August 2014 Monthly Forecast

Posted 1 August 2014
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The UK will hold the presidency of the Council in August. An open debate on the role of the Security Council in conflict prevention, with briefings by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, is planned. A high-level debate is envisaged on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to be presided by the UK Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds, with Special Representative Martin Kobler and exiting Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region Mary Robinson as likely briefers. A debate on Kosovo is expected, with a briefing by Special Representative Farid Zarif, by video teleconference (VTC). Also in August, the Council is planning a visiting mission to Europe and Africa.

Briefings are expected on:

  • the protection of humanitarian workers in armed conflict, to mark World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, with Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson (or Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos) and ICRC President Peter Maurer as likely briefers; and
  • the Council visiting mission, by the leaders of the trip’s different segments. 

Briefings, followed by consultations, are expected on:

  • the Middle East;
  • progress in delivering humanitarian aid across Syria’s borders and conflict lines following the adoption of resolutions 2139 and 2165, by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs;
  • developments in Burundi, by Special Representative Parfait Onanga-Anyanga and the chair of the Peacebuilding Commission’s Burundi configuration (Switzerland);
  • the situation in South Sudan, by the Department for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO);
  • the situation in Sudan and the work of AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), likely by Joint Special Representative Mohamed Ibn Chambas;
  • developments in Libya by Special Representative Tarek Mitri; and
  • the situation in the Central African Republic by Special Representative Babacar Gaye. 

Briefings in consultations are likely on:

Formal sessions will be needed to adopt resolutions renewing the mandates of UNIFIL and UNAMID.

Throughout the month members will be following closely events in Ukraine, Iraq, as well as in Gaza and Israel and additional meetings may be scheduled.