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THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS: THE EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE (38/13) 21 October – 27 October 2013 (and beyond) This document is for planning purposes only and is subject to change. Please check also our website for latest changes http://www.unric.org or call + 32 2 788 84 84 / + 32 476 215 485

VIP Visits 

Kishore Singh, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education: Seychelles (till 21 Oct.).

Doudou Diène, UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Côte d’Ivoire: Côte d'Ivoire (till 23 Oct.).

 Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General: Copenhagen (21-23 Oct.). 

Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar: Luxembourg (21 Oct.); Strasbourg (21-22 Oct).

Suliman Baldo, UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Mali: Mali (21 Oct.3 Nov.).

Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court: Brussels (24 Oct.).

Sandeep Chawla, UNODC Deputy Executive Director/Director, Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affair: Brussels (24 Oct.).

Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian President: Brussels (23-24 Oct.).

Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative: Japan (27 Oct.).

Luiz Loures, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director: Brussels (6 Nov.).

Antonio Tajani, EU Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship: Brazil (09-11 Nov.).

Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP Deputy Executive Director: Brussels (26-27 Nov.).

Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General, Brussels (27 Nov.) TBC.

Sigrid Kaag, UNDP Assistant Administrator/ Director, Bureau for External Relations & Advocacy: Brussels (26-27 Nov.). TBC. ----------------------------------------------


Monday 21 October Africa Week (till 25 Oct.). European Week for safety and health at work (till 25 Oct.) https://osha.europa.eu/en/events/european-week-for-safety-and-health-at-work Athens: “The MDGs and Fighting poverty – 2015 and beyond.” Conference organised on the occasion of the UN Day 2013 by the Hellenic African Studies Network, UNRIC and the Harokopeion University (Department of Geography) http://hellenicafricanstudies.wordpress.com/ Brussels: -The European Commission will present a communication on how to reduce gun violence in Europe. It will identify actions at EU level, through legislation, operational activities, training and EU funding, to address the threats posed by the illegal use of firearms. -Lessons learned: From Chad to Mali, remembering the MINURCAT for helping the MINUSMA. Debate with Victor Da Silva Angelo, former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to MINURCAT organized by APNU and UNRIC. Residence Palace, Room Maelbeek. 18.00 Registration with secretaire@apnu.be http://www.unric.org/fr/activites-en-belgique/2131-conference-mali--tirer-les-lecons-de-la-mission-de-lonu-enrepublique-centrafricaine-et-au-tchad-minurcat-pour-assurer-le-succes-de-la-mission-multidimensionnelle-integree-des-nations-unies-pour-lastabilisation-au-mali-minusma

-“Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the future” 16:00 – 18:00 Press room DR 08, FPS Foreign Affairs, 15 rue des Petits Carmes/ Karmelietenstraat. Organizers: UNFPA and the Belgian Development Cooperation. https://www.unric.org/en/events/28761-invitation-conference-on-sexual-and-reproductivehealth-and-rights-in-the-future

- High-level Conference on EU Labour Law (Borchette).

-Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) Int. Criminal Police Organization General Assembly (till 24 Oct.). http://www.interpol.int/News-and-media/Events/2013/82nd-INTERPOL-General-Assembly/82nd-INTERPOL-General-Assembly

Copenhagen: Global Green Growth Forum (till 22 Oct.). On Tuesday, the UN Secretary-General will address the Forum. http://3gf.dk/en/3gf-2013/ Geneva: Human Rights Committee (till 1 Nov.). - ILO, Governing Body and its committees (till 31 Oct.). th

- CEDAW Pre sessional Working Group for the 58 Session (till 25 Oct.)

- Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review: 17th session (till 1 Nov.) Luxembourg: EU Foreign Affairs Council.

- First Stabilisation and Association Council with Serbia. New York: -Security Council Briefing on its latest mission. -Security Council- Briefing and Consultations on MONUSCO/Great Lakes. -High-level panel discussion on “Africa’s innovation in governance through 10 years of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)” on the occasion of the Africa-New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Week. Strasbourg: European Parliament Plenary (till 24 Oct.). http://www.europarl.europa.eu/pdfs/news/expert/agenda_week_by_type/44-2013/44-2013_en.pdf

- Committee on Foreign Affairs: Exchange of views with Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of the 1990 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.


Tuesday 22 October Ancient Olympia: UN4U briefings for the students of the high schools of the city of Ancient Olympia, Greece on the occasion of the UN Day 2013. Organised by UNRIC and the City of Ancient Olympia. (till 23 Oct) Istanbul: Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy 2013 (till 23 Oct). http://www.oecd.org/sti/gfke-2013istanbul.htm

Luxembourg: General affairs EU Council. New York: Security Council Open Debate on the - Middle East. Strasbourg: -The European Commission will adopt its work programme for 2014. The Work Programme for 2014 will set out the key new initiatives for 2014 and will also highlight the priority items for adoption by the legislator before the European Parliament elections in May 2014. -Aung San Suu Kyi will receive the Sakharov Prize, awarded to her in 1990. A press conference with President Schulz will follow her address to the plenary at noon. Wednesday 23 October Launch of the 2013 WHO Global Tuberculosis Report. Antananarivo (Madagascar): A delegation of 3 MEPs will to observe the presidential elections on 25 October as part of the EU Election Observation Mission. Joint press conference with the EU Chief Observe on 27 Oct. Amsterdam: Night of the UN, ‘Nacht van de VN’, celebration of UN Day with election of the Dutch Youth Representative to the GA, sessions relating to the post 2015 agenda, working for the UN, and much more. With the participation of UNRIC. http://www.unric.org/nl/nieuwsoverzicht/26531-kom-naar-de-nacht-van-de-vn-op-23-oktober-2013

Brussels: JAES SM-Joint Africa-EU Civil Society Forum (till 25 Oct.). http://www.africa-eu-partnership.org/newsroom/events/jaes-sm-joint-africa-eu-civil-society-forum

Copenhagen: The Secretary-General will deliver the keynote speech at the Copenhagen Climate Finance Meeting. He will then participate in the launch of the Efficient Energy Hub, which aims to serve as the centre of global efforts to double energy efficiency by 2013, under the umbrella of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative. .EU Commissioner Connie Hedegaard will also participate. New York: Security Council –Briefing and Consultations on the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Thursday 24 October United Nations Day http://www.un.org/en/events/unday / World Development Information Day http://www.un.org/en/events/devinfoday / Disarmament Week (till 30 October) http://www.un.org/en/events/disarmamentweek / Brussels: European Council (till 25 Oct.). -Launch of the report "Business, corruption and crime in the Western Balkans: the impact of bribery and other crime on private enterprise". The report is the result of a study funded by the European Commission in the context of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance and conducted by UNODC. Organised by the European Commission, Directorate General for Enlargement and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), 11.00 – 12.30 , at UN house, rue Montoyer 14, 1000 Brussels. Registration: valerie.devuyst@unodc.org Media requests: Vandesteene@unric.org


- EU-China High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue. - EU Commissioner Andris Piebalgs receives Eloise Todd, Director of ONE, to hand in a petition calling for the European Commission to increase its funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. New York: Security Council – Consultations: on Sudan/South Sudan and Cote d’Ivoire sanctions; on the 1559 report concerning Lebanon. Strasbourg: Committee on Foreign Affairs: The efforts of the international community in the area of development and of 'state building' in South Sudan. The Hague: An Inside View: The Effectiveness of Dutch Foreign Policy (Session II) Project The Hague Institute for Global Justice: How can the Netherlands effectively address emerging global challenges? Conference with former representatives of the Netherlands at the UN: : Herman A. Schaper, Frank A.M. Majoor, Dirk Jan van den Berg, Peter van Walsum Time 13:30-18.00h The Hague Institute for Global Justice , Contact : l.de.meijer@TheHagueInstitute.org Tbilissi (Georgia): A delegation of 5 MEPs will observe the presidential elections of 27 October. Preliminary statement on findings of the international observation mission will be made public in a press conference which will be held on 28 Oct. (time and place tbc). Friday 25 October European Day of Civil Justice. Brussels: -Conference: What is Wrong with the UN Development System and How to Fix It .11:0015:30, Fondation universitaire, organized by the VVN, with support of UNRIC on occasion of UN Day https://www.unric.org/en/events/28762-invitation-what-is-wrong-with-the-uni

-Conférence / Presentation of the book “Sahel - Éclairer le passé pour mieux dessiner l’avenir » organised by GRIP 10.30-12.30, Embassy of Luxembourg, 75, avenue de Cortenbergh, 1000 Bruxelles. Registration: b.vokar@grip.org http://www.grip.org/fr/node/1050 Midrant (South Africa): Interparliamentary meeting between the EP and the Pan-African Parliament (till 26 Oct.). Sunday 27 October World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/access-to-knowledge/archives/world-day-for-audiovisual-heritage /

And beyond: Other dates to pin 28 October Abidjan: The Role of Parliament in Conflict Prevention and Management in West Africa. Regional Conference organized jointly by the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) and the National Assembly of Ivory Coast (till 30 Oct). Nantes: 2013 NEM Summit (30 Oct.). http://nem-summit.eu/ New York: -Security Council - Briefing on the Cooperation between the UN and regional and subregional organizations (OIC). -Security Council Private meeting on the ICJ.


29 October: New York: Security Council Open Debate on the Implementation of the Note S/2010/507 (Working methods). 30 October New York: -Security Council - Adoption of its Annual report. -Security Council Briefing and Consultations on Somalia. -Security Council Consultations on Western Sahara. NOVEMBER China assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council 4 November Geneva: -Human Rights Council, WG on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances (till 13 Nov.). -Committee on Enforced Disappearances (till 15 Nov.). -Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (till 29 Nov.). Leuven: Evening conference: The Broken Mirror: Lasting Fragmentation in the Landscape of International Environmental Governance Post-Rio, by Mr Pieter Leenknegt, at 7 pm – registration conference@ggs.kuleuven.be Paris: UNESCO, General Conference (till 19 Nov.). Rome: WFP, Executive Board (till 8 Nov.).

5 November Paris: UNESCO, General Conference (till 20 Nov.). 6 November International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict http://www.un.org/en/events/environmentconflictday/

International Week of Science and Peace (till 12 Nov.). http://www.un.org/en/events/scienceday/week.shtml Brussels: -European Parliament Plenary Session (till 7 Nov.). -European Parliament: Parliamentary Hearing: "Achieving the right to health of LGBTI people - How can we reverse the HIV, health and human rights crisis affecting LGBTI people in Europe?" with Luiz Loures Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS, 15.30. Registration by 30 October: Michael.cashman@ep.europa.eu Vilnius: Information and Communications Technology 2013 conference (till 8 Nov.). http://europa.eu/newsroom/calendar/event/433100/information-and-communications-technology-2013-conference


7 November Brussels: Friends of Europe's annual Energy Policy Summit - “Europe's energy outlook: Heading in the right direction?” http://www.friendsofeurope.org/Contentnavigation/Events/Eventsoverview/tabid/1187/EventType/EventView/EventId/1226/Euro pesenergyoutlookHeadingintherightdirection.aspx

10 November World Science Day for Peace and Development [UNESCO] http://www.un.org/en/events/scienceday/ 11 November Brussels: Economic and Financial Affairs EU Council (Budget). Johannesburg: DEEEP Global Conference: Building a Global Citizens Movement http://www.concordeurope.org/events/details/44-deeep-global-conference-building-a-global-citizens-movement

New York: United Nations Pledging Conference for Development Activities. Vilnius: Fundamental Rights Conference 2013 (till 13 Nov.) http://fra.europa.eu/en/event/2013/fundamental-rights-conference-2013?tab=programme

