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The Week Ahead at the United Nations: The European Perspective, 8-14 May, 2010, and beyond.

The Week Ahead at the United Nations: The European Perspective, 8-14 May, 2010, and beyond.

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  • 1. THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS: THE EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE (18/10) 8-14 May 2010 (and beyond) VIP Visits • Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator: Tanzania (8-12 May); South Africa (12- 14 May). • Michel Barnier, EU Commissioner for Internal Market and Services: New York (10- 12 May). • Mark Ward, Special Advisor on Development to the UN SRSG UNAMA: Brussels (10- 12 May). • Jean-Maurice Ripert, Special Envoy for Assistance to Pakistan: Brussels (11 may). • Karel De Gucht, EU Trade Commissioner: Washington (11-12 May). • Kanayo Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development: Brussels (11-12 May). • Janez Potočnik, EU Commissioner for Environment and Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action: New York (12-13 May). • Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Japan (12-15 May). • Anand Grover, Special Rapporteur on the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health: Guatemala (12-17 May). • Security Council Mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (13-16 May). • Manfred Nowak, Special Rapporteur on the question of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment: Papua New-Guinea (15-30 May). • Gulnara Shahinian, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences: Brazil (17-28 May). • Fernando Armindo Lugo Mendez, President of Paraguay: Brussels, (20 May). • Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development: Indonesia (24-26 May). --------------------------------- 1
  • 2. Saturday, 8 May • Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War (and 9 May). http://www.un.org/en/events/remembranceday/ • World Migratory Bird Day [UNEP] (and 9 May) http://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org o Launch of the new ILO global report "Accelerating action against child labor". Beijing: Int. Cooperative Conference on Green Economy and Climate Change (till 9 May). Gothenburg: The situation in DRC. Organizer: Swedish UNA. Venue: city library. http://fn.se/PageFiles/14114/FN%20-%20Gbg_Inbjudan.pdf Madrid: First Youth Summit: Europe – Latin America and the Caribbean (till 9 May). Sunday, 9 May • Day of Europe (official day) Monday, 10 May • WHO: Launch of the World Health Statistics 2010 - Brussels: General Affairs Council (GAC) and Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) and Development Council (till 11 May). For the agenda: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_Data/docs/pressdata/EN/mainact/114264.pdf - EU-Turkey Association Council. - Education, Youth and Culture EU Council (till 11 May). - European Economic Area Council (EEA) -European Parliament - Delegation for relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council: Debate with the European Commission (- Life in the occupied West bank: The new IDF Military Order; - Human Rights Defenders in Israel: The threat to funding; - Fuel deliveries/power to Gaza: Who pays-who delivers?). - European Parliament - Committee on Development: Progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals: mid-term review in preparation of the UN high-level meeting in September 2010; Poverty reduction and job creation in developing countries: the way forward; EU position in relation to the G20 Toronto Summit on 26-27 June 2010. - European Parliament - Subcommittee on Human Rights: "Human Dignity for All: a Human Rights Strategy for Foreign Policy" - Discussion with Mr Maxime Verhaegen, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs. -World Economic Forum on Europe 2010 Geneva:-Human Rights Council, Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (till 14 May). 2
  • 3. -Committee against Torture (till 14 May). - Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (till 21 May). -UNCTAD: Public Forum with Civil Society Organizations (till 11 May). New York: - Security Council - briefing and consultations on the United Nations Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB). -2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) (till 28 May). -Commission on Sustainable Development (till 14 May). Janez Potočnik and Connie Hedegaard, will participate to the High-level Segment (12-14 May). On 12 May Connie Hedegaard, will hold a press conference on international climate change negotiations. Paris: -OECD/Environment Directorate: Global Environment Forum (till 11 May). -Regional Consultative meeting of experts on the opportunity to prepare a Statement of Ethical principles regarding Climate change. Venue: UNESCO House. The Hague: Global Child Labour Conference. Organiser: Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, in close collaboration with the ILO. http://www.ilo.org/ipec/Campaignandadvocacy/GlobalChildLabourConference/lang--en/index.htm Vienna: International Narcotics Control Board (till 14 May). Tuesday, 11 May Brussels: Afghanistan -Press briefing on the Current situation and the preparation for the Kabul conference by Mark S. Ward, Special Advisor on Development to the Special Representative of the Secretary General for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Venue: UNRIC, Residence Palace, 8th floor. 10.00-11.00am. -EU Stabilisation and Association Council with Albania. - EU Political Dialogue with South Africa. - EU Association Council with Tunisia. - Improving Europe’s humanitarian assistance: lessons from Haiti and other crises. Organizer: European Policy Centre. http://www.epc.eu/en/c.asp?TYP=ABOUT&LV=224&PG=AE/en/calendar&AI=1&see=n New York: Security Council - open debate on its 1267 http://www.un.org/sc/committees/1267, 1373 http://www.un.org/sc/ctc and 1540 http://www.un.org/sc/1540 Committees (Counter terrorism action). 3
