THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS: THE EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE (29/13) 15 July – 21 July 2013 (and beyond) (The Week Ahead is taking a break. The next issue (30/13) which will be published on 26 August will give an overview till the end of the Year. We wish you a pleasant summer) 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 •
The UN Secretary-General: Paris (till 15 July).
European Parliament -Delegation to The Maldives and Sri Lanka: Malé, Colombo (till 19 July).
European Parliament -Delegation to Korean Peninsula: Beijing, Pyongyang, Seoul (till 20 July).
European Parliament -Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China: Beijing, Nanning, Hong Kong/Macao (till 20 July).
Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food: the Republic of Malawi (till 22 July).
Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran: USA, Canada (till 28 July)
Michel Barnier, EU Commissioner for Internal Market and Services: USA (15-17 July).
Günther H. Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy: USA (15-18 July)
Karel De Gucht, EU Commissioner for Trade: Kenya, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa (15-19 July).
Ertharin Cousin, WFP Executive Director: South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda (15-25 July).
Najat Maalla M’jid, UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children: Madagascar (15-26 July).
Habib Ben Yahia, Secretary-General of the Arab Maghreb Union: Brussels (16 July).
Mark Bowden, UN Deputy Special Representative and Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan: Brussels (16 July).
Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Colombia (16-19 July).
Cephas Lumina, UN Independent Expert on foreign debt: Japan (16-19 July).
Janez Potocnik EU Commissioner for Environment; Antonio Tajani, EU Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship: China (17-20 July).
Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism: Chile (17-30 July).
Stefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy:
Belgrade, Pristina (17-18 July). •
Dacian Cioloş, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development: Mongolia (18-21 July).
Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council;José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission ; EU Commissioners Andris Piebalgs(Development) and Karel De Gucht: South-Africa( 18 - 19 July).
László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion; Olli Rehn, EU Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs: Moscow (18-20 July).
Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Secretary General's Special Envoy on Youth: Brazil (22-24 July); Geneva (24-26 July). ----------------------------------------------
Monday 15 July Brussels: Agriculture and Fisheries EU Council. Geneva: -Economic and Social Council, substantive session (till 26 July). Humanitarian Affairs Segment (till 17 July); General Segment (18-25 July). http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/substantive2013/
-Human Rights Committee (till 26 July). -Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (till 26 July). -International Law Seminar (till 26 July). - International Law Commission – 2nd part (till 9 August). London: IMO, Council (till 19 July). New York: -UN Security Council - Consultations on Cyprus and the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA). -UN Security Council briefing on the Sanctions Committee concerning the Islamic Republic of Iran (1737 Committee). Vienna: UNCITRAL (till 26 July). Washington: -European Parliament - An Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee delegation will discuss responses to the global crisis, specific financial regulatory reforms, ways to spur economic recovery and measures to strengthen economic governance in the EU. MEPs will meet Members of the US Congress, the US Administration, the IMF, the World Bank, US regulatory agencies, NGOs and the finance industry -European Parliament - Environment Committee MEPs will go to Washington DC to discuss environmental protection, climate change, trade, public health and food safety issues with representatives of the US Congress, Administration and civil society. Tuesday 16 July New York: UN Security Council - Briefings/Consultations on the Middle East, followed by consultations on the region and Syria., and United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) The Hague: Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Executive Council (till 19 July). Vilnius: Informal meeting of EU ministers for environment (till 17 July).
Wednesday 17 July Brussels: - “Beyond 2015: Towards a comprehensive and integrated approach to financing poverty eradication and sustainable development." The European Commission is expected to adopt a policy document to develop a common EU approach. Inspired by the work of the High Level Panel for the Post MDGs' report, the Communication reflects on how a global approach could be structured, what resources are available and could be mobilised, which processes can lead there and what principles should guide this process. - European Commission proposes improving investigations and prosecutions against crimes to the EU budget. Geneva: OCHA mid year review of the Humanitarian Appeal 2013. New York: UN Security Council - Open Debate on Protection of civilians in armed conflict: Protection of journalists. -Conference of the States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (till 19 July). Thursday 18 July Nelson Mandela International Day.http://www.un.org/en/events/mandeladay/ Brussels: Cine-ONU screening of 'Searching for Sugarman' to mark Mandela Day. http://www.unric.org/en/next-screening
Moscow: G20 Labour ministers meeting & G20 Finance ministers/Central Bank governors' directors meeting (till 19 July). New York: UN Security Council – Consultations on UNOCI, Somalia and Eritrea, 751/1907 Committee. Pretoria: EU-South Africa Summit (with Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, Commission president Barroso EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs and EU Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht). Vilnius: Informal meeting of EU ministers for justice and home affairs (till 19 July). Sunday 21 July Brussels: Abdication of King Albert II of Belgium and investiture of King Philippe.
