Nov 08, 2021

This Week at the United Nations

6 November – 12 November 2021         

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

Available online here:

To find out which events will be webcast, see:   

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


Monday, 8 November


At the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), the theme today is Adaptation, Loss and Damage. A full programme is available here:


The 16th edition of United Nations Police Week begins today. This year’s programme includes briefings to the UN Security Council and the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C-34) of the General Assembly, as well as a ceremony to award the 2021 United Nations Woman Police Officer of the Year. UN Police Week will continue until 12 November.


This afternoon, the Security Council will hold consultations on the Middle East (Syria – chemical weapons).


In Geneva, at 10:30 a.m., there will be a hybrid press conference by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to launch the World Intellectual Property Indicators Report.

This press briefing will be embargoed until 12:30 p.m.


Also in Geneva, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) continues until 12 November. The [http://72nd%20session%20committee%20against%20torture/]72nd Session of the UN Committee Against Torture starts today and continues until 3 December.


In Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is organizing the International Conference on a Decade of Progress after Fukushima-Daiichi: Building on the Lessons Learned to Further Strengthen Nuclear Safety. The conference will continue until 12 November.


Today, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will release the Greening the Blue report, which provides UN system-wide and entity-level data on environmental impact areas: greenhouse gas emissions, climate neutrality, waste, air pollution, water and wastewater, and biodiversity.


Also today, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will launch its report on “Nature-based solutions for climate change.”
Tuesday, 9 November


This morning, the Security Council is scheduled to hold an Open debate on the Maintenance of international peace and security: Exclusion, inequality and conflicts. The Secretary-General is scheduled to deliver remarks.

At noon, the Spokesman for the Secretary-General will hold a press briefing, broadcast live on UN Web TV. This will be followed by a press briefing by the Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.


The guest at the noon briefing will be David Gressly, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen. He will brief remotely.


At 12:30 p.m., the UN Woman Police Officer of the Year Ceremony will take place, as part of the 16th edition of United Nations Police Week.

At the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), the themes today are Gender, as well as Science and Innovation. A full programme is available here:


Also at COP26, Inger Andersen, the Executive Director of the[http:] UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will co-chair the Ministerial meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, with John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy, and Kwaku Afriyie, Ghana’s Minister of Environment.  The Ministerial meeting is expected to launch a “Methane Flagship” and adopt a “2030 Strategy.”


Today, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners will launch the Net Zero Roadmap for Travel and Tourism. The roadmap is a key milestone for UNEP’s tourism engagement with the private sector on climate change, especially as key targets have been agreed in consultation with the accommodation sector, cruise lines, tour operators, aviation, and online travel platforms.


Wednesday, 10 November


This morning, the Security Council is scheduled to hold a briefing on United Nations peacekeeping operations: Police Commissioners


The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will today release its new global estimates on childhood disabilities.


At the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), the theme today is Transport. A full programme is available here:


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will today launch its Futures of Education report.


Thursday, 11 November


This morning, the Security Council is scheduled to hold consultations on the Middle East (Yemen).


At 1:00 p.m. the UN Outreach Programme on the Holocaust is organizing a panel discussion on “Stories from the Violins of Hope” to mark the anniversary of the November 1938 Pogrom. The original drama, created by The Braid with music from the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, brings together theatre and music to tell the story of a collection of stringed instruments that survived the Holocaust, and those whose lives the instruments touched. A free limited screening of the film will be offered from 9 to 13 November 2021. Register here to receive more information and updates.


At the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), the theme today is Cities, Regions and Built Environment. A full programme is available here:


In Paris, the 4th Edition of the Paris Peace Forum starts today, and it will continue until 13 November. The Secretary-General will deliver a message via pre-recorded video.


Friday, 12 November


This morning, the Security Council is scheduled to vote on resolutions linked to the UN Interim Force for Abyei (UNISFA), Somalia and the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The Security Council will also hold a briefing, followed by consultations, on Peace and security in Africa (G5 Sahel).


At noon, the Spokesman for the Secretary-General will hold a press briefing, broadcast live on UN Web TV. This will be followed by a press briefing by the Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.


The guest at the Noon Briefing will be the Police Adviser and Director of the UN Police Division, Luís Carrilho, the Police Commissioners of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Mody Berethe,  and the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), Violet Lusala.

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26)  concludes today.



Last Week 


The joint report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission can be found here:


The joint OHCHR/Ethiopian Human Rights Commission press release on the report is here:


The press release of an OHCHR-only update since June this year can be found here: