Australia will preside over the Security Council in September.
A debate on small arms is planned during the high-level week of the General Assembly. The Prime Minister of Australia may preside with other members likely to be represented at ministerial or higher levels. The Secretary-General is expected to brief and a resolution is the expected outcome.
The quarterly debate on the situation in Afghanistan is also expected, with Ján Kubiš, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, likely to brief.
A briefing on Yemen is expected by the Secretary-General’s Special Advisor, Jamal Benomar, as well as the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, and a senior representative of Yemen.
Briefings, followed by consultations, are likely on:
- Liberia by Karin Landgren, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and Ambassador Staffan Tillander (Sweden), chair of the Liberia configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC);
- the Middle East, by Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry;
- Sierra Leone, by Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, the Executive Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone and by the chair of the Sierra Leone configuration of the PBC, Ambassador Guillermo Rishchynski (Canada);
- Libya by Tarek Mitri, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya;
- the work of the 1970 Libya Sanctions Committee, by its chair, Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana (Rwanda); and
- the Secretary-General’s report on the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia, most likely by its head and Special Representative of the Secretary-General Nicholas Kay and AU Special Representative Mahamat Saleh Annadif (both likely to brief by videoconferencing).
Briefings in consultations are likely on:
- current issues of concern, under the “horizon scanning” formula, by a top official from the Department of Political Affairs;
- Sudan and South Sudan issues, twice, on at least one of these occasions most likely by Special Envoy of the Secretary-General Haile Menkerios;
- Guinea-Bissau, by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau, José Ramos-Horta;
- the Secretary-General’s report on the UN Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights, most likely by Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous; and
- the work of the 1737 Iran Sanctions Committee by its chair, Ambassador Gary Quinlan (Australia).
Additionally, formal sessions will be needed to adopt resolutions:
- modifying the mandate of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (discussions of which have started in August); and
- renewing the mandate of UNMIL.
Council members will also likely be working on finalising the Council’s annual report to the General Assembly, drafted this year by the US.
Several high-level events on issues of concern to the Security Council are expected in September on the margins of the General Assembly.