UN Headquarters is gearing up for one of the busiest Septembers in recent years. The 71st UN General Assembly begins next week, with high-level events focusing on anti-Semitism (7 September), migrants/refugees (19-20 September), climate (21 September), and the Sustainable Development Goals (multiple dates).
In case you missed it –
- Prospects for the Paris Agreement to enter into force this year brightened considerably over the weekend as the United States and China – the top two emitters of greenhouse gases – deposited documents formally accepting the climate pact with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
- Members of the Security Council made a three-day visit to South Sudan (2 September) following its recent renewal of the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan. The mandate included the approval of a 4,000-strong regional protection force, whose deployment was accepted by the Transitional Government of National Unity during the visit.
- The Security Council held its third straw poll to determine who will be the next Secretary-General. Two more are scheduled (9 and 26 September).
- The Week Ahead, a 2-minute video produced by the UN Department of Public Information
Following his briefing to the Security Council this week, USG for UNAMA Tadamichi Yamamoto will meet Administration officials and others in DC to provide an update on the latest developments in Afghanistan. (8-9 September).
After participating in the G20 Summit in Hangzhou last weekend, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon traveled to Laos for ASEAN meetings. He returns to New York on Thursday.
At the Security Council:
New Zealand holds the presidency for the month of September when the Council will host high-level briefings on the Middle East (particularly Syria), and on counter-terrorism/aviation security. Other briefings include those on Liberia, Libya, Somalia and Sudan.
This week, the Security Council will begin reviewing reports on Afghanistan, South Sudan and Somalia.
71st UN General Assembly:
- 71st UN General Assembly (13-26 September)
- Social Good Summit (18-19 September)
- Climate Week (19-25 September)
- UN Private Sector Forum (19 September)
- High-Level Summit on Managing Movements of Migrants and Refugees (19 September)
- Leaders’ Summit on Refugees (20 September)
- Global Citizen Festival (24 September)
Around the UN System:
- High-Level Forum on Global Anti-Semitism (7 September)
- Human Rights Council’s 33nd session (13-30 September)
8 September International Literacy Day
The 50th anniversary of this day celebrates national and international engagement in increasing literacy rates around the world and looks at how innovative solutions help meet current challenges and further boost literacy. http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/literacy-day/
15 September International Day of Democracy
Sustainable Development Goal 16 calls for inclusive and participatory societies and institutions and other goals envision a close partnership between nations and civil society. Parliaments play a critical role in helping translate the sustainable development agenda into action – making the principles of democracy especially relevant in funding and accountability decisions. http://www.un.org/en/events/democracyday/
21 September International Day of Peace
The Sustainable Development Goals’ potential to be building blocks for peace is highlighted at numerous events at UN Headquarters. Events will be webcast live. http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/index.shtml.
|Among the UN reports issued:|
|Reports of the Secretary-General:|
· Uprooted: The Growing Crisis for Migrant and Refugee Children, a new UNICEF report details six specific actions to protect and help displaced, refugee and migrant children.
|· Report of the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography|