June 2016 Monthly Forecast

Posted 31 May 2016
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Overview

During France’s presidency of the Security Council in June, there will be two open debates, one at ministerial-level on the issue of protection of civilians in the context of peace operations and another with a focus on women, peace and security, particularly on the Secretary-General’s annual report on conflict-related sexual violence.

There will also be three briefings, one on UN counter-terrorism efforts against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL); another on post-conflict peacebuilding; and one on UN-EU cooperation.

The Council will be closely following developments in Burundi and Western Sahara, and may consider the strategic review of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the CAR in June, though no formal meetings are scheduled. There will be discussions on several other African issues this month, some ahead of mandate renewals, others updates on activities, including:

Central Africa, the regular meeting on the activities of UNOCA;

Democratic Republic of the Congo, the renewal of the 1533 sanctions regime;

Libya, the renewal of UNSMIL and an update on the 1970 sanctions regime;

Mali, the renewal of MINUSMA;

Somalia, the renewal of AMISOM’s authorisation after last month’s short, technical rollover; and

Sudan, the renewal of UNAMID and the semi-annual briefing by the ICC Prosecutor.

Council members will continue to monitor developments on the Syria political, humanitarian and chemical weapons tracks and the Yemen peace talks. Other Middle East issues that will be considered this month are:

Golan Heights, the renewal of UNDOF; and

Israel/Palestine, the regular monthly briefing.

The Council will meet on UNAMA in Afghanistan as well as on the activities of UNRCCA in Central Asia.

The Council’s semi-annual debate on the ad hoc international criminal tribunals, including the ICTY and the Residual Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, will be held in June.

Finally, Council members will also be following developments on the peace process in Colombia.

The General Assembly is scheduled to elect five non-permanent Security Council members on 28 June.