Malaysia will hold the Council’s presidency in June and is planning a ministerial-level open debate on children and armed conflict, with Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman presiding and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui among the briefers. A resolution is the expected outcome.
Debates are planned on:
- the ad hoc international criminal tribunals, with the presidents and prosecutors of the ICTY and ICTR expected to brief. The ICTY President will also brief the Council as President of the Residual Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, as will the ICTR Prosecutor as the Residual Mechanism’s Prosecutor; and
- Afghanistan, with a briefing by the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom.
Briefings are expected on:
- the counter-terrorism committees, by Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaité (Lithuania), chair of the 1373 Counter-Terrorism Committee, Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen (New Zealand), chair of the 1267/1989 Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee and Ambassador Román Oyarzun (Spain), chair of the 1540 Committee;
- the annual report of the PBC by Antonio de Aguiar Patriota (Brazil) and Olof Skoog (Sweden), the PBC’s former and current chairs;
- Darfur by ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda;
- UN peacekeeping by DPKO head Hervé Ladsous and force commanders Lieutenant General Yohannes Gebremeskel Tesfamariam (Ethiopia) of UNMISS in South Sudan, Major General Michael Lollesgaard (Denmark) of MINUSMA in Mali and Major General Michael Finn (Ireland), the chief of staff of the UN Truce Supervision Organization; and
- the work of the 1737 Iran Sanctions Committee, by its chair, Ambassador Oyarzun (Spain).
Briefings, followed by consultations, are expected on:
- the work of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) and the implementation of the UN regional strategy to combat the Lord’s Resistance Army by UNOCA’s head Abdoulaye Bathily (initially expected in May);
- the situation in Côte d’Ivoire, by the head of UNOCI, Aïchatou Mindaoudou;
- the work of UNAMID in Darfur, by Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet;
- the situation in Mali by the head of MINUSMA, Mongi Hamdi;
- Libya by Special Representative and head of UNSMIL Bernardino León and by Ambassador Ramlan Ibrahim (Malaysia) on the work of the 1970 Libya Sanctions Committee;
- the humanitarian situation in Syria by OCHA’s deputy head, Kyung-wha Kang; and
- Israel/Palestine, by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman.
Briefings in consultations are likely on:
- chemical weapons in Syria, by High Representative for Disarmament Kim Won-soo;
- Sudan and South Sudan relations, by Special Envoy Haile Menkerios; and
- the work of UNDOF in the Golan Heights, most likely by Mulet.
Formal sessions will be needed to renew the mandates of:
- the Panel of Experts assisting the 1737 Iran Sanctions Committee;
- UNDOF; and
Throughout the month members will be following closely developments in Burundi, the DRC, Ukraine, Yemen, the Boko Haram-affected areas of Africa, as well as the migrant crises, and additional meetings may be scheduled.