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THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS: THE EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE (20/13) 13-19 May 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 2 7888484 or +32 476 215 485

VIP Visits  Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response: Lebanon (13 May).  Lisa Buttenheim, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP): Helsinki (13 May).    Martin Schulz, European Parliament President: Johannesburg and Capetown (13-14 May).      Farida Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights: Bosnia and Herzegovina (13-24 May).  Rita Izsák, UN Independent Expert on minority issues; Heiner Bielefeldt, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief; Mutuma Ruteere, UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance; Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression: Oslo (14-15 May).  Achim Steiner UNEP Executive Director: Brussels (14 May); Amsterdam (22 May).  Rebeca Grynspan, UNDP Associate Administrator; Ertharin Cousin, WFP Executive Director; William Lacy Swing, IOM Director-General: Brussels (15 May).  Saeed Jalili, Chief Negotiator for Iran’s nuclear programme: Istanbul (15 May).  Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, President of Mauritania; Issoufou Mahamadou, President of Niger; Dioncounda Traore, Interim President of Mali: Brussels (15-16 May).  Karel De Gucht, EU Trade Commissioner: New York (17-20 May).  Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: The Hague (16 May), Brussels and Leuven (21 May).  Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director: Brussels (21 May).  Sigrid Kaag, UNDP Assistant Administrator: Brussels (21-22 May).  Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food; Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights: Brussels (22 May).  Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact; Amina Mohammed, UN SG Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning: Amsterdam (23 May).  Vuk Jeremić, President of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly; Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General: Brussels (26-28 May).  Valerie Amos, Emergency Relief Coordinator, OCHA: Brussels (27 May).  Filippo Grandi, UNRWA Commissioner General: Brussels (29 May) ----------------------------------------------


Monday, 13 May Working against trafficking through the multilateral system –– A study of coordination between UN Nations agencies at global, regional and national levels Brussels: -Agriculture and Fisheries EU Council (till 14 May). -European Parliament - Committee and political group meetings.

-exhibition: “Landmines: Treacherous Weapons” (open to the public till 28 June).

Geneva: - OHCHR: Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (till 17 May). -Committee against Torture (till 31 May). -International Law Commission (till 7 June). -Human Rights Council (till 14 June). - Conference on Disarmament (till 28 June). Johannesburg: Pan-African Parliament (till 17 May). New York: -Security Council – Debate on Peace and Security in Africa: the challenges of the fight against terrorism in Africa in the context of maintaining international peace and security. -High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons (till 14 May). - ECOSOC Integration Meeting on Achieving sustainable development: Integrating the social, economic and environmental dimensions. Helsinki: Re-discovering UN Peacekeeping Challenges, Trajectories and Prospects. Keynote speech by Lisa Buttenheim, (UNFICYP). Rome: International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition (till 15 May).

Vienna: International Narcotics Control Board (till 17 May). Tuesday, 14 May ILO/UNCTAD Joint Publication – “Shared Harvests: Agriculture, Trade, and Employment”. Brussels: -Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN).

-Advancing sustainable development post Rio: Debate with UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. Venue: EESC. Geneva: The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and International Labour Organization (ILO) will hold a press conference on a joint publication - Shared Harvests: Agriculture, Trade, and Employment. New York: Security Council – Debate on Bosnia and Herzegovina. -Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (till 2 Aug.).


Oslo: International conference on right-wing extremism and hate crime: Minorities under pressure in Europe and beyond. Paris: UNICEF International Conference Against Child Undernutrition (till 15 May).

Vienna: UN reflection Forum-The Changing International Development Context (till 16 May). Wednesday, 15 May Int. Day of Families "Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity"

UNISDR launch -Third Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction: 'From Shared Risk to Shared Value: the Business Case for Disaster Risk Reduction'. Publication of the World Health Statistics Report 2013. Brussels:- High-Level Donor's Conference on Development in Mali, co-chaired by the European Commission and France. Read also: -The EU Commission's Emergency Response Centre (ERC) will officially open. -European Business Summit (EBS). -Fourth European Civil Protection Forum (till 16 May). New York: Security Council – Briefing and Consultations on BINUCA. The Hague: International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia conference (till 17 May),1752

Thursday, 16 May Bologna: Thomas Stelzer, UN ASG for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, keynote speaker at the Conference on Microcredit Identity (till 17 May). Brussels: -Education, Youth, Culture and Sport EU Council (till 17 May). -European Parliament: Exchange of views on the revised EU guidelines on the death penalty. European Parliament - Subcommittee on Security and Defence - Discussion with Dioncounda Traore, Interim President of Mali; discussion on Russia and China positions in the UN Security Council in light of the recent crisis - study by the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Subcommittee on Security and Defence. - European Parliament: Public Conference “An European instrument for biodiversity: Access and Benefit-sharing” - European Parliament: Seminar “Posting of workers from third countries to the EU - Free movement of labour or modern slavery?” - European Parliament -Subcommittee on Human Rights: Discussion on FRONTEX; Draft EU Guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of Religion or Belief (INI) -Governing Council meeting of the ECB. -"Resilience and lessons learnt from the Sahel". Organiser Oxfam.


