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THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS: THE EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE (13/13) 25-31 March 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 • Christopher Ross, UN Secretary-General's Personal Envoy for Western Sahara: North Africa (till 3 April). • Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development: Auckland (25 March); Bali (26-27 March); Samoa (3 April). • Margaret Vogt, UN Special Representative, Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA): Brussels (25-26 March). • Richard Dictus, UN Volunteer Volunteers programme Executive Coordinator: Brussels (26 March). • Agnes Marcaillou, Director, UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS): Brussels (28-29 March). • Connie Hedegaard and Štefan Füle, respectively EU Commissioners for Climate Action/ Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy: Morocco (4 April). • Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy: St. Petersburg (5 April).


Monday, 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

Auckland (New Zealand): Pacific Energy Summit (till 26 March).

Bali: The Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on post-2015 will meet with a focus on partnerships and financing (till to 27 March). / Brussels:- European Commission launches Green Paper consultation on long term financing of the European economy. -European Parliament: Committee and political group meetings.

-European Parliament - first session on water and waste legislation of the Inter-parliamentary committee meeting "Equal and Effective application of EU and environment law – why is not happening" Dublin: Interparliamentary Conference on Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and Common Defense and Security Policy (till 26 March).

Geneva: -Human Rights Committee (till 28 March). -ILO Governing Body of the ILO (till 28 March). -Conference on Disarmament (till 28 March). New York: -Security Council – Briefing and Consultations on the Middle East. -Security Council – Briefing and Consultations on UNMIL. -Final UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (till 28 March). Tuesday, 26 March Brussels: -Lunch lecture with Professor Weiss on the topic "Is There a Future for the United Nations?" Registration:

-EU data protection rules: Better for business, better for citizens? Organizers: European Voice. 6.30-8pm Doha: Arab League summit (till 27 March). Durban: BRICS Summit: “BRICS and Africa - Partnership for Development, Integration and Industrialisation” (till 27 March).

Geneva: 23rd round of the Geneva International Discussions (till 27 March).

New York: -Security Council – Resolution on UNIPSIL (tbc). -Security Council – Consultations on Yemen and UNDOF. -ECOSOC Youth Forum. The forum will focus on the theme “Shaping tomorrow’s innovators: Leveraging science, technology, innovation and culture for today’s youth”. Innovate Your Future, a major online campaign launched to seek ideas from youth worldwide, will culminate in a Thunderclap on 1 July when world leaders gather in Geneva for the annual ECOSOC.

-Press conference sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Finland: “Parliamentarians Demand a Strong Arms Trade Treaty”. Tunis: World Social Forum (till 30 March). Wednesday, 27 March Brussels: -The European Union kicks-off public debate on 2030 energy and climate framework. The European Commission will present: - A Green Paper on a 2030 Framework Energy and Climate policies; a Renewable energy progress report and a Consultative Communication on the future of Carbon Capture and Storage in Europe. -The European Commission will present a proposal to make Europol more effective at collecting information, analysing it and sharing these analyses with the Member States, in turn providing even more concrete and targeted support to the national law enforcement authorities in their cross-border cooperation and investigations. New York: -Security Council – Consultations on Mali. Thursday, 28 March Brussels: “The Ottawa Convention: the first step towards humanitarian disarmament” Venue: RHID . Followed by the Opening of an exhibition: “Landmines: Treacherous Weapons” at the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History (open to the public till 28 June).

And beyond: Other dates to pin

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 Paris: OECD Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (till 5 April). -Global Forum on Development: Innovative Approaches to Poverty Reduction, Social Cohesion and Progress in the 21st Century, organised by the Development Co-operation Directorate and the Development Centre. 5 April St. Petersburg: Baltic Sea States Conference on Environmental Protection (till 6 April).

7 April Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide

World Health Day: "Hypertension" 8 April Istanbul: UN Forum on Forests (till 19 April). Oslo: ILO’s European regional meeting (till 11 April). During the meeting, focused on “Jobs, growth and social justice”, government, worker and employer representatives from the ILO’s 51 European and Central Asian member States will discuss the way forward for the region in the context of a prolonged financial, economic and social crisis. They will consider policies and reforms that can safeguard both the European social model and the region’s future in the global economy.

9 April Brussels: To mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Ciné-ONU and the US mission to the EU invite you to the screening of “Traces of the Trade” A Story from the Deep North

10 April Brussels: Conference; Time for Plan B: Positive Effects of Gender Sensitive and Environmental Policies

London: G8 Foreign Ministers Meeting (till 11 April).

11 April Brussels: Conference: The Arctic melt: A wake up call, NOT a business opportunity!

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: - General and Foreign Affairs EU Council (till 23 April). -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] Paris: Third Annual High-Level G20 Anti-Corruption Conference for Governments and Business, jointly organised by the Russian Presidency of the G20, the OECD and supported by the UNODC.

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


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

“WORK4YOUTH” photo contest (ILO) The ILO Youth Employment Programme has launched a photo contest focusing on young people at work. The objective of the contest is to highlight the challenges young people face in the workplace, as well as innovative ideas to address them. Photos submitted by participants should capture youth at work The submission deadline is 15 April, 2013

UPU - 2013 International letter-writing competition for young people The theme is: "Write someone a letter explaining why water is a precious resource". The 2013 theme ties in with the International Decade for Action "Water for Life" 2005–2015. Water serves a multitude of different purposes, and it is vital that we preserve this precious natural resource. Access to water is essential to ensuring the health and well-being of humans and the protection of nature. Young people up to the age of 15 years may take part in the competition. The submission deadline is 30 April, 2013 UN APP: Humanitarian Kiosk (OCHA) The Humanitarian Kiosk (H.Kiosk) application provides a range of up-to-the-minute humanitarian related information from emergencies around the world. The application has multiple independant kiosks which reflect locations where UN-OCHA operates or there is an ongoing international humanitarian emergency. Available through iTunes.


Week Ahead at the UN (25-31 March)  
Week Ahead at the UN (25-31 March)  

The Week Ahead at the United Nations: the European perspective, and beyond (25 - 31 March, 2013, n 13)