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THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS: THE EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE (02/13) 7-13 January 2013 (and beyond) 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

VIP Visits

Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism: The Hague (11 Jan.).

Kristalina Georgieva, EU commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response: Haiti (11-14 Jan.).

Rebeca Grynspan, UN USG and UNDP Associate Administrator: Brussels (22 Jan.).

David Nabarro, UN SRSG, Food Security and Nutrition, Coordinator of the Movement for Scaling Up Nutrition, UN System Influenza Coordinator, Coordinator, High Level Task Force on Global Food Security: Brussels (22 Jan.).


Please note that the overview of selected events that will take place during the first Semester of 2013 has been published last week in the Week Ahead 01/13. JANUARY Pakistan assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council. Post-2015 national dialogues in 57+ countries. Thematic consultations (till March). Monday, 7 January Brussels: European Parliament - Committee and political group meetings. New York: UNAIDS press conference by Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme, and the Special Envoys of the UN Secretary-General for HIV/AIDS.


Tuesday, 8 January Berlin: Economic Summit. Brussels: European Commission presents the 2012 'Employment and Social Developments in Europe' Review. New York: Security Council - consultations on Sudan and South Sudan. Wednesday, 9 January ILO launch of the “Domestic workers across the world” Report. Brussels: European Commission - presentation by EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström of the new European Cybercrime Centre. New York: Security Council - briefing and consultations on the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA). Thursday, 10 January Dublin: - Meeting of the European Commission with the Irish Presidency. -European Year of Citizens - Launch & Citizens Dialogue.

Frankfurt: ECB - Governing Council. The Hague: The Boundaries of the Battlefield: A Critical Look at the Legal Paradigms and Rules in Countering Terrorism. Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur and Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, are among the speakers (till 11 Jan.).

Friday, 11 January The Hague: EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström 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.). The Commissioner meets with Prime Minister; attends the closing of camps for displaced people and visits EU-funded projects managed by Concern, UNICEF, Croix Rouge, Handicap international; visits an EU-funded project on cholera managed by MSF and also visits the CARE project.

Saturday, 12 January Marseille: Commission President José Manuel Barroso attends the opening ceremony of "Marseille-Provence 2013 - European Capital of Culture".


And beyond: Other dates to pin 14 January During the week, tbc: Launch and promotion of the My World crowd-sourcing survey on post-2015 priorities. 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).

New York: Security Council - Open Debate on a Comprehensive approach to counterterrorism. The meeting, which will be chaired by Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, is expected to draw participation at the ministerial level and feature a briefing from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Rotterdam: Countering Hatred - Supporting Tolerance in Europe.

16 January Moscow: International conference “Russia and the World: Challenges of Integration” as a part of Gaidar Forum and will focus on Russia’s integration in the global trade.(till 19 Jan.) The World Bank is one of the partner organisations of this event, as is OECD

17 January Regional Launches of World Economic Situation and Prospects 2012 (and 18 Jan.). Berlin: Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2013. AU, FAO, OECD will hold public working meetings whose outcome will be incorporated into the subsequent Agriculture Ministers’ Summit, the International GFFA panel and the International Business Panel Discussion.

Dublin: Informal Meeting of Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs (till 18 Jan.). New York: -Security Council – Consultations on Cyprus. - Security Council – Briefing and Consultations on UNOCI.


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). New York: Security Council - Open Debate on “UN Peacekeeping: a multidimensional Approach”. 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). New York: Security Council - Consultations on Sudan/South Sudan and MINUSTAH. 23 January Davos: World Economic Forum (till 27 Jan.) New York: Security Council - Open debate on Middle East. 24 January Addis Ababa: AU Summit: “Pan Africanism and African Renaissance” (till 31 Jan.). Frankfurt: Governing Council meeting of the ECB. New York: -Security Council – Resolutions on BINUCA and UNFICYP (tbc). -Security Council – Briefings and Consultations on BNUB; UNAMID.


25 January New York: Security Council Briefing and Consultations on UNOWA. 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). - The EU Commission, with the support of European Standardization Organizations, organizes a high-level conference on "Smart Grid Standardization Achievements".

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). -Conference on the EU PEACE Programme. “Bringing Divided Communities Together – sharing the experience of the EU PEACE programme" to highlight one of the EU interventions in peace-building - the EU PEACE Programme in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. --------------------------------------------


UN Campaigns For a more complete list of Competitions, Mobile Apps, Campaigns and Games visit:

Global Good Challenge

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-a-lifetime 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. Volvo Adventure Competition, 2013 (UNEP) The Volvo Adventure - in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) - is an educational programme that seeks to reward environmental activities and the decisionmakers of the future. To enter, you form a team of 2 to 5 members aged 13 to 16 (at competition opening - July 1st 2013). Perform an environmental project in your local community & submit the project The submission deadline is 31 January, 2013 "Bob the Bunny's Cartoon Competition" - Volvo Adventure (UNEP) If you are too young to enter the Volvo Adventure Competition, 'Bob the Bunny's competition' is aimed at young adventurers aged between 10 to 12 years old (at the competition opening - July 1st 2012). To enter, you form a team of 1 to 3 members, identify a local environmental issue and create an A4 cartoon strip illustrating the issue and actions that you might take to solve it. You can view winning entries from past competition on the website. Deadline is 28 February, 2013

22nd International Children’s Painting Competition 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



The Week Ahead at the United Nations, 02-13  

The Week Ahead at the United Nations: the European Perspective, and beyond...

The Week Ahead at the United Nations, 02-13  

The Week Ahead at the United Nations: the European Perspective, and beyond...