December 2010 Monthly Forecast

Posted 1 December 2010
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Aide Memoire

Important matters pending include:

  • In resolution 1894 on protection of civilians, the Council requested the Secretary-General to develop guidance for UN operations and other relevant missions on protection reporting for enhancing the Council’s monitoring and oversight. There has been no report back to the Council on this.
  • In resolution 1888 on sexual violence as a tactic of war, the Council requested the Secretary-General to devise urgently specific proposals on ways to ensure more efficient monitoring and reporting 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 report such proposals to the Council.
  • Resolution 1904 stated in December 2009 that the expert groups assisting the three counterterrorism committees (the 1267 Committee on Al-Qaida and Taliban sanctions, the 1373 Committee or CTC, and the 1540 Committee on weapons of mass destruction) should be co-located and asked the Secretary-General make the necessary arrangements “as soon as possible.” This request, reiterated in September (S/PRST/2010/19), is still outstanding.
  • UNAMI reports on human rights in Iraq, in the past were produced every two to three months. They have decreased in their frequency and regularity. The last report, released in July, covered the period from 1 July to 31 December 2009.
  • The request in resolution 1460 on Children and Armed Conflict that all the Secretary-General’s reports to the Council on country-specific situations include the protection of children is not yet implemented. In 2009 protection of children had been incorporated into only half of the relevant country-specific reports.
  • The quarterly reports on ISAF in Afghanistan are running late. (The latest was circulated on 22 October covering the period from 1 May to 31 July 2010.)
  • The Secretary-General has not yet re-energised his Advisory Committee on the Prevention of Genocide (it has not met since 2008).
  • 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 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 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 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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