conflict and post-conflict situations, as requested by resolution 1888.

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