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2013: International and European years International Year of Water Cooperation

International Year of Quinoa

European Year of Citizens

International decades 

2011-2020: Biodiversity

2011–2020: Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism

2011–2020: Action for Road Safety

2010-2020: Deserts and the Fight against Desertification

2008-2017: Eradication of Poverty

2006-2016: Recovery and Sustainable Development of the Affected Regions

2005-2014: Education for Sustainable Development

2005-2014: World’s Indigenous People

Some Presidencies during 2013 Russia: G20

Fiji: Group of 77

United Kingdom: G8

Andorra: Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe till 16th May; Armenia till November

Ukraine: OSCE Brunei: ASEAN

Ireland: European Union (till 30 June); Lithuania (till 31 December).

Iran: Non-Aligned Movement


JANUARY Pakistan assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council. Post-2015 national dialogues in 57+ countries. Thematic consultations (till March). 8 January Berlin: Economic Summit. 10 January Dublin: - Meeting of the European Commission with the Irish Presidency. -European Year of Citizens - Launch & Citizens Dialogue 11 January The Hague: EU Commissioner Cecilia MalmstrĂśm inaugurates the EU Cybercrime Centre. Port-au-Prince: EU commissioner Kristalina Georgieva in Haiti to commemorate the third anniversary of the earthquake (till 14 Jan.). 12 January Marseille: Commission President JosĂŠ Manuel Barroso attends the opening ceremony of "Marseille-Provence 2013 - European Capital of Culture". 14 January During the week, tbc: Launch and promotion of the My World crowd-sourcing survey on post-2015 priorities. Lead: Millennieum Campagn, UNDP, DPI (worldwide). Dublin: Informal Climate Workshop (till 15 Jan.). Geneva: Committee on the Rights of Child (till 1 Feb.). Strasbourg: European Parliament plenary session (till 17 Jan.). 15 January Abu Dhabi: International Water Summit (till 17 Jan.). Dublin: Feeding the World in 2050 Conference (till 16 Jan).

17 January Regional Launches of World Economic Situation and Prospects 2012 (and 18 Jan.). Dublin: Informal Meeting of Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs (till 18 Jan.).


18 January Berlin: High-level panel on private investment in the food and agriculture sectors organised by the OECD as part of the 2013 Global Forum for Food and Agriculture. 20 January Dublin: Informal Meeting of Minister for European Affairs (till 21 Jan.). Košice: Košice - 2013 European Capital of Culture. 21 January Addis Ababa: Summit of the African Union (till 28 Jan). Brussels: Eurogroup Meeting Geneva: Conference on disarmament (till 28 March). 22 January Launch of food waste campaign under Save Food Initiative Brussels: -Meeting of Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN). -European Parliament, Development Committee: Hearings on MDGs post-2015 (tbc). 23 January Davos: World Economic Forum (till 27 Jan.)


24 January Addis Ababa: AU Summit: “Pan Africanism and African Renaissance” (till 31 Jan.). 27 January International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust "Rescue during the Holocaust: the Courage to Care" 28 January Brussels: Meeting of Agriculture and Fisheries Council (till 29 Jan). Dublin: Strategic Committee on Immigration, Frontiers and Asylum Informal (till 29 Jan.). Tokyo: UNU Conference on Earth System Governance (till 31 Jan.). 31 January Brussels: Meeting of Foreign Affairs Council (FAC).


FEBRUARY Date tbc: Launch of Human Development Report, “Rise of the Global South�. 1 February Republic of Korea assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council 4 February World Cancer Day [WHO]

Brussels: General Affairs EU Council (GAC). Dublin: COFACE and ICA conference "Vulnerable Families - What can Europe do?" (till 5 Feb.). Strasbourg: European Parliament Plenary (till 7 Feb.). 6 February International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation [WHO]

Dublin: EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) bilateral meetings between EU-US senior officials (till 8 Feb.). Monrovia: Meeting of High level Panel of Eminent Persons on post-2015 development agenda. (till 8 Feb.). 7 February Brussels: EU Council (till 8 Feb.). Dublin: Informal meeting - EU Ministers for Employment and Social Affairs (till 8 Feb.). 11 February Brussels: Eurogroup. Dublin: Informal Meeting of EU Ministers for Development Cooperation (till 12 Feb.). 12 February Brussels: Economic and Financial Affairs EU Council (ECOFIN). Dublin: Informal Meeting of EU Ministers for Defence (till 13 Feb.). 13 February World Radio Day


