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THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS: THE EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE (05/12) 4-10 February 2012 (and beyond) This document is for planning purposes only and is subject to change. Please check also our website for latest changes or call + 32 476 215 485

VIP Visits

Tomás Ojea Quintana, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar: Myanmar (till 5 Feb.).

Raquel Rolnik, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing: Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (till 12 Feb.).

Janos Pasztor, Executive Secretary, UN Secretary General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability: Brussels (6 Feb.).

Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association: Georgia (6-13 Feb.).

Brice Lalonde, UN ASG and Executive Coordinator of the UN Conference Rio+20: Brussels (7 Feb.); Lyon (8-9 Feb); Paris (10 Feb.).

Michel Forst, UN Independent Expert on the human rights situation in Haiti: Haiti (till 8 Feb.).

Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs: Brazil, Mexico (610 Feb.).

Kandeh Yumkella, UNIDO Director-General: Brussels (7-8 Feb).

Catherine Bragg, UN ASG for Humanitarian Affairs: Brussels (8 Feb.).

Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council; José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission: New Delhi (10 Feb.).

Security Council mission to Haiti (13-16 Feb.).

Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development: Myanmar (12-14 Feb.).

Valerie Amos, UN USG for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator: Brussels (20-21 Feb.); Paris (22 Feb.); London (23 Feb.).



Saturday, 4 February World Cancer Day [WHO]

Munich: 48th International Security Conference (till 5 February). Monday, 6 February Launch of the World Youth Report WFP Launches World Freerice Week To Fight Hunger Through The Power Of Social Media

Brussels: -European Parliament - Week of committee and political group meetings. - Presentation of the final report of the UN Secretary General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability. Speakers: Connie Hedegaard, Brice Lalonde, Janos Pasztor: Residence Palace, IPC, 18:00. The conference is live-broadcasted:

Geneva: -Conference on Disarmament (till 30 March). New York: Security Council – Consultations on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). -Commission for Social Development (till 10 February). -Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (till 8 Feb. and 17 Feb.).

Tuesday, 7 February Brussels: Conference on European civil society on the road to Rio+20 (till 8 Feb.).

Joint Press conference with Janez Potočnik, Staffan Nilsson and Brice Lalonde. Venue: VIP salon, ESSC, Atrium 5, ESSC, Brussels. Contact: - High-level stakeholder conference on the “Energy Roadmap 2050” hosted by Danish Presidency and the European Commission (Brussels) New York: -Security Council - Briefing and consultations on the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). -ECOSOC - special briefing session on the current economic and financial situation. Paris: 29th international film festival on environment. The FIFE offers to discover a free selection featured and short films that reflect the environmental challenges of the future (till 14 February). Wednesday, 8 February 2011 Brussels: -"4th EU-China Dialogue on Environmental Policy at Ministerial Level" meeting. Geneva: The Economist’s Feeding the World Conference.


New York: Security Council – Debate on the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). -UN noon briefing: USG for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous who has attended the African Union Summit and visited the peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), will update media on UN peacekeeping’s focus for 2012 and its current activities in its 16 operations around the world. Stockholm: Northern Future Forum (till 9 Feb.). Thursday, 9 February Brussels: First ACP press briefing and breakfast for 2012. 9.30 -10.30am. The ACP Secretary General will speak on the major activities and key focus areas for the ACP Group for 2012. This includes the 7th ACP Heads of State Summit, which is scheduled for December in Equatorial Guinea. Leaders will discuss major development issues and global challenges to the alleviation of poverty in ACP countries, as well as the future perspectives of ACP-EU relations. 451 Georges Henri Avenue. Registration and information: Josephine Latu: -European Parliament - EPP Group: Hearing on Youth and Volunteering: New active EU citizenship Thursday 9 February 2012, from 9.30-12.30 hrs, room A3E-2, European Parliament -European Parliament - Committee on Development - Priorities of the Danish Presidency in the area of humanitarian aid. -European Parliament – Committee on Development – Presentation of establishment of a financing instrument for development cooperation Lille: Conference on « The UN and International Careers » with the Master I RICI, Intercultural relations and international cooperation. Université Lille3. New York: -Security Council – consultations on the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). -Security Council – Briefing by the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office. -ECOSOC – “The Changing Context of Development: what does it mean for Cooperation and Global Partnership” Friday, 10 February Brussels: -Education (Youth, Culture and Sport) EU Council. -EU studies fair. Delhi: EU-India Summit. New York: Security Council - consultations on its 1718 Committee.


