October 2010 Monthly Forecast

Posted 30 September 2010
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Aide Memoire

Important matters pending include:

  • In resolution 1888 (2009) on sexual violenceas a tactic of war, the Council requested the Secretary-General to devise urgently (preferably by the end of 2009) specific proposals on ways to ensure more efficient monitoring and reporting within the existing UN system on the protection of women and children from rape and other sexual violence in armed conflict and post-conflict situations, in order to provide timely, objective, accurate and reliable information on gaps in the UN response, for consideration in taking appropriate action. The Secretary-General has yet to release such proposals.
  • The quarterly reports on ISAF in Afghanistan are running about five months late. (The latest was circulated on 19 August covering the period from 1 February 2010 to 30 April 2010.)
  • 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 August 2009 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 re-energised 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). 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 the 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 during that pre-deployment period.
  • The 2005 World Summit requested that the Security Council consider reforms for the Military Staff Committee. This has yet to be addressed. However on 23 September 2010 the Council reaffirmed (S/PRST/2010/18) its intention to “look into the role of the Military Staff Committee”.

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