Egypt holds the presidency in August and has scheduled one open debate and three briefings. The open debate will be on peacekeeping operations and sustaining peace. The first briefing is on preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons, with briefers expected from CTED, UNODC and INTERPOL; the second on the evaluation of sanctions regimes where Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Tayé-Brook Zerihoun is expected to brief; and the third on the cooperation between the UN and regional and subregional organisations focused on the League of Arab States with a briefing by the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, and possibly also UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
Regarding African issues there will be a briefing and consultations on the activities of the joint force of the Group of Five for the Sahel (G5 Sahel) as requested in resolution 2359. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed will brief on her recent joint visit to the DRC and Nigeria with the African Union Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, Bineta Diop.
There will be discussions on several other African issues this month, including:
- Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the 1533 Sanctions Committee;
- Guinea-Bissau, on the activities of UNIOGBIS, the 2048 sanctions regime and the PBC country-configuration on Guinea-Bissau;
- Sudan and South Sudan, on the progress in implementing UNISFA’s mandate;
- Libya, update on UNSMIL and the 1970 Sanctions Committee; and
- South Sudan, update on UNMISS.
In addition, an adoption is anticipated to reauthorise AMISOM in Somalia.
A number of Middle East issues are on the programme of work. Members are expecting the monthly Syria briefings on the humanitarian and political situations and on chemical weapons. There will also be the regular briefing and consultations on Israel/Palestine, as well as consultations on UNIFIL and a renewal of the mission’s mandate in Lebanon.
Regarding European situations, the Council will hold its quarterly meeting on UNMIK in Kosovo.
The chair of the 1718 Sanctions Committee is expected to provide the quarterly briefing on the DPRK. In addition, a draft resolution may be adopted strengthening sanctions against the DPRK.