Oct 22, 2021


The Week Ahead at the United Nations

23 October – 30 October 2021    

(This document is for planning purposes only and is subject to change) 

The Week Ahead is available online here: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/the-week-ahead-the-united-nations

To find out which events will be webcast, see:  https://media.un.org/en/webtv/schedule   

You can also consult the  UN Journal  and the website of the  UN Security Council  to find the latest information.     


Saturday, 23 October


The UN Security Council is on a scheduled trip to Mali and Niger from 22 to 26 October 2021. During the trip, Council members will meet various leaders from the two countries, as well as civil society.


The key objectives are ensuring that the transition in Mali carries on as planned, continuing the conversation on terrorism and climate change effects in the Sahel as well as seeing how best the Council can support the region.


Sunday, 24 October


Today is United Nations Day.


The World Health Summit begins today in Berlin, and it will continue until 26 October.


Monday, 25 October


At noon, broadcast live on UN Web TV, the guest will be UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner. He will present results from UNDP’s ‘Peoples’ Climate Vote’. With more than 1.2 million respondents, ‘The Peoples’ Climate Vote’, launched in January 2021, is the largest survey of public opinion on climate change ever conducted.


In Geneva, at 11 a.m., there will be a virtual press conference by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to launch its Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. Prof. Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary-General and Dr Oksana Tarasova, WMO Chief of Atmospheric and Environment, will be the speakers.


Still in Geneva, the 133rd session of the Human Rights Committee continues until 5 November.

Also, in Geneva, the 80th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) continues until 12 November.


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is scheduled to release an update of the key findings of the NDC Synthesis Report.


Tuesday, 26 October


At 8:00 a.m., the one-day high-level online conference entitled Addressing hate speech through education: Global Education Ministers Conference will take place.


At 9:15 a.m., in the Press Briefing Room, the Secretary-general is scheduled to do a press conference to launch the UN Environment Programme’s Emissions Gap Report. He will be joined virtually by the Executive Director of UNEP, Inger Andersen. Now in its 12th year, the report provides a yearly review of the difference between where greenhouse gas emissions are predicted to be in 2030, and where they should be to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.


At 10:00 a.m., in the General Assembly Hall, the General Assembly is scheduled to hold a High-level thematic debate on ‘Delivering climate action: for people, planet and prosperity”.  The high-level debate will continue at 3:00 p.m.


Wednesday, 27 October


This morning the Security Council is scheduled to hold a briefing, followed by consultations on the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and Sudan/South Sudan. This afternoon, the Security Council is scheduled to adopt resolutions linked to the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) and to Colombia. Also this afternoon, the Security Council is scheduled to hold a briefing, followed by consultations on the Middle East (Syria).


In Geneva, at 10:00 a.m., there will be a virtual press conference by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to launch the 8th ILO Monitor: COVID-19 and the world of work.

Thursday, 28 October


At 8:00 a.m., the Security Council is scheduled to hold a VTC debate on Cooperation between the UN and regional and subregional organizations (AU).


Also, at 9:00 a.m., the virtual event entitled “Strengthening the United Nations’ victim-centred response to sexual exploitation and abuse through partnerships with national human rights institutions – challenges and opportunities” will take place. This event is co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Australia, Costa Rica and Germany and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and jointly hosted by the Office of the Victims’ Rights Advocate and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.


Friday, 29 October


This morning, the Security Council is scheduled to hold a briefing, followed by consultations on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).