THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS: THE EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE (28/13) 8 July – 14 July 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
Shamshad Akhtar, UN ASG for Economic Development, DESA: Brussels (8 July).
Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator: London (9 July).
Štefan Füle, EU Commissioner on Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy: Yerevan (9-10 July); Tbilisi and Batumi (11-12 July).
Valerie Amos, UN USG for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator: Brussels (10 July)
Margaret Vogt, UN Special Representative to Central African Republic and Head of UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office – BINUCA: Brussels (10-11 July).
Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response; Valerie Amos: Central African Republic (10-13 July).
Mary Robinson, UN SG Special Envoy for the Great Lakes: Brussels (11 July).
European Parliament -Delegation to The Maldives and Sri Lanka: Malé, Colombo (14-19 July).
European Parliament -Delegation to Korean Peninsula: Beijing, Pyongyang, Seoul (14-20 July).
European Parliament -Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China: Beijing, Nanning, Hong Kong/Macao (14 - 20 July).
Monday 8 July Brussels: -Eurogroup meeting. -European Parliament- Committees
Geneva: -Economic and Social Council, substantive session (till 26 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). - WTO Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade: “Connecting to value chains” (till 10 July) with participation of EU Commissioners Piebalgs and De Gught. -International Law Seminar (till 26 July). - International Law Commission – 2nd part (till 9 August). Kaliningrad: European Parliament - Control Budgetary Committee Delegation (till 9 July). The main goals of the trip is to look into EU-Russia cooperation projects, regional cooperations with Lithuania and Poland and to get informed about the smuggling of Kaliningrad-made cigarettes to the EU. Lyon: “Technology Against Crime" Conference (till 9 July).
New York: UN GA Thematic Debate on Inequality. - UN Security Council – Briefing and Consultations on the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Quito: Second Doctoral School on Latin American, European and Comparative Regionalism, jointly organised by UNU-CRIS and the Universidad Andina, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), OBREAL, the Latin American Trade Network (LATN), GIGA, and the University of Barcelona (till 12 July ). The Hague: ICPD Review International Conference on Human Rights (till 10 July). http://post2015.iisd.org/events/icpd-review-international-conference-on-human-rights/
Vienna: UNCITRAL (till 26 July). Vilnius: Informal meeting of EU health ministers (till 9 July). Tuesday 9 July Brussels: -Economic and Financial Affairs EU Council.
- EU launch of UN High Level Panel Post-2015 Report
-European Parliament- Committee on Foreign Affairs: Hearing on the Blacklisting of Hezbollah (In camera). –
-European Parliament -Committee on Development: - The efforts of the international community in the area of development and of 'state building' in South Sudan; Communication of the Commission on Maximising the Development Impact of Migration. New York: UN Security Council-consultations on Lebanon and Israel (1701 report). Wednesday 10 July Brussels: -The EU Commission adopts Communication on European higher education in the world. -European Parliament -Subcommittee on Human Rights: - Presentation of study on "Child witchcraft allegations and human rights”; Presentation of study on "Addressing contemporary forms of slavery in EU external policy." - European Parliament -Hearing on “Trade and Food Security.” Food security plays a crucial role in the talks ahead of the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference in December. MEPs will address the future of the world food trade, export restrictions, speculation, price volatility and stockholding with the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter and experts from FAO, ICTSD and the Martin Luther University. New York: UN Security Council – briefing and Consultations on the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA). Thursday 11 July World Population Day.
Launch of the Economic Development in Africa UNCTAD Report 2013 - Intra-African trade: Unlocking private sector dynamism (embargo 5:00 pm GMT) Brussels: EU Commission new Study: Improving governance of the marine space: an opportunity for Blue Growth in the Mediterranean. Committee on International Trade: Discussion with the International Labour Organization on the state of play of the application of labour standards. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/pressroom/agenda/2013-W28-By-Day
New York: UN Security Council - consultations on Sudan and South Sudan. Resolution on UNMISS (tbc). - UN Security Council - consultations on the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). Rome: East Forum 2013, EU citizenship, democratic legitimacy and economic union https://www.unicreditgroup.eu/en/pressandmedia/events/2013/east-forum-2013.html
Vilnius: Informal meeting of employment and social affairs EU ministers (till 12 July). Friday 12 July Malala Day: Youth take over the General Assembly
And beyond: Other dates to pin 15 July Brussels: Agriculture and Fisheries EU Council. London: IMO, Council (till 19 July). New York: UN Security Council - Consultations on Cyprus and UNRCCA; Briefing 1737 Committee. 16 July New York: UN Security Council - Briefings/Consultations on UNOCI and 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). 17 July 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). 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. Moscow: G20 Labour ministers meeting & G20 Finance ministers/Central Bank governors' directors meeting (till 19 July). New York: UN Security Council â€“ Consultations Somalia/Eritrea 751/1907 Committee. Vilnius: Informal meeting of EU ministers for justice and home affairs (till 19 July). 21 July Brussels: Abdication of King Albert II of Belgium and investiture of King Philippe. 22 July Brussels: EU Foreign and General Affairs Councils (till 23 July). New York: UN Security Council â€“ Briefing and Consultations on BNUB. 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 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. 28 July World Hepatitis Day [WHO]
30 July International Day of Friendship
New York: UN Security Council – resolutions on UNAMID and UNFICYP. --------------------------------------------
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 http://www.unric.org/en/competitions 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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The Week Ahead at the United Nations: the European perspective, and beyond (8 - 14 July, 2013, n 28)