August 2010 Monthly Forecast

Posted 30 July 2010
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Aide Memoire

Important matters pending include:

  • The quarterly reports on ISAF in Afghanistan are now about six months late. The latest report was circulated on 1 July and covered the period from 1 November 2009 to 31 January 2010. The previous report had been circulated on 19 January, covering the period 1 August to 31 October 2009.
  • 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 July, covered the period from 1 July to 31 December 2009.
  • Two matters related to Children and Armed Conflict remain to be addressed. The request in resolution 1882 to the Secretary-General to provide administrative and substantive support for the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict has yet to be complied with. The Council’s 16 June presidential statement (S/PRST/2010/10) reiterated this request. And the request in resolution 1460 (2003) that all the Secretary-General’s reports to the Council on country-specific situations include the protection of children is not fully implemented. Protection of children has been incorporated into only half of the relevant country-specific reports.
  • The Secretary-General has not yet reenergised his Advisory Committee on the Prevention of Genocide (it has not met since 2008).
  • 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 2008 and 19 January 2009, submitted to it on 4 May 2009 (S/2009/250).
  • The latest report of the Lebanon Independent Border Assessment Team,issued on 25 August 2008, still awaits Council consideration (S/2008/582).
  • A biennial report by the Secretary-General on small arms requested on 29 June 2007 in a presidential statement (S/PRST/2007/24) is yet to be produced for 2010. The last report on small arms was published in April 2008.
  • The Secretary-General is yet to report to the Council on Kenya as requested in February 2008 presidential statement (S/PRST/2008/4).
  • 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 2006 presidential note on working methods (S/2006/507) indicated Council’s interest in having the Secretary-General arrange a dialogue with the new Special Representatives of the Secretary-General before assuming their duties. Two new Special Representatives (for the DRC and for Somalia) were in town in July, yet no dialogues with the Council were arranged.
  • The mandate to the Secretary-General to assist with the delineation of the international borders of Lebanon, especially Sheb’a Farms, in accordance with resolution 1701, continues to await completion.
  • The 2005 World Summit requested that the Security Council consider reforms for the Military Staff Committee. This has yet to be addressed.

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