Warsaw:-UN Climate Change Conference - COP19 (till 22 Nov.). https://unfccc.int/meetings/warsaw_nov_2013/meeting/7649.php

12 November World Pneumonia Day [WHO] Launch of the World Energy Outlook 2013 http://www.iea.org/newsroomandevents/events/event/name,38060,en.html Addis Ababa: UNECA Committee on Women and Development (till 13 Nov.). http://www.uneca.org/cwd8 New York: Election of the Human Rights Council. http://www.un.org/en/ga/68/meetings/elections/hrc.shtml Vilnius: Fundamental Rights Conference "Combating hate crime in the EU" (till 13 Nov.). http://fra.europa.eu/en/event/2013/fundamental-rights-conference-2013?tab=programme

13 November Brussels: The ‘Energy–Climate–Industry’ Working Group. http://www.friendsofeurope.org/Contentnavigation/Events/Eventsoverview/tabid/1187/EventType/EventView/EventId/1231/TheE nergyClimateIndustryWorkingGroup.aspx

-Aidex 2013, The Global Humanitarian & Development Aid event (till 14 Nov.) www.aid-expo.com 14 November World Diabetes Day [WHO] Brussels: Eurogroup meeting. 15 November Brussels: -Economic and Financial Affairs EU Council. -European Parliament: International Leadership Symposium on Ethics in Business. http://www.wfeb.org/registration_form.php.


16 November World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day [WHO] – 17 November World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims [WHO] http://www.who.int/roadsafety/projects/world_day/en/index.html

Moscow: G20- Financial Stability Board, Plenary Meeting (till 18 Nov.). 18 November Brussels: -EU Foreign and General Affairs Council (till 19 Nov.). - Agriculture and Fisheries EU Council (till 19 Nov.). Dubai: World Energy Forum (till 22 Nov.). http://wef21.org/en/world-energy-forum-2013.html Strasbourg: European Parliament Plenary Session (till 21 Nov.). 19 November World Toilet Day Geneva: Security Council, Governing Council of the UN Compensation Commission established pursuant to Security Council resolution 692 (1991) (till 21 Nov.). 20 November Universal Children's Day http://www.un.org/en/events/childrenday Africa Industrialization Day http://www.un.org/en/events/africaday The Hague: Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the Int. Criminal Court (till 28 Nov.). 21 November World Philosophy Day [UNESCO] http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/social-and-human-sciencesevents/?tx_browser_pi1[showUid]=27213&cHash=152a82979b

World Television Day http://www.un.org/en/events/televisionday 25 November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday Brussels: Education, Youth, Culture and Sport EU Council (till 26 Nov.). 26 November Brussels: Tackling cyber-crime: protecting citizens from digital threats. www.europeanvoice.com/cyber-crime -European development Days (till 27 Nov.) http://eudevdays.eu/ 28 November Vilnius: Eastern Partnership Summit (till 29 Nov.). 29 November International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People http://www.un.org/en/events/palestinianday/index.shtml


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“Young voices against poverty� Video Contest http://www.unric.org/en/competitions In the run-up to European Development Days 2013 - Europe's premier forum on development, poverty eradication and sustainable development - we want you to have your say! The challenge:All you have to do is make a short video (no more than 120 seconds) answering the following question: If you could have your say, how would you fight poverty? The submission deadline is 1 November, 2013 Many Languages, One World - Student Essay Contest http://www.unric.org/en/competitions Part of the UN Academic Impact's commitment to multilingual education, ELS Educational services and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) have launched a global essay contest for university and college students on global citizenship and understanding Submit an essay (2000 words or less) exploring how multilingual ability advances global citizenship and understanding. Your essay should reflect your academic, cultural, and national context. The submission deadline is 21 February, 2014 23rd International Children's Painting Competition http://www.unric.org/en/competitions 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 in over 150 countries. The submission deadline is 15 March, 2014 ------------------------------------------------------

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