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THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS: THE EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE (45/12) 1-7 December 2012 (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

François Crépeau, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants: Greece (till 3 Dec.).

Michel Barnier, EU Commissioner on Internal Market and Services: Beirut (till 2 Dec.).

Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime: Thailand, Myanmar, Viet Nam, Lao People's Democratic Republic and Indonesia (till 9 Dec.).

Magdalena Sepúlveda, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights: Mongolia (3-7 Dec.).

Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action: Doha (3-7 Dec.).

Romano Prodi, UN Special Envoy for the Sahel: Brussels (4 Dec.).

Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General: Brussels (5-6 Dec.).

The UN Secretary-General: Doha (4 Dec.); Following that, he will visit Kuwait and he intends to visit camps for Syrian refugees in both Jordan and Turkey.

---------------------------------------------Saturday, 1 December Morocco assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council World AIDS Day

Washington: EU–US Interparliamentary Meeting and Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue Meeting. Doha: Climate Change Conference – COP 18 (till 7 Dec.).

Sunday, 2 December International Day for the Abolition of Slavery


Monday, 3 December International Day of Persons with Disabilities: "Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all" “Measuring Progress Towards a Green Economy”: launch of report. Bonn: IAEA International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine - Setting the Scene for the Next Decade (till 7 Dec.). Brussels: -Transport, Telecoms and Energy Council (Energy). -Eurogroup. -European Parliament- Discussion with Hina Rabbani Kher, Foreign Minister of Pakistan. - European Parliament - Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Iraq. - European Parliament - Special committee on organised crime, corruption and money laundering. - Conference on Children’s Rights and Business Principles. Organizers: Global Compact Network Belgium and the King Baudouin Foundation, Egmont Palace. Dubai: World Conference on International Telecommunications (till 14 Dec.).

Geneva: -Forum on Business and Human Rights (till 5 Dec.). -Meeting of State Parties of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (till 7 Dec.). -UN Voluntary Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery / Board of Trustees (till 7 Dec.). New York: -Launch of the preparatory process of the High-level meeting of the General Assembly on disability and development (23 September 2013). -Ministerial Follow-up Forum to the Paris Commitments and Paris Principles on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups. Ouagadougou: Sahel and West Africa Week. Rome: FAO Council (till 7 Dec.). Tuesday, 4 December Launch of World Economic Situation and Prospects 2013 (and 17-18 January 2013) Brussels: -Economic and Financial Affairs EU Council (ECOFIN). - Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers (till 5 Dec). -High-level meeting between the ILO and European Commission (till 5 Dec.).


- European Voice -The battle over Europe's infrastructure: can the EU bridge the gap between European and local politics?" - Friends of Europe: panel debate entitled "Forging a new EU-Arab partnership for growth and stability".

Doha: Opening of the high-level segment of the session of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The UN Secretary-General will attend. Geneva: UNEP-hosted international conference on green economy indicators, “Measuring the Future We Want” (till 6 Dec.). London: High level meeting of the OECD Development Aid Committee (till 5 Dec.). New York: Ad Hoc Committee of the General Assembly for the Announcement of Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA. Wednesday, 5 December International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development UN Young Professional Programme Examinations Brussels: -EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and US Attorney General Eric Holder will launch a Global Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Online, with participation of Ministers and other high-level officials from 45 countries. Available on EbS. -Annual convention of the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion (till 7 Dec.)

- EU Commission presents a Communication on a Youth Employment Package. -‘Sustainable Energy for All: A focus on Africa’ – debate organized by Friends of Europe. 1184/SustainableenergyforallAfocusonAfrica.aspx

New York: Annual UN Student Human Rights Conference (till 7 Dec.) Theme: “The Future We Want: A Better World Through Human Rights.” It will connect students in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America among other regions. Webcast live from UN HQ on 6-7 Dec. Contact: Thursday, 6 December Brussels: -Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs EU Council (till 7 Dec.). -Justice and Home Affairs EU Council (till 7 Dec.). -European Parliament - Exchange of views on the human rights situation in Mali. -European Parliament - Update on the human rights situation in North Kivu. Dublin: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial meeting.


Friday, 7 December International Civil Aviation Day [ICAO] Launch of the Global Wage Report (ILO) Brussels: Press briefing - The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: addressing selectivity, latest developments and preparation for trial. Speakers: Herman von Hebel, Registrar; Marten Youssef, Spokesperson; Chris Black, Legal Officer at the Pre-Trial Chamber. 10.30 am. UNRIC, 155 rue de la Loi/Wetstraat. 8th floor entrance block C.2. Registration:

And beyond: Other dates to pin 9 December International Anti-Corruption Day Brussels: Eurogroup 10 December Human Rights Day "Inclusion and the right to participate in public life”

Brussels: -Competitiveness EU Council (till 11 Dec.). -EU Foreign Affairs EU Council (GAC). Malabo: ACP Council of Ministers, Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government (till 14 Dec.). Maputo: Seventh Conference of the Parties to the Nairobi Convention (till 14 Dec.).

Oslo: Nobel Peace Prize to Be Awarded. Strasbourg: European Parliament Plenary Session (till 13 Dec.). 11 December International Mountain Day

Brussels: -EU General Affairs Council. -Human Rights day film ‘No’! Venue: BOZAR. 12 December Brussels: -European Economic and Social Committee: 5th edition of the Civil Society Prize. Nicosia: EU-Russia Permanent Partnership Council (PPC) on Energy. Pafos: Ministerial meeting between the EU and countries in the south-eastern Mediterranean region in the context of energy cooperation.


13 December Brussels: European Council (till 14 Dec.). The Council will focus on economic policy, but is also expected to address defence, enlargement and foreign policy issues. The heads of state or government are expected to adopt conclusions on the future of the Economic and Monetary Union based on the preparatory work carried out by the European Council's president in close consultation with the presidents of the Commission, the European Central Bank and the Eurogroup. Frankfurt: Reforming EU Fiscal Governance. Organizers: European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Luxembourg: 'The transition to a green economy in Luxembourg: opportunities and challenges for green and decent jobs and for social inclusion' Organizers: ILO/ Government of Luxembourg. 15 December Fukushima: The Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety (till 17 Dec.).

17 December Brussels: Environment Council 18 December International Migrants Day

20th Anniversary of the Declaration on Minority Rights Brussels: -Agriculture and Fisheries Council (till 20 Dec.). - EESC: Rio+20 follow up: European civil society contributions to the Commission’s consultation. 20 December International Human Solidarity Day

Brussels: Transport, Telecoms and Energy EU Council (till 21 Dec.).



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

Act against Corruption. Promote the MDGs. International Anti-Corruption Day - Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune. UNODC and UNDP have developed a joint global campaign, focusing on how corruption hinders efforts to achieve the internationally agreed upon Millennium Development Goals and impacts education, health, justice, democracy, prosperity and development.

'60 over 60': A Call for Nominations of Outstanding Older People Not a competition as such, but an inspirational call to nominate your outstanding over 60's. To complement the release of a new report, 'Ageing in the 21st Century: A Celebration and a Challenge', UNFPA and HelpAge International are creating a list of 60 inspiring and influential older people over 60, and need your help. The submission deadline is 31 December, 2012.

FIVE – Festival Internacional de Videos Educativos The School of Economic Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires, in association with the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), is inviting submissions from students and teachers for an international video contest on sustainable development and education. The registration deadline is 15 March, 2013



The Week Ahead at the United Nations (45/12)  
The Week Ahead at the United Nations (45/12)  

The Week Ahead at the United Nations: the European perspective (45/12), 1 - 7 December 2-12 (and beyond)