February 2010 Monthly Forecast

Posted 29 January 2010
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Overview

France will hold the Council presidency in February.

A debate on transition and exit strategies in peacekeeping operations is planned in the second week. It will be preceded by consultations with participation of the heads of the peacekeeping and field support departments who will update Council members on the two departments’ respective recent strategic studies.

One mandate will come up for renewal in February, the UN Mission in Timor-Leste(UNMIT). A briefing by the head of UNMIT and informal consultations are planned. The resolution will be adopted in a formal meeting.

A public Council meeting will also be held to hear a briefing by the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa on global threats to international peace and security posed by organised crime.

The Council will receive several other briefings in public sessions:

  • the monthly briefing on the Middle East;
  • the annual briefing by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Chairman-in-Office, Secretary of State and Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan, Kanat Saudabayev;
  • a briefing on Darfur;
  • on Iraq, most likely by the head of UNAMI, Ad Melkert;
  • on sexual violence in conflict (a follow-up to resolution 1888) is possible and
  • also possible is a briefing on Haiti and the aftermath of the 12 January earthquake.

Informal consultations are expected on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (briefing by the chair of the Sanctions Committee) and discussion of a possible presidential statement on Guinea is also likely in informal consultations.

On Chad and the Central African Republic, informal consultations are possible. There is also a possibility of consultations on Haiti to discuss MINUSTAH’s mandate and whether it needs to be modified to perform new, post-earthquake recovery tasks.

On the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a meeting at the experts level is expected.

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