And beyond: Other dates to pin 13 February World Radio Day (UNESCO)

Adelaide: Challenges for Global Food Systems to 2050 Forum. Geneva: -Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (till 2 March).

-Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (till 9 March).

Strasbourg: European parliament plenary session (till 16 February). 14 February Brussels: Transport, Telecommunications and Energy EU Council (TTE Energy). 17 February Brussels: Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs EU Council (EPSCO). New York: Security Council –Consultations on Sudan sanctions followed by a resolution (tbc). 19 February New York: Security Council - Sudan Group of Experts mandate expires. 20 February World Day of Social Justice Brussels: -Competitiveness EU Council (till 21 Feb). Geneva: Committee against Torture, Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, sixteenth session (till 24 Feb.). -Eurogroup 21 February International Mother Language Day [UNESCO] Brussels: Economic and Financial Affairs EU Council. New York: Security Council - Open debate on Peace and security in Africa: the impact of transnational organized crime on peace, security and stability in West Africa and the Sahel region.


22 February New York: -Security Council- Briefing on Somalia –piracy -Security Council – Debate on the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT). 23 February Brussels: -Agriculture and Fisheries EU Council. -EU Commission -Interim Economic Forecast. London: Somalia Conference. New York: -Security Council – resolution on UNMIT (tbc). -Security Council - Open debate on Women and peace and security . 25 February: Mexico: G20 ministerial meeting of Finance ministers and Central bank governors (till 26 Feb.). 26 February New York: Security Council -UNMIT mandate expires. 27 February Brussels: EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) Geneva: Human Rights Council (till 23 March). New York: Commission on the Status of Women: The Empowerment of Rural Women and their Role in Poverty and Hunger Eradication, Development, and Current Challenges (till 9 March). 28 February Launch of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) report Brussels: EU General Affairs Council (GAC). New York: -Security Council – Briefing on its mission to Haiti. -Security Council - Briefing and Consultations on the Middle East. -Security Council – Consultations on Yemen. 29 February New York: -Security Council -Briefing and Consultations on Libya and the Libya Sanctions Cttee. -Security Council -1701 report due (Lebanon). --------------------------------------------------


UN Campaigns For a more complete list of Campaigns, Competitions, and Games visit:

The Future We Want: Drop by Drop The United Nations are asking Europeans to create a newspaper ad that inspires others to preserve water, now and for future generations. The competition is part of 'The Future We Want', the UN's global campaign leading up to the Rio+20 Conference. Deadline for submissions is 29 February 2012

UNEP Blogging Competition for World Environment Day

UNEP, in partnership with TreeHugger, launched the third World Environment Day (WED) blogging competition. Bloggers are invited to enter the competition via online submissions of blog articles on the Green Economy. This ties in with the overall WED 2012 theme - Green Economy: Does It Include You? which aims to highlight opportunities for moving towards low carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive sustainable development. The submission deadline is February 12, 2012.

'Art for Peace' 2012 The Office for Disarmament Affairs has launched a disarmament education contest for young people. Youth from ages 5 through 17 are being urged to be creative and tap into their imaginations to draw, paint, sketch, use pens, pencils, crayons, charcoal, oil, acrylic paint or watercolours to illustrate a world free of nuclear weapons, without wars, without fear. The submission deadline is April 30, 2012. --------------