Chiang Mai: Asia Pacific Water Summit (till 20 May). Munich: 12th Munich Economic Summit (till 17 May). New York: Security Council – Consultations on - Sudan sanctions. Friday,17 May World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

Helsinki: The UN and International Law. Aspects of Peace and Security with Stephen Mathias, UN ASG for Legal Affairs. Sunday, 19 May Addis Ababa: African Union Summit (till 27 May).

Geneva: Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (till 23 May). And beyond: Other dates to pin 20 May Brussels: 36th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (till 29 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 Brussels: EU General Affairs Council (GAC). Leuven: Guest lecture by Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. University of Leuven (KUL). 22 May International Day for Biological Diversity: "Water and Biodiversity"

Amsterdam: 2013 Global Conference on Sustainability and Reporting (till 24 May).

Brussels: -European Council. -Justice 2015 – Access to Justice to reduce poverty. -Cine-ONU - screening of “Speed – In Search of Lost Time”, by Florian Opitz. Venue: Goethe Institute. Q&A with Dirk Geldof, author of "Unspeeding", Prof. Mark Elchardus (VUB) and Moraig Henderson ( UNDP). New York: -Security Council – Res. on UNIOGBIS (tbc). -Security Council – Briefing and Consultations on the Middle East.


23 May International Day to End Obstetric Fistula Mid-year Update of World Economic and Social Prospects (WESP) 2013 New York: Security Council - Consultations on Sudan/South Sudan and UNISFA. 24 May Dead Sea (Jordan): World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa 2013 (till 26 May). 25 May Africa Day (AU, OSAA). Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories

27 May Brussels: EU Foreign Affairs Council, including FAC Development (till 28 May). -“Right to health, right to life - High Level Meeting on HIV and Human Rights in the European Union and its neighbouring countries”, co-organized by the European Commission and UNAIDS (till 28 May). Dublin: - Informal Meeting of EU agriculture and fisheries ministers (till 28 May). Geneva: Committee on the Rights of the Child (till 14 June). New York: Implementation Review Group of the UN Convention against Corruption (till 31 May). 28 May Brussels: Development Policy Forum (DPF) roundtable “Development cooperation in an age of austerity”. Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General, will participate. D/1216/PageID/6416/Developmentcooperationinanageofausterity.aspx

Paris: OECD week, including OECD annual Forum and Council ministerial meetings.

29 May International Day of UN Peacekeepers

Brussels: EU Competitiveness Council (till 30 May). New York: -Security Council- Res. on UNISFA (tbc). -Security Council- Briefing on UNOCA/LRA.

30 May


Launch of the State of the World’s Children: Children with Disabilities (UNICEF) Brussels: European Youth Forum's YO!Fest - Esplanade of the European Parliament (till 31 May) - European Parliament: Workshop “Do tobacco control measures reduce tobacco use? Evidence from research and practice” organized by the World Health Organization, 12.30-14.30 Registration: 31 May World No-Tobacco Day: Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

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


UN Campaigns, Competitions, Apps and Games


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

UNEP Leftover Recipe Competition The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) through its GreenUp! initiative has launched a competition that asks global citizens to show their love for leftovers, and submit a recipe that they use to clean out the fridge. Love your leftovers aims at making a meaningful contribution to UNEP's new global campaign called 'Think.Eat.Save - Reduce Your Foodprint' to reduce food waste and food losses around the world. The submission deadline is 26 May, 2013 Young Innovators Competition 2013 (ITU) ITU are looking for the next generation of social technopreneurs – young people aged between 18 and 26 with an inspirational ICT-based solution to developmental challenges. Ten winning finalists will be selected to attend ITU Telecom World 2013 in Bangkok, taking part in workshops, pitching sessions, mentoring and networking, plus receiving seed funding of up to USD 10,000 per project. The submission deadline is 1 June, 2013 PLURAL+ 2013 Youth Video Festival The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) are once again inviting the world’s youth and to share their vision with the world by submitting original and creative videos focusing on the themes of migration, diversity and social inclusion. Now in its 5th year, the PLURAL+ youth video festival is an empowering tool and platform for young people from the ages of 9 to 25 to speak out. The submission deadline is 30 June, 2013 2013 GOI Peace Foundation - UNESCO, International Essay Contest for Young People The annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. The theme for this year's competition is "The Power of Culture to Create a Better Future" - The future begins with the vision we hold now. What kind of future do you wish to create for yourself and the world? The submission deadline is 30 June, 2013 --------------------------To subscribe or unsubscribe to the Week Ahead please send an e-mail to


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