India will be holding the presidency of the Security Council during August. There is an open debate on peacekeeping planned for late in the month, with a wide range of issues likely to be covered, including the relationship between troop and police-contributors and UN bodies, as well as the issue of resources for missions. The Secretary-General is expected to address the Council at the outset of the debate.
A debate will also be held on Kosovo.
Several briefings are likely on:
- developments in Kosovo, most likely by DPKO;
- the transitional process developments in Somalia and the impact of famine on parts of the country, by Special Representative Augustine Mahiga (either in person or by videoconferencing), followed by consultations;
- the Middle East, most likely by the head of DPA, B. Lynn Pascoe, also to be followed by consultations; and
- Libya, most likely by Pascoe, followed by consultations.
The Council expects to be briefed in consultations:
- by the DPA’s head B. Lynn Pascoe on issues of current concern (as part of the recently established monthly practice referred to as the “horizon scanning”);
- on the work of the UN Office in Central Africa, UNOCA, (established in March) by its head Special Representative Abou Moussa; and
- on the work of the DPRK Sanctions Committee (the 1718 Committee) by its chair, Portuguese Ambassador José Filipe Moraes Cabral.
The Council will meet in a private meeting with troop-contributors to UNIFIL and will hold consultations to discuss the renewal of UNIFIL’s mandate and will have a formal session to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate.