Jan 20, 2020

This Week at the United Nations

 19-24 January 2020



Sunday, 19 January 

Secretary-General António Guterres, the Special Representative for Libya, Ghassan Salamé, and the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, participated in the Libya Conference, hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel.


Monday, 20 January 

The Security Council holds consultations on the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

In Geneva:


Tuesday, 21 January 

The Security Council holds an open debate on the Middle East.

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launches the World Social Report 2020: Inequality in a Rapidly Changing World.

In Geneva, Federica Mogherini and Donald Kaberuka, the Co-Chairs of the UN High-level Panel on Internal Displacement, brief reporters on their work.


Wednesday, 22 January 

The Security Council holds a briefing, followed by consultations, on the Middle East (Syria). Subsequent consultations focus on the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia.

The Secretary-General briefs the General Assembly on his priorities for 2020 and launches the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


Thursday, 23 January 

The Security Council holds a briefing on cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations in maintaining international peace and security, focused on the role of ASEAN.

A Joint Meeting of the Executive Boards of the UN Development Program, the UN Population Fund, the UN Office for Project Services, UNICEF, the World Food Program and UN Women is planned.


The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library host “The world economy in 2020: on the cusp of a new decade – Presentation of the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2020.”

In the Hague, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) holds a public sitting. The President of the Court, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, will read the Court’s Order on the request for the indication of provisional measures made by The Gambia in The Gambia v. Myanmar, a case about the Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.


Friday, 24 January 

International Day of Education


In case you missed it: 

  • SG António Guterres: Cities’ capacity is key in ‘crucial battle’ to tackle climate change
  • UN committed to a better future for Haiti; ceremony honors 200,000 dead in 2010 quake
  • UNICEF: Dire situation amid unrelenting conflict in Libya is untenable for children
  • In Colombia, a staggering number of human-rights defenders were killed in 2019
  • UN peacekeepers protecting hundreds displaced by Central African Republic fighting
  • New UN report details how childhoods in Syria have been erased
  • Aid to vulnerable Iraqis may come to a complete halt within weeks
  • Mali: Implementing peace deal is the only path to stability, peacekeeping chief says
  • WHO warns the need for solutions to drug-resistant infections is urgent
  • 2019 was the second-hottest year on record; climate crisis fueling discontent


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