April 2014 Monthly Forecast

Posted 31 March 2014
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Overview

Nigeria will preside over the Security Council in April.

Three open debates are planned. An open debate on women, peace and security, with a focus on sexual violence in conflict will include a briefing by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura, and possibly also by a civil society representative. Also planned, is an open debate on security sector reform, with a briefing from the Secretary-General. The quarterly open debate on the Middle East is also scheduled, with a briefing by Special Coordinator Robert Serry. 

Nigeria is planning a wrap-up session to be held at the end of the month in a private meeting.

A briefing by Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson is planned on the prevention and fight against genocide to mark the twentieth commemoration of the genocide in Rwanda, with a resolution as a likely outcome.

Briefings, followed by consultations, are expected on:

Briefings in consultations are likely on:

  • Syria, on the chemical weapons track by the Special Coordinator of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission, Sigrid Kaag; and on the implementation of resolution 2139 on humanitarian access by the Humanitarian Coordinator, Valerie Amos;
  • South Sudan, by Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Hervé Ladsous;
  • Western Sahara, by the Special Representative and head of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), Wolfgang Weisbrod-Weber, and Christopher Ross, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara;
  • Sudan-South Sudan issues by Special Envoy Haile Menkerios (by videoconferencing);
  • Yemen, by Special Advisor Jamal Benomar;
  • the work of the 1572 Côte d’Ivoire Sanctions Committee, by its chair, the ambassador of Chile; and
  • the work of the 2140 Yemen Sanctions Committee by its chair,  Ambassador Raimonda MurmokaitÄ— (Lithuania);

Formal sessions will be needed to adopt resolutions on:

In April, Council members will be traveling to Istanbul for a retreat organised by Turkey on cooperation with international organisations. They will also have their annual retreat with the Secretary-General, scheduled for 21-22 April.