March 2014 Monthly Forecast

Posted 28 February 2014
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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:

Formal sessions will be held to adopt resolutions renewing the mandate of:

A formal session will also be needed if the Council decides to continue the partial lifting of the arms embargo on Somalia.

An informal interactive dialogue regarding the AU Mission in Somalia and an Arria formula meeting with religious leaders from the CAR are also contemplated.