14 February Brussels: Education, Youth, Culture and Sport (EYCS) EU Council. Dublin: -Bioeconomy Stakeholder Conference (till 15 Feb). -Foundation Forum 2013 (till 15 Feb.). 15 February Moscow: G20 finance ministers and Central Bank Governors ministerial meeting (till 16 Feb.). 18 February Brussels: EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC). Nairobi: UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (till 22 Feb.). 19 February Brussels: Competitiveness EU Council (COMPET) (till 22 Feb.). 20 February World Day of Social Justice Geneva: Global Dialogue Forum on the Effects of the Global Economic Crisis on the Civil Aviation Industry (till 21 Feb.). 21 February International Mother Language Day

22 February Brussels: Transport, Telecommunications and Energy EU Council (TTE Energy). 25 February Brussels: Agriculture and Fisheries EU Council (AGRI FISH) (till 26 Feb.). Geneva: Human Rights Council (till 22 March). 28 February Brussels: -Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs EU Council (EPSCO). -European Competition Forum, with participation of the OECD Secretary-General. Paris: World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) +10 meeting and Internet Governance Forum Consultations (till 1 March).


MARCH Dates tbc: International Development Cooperation Report launch and Preliminary synthesis report on post-2015 consultation process (proposed). 1 March Russian Federation assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council. Leuven: Roundtable Discussion of EU Ministers with responsibility for Homelessness. Rome: Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee. 3 March 40th anniversary of the CITES Convention Bangkok: Conference of the Parties to the CITES COP 16 (till 14 March). Washington, DC: American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee Conference (till 5 March). 4 March New York: Commission on the Status of Women (till 15 March). 7 March Brussels: Justice and Home Affairs EU Council (till 8 March.). 8 March International Women's Day 11 March Brussels: - Transport, Telecommunications and Energy EU Council (TTE Transport). - General and Foreign Affairs EU Council. Strasbourg: European Parliament Plenary (till 14 March). 14 March Brussels: European Council (till 15 March). New York: ECOSOC, Bretton Woods institutions, WTO and UNCTAD high-level meetings. 18 March Brussels: Meeting of Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRI FISH) (till 19 March). New York: Final UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (till 28 March).


20 March International Day of Happiness 21 March International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination World Down Syndrome Day World Poetry Day International Day of Forests and the Tree Brussels: Meeting of the Environment Council (ENVI). 22 March World Water Day: "International Year of Water Cooperation"

Dublin: Informal meeting of EU Ministers for Foreign Affairs (till 23 March). 23 March World Meteorological Day

24 March World Tuberculosis Day

Int. Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims Dublin: Interparliamentary Conference on Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and Common Defense and Security Policy (CSDP) (till 26 March). 25 March Int. Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Int. Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members

26 March Durban: BRICS Summit: BRICS and Africa - Partnership for Development, Integration and Industrialisation (till 27 March).


APRIL 1 April Rwanda assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council 2 April World Autism Awareness Day 4 April Int. Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action 7 April Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide

World Health Day: "Hypertension" 8 April Istanbul, Turkey: UN Forum on Forests (till 19 April). Oslo: ILO’s European regional meeting (till 9 April). 10 April London: G8 Foreign Ministers Meeting (till 11 April). 12 April Int. Day of Human Space Flight Dublin: Informal Meeting of ECOFIN EU Ministers (till 13 April). 15 April Strasbourg: European Parliament Plenary (till 18 April). 17 April Dublin: Informal meeting of EU Trade Ministers. 18 April Washington: G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors' Meeting (till 19 April).


