April 2009 Security Council Report

Security Council Report has issued its Monthly Forecast Report (PDF) for April 2009 that previews issues likely to be considered in the UN Security Council during the month. These include:

Sudan – The mandate for the United Nations Mission in Sudan expires on 30 April. The Council is expected to renew the mandate.  A briefing and consultations are also expected on the African Union United Nations Hybrid Operation. Further discussions on the growing humanitarian crisis are likely.

The Democratic Republic of Congo – The council is expected to hear the Secretary-General's report on the DRC and the United Nations Mission in the DRC.

Israel/Palestine: Gaza – The Secretariat is expected to brief the Council on the conclusions of a UN commission of inquiry into damage to UN facilities and loss of life during the recent conflict in Gaza. It seems likely the Council will also pay close attention to Egyptian mediated talks between Hamas and Israel on a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.

Children and Armed Conflict – The Council will discuss children and armed conflict in an open debate on 29 April. Members will focus on the Secretary-General’s progress report on the implementation of resolution 1612 (PDF), which in 2005 established the monitoring and reporting mechanism and set up the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict.

Haiti – On 6 April the Council is expected to hold a debate and discuss the latest report on the United Nations Stabilization Mission to Haiti and perhaps also a report on the Council’s March visit to Haiti. A briefing by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Haiti, Hédi Annabi, is also expected.

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