July 2024 Monthly Forecast

Posted 30 June 2024
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Overview  

In July, Russia will hold the presidency of the Security Council.  

Russia plans to organise two signature events. The first is a ministerial-level open debate on “Multilateral cooperation in the interest of a more just, democratic and sustainable world order” under the “Maintenance of international peace and security” agenda item. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is expected to chair the meeting. No briefers are anticipated.   

Russia also plans to convene a debate on the cooperation between the UN and regional organisations that will focus on the role of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).  

In July, Russia intends to hold the quarterly open debate on “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question” at ministerial level. Lavrov is expected to chair the meeting. This month, the Council will also receive a briefing from Senior Humanitarian and Reconstruction Coordinator (SHRC) for Gaza Sigrid Kaag in line with resolution 2720 of 22 December 2023. Additional meetings on this file may be convened depending on developments in Israel and Gaza. 

African issues on the programme of work in July are:  

  • West Africa, briefing and consultations on the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS);  
  • Central African Republic (CAR), renewal of the CAR sanctions regime and the mandate of the Panel of Experts assisting the 2127 CAR Sanctions Committee; and 
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), briefing and consultations on the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). 

Middle Eastern issues on the programme include:  

  • Syria, monthly meeting on the political and humanitarian tracks; 
  • Yemen, monthly meeting on developments and renewal of the mandate of the UN Mission to Support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA); and 
  • Lebanon, consultations on the Secretary-General’s report on the implementation of resolution 1701. (Adopted in 2006, resolution 1701 called for a cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah.) 

Regarding European issues, the Council is expected to hold consultations on the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). The Council may also hold one or more meetings on Ukraine in July.  

The only Asian issue anticipated this month will be the biannual consultations on the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) 

On the Americas, the Security Council will hold its quarterly meeting on Colombia. The Council is also expected to hold a meeting on the situation in Haiti and to renew the mandate of the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH).   

Other issues could be raised in July depending on developments.  

 

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