Luxembourg will preside over the Security Council in March.
An open debate on children and armed conflict is planned, to be chaired by Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg. Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui, Executive Director of UNICEF Anthony Lake and Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Hervé Ladsous are among expected briefers. A former Sierra Leone child soldier, Alhaji Babah Sawaneh, who spoke to the Council on 20 November 2001 when he was 14, is also expected to address the Council.
Debates are expected on the situations in Afghanistan, with a briefing by Ján Kubiš, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and in Haiti, by Sandra Honoré, the head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti.
Luxembourg is planning a wrap-up session to be held at the end of the month in a private meeting.
Briefings are expected on:
- the work of the 1737 Iran Sanctions Committee by its chair, Ambassador Gary Quinlan (Australia);
- the situation in Sierra Leone by the head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen and Ambassador Guillermo Rishchynski (Canada), chair of the Sierra Leone configuration of the PBC; and
- post-conflict peacebuilding by Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and possibly the PBC chair, Ambassador Antonio de Aguiar Patriota (Brazil) and the head of UNDP Helen Clark.
Briefings, followed by consultations, are expected on:
- the UN Support Mission in Libya by its head Tarek Mitri and the work of the 1970 Libya Sanctions Committee by its chair, Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana (Rwanda);
- the situation in the Central African Republic, by the Department of Policitcal Affairs and OCHA head Amos;
- the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by Martin Kobler, the head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC and Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region Mary Robinson;
- the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia, by its head Nicholas Kay, and by the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission for Somalia, Mahamet Saleh Annadif;
- the situation in Liberia by Karin Landgren, Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in Liberia and Ambassador Staffan Tillander (Sweden), chair of the Liberia configuration of the PBC;
- the situation in South Sudan, by Ladsous and possibly also Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka;
- the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq by its head Nickolay Mladenov with Iraq/Kuwait missing persons and property issues being discussed in consultations; and
- the Middle East peace process by Special Coordinator Robert Serry.
Briefings in consultations are likely on:
- Syria on the chemical weapons track by the Special Coordinator of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission, Sigrid Kaag; on Geneva II peace talks by the UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi; and on the implementation of resolution 2139 on humanitarian access by Amos;
- the AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur by Ladsous;
- Sudan/South Sudan issues by Special Envoy Haile Menkerios;
- the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei, by Ladsous;
- the implementation of resolution 1701 on Lebanon, by Special Coordinator Derek Plumbly and Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Edmond Mulet;
- the UN Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights by Mulet;
- the work of the 751/1907 Somalia/Eritrea Sanctions Committee by its chair, Ambassador Oh Joon (Republic of Korea); and
- Yemen, by Special Advisor Jamal Benomar.
Formal sessions will be held to adopt resolutions renewing the mandate of:
- the Panel of Experts assisting the 1718 DPRK Sanctions Committee;
- UNSMIL (Libya);
- UNAMA (Afghanistan); and
- MONUSCO (DRC).
A formal session will also be needed if the Council decides to continue the partial lifting of the arms embargo on Somalia.