Nigeria will have the Council presidency in October. A number of open debates and other initiatives are planned.
Nigeria decided to organise a debate on security sector reform, an issue last discussed by the Council as a distinct theme in 2008. The debate will likely be chaired either by its president or foreign minister and the Secretary-General is expected to brief the Council.
The quarterly open debate on the Middle East is expected in October and so is the annual open debate on women and peace and security and the implementation of resolution 1325, with the head of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, likely to brief.
The Council expects to adopt in October its annual report to the General Assembly. It will also have its annual private meeting with the President of the International Court of Justice.
Briefings are expected:
- on piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, to be followed by a debate;
- on post-conflict peacebuilding by Assistant Secretary-General Judy Cheng-Hopkins;
- on the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei, UNISFA by Under-Secretary-General Herve Ladsous, to be followed by consultations;
- on recent developments and the Secretary-General’s report on the AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) by Joint Special Representative Ibrahim Gambari, to be followed by consultations;
- on the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL),to be followed by consultations;
- in consultations, by the head of the Department of Political Affairs, B. Lynn Pascoe, on issues of concern as part of the monthly “horizon scanning” process;
- on two Somalia-related reports: on the protection of Somali natural resources and waters and on piracy off the coast of Somalia, to be followed by consultations;
- in consultations, on Western Sahara by Personal Envoy Christopher Ross; and
- in consultations, on Lebanon by Special Envoy Terje Rød-Larsen, on the implementation of resolution 1559.
Consultations are also expected to review the Côte d’Ivoire sanctions regime.
Formal Council meetings are expected to adopt resolutions:
- on the adjustment of Côte d’Ivoire sanctions;
- on the authorisation for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF);
- on the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) mandate renewal; and
- possibly on Libya, addressing NATO’s role.
An election to fill five rotating seats on the Security Council is scheduled to be held by the General Assembly on 21 October.