19 April Washington D.C.: Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (till 21 April). 22 April Int. Mother Earth Day

Dublin: Informal Meeting of EU Ministers for Environment Geneva: Second NPT Preparatory Committee (till 3 May). Luxembourg: - Foreign Affairs EU Council (FAC). -Agriculture and Fisheries EU Council (AGRI FISH). New York: Commission on Population and Development (till 26 April). 23 April World Book and Copyright Day

Dublin: - Informal Meeting of EU Ministers for Environment. - Informal Meeting of EU Ministers for Energy (till 24 April). Luxembourg: EU General Affairs Council (GAC) -Agriculture and Fisheries EU Council (AGRI FISH) 25 April World Malaria Day [WHO]

26 April World Intellectual Property Day [WIPO]

28 April World Day for Safety and Health at Work "The Prevention of Occupational Diseases"

29 April Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare

30 April International Jazz Day


MAY Date tbc: New York: Commission on Sustainable Development. Expected launch of a High-level Forum; -“Feeding the 5000” event for Save Food Initiative. Events in Berlin (tbc, June), Norway (July); Rio (Sept.) and Sydney or Singapore (Nov.). - High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on post-2015 development agenda. Hand-over of Panel’s report to the UN Secretary-General. May or June: World Economic Situation and Prospects, Mid-Year Update Report. May or June: State of the World’s Children report, on children with disabilities. 1 May Togo assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council 3 May World Press Freedom Day

6 May Second UN Global Road Safety Week

8 May Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War (and 9 May). Addis Ababa: World Economic Forum on Africa 2013 (till 10 May). 11 May World Migratory Bird Day (and 12 May) 13 May Brussels: Agriculture and Fisheries EU Council (till 14 May). 14 May Brussels: Economic and Financial Affairs EU Council. 15 May Int. Day of Families "Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity"


16 May : Brussels: Education, Youth, Culture and Sport EU Council (till 17 May). 17 May World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

19 May Addis Ababa: African Union Summit (till 26 May). 20 May New York: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (till 31 May). Strasbourg: - European Parliament Plenary (till 23 May). 21 May World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

European maritime day 22 May International Day for Biological Diversity: "Water and Biodiversity"

25 May Africa Day (AU, OSAA). Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories

26 May Dublin: - Informal Meeting of EU Ministers for Agriculture (till 28 May). 27 May Brussels: EU Foreign Affairs Council (plus FAC Development). 28 May Brussels: - EU General Affairs Council (GAC). 29 May International Day of UN Peacekeepers


30 May Brussels: EU Council. 31 May World No-Tobacco Day: Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

Brussels: Millennium Film Festival 2013 (till 9 June).

JUNE Date tbc: UN SGl’s report to the GA on MDGs and post-2015 development agenda. 1 June United Kingdom assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council Global Day of Parents 4 June International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression St.Petersburg: "Rating Agencies In The International Financial System" (till 5 June). 5 June World Environment Day: food waste Launch of UNEP/FAO report assessing environmental impact of food waste 6 June Luxembourg: - Transport, Telecommunications and Energy EU Council (till 7 June + 10 June). -Meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Council (till 7 June). St.Petersburg: G20 Finance Ministers' and Central Bank Governors' Deputies Meeting 8 June World Oceans Day

10 June Dublin: -EUROSME 2013 - Irish Presidency European SME Conference (till 12 June). Strasbourg: European Parliament Plenary (till 13 June).


12 June World Day Against Child Labour [ILO]

13 June London (tbc):

G8 Summit on the theme of food security (till 14 June).

14 June World Blood Donor Day 15 June World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

16 June Day of the African Child (AU/OSAA). 17 June World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought Co Fermanagh (Northern Ireland): G8 summit of world leaders (till 18 June). 18 June Luxembourg: EU Environment Council. - EU Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) 19 June St.Petersburg: Business 20 Summit; Joint Meeting with Labour 20; Civil 20 Summit (till 20 June). 20 June World Refugee Day Luxembourg: -EUROGROUP. - Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs EU Council (till 21 June). 21 June First anniversary of the Zero Hunger Challenge. Luxembourg: Economic and Financial Affairs EU Council (ECOFIN).


23 June International Widow’s Day 24 June Luxembourg: -Agriculture and Fisheries EU Council (till 25 June). -General and Foreign Affairs EU Councils (till 25 June). 25 June Day of the Seafarer [IMO]

20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action 26 June International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

27 June Brussels: European Council (till 28 June). 28 June Brussels: European Council (till 29 June) -------------------------------------------------This document is for planning purposes only and is subject to change. Please check also our website for latest changes or call + 32 476 215 485


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