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THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS: THE EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE (40/13) 5 November – 10 November 2013 (and beyond) This document is for planning purposes only and is subject to change. Please check also our website for latest changes http://www.unric.org or call + 32 2 788 84 84 / + 32 476 215 485

VIP Visits

 Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General; Jim Yong Kim, World Bank President; Andris Piebalgs EU Commissioner for Development: Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad (till 7 Nov).  Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: Indonesia (4-5 Nov.); Geneva (7-8 Nov.); India (11-12 Nov.). 

László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion: China (4-8 Nov.).

Denis Mukwege, founder and medical director of Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): Brussels (5 Nov.).

Luiz Loures, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director: Brussels (6 Nov.).

 Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia: Brussels (7 Nov.).  Antonio Tajani, EU Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship: Brazil (9-11 Nov.).  Flavia Pansieri, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights; John Hendra, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women; Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP; Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, Deputy Executive Director, UN-HABITAT; Gyan Acharya, UN High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States; Arancha Gonzales, Executive Director, International Trade Centre; Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean; Marc Bichler, Executive Secretary, UNCDF; Luc Gnacadja, Former Executive Director (till 30 Sept. 2013), UN Convention to Combat Desertification: Brussels (26-27 Nov.).  Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General, Brussels (27 Nov.)  Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food: Malaysia (9-18 Dec.). ----------------------------------------------


Monday 4 November Launch of ILO Report: “Tackling the job crisis in Portugal” http://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/mediacentre/press-releases/WCMS_228106/lang--en/index.htm

Launch of: Effective Carbon Prices (OECD) http://www.oecd.org/environment/climate-carbon.htm Bamako (Mali): The UN Secretary-General arrives in Bamako, which will be the first leg of a visit to the Sahel region with senior officials of the World Bank, the European Union, the African Union, and the African Development Bank. Brussels: -European Parliament - Committee meetings http://www.europarl.europa.eu/pdfs/news/expert/agenda_week_by_day/46-2013/46-2013_en.pdf

- European Parliament- Commission for Development: MDGs and a future global framework for development after 2015: Exchange of views on the basis of the Report of the DEVE Delegation to the Special Event on MDGs (68th UNGA). - International conference on Regional Climate (till 7 Nov.). http://cordex2013.wcrp-climate.org/ - VOICE event ‘Impact of donor counter-terrorism measures on principled humanitarian action: What can the EU do?’ 18.00 – 20.00 Hotel Renaissance (Mariott), Rue du Parnasse 19.

- International Peace Symposium http://www.peacesymposium.be/en/programme/. Geneva: -Human Rights Council, WG on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances (till 13 Nov.). -Committee on Enforced Disappearances (till 15 Nov.). - UN Committee against Torture (till 22 Nov.). http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=809&Lang=en:

-Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (till 29 Nov.). Leuven: Evening conference: The Broken Mirror: Lasting Fragmentation in the Landscape of International Environmental Governance Post-Rio, by Pieter Leenknegt, at 7 pm – registration conference@ggs.kuleuven.be Paris: UNESCO, General Conference (till 19 Nov.). Rome: WFP, Executive Board (till 8 Nov.). San Francisco: World Affairs Council-UNRWA Commissioner-General, Filippo Grandi, will discuss UNRWA’s efforts in the region, the displacement caused by the Syrian civil war and long-term issues and instability in the region. http://www.worldaffairs.org/events/2013/seeking-refuge.html Vilnius: 2nd ASEM Seminar On Nuclear Safety (till 5 Nov.). http://www.aseminfoboard.org/upcoming-events/event/446-2nd-asem-seminar-on-nuclear-safety.html

Tuesday 5 November Bamako: First Ministerial Meeting on Sahel (till 6 Nov). The UN Secretary-General will participate together with Jim Yong Kim, IBRD President, Donald Kaberuka, ADB President, Nkosazana DlaminiZuma, President of the AU Commission and EU Commissioner Andris Piebalgs.


Brussels: -the EU Commission will publish its annual autumn economic forecast covering the period 2013-2015. -EU-Turkey Accession Conference. - Launch of UNEP's 4th Emissions Gap Report at European Climate Foundation with participation of EU Commissioner Connie Hedegaard. -Joint EU meeting with philosophical and non-confessional organizations. - European Parliament - Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs: hearing on "the situation of fundamental rights in the EU: how to strengthen fundamental rights, democracy and the rule of law in the EU". -European Parliament - Public Hearing The opportunities for SMEs in an integrated European defence industry: the European Council on Defence and beyond, 16:00-18:00 Room: JAN 4Q2. - European Parliament - Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee: hearing to review successes and failures in "crisis countries", given that the measures proposed by the Troika are often contested, not least on grounds of democratic legitimacy. MEPs will also discuss the issue with senior representatives of the European Commission and European Central Bank. - EU Commissioner Janez Potocnik participates in the Conference on Natural Resources Reduction Target entitled "Targeting a more resource efficient Europe", at Eurocities. Geneva: the Joint Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, will meet with Russian Deputy Foreign Ministers Mikhail Bogdanov and Gennady Gatilov and United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman. That meeting will be followed by a meeting that includes the other three Permanent Members of the Security Council. -25th round of the Geneva International Discussions. Paris: UNESCO, General Conference (till 20 Nov.). Vilnius: European Migration Network Conference 2013 - "The Agenda for growth in the EU: why migration matters" (till 6 Nov.). Wednesday 6 November International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict http://www.un.org/en/events/environmentconflictday/

