The Week Ahead at the United Nations
16-23 June 2019
Monday 17 June
- World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
- The Security Council will focus on Yemen, then on UNDOF.
- UN officials will brief reporters at UNHQ on the World Population Prospects 2019; materials will be available later in the day.
- Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees will brief reporters at the UN in Geneva on UNHCR’s annual Global Trends Report on Forced Displacement.
Tuesday 18 June
- Sustainable Gastronomy Day
- The Security Council will be briefed on UN Peacekeeping operations.
- An informal briefing about the UN strategy and plan of action on hate speech will be at UNHQ.
Wednesday 19 June
- International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee conducts a hearing on President Trump’s nomination of Kelly Craft to be the United States’ ambassador to the United Nations.
- The Security Council is briefed on the International Criminal Court’s work on Sudan, then debates the UNAMA.
- The current president of the UN Human Rights Council will brief about its 41st regular session (24 June-12 July 2019).
Thursday 20 June
- World Refugee Day
- The Security Council is briefed and holds consultations on the Middle East, then on the MINUSCA.
Friday 21 June
- International Day of Yoga
- SRSG for Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto visits Washington.
- UNRWA’s Commissioner General, Pierre Krähenbühl, briefs reporters about its work at UNHQ.
In case you missed it last week:
Senior officials, led by Secretary-General António Guterres, planted a tree on the North Lawn of UNHQ to honor the legacy of Anne Frank. The sapling is a descendent of the tree that stood outside the Frank family’s hiding place during World War II.
The Security Council adopt a resolution on Libya and was briefed and held consultations on UNMIK; MINUSMA and Mali; UNAMID; Syria; Burundi; the protection of civilians in armed conflict: missing persons in armed conflict; the maintenance of international peace and security: conflict prevention and mediation; cooperation between the UN and the League of Arab States. It also met with countries that contribute troops to MINUSMA, UNDOF and UNAMID and Darfur, and engaged in a televised conversation with Melinda Gates and Jack Ma about the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation. And it issued a statement of full support of UN Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffith. Kuwait is the President of the Security Council in June; other members are listed here. Also of note:
- The 12th Session of the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities met 11-13 June. The UN Committee of Experts on Business and Trade Statistics, organized by DESA, also met 11-13 June. Guterres: New disability inclusion strategy is transformative change we need
- WHO discussed the prevalence of mental disorders in conflict settings, which were published in The Lancet: One in five suffers mental health condition in conflict zones
- UNCTAD launched its World Investment Report 2019: Special Economic Zones.
· Amid Venezuela exodus, UN refugee envoy Angelina Jolie visits camps on Colombian border, appeals for humanity, more support
- International Day of Family Remittances – 16 June
- World Elder Abuse Day –15 June
- World Blood Donor Day – 14 June
- International Albinism Awareness Day – 13 June
- World Day Against Child Labour – 12 June
- World Oceans Day – 8 June
For more information:
- For a complete schedule: http://bit.ly/2iQpxx7.
- To find out which events will be webcast see: http://unwebtv.live/schedule.
- UN News Centre: https://news.un.org/en/
- UN Secretary-General: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/secretary-generals-speeches
- UN Security Council: https://www.un.org/securitycouncil/
UN Spokesperson: http://www.un.org/sg/en/spokesperson