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THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS: THE EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE (47/12) 17-23 December 2012 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 + 32 476 215 485

VIP Visits •

Leila Zerrougui, UN SG Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict: Syria (till 17 Dec.); Beirut (18 Dec.).

Gulnara Shahinian, UN special rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery: Madagascar (till 20 Dec.).

Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response: Jordan (17 Dec.).

Brice Lalonde, Executive Coordinator for Rio+ 20: Brussels (17-18 Dec.).

Mark Dybul, designated Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Brussels (18 Dec.).

Martin Schulz, European Parliament's President: Tunisia (18-19 Dec.).

Paulo S. Pinheiro, Karen AbuZayd, Carla Del Ponte, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Members of the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria: Brussels (19-20 Dec.).

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia: Brussels (21 Dec.).

---------------------------------------------Monday, 17 December Launch the World Malaria Report 2012 Amman: EU Commissioner Georgieva visits an UNHCR project for Syrian refugees in Urban areas; visits a registration centre at UNHCR. Brussels: -Environment Council. - EU - Azerbaijan Cooperation Council. - EU - Armenia Cooperation Council. -Sustainable Development Summit: Bringing the Rio+20 Agenda to Life (till 18 Dec.). The list of speakers includes President of the EU Commission and Brice Lalonde. Venue: Square conference Center. https://bsds.vito.be/Pages/home.aspx -European Parliament - public hearing on the possible implementation of the best legal and institutional mechanisms for gender equality in the EU. -European Parliament - EU Commission Work Programme 2013 and EU Development Policy Discussion with Commissioner Piebalgs.

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Fukushima: The Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety.

http://www-pub.iaea.org/iaeameetings/20120216/-The-Fukushima-Ministerial-Conference-on-Nuclear-Safety

Geneva: -WIPO General Assembly (till 18 Dec.). -Working Group on the use of mercenaries (till 20 Dec.). New York: -Security Council – Consultations on UNDOF and Iraq-Kuwait. -Security Council - closed consultations on Syria. -Security Council – Resolutions on the International criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY); on 1267/1989 sanctions (Al Qaeda); on 1988 sanctions (Taliban). Paris: OECD Gender Forum. Launch of Closing the Gender Gap: Act Now! Tuesday, 18 December International Migrants Day http://www.un.org/en/events/migrantsday/ 20th Anniversary of the Declaration on Minority Rights Global economic outlook of the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2013 - Launch of Chapter 1 Brussels: -Agriculture and Fisheries Council (till 20 Dec.). - EU - Georgia Cooperation Council. - EESC: Rio+20 follow up: European civil society contributions to the Commission’s consultation. http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.events-and-activities-eu-follow-up-to-rio20

- Presidents Barroso and Van Rompuy to announce the beneficiaries of the EU Children of Peace initiative financed by the Nobel Peace Prize. The European Union has decided to double the Nobel prize money of around EUR 930 000 to make a total of EUR 2 million. The money will be awarded to educational projects for children in war zones and areas of conflict. - EU-Russia Summit: What Prospects - What Role for Civil Society? Press Club Brussels EuropePlease confirm your attendance to info@eu-russiacentre.org Moscow: A delegation of MEPs will meet non-parliamentary opposition representatives and members of the Committee on International Affairs mainly to discuss energy, and visas. They will also meet civil society representatives to discuss the issues human rights, the rule of law and electoral reform (till 19 Dec.). New York: -Security Council Consultations on Sudan/South Sudan. -Security Council - Briefing on UNOCA/LRA. - Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of the Child

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Wednesday, 19 December Year’s end press conference by the UN Secretary-General UN Day for South-South Cooperation Brussels: EU - Jordan Association Council. Geneva: World Trade Organization General Council (till 20 Dec.). Manama: European Parliament delegation. In order to acquaint itself with the political situation in the country as well as the status of implementation of the recommendations issued by the Bahraini Independent Commission of Inquiry in November 2011, the delegation will meet with high level officials of the Bahraini government and parliament as well as representatives of Bahraini civil society (till 20 Dec.). New York: -Security Council - Resolutions on UNDOF and UNMIT (tbc). -Security Council - Briefing and Consultations on the Middle East. -Security Council – Debate on UNAMA. -Meeting of States Parties to the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Thursday, 20 December International Human Solidarity Day

http://social.un.org/index/InternationalDays/InternationalHumanSolidarityDay/2012.aspx

Brussels: Transport, Telecoms and Energy EU Council (till 21 Dec.). -EU-Russia Summit (till 21 Dec.).. - UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on Syria - Press briefing by all four members on their latest findings regarding investigation into human rights violations in Syria from 24 September to 15 December 2012. UNRIC, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 155, Residence Palace, 8th floor meeting room, registration: froger@unric.org Frankfurt: Governing Council and General Council meeting of the ECB. http://europa.eu/newsroom/calendar/event/381065/governing-council-and-general-council-meeting-of-the-ecb

New York: -Security Council Open debate on Post conflict peacebuilding.

And beyond: Other dates to pin An overview of selected events that will take place during the first Semester of 2013 will be published in the next Week Ahead.

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UN Campaigns For a more complete list of Competitions, Mobile Apps, Campaigns and Games visit: http://www.unric.org/en/competitions-campaigns-mobile-apps-a-games

'60 over 60': A Call for Nominations of Outstanding Older People http://www.unric.org/en/competitions Not a competition as such, but an inspirational call to nominate your outstanding over 60's. To complement the release of a new report, 'Ageing in the 21st Century: A Celebration and a Challenge', UNFPA and HelpAge International are creating a list of 60 inspiring and influential older people over 60, and need your help. The submission deadline is 31 December, 2012.

Global Good Challenge http://www.unric.org/en/competitions The United Nations Foundation’s “Global Good Challenge” is an innovative new way for individuals to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges while earning the chance to win once-in-alifetime experiences. It encourages individuals to use technology and social media to take action and help create a better world. In return, participants will earn points that can be used to win prizes.

22nd 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 (6 - 14) in over 150 countries. The theme of the 22nd painting competition will be “Water: The Source of Life”. The submission deadline is 28 February, 2013

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