November 2008 Monthly Forecast

Posted 30 October 2008
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  • Status Update

    Status Update of Security Council Activity in October 2008. Read more

  • Overview

    In November, Costa Rica will have the presidency of the Council and Ambassador Jorge Urbina will be introducing the annual report of the Security Council to the General Assembly on 13 November. A key feature for the Council in the... Read more

  • Aide Memoire

    Important matters pending for the Council include the following. The Council is yet to take up the Secretary-General’s recommendations regarding protection of civilians presented in his October 2007 report (S/2007/643). The 2005 World Summit requested that the Security Council consider... Read more

  • Notable Dates

    Notable dates for November 2008. Read more

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The Council is expected to reauthorise the EU Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina (EUFOR) before the end of its mandate on 21 November. It will also be briefed by the High Representative and European Union Special Representative to the Secretary General for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Miroslav Lajčák, on developments since his last report in May 2008 (S/2008/300). Read more

  • Chad/CAR

    A report by the Secretary-General is expected by 15 November on progress towards the full deployment of the UN Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT) and the Chadian police force Détachement Integré de Sécurité (DIS). Read more

  • ICJ Elections

    The Security Council and General Assembly will both hold elections for the International Court of Justice on 6 November 2008. Five judges in total will be elected to the ICJ each for a term of nine years, starting on 6 February 2009. Read more

  • Terrorism

    he chairs of the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC, established under resolution 1373), the Al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Committee (the 1267 Committee), and the 1540 Committee (non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction) are expected to address the Council in an open briefing in November. The chairs brief the Council twice a year. No formal outcome is expected but an open debate is possible. Read more

  • Guinea-Bissau

    Security Council members will be keeping a watchful eye on Guinea-Bissau in the lead up to the legislative elections scheduled for 16 November. Depending on developments, a press statement is possible. The mandate of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS) expires on 31 December. Read more

  • Lebanon

    A report on resolution 1701 is expected in November. But it is unclear whether the Council intends to meet to discuss it (it will have heard a briefing by Special Envoy for implementation of resolution 1559 Terje Rød-Larsen on 30 October). Read more

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo

    The dramatic developments in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) suggest that the Council will continue to watch the situation closely. It remains to be seen, however, whether the Council will agree to include the issue in the Council’s November programme of work. Read more

  • Kosovo

    In early November the Council is expected to consider the Secretary-General’s report on the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). The report was originally scheduled for release on 9 October, with a briefing by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Lamberto Zannier planned for mid-October. Read more

  • Nepal

    On 7 November the Council is expecting a briefing by the Secretary-General on his trip to Nepal (which at press time was scheduled for 31 October to 1 November). Special Representative in Nepal, Ian Martin, will also present the recent report on the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), discussion of which was previously planned for October. Read more

  • Somalia

    The Council is expecting a consolidated report from the Secretary-General, (due on 4 November, but likely to be delayed) which should include four elements: the regular quarterly update on developments in Somalia; a response to the Council’s request in its presidential statement of 4 September that the Secretary-General elaborate contingency plans for a feasible multinational force; the requested update on the implementation of the Djibouti Agreement between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the Alliance for the Reliberation of Somalia (ARS); and a report on the implementation of resolution 1816 of 2 June 2008 permitting states to enter Somalia’s territorial waters to counter piracy. Read more

  • Iraq

    The quarterly report on UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) is due by 7 November. Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, is likely to brief the Council in a public session in mid November. A US briefing on the Multinational Force in Iraq (MNF-I) is also expected. A debate is likely. Read more

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