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)

S/RES/1938

28 February

SG report on 1701 (Lebanon)

S/RES/1937

11 March

SG report on Afghanistan (UNAMA)

S/RES/1917

mid-March

SG report on Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL)

S/RES/1941

31 March

SG report on Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI)

S/RES/1962

by end of March

Reports of the Sudan Sanctions Committee and the Panel of Experts

S/RES/1945

Mandate Expiry in March 2011

Relevant Document

23 March

Afghanistan (UNAMA)

S/RES/1917

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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