THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS: THE EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE (42/13) 18 November – 24 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 The UN Secretary-General: Lithuania (till 18 Nov.); Poland (18-21 Nov.). Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General: Kuwait (till 20 Nov.); Turkey (20-21 Nov.); Brussels (27 Nov.). Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed conflict: DRC - Kinshasa; Goma (till 20 Nov.).
Farida Shaheed,UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights; Viet Nam (18 -29 Nov.). Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action: Warsaw (18-22 Nov). Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council; José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission: Japan (18-20 Nov), China (20-23 Nov.). EU Commissioners Karel De Gucht, (trade); Siim Kallas, (Transport); Günther H. Oettinger, (Energy); Johannes Hahn (Regional Policy) will participate to some segments of the trip.
Maria Damanaki, EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries: South Africa (19-21 Nov.). Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani campaigner for girls' education, laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2013: Strasbourg (20 Nov.) John Ging, Director, Operational Division, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: Brussels (21-22 Nov.). Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia; Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger; Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, President of the African Union Commission: Brussels (26-27 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.). Zainab Bangura , Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict: Brussels (27-28 Nov.) Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food: Malaysia (9-18 Dec.). ----------------------------------------------
Monday, 18 November European Antibiotic Awareness Day Brussels: -EU Foreign (including Defence issues) and General Affairs Councils (till 19 Nov.). - Agriculture and Fisheries EU Council (till 19 Nov.). - ILO-Brussels: Final Conference on the joint ILO-EU project 'Monitoring and Assessing Progress on Decent Work' This conference will focus on the main results of the project and validate the methodology developed in the project countries in the light of the post-2015 development agenda (till 19 Nov.).http://www.ilo.org/brussels/meetings-and-events/WCMS_227487/lang--en/index.htm. Dubai: World Energy Forum (till 22 Nov.).
Katmandu: EU Election Observation Mission to Nepal (till 21 Nov.). Geneva: - 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.). -OHCHR: Working Group on the People of African Descent: 13th session (till 22 Nov.). OHCHR: Board of Trustees – UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery (till 22 Nov.). -ILO Launch of the study: "Bangladesh: Seeking better employment conditions for better socioeconomic outcomes". (Under embargo 22:00 GMT.) London: Ciné-ONU: To mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the UN, in partnership with BRITDOC, presents: 'A Whole Lott More', followed by a Q&A with Ade Adepitan, Victor Buhler, the Guardian's social policy editor, Patrick Butler; Dima Yared, Human Rights Officer of OHCR Regional office for Europe; and moderated by the Chief Executive of BRITDOC, Jess Search. http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on-book-tickets/film/a-whole-lott-more-united-nations-cinema-screening
Moscow: Closing of G20- Financial Stability Board, Plenary Meeting. New York: -Security Council - Resolutions on the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and Somalia piracy (tbc).
-Security Council Briefing and Consultations on the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Paris: UNESCO, General Conference (till 20 Nov.).
Strasbourg: European Parliament Plenary Session (till 21 Nov.). http://www.europarl.europa.eu/pdfs/news/expert/agenda_week_by_day/48-2013/48-2013_en.pdf
Warsaw: UN Climate Change Conference - COP19 (till 22 Nov.). The UN Secretary–General will attend the conference. https://unfccc.int/meetings/warsaw_nov_2013/meeting/7649.php A 10-strong European Parliament Environment Committee delegation and EU Commissioner Connie Hedegaard will take part. In a resolution voted in October, the European Parliament reiterated the EU's offer to increase its emission reduction target to 30% by 2020if other major emitting countries commit themselves to comparable goals
Tuesday, 19 November World Toilet Day http://www.unicef.org/toilets4all/ Geneva: Security Council, Governing Council of the UN Compensation Commission established pursuant to Security Council resolution 692 (1991) (till 21 Nov.). New York: -Security Council - Briefing and Consultations on the Middle East. -Security Council - Debate on the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). -Women’s International Forum: Meeting on “Youth in the Twenty-first Century: Challenges and opportunities”. Tokyo: EU-Japan Summit.
Wednesday, 20 November Universal Children's Day http://www.un.org/en/events/childrenday Africa Industrialization Day http://www.un.org/en/events/africaday Launch of the Least Developed Countries UNCTAD Report 2013 – “Growth with employment for inclusive and sustainable development” (Embargo 5:00 p.m. GMT). “Going Local––connecting people faster to HIV” UNAIDS report launch. Brussels: EU-Central Asia Ministerial meeting. - Global Justice through global citizenship conference (till 21 Nov.). http://www.concordeurope.org/events/details/43-global-justice-through-global-citizenship-conference.
-The EU Children of Peace Event, organized by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department ECHO, Registration before 19 Nov. , http://euchildrenofpeace.onetec.eu/form.html. Geneva: Catherine Ashton, EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, leads the Iran Nuclear Talks.