International Week of Science and Peace (till 12 Nov.). http://www.un.org/en/events/scienceday/week.shtml Brussels: -European Parliament Plenary Session (till 7 Nov.). -European Parliament -Hearing: "Achieving the right to health of LGBTI people - How can we reverse the HIV, health and human rights crisis affecting LGBTI people in Europe?" with Luiz Loures Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS, 15.30. Michael.cashman@ep.europa.eu Hamburg: - The “Arctic Sunrise� Case (Kingdom of the Netherlands v. Russian Federation): Public Hearing at 10 am. To attend the hearing, please register before 4 November: press@itlos.org, the hearing will also be broadcasted on http://www.itlos.org/index.php?id=39&L=1AND1%253D1. Vienna: Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime: Working Group on Trafficking in Persons (till 8 Nov.).


Thursday 7 November Brussels: Friends of Europe's annual Energy Policy Summit - “Europe's energy outlook: Heading in the right direction?” http://www.friendsofeurope.org/Contentnavigation/Events/Eventsoverview/tabid/1187/EventType/EventView/EventId/1226/Euro pesenergyoutlookHeadingintherightdirection.aspx

- ILO International Conference: "The social Dimensions of Free Trade Agreements". In cooperation with the French government. At the conference, the ILO Institute for Labour Studies will launch a study providing a detailed analysis of how labour provisions are included in trade agreements and on which effects these provisions may produce in terms of labour laws or the conditions under which companies operate when engaged in international trade. Participation is free, but prior registration is required. For any additional information: fino@iloguest.org. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ceJ9j7dV6e6xmEZXo0UTuBT7jQas-6HarCn_v_PA6xo/viewform.

Geneva: E3/EU+3 and Iran Talks. The meeting is organized by the EU and the Swiss government. Further information available on www.eda.admin.ch/Iran2013 (till 8 Nov.). Istanbul: Third Forum on Tax and Crime (till 8 Nov). http://www.oecd.org/ctp/crime/forumontaxandcrime.htm. Friday 8 November Brussels: EU-Republic of Korea Summit. Sunday 10 November World Science Day for Peace and Development [UNESCO] http://www.un.org/en/events/scienceday/

And beyond: Other dates to pin 11 November Brussels:- Economic and Financial Affairs EU Council (Budget). -European Parliament: Subcommittee on Human Rights: Exchange of views on the human rights situation in Nepal before the November elections. Johannesburg: DEEEP Global Conference: Building a Global Citizens Movement http://www.concordeurope.org/events/details/44-deeep-global-conference-building-a-global-citizens-movement

New Delhi: 11th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with High Representative of the EU, Catherine Ashton (till 12 Nov.). http://www.aseminfoboard.org/2011-12-22-05-57-34/event/431-11th-asem-foreign-ministers-meeting-fmm11.html

New York: United Nations Pledging Conference for Development Activities. Vilnius: Fundamental Rights Conference 2013 (till 13 Nov.). http://fra.europa.eu/en/event/2013/fundamental-rights-conference-2013?tab=programme

Warsaw:-UN Climate Change Conference - COP19 (till 22 Nov.). https://unfccc.int/meetings/warsaw_nov_2013/meeting/7649.php


12 November World Pneumonia Day [WHO] Launch of the World Energy Outlook 2013 http://www.iea.org/newsroomandevents/events/event/name,38060,en.html New York: -Election of the Human Rights Council members. http://www.un.org/en/ga/68/meetings/elections/hrc.shtml

-Women Speakers of Parliament, Conference (till 13 Nov.).http://www.ipu.org/splz-e/wmnspk13.htm Vilnius: Fundamental Rights Conference "Combating hate crime in the EU" (till 13 Nov.). http://fra.europa.eu/en/event/2013/fundamental-rights-conference-2013?tab=programme

13 November Amsterdam: WorldPensionSummit 2013 (till 14 Nov). http://www.worldpensionsummit.com/ Brussels: The ‘Energy–Climate–Industry’ Working Group. http://www.friendsofeurope.org/Contentnavigation/Events/Eventsoverview/tabid/1187/EventType/EventView/EventId/1231/TheE nergyClimateIndustryWorkingGroup.aspx