  • 4. Oslo: Seminar on the shift in the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. Organizers: Peace Research Institute. http://www.prio.no/Events/Event/?oid=56495124 Strasbourg: Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. At the end of the session “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” will take over the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers from Switzerland for the next six months. Wednesday, 12 May Berlin: Fighting racist violence and discrimination. Organizers: Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) and the German Institute for Human Rights. Brussels: - The EU Commission is to adopt a Communication, 12 country progress reports and one sectoral report as part of a stock-taking of the European Neighbourhood Policy from 2004 to 2009. -18th Development Briefing on Humanitarian Assistance and Rural Development. Venue: Borschette. 8.30-13.00. More on http://brusselsbriefings.net/ - Launch of the IMF’s Regional Outlook Europe - CEPS conference on Builiding Sustainability. http://www.ceps.eu/event/building-sustainability-launch-imfs-regional-outlook-europe -Does Europe need Homeland Security? Organizer: Security and Defence Agenda. New York: -Security Council - expected to adopt resolution on the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) and the UN Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT). -Security Council - debate on Somalia. Thursday, 13 May New York: Human Rights Council elections. The election of 14 members of the Human Rights Council will be held in a General Assembly meeting. The list of candidates as well as their voluntary pledges (if submitted) is available at www.un.org/ga/64/elections/hrc/index.shtml Friday, 14 May New York: Press conference by Rear Admiral Peter Hudson of EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta on the latest state of play of the operations to combat piracy off the Somali Coast. 4
  • 5. And beyond: Other dates to pin 15 May • International Day of Families http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/family/idf10.html 16 May Santader (Spain): EU-Mexico Summit. 17 May • World Telecommunication and Information Society Day http://www.itu.int/wtisd/index.html Brussels: -EU Council of Agriculture and Fishing (till 18 May). -Eurogroup meeting. Geneva: WHO, World Health Assembly (till 21 May). Madrid: -UE-CARIFORUM Summit -UE-Chili Summit -UE-MERCOSUR Summit New York: Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (till 19 May). http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/rio20 Strasbourg: European Parliament Plenary Session (till 20 May). Uddevalla: The role of Sweden in the world. http://fn.se/distrikt-och-foreningar/foreningar/uddevalla-fn-forening/verksamhet/kalendarium/mote-med-jan-eliasson 18 May Brussels: Economic and Financial Affairs EU Council (ECOFIN). Gijón: European Maritime Day 2010 (till 21 May). http://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/maritimeday/index_en.html Madrid: EU-Latin America and Caribbean summit (till 19 May). Sevilla: EU Latin America Parliamentary Session. 19 May Madrid: UE-Andean Community Summit. -UE-Central America Summit. 20 May 5
  • 6. Berlin: G20 conference on banking and financial markets. Brussels: EU-Level Concluding Conference on Health and Border Management in the framework of the EC-funded Increasing Public Health Safety Alongside the New Eastern European Border Line” (PHBLM) project. Organizer: IOM. For more information: mrfbrusselsmigrationhealthunit@iom.int Geneva: Human Rights Council, Organizational meeting. Toulouse: UN Model, organized by the Human Rights School. 21 May • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development http://portal.unesco.org/culture/en/ev.php-URL_ID=35636&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html 22 May • International Day for Biological Diversity http://www.cbd.int/idb/2010/ Istanbul: International reconstruction and development conference on Somalia (tbc). 24 May La Garde-Freinet (France): Forest Festival ' Forest is life '. Organizer: ' La forêt en partage ', with UNRIC partnership for the International Year of Biodiversity. 25 May • European SME Week 2010 Brussels: -The EU after the Lisbon Treaty: high-level conference of academics and policy- makers. Venue: European Parliament (till 26 May). For security reasons, registration is obligatory (including press). Jmc10@teamwork.fr -Brussels Economic Forum (till 26 May) http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/bef2010/programme/index.html Geneva: Committee on the Rights of the Child (till 11 June). Istanbul: UN international meeting on the question of Palestine (till 27 May). 26 May Brussels: Climate Action: "European Commission Communication on unlocking Europe's potential in clean innovation and growth". Geneva: WMO, Executive Council (till 4 June). Paris: OECD Forum http://www.oecd.org/site/0,3407,en_21571361_44354303_1_1_1_1_1,00.html 6
  • 7. Yogyakarta (Indonesia): High level ASEM conference "Towards an Asia-Europe Partnership for Sustainable Development". The Conference forms part of a series of meetings that will take place in the lead-up to the ASEM8 Summit of Head of States and Government which will be hosted by Belgium on 4-5 October 2010. 27 May Brussels: -first Forum for Outermost Europe (till 28 May). http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/conferences/rup2010 - “Statebuilding at the Heart of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding”. Organizers: The Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation (MCF) and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA). dfiott@madariaga.org (till 28 May). Paris: OECD Annual Ministerial Meeting (till 28 may). 29 May • International Day of UN Peacekeepers 31 May • World No-Tobacco Day [WHO] http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/2010/announcement/en/index.html Bonn: UNFCCC, meetings of subsidiary bodies of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (till 11 June). Brussels: Telecoms and Energy EU Council. Geneva: -Human Rights Council (till 18 June). -Conference on Disarmament (till 16 July). Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso): ACP Council of Ministers (till 3 June). Rostov: EU-Russia summit (till 1 June). The Hague: Official opening of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT). ------------------------------ “Against Poverty”: UNRIC Campaign and EU Spanish Presidency Prize UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY AGAINST POVERTY http://www.wecanendpoverty.eu ------------------------------------------ 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 + 32 476 215 485 7