Aug 26, 2019

The Week Ahead at the United Nations

26-30 August 2019

Monday, 26 August 

The G7 Summit in Biarritz, France concludes. Secretary-General António Guterres emphasized the need for action on climate change, partnership with Africa, and work on inequality.

The UN Civil Society Conference begins in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Security Council briefing on UNAMID, the UN-African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur.

In Geneva:

Tuesday, 27 August

Secretary-General António Guterres participates in the 7th Tokyo International Conference of African Development, in Yokohama, then travels to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for a three-day visit focused on the response to the Ebola outbreak.

Security Council briefing and consultations on the Middle East; and on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.


Wednesday, 28 August 

Security Council briefing and consultations on UNAMI, the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq.

UNHCR’s 2019 Refugee Education Report will be presented in Geneva.

Thursday, 29 August

International Day Against Nuclear Tests

Security Council briefing and consultations on the Middle East, focused on the humanitarian situation in Syria. It also is expected to adopt resolutions related to UNIFIL, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, and to sanctions in Mali. That will be followed by consultations on the 1718 Sanctions Committee.

UNCTAD, the UN Conference on Trade and Development will present the Digital Economy Report 2019 – Value Creation and Capture: Implications for Developing Countries.

Friday, 30 August

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances


In case you missed it last week: 

  • World must stamp out persecution of religious groups, SG Guterres urges; UN official presents plan to secure religious sites, ensure worshippers can practice faith in peace
  • The Security Council focused on Yemen, the broader Middle East, and Somalia
  • Lack of funds forces UN to close down life-saving aid programs in Yemen
  • Myanmar military committed ‘routine, systematic’ sexual violence against minorities
  • Photo story: Fighting Ebola in the DR Congo
  • Kashmir communications shutdown a collective punishment that must be reversed
  • WHO: Microplastic pollution is everywhere, but not necessarily a risk to human health
  • World Bank: Invisible crisis of water quality threatens human, environmental well-being

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