March 2011 Monthly Forecast

Posted 28 February 2011
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Notable Dates

Report Due

Reports for Consideration in March

Requesting Document

15 February

SG report on Liberia (UNMIL)


28 February

SG report on 1701 (Lebanon)


11 March

SG report on Afghanistan (UNAMA)



SG report on Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL)


31 March

SG report on Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI)


by end of March

Reports of the Sudan Sanctions Committee and the Panel of Experts


Mandate Expiry in March 2011

Relevant Document

23 March

Afghanistan (UNAMA)


March 2011

Other Important Dates

early March

An envoy-level meeting of the Middle East Quartet (EU, Russia, the UN and the US) is expected in Brussels. A ministerial-level Quartet meeting is possible later in the month.

21 March

The International Contact Group on piracy off the Coast of Somalia is scheduled to meet in New York.

26-27 March

A ministerial-level meeting of the G8 is expected in Paris.

28 March

Proposals from the AU’s high-level panel for the resolution of the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire are due.

29 March

Authorisation of meeting of the Arab League is expected in Baghdad.

Also likely in March:

  • Regular monthly consultations on the Middle East
  • Decision formalising the withdrawal of UNMIL’s military guard force from the Special Court of Sierra Leone’s premises in Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • Open debate on Somalia with the participation of the Secretary-General
  • Report of the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia to the Sanctions Committee on the impact of the exemption to the assets freeze provisions of the Somalia sanctions regime
  • Meeting of the International Contact Group on Somalia in Kampala
  • Report of the IAEA on Iran

Briefings are expected by the:

  • Chair of the 1737 Sanctions Committee on Iran, Ambassador Néstor Osorio
  • Chair of the Somalia/Eritrea Sanctions Committee, Indian ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri
  • Chair of the country-specific configuration of the PBC, Ambassador John McNee, on Sierra Leone
  • Head of UNIPSIL Michael von der Schulenburg on Sierra Leone
  • Head of UNAMA Staffan de Mistura on Afghanistan
  • Head of the UNMIL Ellen Margrethe Løj and the chair of the Liberia configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), the Permanent Representative of Jordan, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, on Liberia
  • UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams
  • Special adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer 

Important Dates over the Horizon

  • First-round presidential elections are expected on 8 May in Chad.
  • Parliamentary elections are scheduled for 22 May in Cyprus.
  • New state of South Sudan set to declare independence on 9 July.
  • The “transitional” period in Somalia expires in August.
  • The Liberian constitutional referendum is scheduled for August.
  • Elections to the Palestinian National Authority to be held before October 2011 have been announced.
  • Legislative and presidential elections in Liberia are expected in October.
  • Parliamentary elections and first round of presidential elections are scheduled for 27 November in the DRC.

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