September 2014 Monthly Forecast

Posted 29 August 2014
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Overview

The US will hold the presidency of the Council in September. Using the opportunity of the high-level segment of the general debate at the General Assembly, the US is planning a summit-level meeting on the threats to international peace and security posed by foreign terrorist fighters. US President Barack Obama will preside with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expected to brief and a resolution is likely as an outcome.

An open debate on children and armed conflict is also planned with briefings by Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui, as well as possibly representatives of UNICEF and the Department for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).

Debates will be held on:

  • Haiti, with a briefing by Special Representative and head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti Sandra Honoré; and
  • Afghanistan, with a briefing by Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan Ján Kubiš.

Council members are planning to hold an informal interactive dialogue with Thabo Mbeki, chair of the AU High-Level Implementation Panel, on Sudan-South Sudan issues.

A briefing is expected on the work of the 1737 Iran Sanctions Committee, by its chair, Ambassador Gary Quinlan (Australia).

Briefings, followed by consultations, are expected on:

  • the situation in Liberia, by Karin Landgren, Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL);
  • developments in the Middle East, by Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry;
  • the humanitarian situation in Syria, by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos;
  • the situation in Libya, by Bernardino León, the new Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya; and
  • the 1970 Libya Sanctions Committee, by its chair, Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana (Rwanda).

Briefings in consultations are likely on:

  • Syria’s chemical weapons by Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-UN Joint Mission; and
  • developments in the Golan Heights and the latest Secretary-General’s report on the UN Disengagement Observer Force by Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous.

A formal session will be needed to adopt resolutions renewing the mandate of UNMIL.  

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

 

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