Feb 10, 2020

This Week at the United Nations


8 – 14 February 2020


Monday, 10 February


World Pulses Day

The Desert Locust Upsurge in the Greater Horn of Africa is the focus of a briefing by Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock, FAO Director of Emergencies Dominique Burgeon, and FAO Senior Locust Forecasting Officer Keith Cressman.

In Geneva:

  • The Conference on Disarmament continues until 27 March.
  • The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women begins its 75th session, reviewing Latvia, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Moldova and Kiribati.


 Tuesday, 11 February


The Security Council is scheduled to adopt resolutions on sanctions in Sudan and Libya.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The International Chamber of Commerce hosts “Investment in Equality in Science, Technology and Innovation in the Era of Digitalization for Sustainable Development,” with support from several countries and UN agencies including UNCTAD, the ITU, the ILO, WIPO and UNITAR. Several nations also plan a press briefing.

In Geneva, the 23rd International Meeting of Mine Action National Directors and UN Advisers begins.

In Vienna, the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) co-hosts a regional conference on challenges posed by foreign terrorist fighters.


Wednesday, 12 February


The Security Council holds a briefing on Children and Armed Conflict: Peace Processes.

Continuing to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, another event focuses on “Investment in Equality in Science, Technology and Innovation in the Era of Digitalization for Sustainable Development.”

The UN University Centre for Policy Research launches its database of antislavery legislation.

The Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict marks the international day against the use of child soldiers and the 20th anniversary of a key protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child with an interactive exhibit in the General Assembly Hall. It also joins Belgium and Sweden’s UN missions to launch an initiative offering practical guidance for mediators to protect children in situations of armed conflict.

The General Assembly hosts an interactive dialogue on “Targeting Hunger: South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Transforming Agriculture.”


Thursday, 13 February


World Radio Day

The Security Council holds an open debate on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace: Transitional Justice in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations.


Friday, 14 February


The Security Council hold a briefing, followed by consultations, on the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau.

The Executive board of UN Women holds a plenary meeting.


In case you missed it:


  • At AU Summit, SG António Guterres calls for ‘collective, comprehensive, coordinated’ response to challenges facing Africa
  • Coronavirus information hub
  • World Urban Forum: cities must be ‘at the heart’ of sustainable development
  • ISIL still at center of terrorism threat, Security Council hears
  • Climate crisis: Antarctic continent posts record temperature reading of 65° F.
  • From the field: Shock and horror at military onslaught against Syrian civilians
  • WHO estimates annual cost of medical treatment of FGM victims at $1.4 billion
  • CAR sentences 28 militiamen for murder of civilians, UN peacekeepers
  • Africa’s Sahel: Act now before the crisis becomes unmanageable


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