Jul 15, 2019

15-21 July 2019


Monday 15 July


Today is World Youth Skills Day.

The 2019 High-level political forum on sustainable development organized by DESA, continues today. A new report, The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, will be launched and three senior officials will discuss it at a press conference:


Other events of note:

  • The Girl Up Leadership Summit opens in Washington, DC.
  • The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women’s 73rd Session continues until 19 July.
  • The Human Rights Council/Expert mechanism on the rights of indigenous peoples’ 12th session continues until 19 July
  • The International Law Commission’s 71st Session continues until 9 August. 

The Security Council discusses the situation in the Middle East, and then is briefed by the Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Later it focuses on the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus.

The President of the General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, joins Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and UNDP Administrator to discuss gender equality and women’s leadership at a press briefing.

Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization’s Director-General, and Mark Lowcock, the USG for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA), convene a high-level event on the Ebola outbreak in the DRCongo.


Tuesday 16 July

The Security Council holds a briefing on a letter from the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation on the situation in Ukraine (s/2014/264).

Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies briefs reporters about new guidelines to help cities prepare for heatwaves – extreme weather events that are now among the world’s deadliest natural hazards.


Wednesday 17 July 

The Security Council debates the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals then is briefed on implementation of the youth, peace and security agenda.

Antonio Vitorino, the Director General of the International Organization for Migration, briefs reporters on the Migration Multi-Party Trust Fund.


Thursday 18 July

Today is Nelson Mandela International Day.

The Security Council holds a briefing on the Middle East, followed by consultations on Yemen, and a briefing on “peacebuilding and sustaining peace: partnerships for national-owned transitions.” 

Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, briefs reporters on “Biodiversity and Nature-based Solutions for Climate Action.”
Friday 19 July


The Security Council holds a briefing on Colombia, followed by consultations on the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus.

DESA hosts the ECOSOC High-level segment.


In case you missed it:
  • For This Week at the UN in 60 Seconds, watch here.
  • Pledging ongoing UN support during visit to cyclone-hit areas, SG Guterres praises resilience of Mozambicans
  • As monsoon rains pound Rohingya refugee camps, UN food relief agency steps up aid
  • UN Human Rights Council stands firm on LGBTI violence, Syria detainees and Philippines’ ‘war on drugs’
  • Science is key to pushing forward the 2030 Agenda, UN development forum told
  • New UN poverty report reveals vast inequalities between countries
  • Five myths about peacekeeping (Washington Post)


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