New Delhi: The 3rd BRICS International Competition Conference (till 22 Nov.) . http://bricsdelhi2013.in/index.php/homepage/3rd-brics-icc-2013.
New York: Security Council – briefing on the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA)/ Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA); consultations on Sudan sanctions and on the Middle East (Yemen). 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.
Strasbourg: European Parliament: - Malala Yousafzai, laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2013, receives her award. - European Parliament -Vote on EU Budget 2014. The Hague: Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the Int. Criminal Court (till 28 Nov.).
Thursday, 21 November World Philosophy Day [UNESCO] http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/social-and-human-sciences-events/? tx_browser_pi1[showUid]=27213&cHash=152a82979b
World Television Day http://www.un.org/en/events/televisionday Brussels: EU-Kyrgyzstan Cooperation Council Paris: The Prize of the Fondation Chirac for the conflict prevention awarded to Docteur Denis Mukwege http://www.fondationchirac.eu/en/the-fondation-chirac-prize-for-conflict-prevention/ Strasbourg: -First annual EIP (European Innovation Partnership) Water Conference. -European Parliament: - Committee on Foreign Affairs: Human Rights in the World 2012 and the European Union’s policy on the matter. Tegucigalpa (Honduras): EU Election Observation Delegation (till 24 Nov.). Friday, 22 November Beijing: EU-China Summit. Brussels: Eurogroup Düsseldorf: The sixth annual German Sustainability Day, http://www.deutscher-nachhaltigkeitspreis.de/1379-0-German-Sustainability-Award.html.
Sofia: António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response on a joint mission to Bulgaria (till 24 Nov.). Vienna: Council of Europe - Standing Committee of the PACE meeting. Focus: debate on the mass arrival of mixed migratory flows in Italian coastal areas http://website-pace.net/en_GB/web/apce/standingcommittee .
And beyond: Other dates to pin
25 November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women http://saynotoviolence.org/ On this occasion the UN Secretary-General's Campaign, “UNiTE to End Violence Against Women,” will kick off a worldwide campaign to "Orange the World in 16 Days". This symbolic image will serve as a reminder to the world to remain committed to eradicating gender-based violence. Addis Ababa: ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (till 27 Nov.). Brussels: - Education, Youth, Culture and Sport EU Council (till 26 Nov.), http://www.consilium.europa.eu/policies/council-configurations/education,-youth-and-culture?lang=en.
New York: Security Council – Resolution on UNOCA/LRA (tbc); Briefing UNAMI and Consultations UNAMI/Iraq-Kuwait; Briefing and Consultations on CAR.
26 November Brussels: - European Development Days (till 27 Nov.), focused on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and on the global framework which will succeed them by 2015 . http://eudevdays.eu/. UN participation includes: Lab event: Participation of UNCDF to the discussion on “Financial Inclusion and ICTs”, http://www.uncdf.org/en/edd13. Auditorium event: Participation of Christine Roth, Deputy Executive Director of UNCDF to the discussion on “Women’s empowerment post-2015”, 16:00-17:30, http://www.uncdf.org/en/edd13.
-Conference: ‘Global partnership for effective development co-operation: building towards “the how” of the post-2015 development agenda.” 18.00 , Résidence Palace. Panel discussion with: Erik Solheim, President of the Development Assistance Committee (OECD), Peter Moors, Director General of Belgian Development Cooperation), Laurent Standaert, (UNDP) and an NGO representative tbc Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org More on http://www.unric.org/en/events/28850-global-partnership-for-effective-development-co-operation-building-towards-qthe-howq-ofthe-post-2015-development-agenda
- Third Annual Convention of the Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion (till 27 Nov.) http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=88&eventsId=927&furtherEvents=yes
- Ciné-ONU: To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the United Nations presents: “No Burqas behind Bars”. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with special guest John Hendra - UN Women Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme, http://www.unric.org/en/next-screening.
-Tackling cyber-crime: protecting citizens from digital threats,
Geneva: UN Forum on Minority Issues - "Beyond freedom of religion or belief: Guaranteeing the rights of religious minorities." http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Minority/Pages/Session6.aspx (till 27 Nov.). 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.
New York: -Security Council Consultations on 1701 report; Somalia/Eritrea; 751/1907 Committee. -Security Council: Briefing and Consultations on Guinea-Bissau. Vilnius: Informal meeting of EU ministers for cohesion policy. 27 November Brussels: European Parliament European Year for Citizens Alliance 2013 high-level event. http://ey2013-alliance.eu/.
-European Parliament: 2013 Annual Summit of the "Women in Parliaments Global Forum"(till 29 Nov.).http://gfwip.org/events - European Development Days :UN participation includes: Roundtable discussion on “Post-2015, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria” organized by WHO and moderated by Masoud Dara, Programme Manager, Division of Communicable Diseases, health Security and Environment, WHO with Michel Kazatchkine, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, 12:45-14:00, Lab 2, http://eudevdays.eu/#EDD13_Health. https://unric.org/en/events/28847-post-2015-hivaids-tuberculosis-and-malaria Auditorium event: Participation of François Coupienne Branchless and Mobile Banking Expert for the Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P) Programme at UNCDF to the discussion on “Social Protection for Inclusive Growth - Innovative approaches in social protection for inclusive and equitable growth.”, http://www.uncdf.org/en/edd13 .
New York: Security Council - Briefings1267/1989, 1373, 1540 Committees. Consultations on the Middle East (Yemen). Strasbourg: Council of Europe - World Forum for Democracy (till 29 Nov.), http://www.coe.int/en/web/worldforum-democracy/home.
28 November Vilnius: Eastern Partnership Summit (till 29 Nov.), http://www.eu2013.lt/en/vilnius-summit. 29 November International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
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. Organizer: Association Belgo-Palestinienne. Venue: Centre Culturel Jacques Franck (Chaussée de Waterloo 94), http://www.association-belgo-palestinienne.be/agenda/journee-internationale-desolidarite-avec-le-peuple-palestinien/.
DECEMBER France assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council 1 December World AIDS Day: "Getting to Zero" http://www.who.int/campaigns/aids-day/2013/event/en/index.html
2 December International Day for the Abolition of Slavery http://www.un.org/en/events/slaveryabolitionday/
Brussels: Competitiveness EU Council (till 3 December) London: Ciné-ONU: To mark Human Rights, the UN, in partnership withDocHouse, presents: ‘ARTICLE 12’, followed by a Q&A with Juan Manuel Biain (Director), Kirsty Hughes (Index on Censorship CEO), Julian Borger (diplomatic editor), http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/dochouse-and-theunited-nations-present-article-12-panel-qanda/.
3 December Int. Day of Persons with Disabilities: "Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all" http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=111
European Day for People with Disabilities Bali: FAC (trade) on the margin of WTO Ministerial Conference. 4 December Marseille: Better Cities for Better Lives: Bridging national and local policies to deliver growth and wellbeing, Fifth OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers (till 5 Dec.). http://www.oecd.org/urban/roundtable
5 December International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development http://www.unv.org/what-we-do/intl-volunteer-day.html Brussels: -Justice and Home Affairs EU Council (till 6 Dec.). -Transport, Telecommunications & Energy EU Council (till 6 Dec.). -European Parliament: On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the UN Convention against Corruption, panel discussion to review progress made on fighting corruption in Europe, co-organised by UNODC. More to follow. London: Conference "Can We Really End Poverty? A Debate on the Future of Development". http://www.intelligencesquared.com/events/oecd-debate-can-we-really-end-poverty/? utm_source=OECDdevtopics&utm_medium=oecdorg&utm_campaign=EndPov
Marseille: Regions and Cities: where people and policies meet -ministerial meeting of the OECD Territorial Development Policy Committee (till 6 Dec.). http://www.oecd.org/regional/ministerial/ Paris: Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum. OECD, (till 6 Dec.). 6 December Brussels: Current Account Imbalances and International Financial Integration (till 7 Dec.). http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/events/2013/20131206_financial_integration/index_en.htm
7 December International Civil Aviation Day [ICAO] http://www.icao.int/secretariat/SecretaryGeneral/Pages/aviation_day.aspx 9 December International Anti-Corruption Day http://www.actagainstcorruption.org/actagainstcorruption/ Brussels: -Eurogroup -Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs EU Council (till 10 Dec). Strasbourg: European Parliament plenary session (till 12 Dec.). 10 December Human Rights Day: "20 Years: Working for your Rights" http://at20.ohchr.org/human-right-day.html
Brussels: Economic and Financial Affairs EU Council.l Brussels: Ciné-ONU: To mark Human Rights Day and the 20th anniversary of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations, in partnership with the European Union and BOZAR, presents: ‘FRUITVALE STATION’. The screening will be followed by a special performance Shine Your Light and reception, http://registration.cineonu.org/. 11 December International Mountain Day "Mountains - Key to a Sustainable Future" http://www.fao.org/forestry/internationalmountainday/en/
12 December OECD statistics news release: G20 GDP Growth Q3, 2013. Brussels: Transport, Telecommunications & Energy EU Council 13 December Brussels: Environment EU Council. 16 December Brussels: -Agriculture and Fisheries EU Council (till 17 Dec.). -EU Foreign Affairs Council 17 December Brussels: EU General Affairs Council. 18 December International Migrants Day http://www.un.org/en/events/migrantsday/ 19 December Brussels: European Council (till 20 Dec.). 20 December International Human Solidarity Day http://undesadspd.org/InternationalDays/InternationalHumanSolidarityDay.aspx
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 best letter from each country must be submitted to the International Bureau no later than 30 April 2014. The submission deadline is 30 April, 2014
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