- Concord conference: EU development aid to 2020 http://www.concordeurope.org/events/details/47-concordconference-eu-development-aid-to-2020

-Aidex 2013, The Global Humanitarian & Development Aid event (till 14 Nov.) www.aid-expo.com 14 November World Diabetes Day [WHO] Brussels: Eurogroup meeting. New York: IPU/UN - Annual Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations (till 15 Nov.). http://www.ipu.org/splz-e/UNGA13.htm

15 November Brussels: -Economic and Financial Affairs EU Council. -European Parliament: International Leadership Symposium on Ethics in Business. http://www.wfeb.org/registration_form.php.

16 November World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day [WHO] – 17 November World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims [WHO] http://www.who.int/roadsafety/projects/world_day/en/index.html

Moscow: G20- Financial Stability Board, Plenary Meeting (till 18 Nov.). 18 November European Antibiotic Awareness Day Brussels: -EU Foreign and General Affairs Council (till 19 Nov.). - Agriculture and Fisheries EU Council (till 19 Nov.).


Dubai: World Energy Forum (till 22 Nov.). http://wef21.org/en/world-energy-forum-2013.html Strasbourg: European Parliament Plenary Session (till 21 Nov.). 19 November World Toilet Day Geneva: Security Council, Governing Council of the UN Compensation Commission established pursuant to Security Council resolution 692 (1991) (till 21 Nov.). 20 November Universal Children's Day http://www.un.org/en/events/childrenday Africa Industrialization Day http://www.un.org/en/events/africaday Brussels: Global Justice through global citizenship conference (till 21 Nov.) http://www.concordeurope.org/events/details/43-global-justice-through-global-citizenship-conference

Paris: Security in 2020: Meeting the challenge (till 21 Nov.) http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/newsroom/cf/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=6871&lang=en&title=Security-in-2020%3A-Meeting-thechallenge

The Hague: Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the Int. Criminal Court (till 28 Nov.). 21 November World Philosophy Day [UNESCO] http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/social-and-human-sciencesevents/?tx_browser_pi1[showUid]=27213&cHash=152a82979b

World Television Day http://www.un.org/en/events/televisionday 25 November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday Addis Ababa: ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (till 27 Nov.). Brussels: Education, Youth, Culture and Sport EU Council (till 26 Nov.). 26 November Brussels: -European development Days (till 27 Nov.) http://eudevdays.eu/ :-Tackling cyber-crime: protecting citizens from digital threats. www.europeanvoice.com/cyber-crime Geneva: UN Forum on Minority Issues, on the theme "Beyond freedom of religion or belief: Guaranteeing the rights of religious minorities." More information: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Minority/Pages/Session6.aspx (till 27 November) Nantes: High-level seminar on relationship between food systems and WTO (till 27 Nov.). United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter will participate.

http://www.srfood.org/en 27 November

Brussels: European Parliament European Year for Citizens Alliance 2013 high-level event.


28 November Vilnius: Eastern Partnership Summit (till 29 Nov.). 29 November International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People http://www.un.org/en/events/palestinianday/index.shtml Brussels: The Changing energy map: its implications for economic competitiveness. http://www.friendsofeurope.org/Contentnavigation/Events/Eventsoverview/tabid/1187/EventType/EventView/EventId/1235/Thec hangingenergymapItsimplicationsforeconomiccompetitiveness.aspx

30 November Brussels: Conference and debates on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People Association Belgo-Palestinienne, Centre Culturel Jacques Franck (ChaussĂŠe de Waterloo 94). ----------------------------------------------UN Campaigns, Competitions, Apps and Games

Many Languages, One World - Student Essay Contest http://www.unric.org/en/competitions Part of the UN Academic Impact's commitment to multilingual education, ELS Educational services and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) have launched a global essay contest for university and college students on global citizenship and understanding Submit an essay (2000 words or less) exploring how multilingual ability advances global citizenship and understanding. Your essay should reflect your academic, cultural, and national context. The submission deadline is 21 February, 2014

23rd International Children's Painting Competition http://www.unric.org/en/competitions The International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment is organized every year by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation. It has been held since 1991 and has received more than 3 million entries from children in over 150 countries. The submission deadline is 15 March, 2014

UPU - 2014 International letter-writing competition for young people http://www.unric.org/en/competitions The theme selected for the 2014 competition is: "Write a letter describing how music can touch lives." The communication supports include a poster and a flyer, which are being updated to reflect the 2014 theme. They will be made available to member countries shortly. The submission deadline is 30 April 2014 -----------------------------------------------------To subscribe or unsubscribe to the Week Ahead please send an e-mail to froger@unric.org


Week Ahead at the UN (5 - 10 Nov)