January 2010 Monthly Forecast

Posted 30 December 2009
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Aide Memoire

Important matters pending include:

  • The quarterly reports of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan continue to be seriously delayed. (The last report, released in June, covered the period from August 2008 to January 2009).
  • The Council has yet to address the Secretary-General’s summary of the report of the UN Board of Inquiry into incidents involving UN facilities and personnel in Gaza between 27 December and 19 January, submitted to it on 4 May 2009 (S/2009/250).
  • Reports from the Kosovo Force (KFOR) have disappeared. The last one available covers the period from 1-31 July 2008.
  • In December 2008 and January 2009, in resolutions 1850 and 1860, the Council was actively involved in calling for renewed and urgent efforts to achieve a comprehensive peace in the Middle East (and welcomed plans for a high-level international meeting in Moscow in 2009). By contrast, as 2009 draws to an end the Council’s voice is silent.
  • The Secretary-General continues to delay responding to the mandate to assist with the delineation of the international borders of Lebanon, especially Sheb’a Farms, in accordance with resolution 1701.
  • 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 latest report of the Lebanon Independent Border Assessment Team,issued on 25 August 2008, still awaits Council consideration (S/2008/582).
  • The 2005 World Summit requested that the Security Council consider reforms for the Military Staff Committee. This has yet to be addressed.
  • The Secretary-General is yet to report to the Council on Kenya as requested in a February 2008 presidential statement (S/PRST/2008/4).
  • The December 2004 report by the Secretary-General on human rights violations in Côte d’Ivoire, requested in a May 2004 presidential statement (S/PRST/2004/17), has still not been made public. Also on Côte d’Ivoire, the December 2005 report by the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide has not been published.
  • UNAMI reports on human rights in Iraq, in the past produced every two to three months, have decreased in their frequency and regularity. The last report, released in December 2009, covered the period from 1 January to 30 June 2009.
  • In a presidential statement on Darfur in July 2008 (S/PRST/2008/27) the Council welcomed the UN investigation underway into the 8 July 2008 attack against UNAMID peacekeepers. The Council has not followed up this investigation.

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