April 2012 Monthly Forecast

Posted 30 March 2012
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  • Overview

    The US will hold the presidency of the Security Council in April. An open debate on improving UN capacity to assist states to counter illicit cross-border flows is planned late in the month, and the Secretary-General is expected to brief. A resolution or a presidential statement is the expected outcome. Read more

  • Status Update

    Status Update of Security Council Activity in March 2012. Read more

  • Notable Dates

    Notable dates for April 2012. Read more

  • Côte d’Ivoire

    In April the Council is expected to consider the final report of the panel of experts (PoE) that supports the Côte d'Ivoire Sanctions Committee. Resolution 1980 of 28 April 2011 renewed for a year an arms embargo, a ban on the diamond trade that was helping fuel the conflict and sanctions on travel by selected individuals deemed to be threats to "peace and national reconciliation" in the country. The Council is expected to renew the sanctions regime and the mandate of the PoE, though at press time it was unclear whether the sanctions regime will be modified and how.   Read more

  • Israel/Palestine

    In late April the Security Council is due to hold its quarterly open debate on the Middle East. The focus of discussion will likely be whether the Quartet has been able to achieve sufficient impetus to break the stalemate in the Israel/Palestine peace process. Read more

  • Iraq

    The Council is due to receive the Secretary-General's report on the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and a briefing on its contents and developments from Martin Kobler, head of UNAMI. Ambassador Hamid Al-Bayati, Permanent Representative of Iraq, is also expected to address the Council. Read more

  • Western Sahara

    Prior to the 30 April expiry of the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), the Council is due to receive the Secretary-General's report and a briefing on its contents and most recent developments by MINURSO's head and Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Hany Abdel-Aziz. Read more

  • International Court of Justice

    On 27 April, the Council and the General Assembly will both hold elections for the vacant position on the International Court of Justice (ICJ), following the resignation of Judge Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh (Jordan) on 31 December 2011. (Council resolution 2034 fixed the date of the election.) The new judge will occupy the seat until 5 February 2018, the remainder of Al-Khasawneh's term.   Read more

  • Sudan and South Sudan

    In April, the Council expects to be briefed in consultations on the Secretary-General's most recent report on the situation in Abyei. No outcome was anticipated at press time. Read more

  • Sudan/Darfur

    In April, the Council is scheduled to receive a briefing and discuss in consultations the Secretary-General's quarterly report on the AU-UN Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Read more

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