And beyond: Other dates to pin 22 July Brussels: EU Foreign and General Affairs Councils (till 23 July). New York: UN Security Council – Briefing and Consultations on BNUB. Vilnius: Informal meeting of ministers in charge of competitiveness matters (Industry, Internal Market and Enterprise). 23 July New York: UN Security Council - Open Debate on the Middle East. 24 July Geneva: WTO General Council (till 25 July). Brussels: EU Commission presents the communication "Towards a more competitive and
Brussels: EU Commission presents the communication "Towards a more competitive and efficient defence and security sector". New York: -UN Security Council –resolutions on UNAMI; UNOCI, Somalia/Eritrea Sanctions (tbc). -UN Security Council – Briefing and Consultations on UNAMID. -UN Security Council -Consultations Sudan/South Sudan. 25 July "Orange Day" for UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign "Safe cyberspace for women and girls" http://saynotoviolence.org/join-say-no/unite-campaign-orange-day Brussels: Economic and Financial Affairs EU Council (budget). Klaipėda (Lithuania): Forum on HIV in Europe and neighbour countries. New York: UN Security Council – Debate on the situation in the Great Lakes region: DRC and the Great Lakes. 26 July Cape Town: Launch of Free & Equal campaign for LGBT rights by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The campaign will be announced at an event with the High Commissioner and is designed to combat homophobia and transphobia, and promote greater respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
28 July World Hepatitis Day [WHO]
30 July International Day of Friendship http://www.un.org/en/events/friendshipday/ New York: UN Security Council – resolutions on UNAMID and UNFICYP. 1 August Argentina assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council World Breastfeeding Week (WHO) (till 7 August) 9 August International Day of the World's Indigenous People http://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/ 12 August International Youth Day "Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward" http://social.un.org/index/Youth/InternationalYouthDay/2013.aspx
Geneva: -Human Rights Council Advisory Committee 11 th Session (till 16 August). - Group of Governmental Experts to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction (till 16 August). New York: Ad hoc Open-Ended Informal Working Group on Marine Biodiversity (till 23 August).
19 August World Humanitarian Day http://www.whd-iwashere.org/ Geneva: Human Rights Council, Working Group on Communications 13th Session (till 23 August) New York: United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for the Americas 10th Session (till 23 August) Vienna: Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, Working group B and informal/expert meetings, 41 st Session (till 30 August) 20 August Tajikistan: High-Level International Conference on water cooperation (till 21 august) http://www.hlicwc.org/ 23 August International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition [UNESCO] http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/dialogue/the-slave-route/right-box/related-information/23-augustinternational-day-for-the-remembrance-of-the-slave-trade-and-of-its-abolition/
European Day of Remembrance for Victims of the Totalitarian Regimes 24 August Victoria Falls (Zambia/Zimbabwe): UNWTO General Assembly 20th Session (till 29 August) 26 August Helsinki: Work, Wellbeing and Wealth: Active Ageing at Work (till 28 August) http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=88&eventsId=864&furtherEvents=yes
29 August International Day against Nuclear Tests
30 August International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances http://www.un.org/en/events/disappearancesday/
UN Campaigns, Competitions, Apps and Games
Nordic-Baltic Ad Competition – “Think.Eat.Save: Reduce your Footprint” http://thinkeatsave.strutta.com/ On the occasion of World Environment Day, the UN and the Nordic Council of Ministers launched a Nordic-Baltic Ad Competition to support the fight against food waste. The Ad Competition calls on designers to create an advertisement to increase public awareness of the increasing scale of food waste in our modern day society and to draw attention to the problem of increasing food waste. The submission deadline is 11 August, 2013
A Society for all Ages – International Student Design Competition 2014
The Competition invites architecture students around the world to apply their creative talents in developing solutions, which integrate older persons into the fabric of the community and fully include them in all social, cultural, and productive activities. The competition is sponsored by the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC) in cooperation with the United Nations Programme for Human Settlements (UNHABITAT) and United Nations Ageing Unit, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and other partners. The submission deadline is 15 September, 2013
@Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion video contest http://www.unric.org/en/competitions Take part in the @Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion campaign by making a oneminute video expressing what Diversity and Inclusion means to you. The winning videos will also be included within the UNAOC Plural+ Youth Video Festival DVD. Be as creative as possible! Videos may be of any type, style or genre from a documentary, music video or animation. The submission deadline is 27 September, 2013 -------------------------------------------
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