Jan 13, 2020

This Week at the United Nations

13-17 January 2020


Monday, 13 January

Secretary-General António Guterres attends a summit with the G5 Sahel leaders (of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) and others, hosted by France’s President, Emmanuel Macron in Pau, France. The focus is on addressing the region’s crisis by strengthening international engagement and collaboration on security, humanitarian and development issues.

The Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution on the UN Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement between Yemen’s government and Houthi rebels; followed by a briefing and consultations on Colombia.

The UN marks the 10th anniversary of the Haiti earthquake with a series of events. In Tunis, it will inaugurate the Hedi Annabi hall, to honor the memory of the head of MINUSTAH, the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, who was among the 102 UN staff who died in earthquake, which reached 7.0 on the Richter scale. Throughout Haiti, 220,000 people were reportedly killed, 300,000 injured, and 1.5 million made homeless by the quake. Mr. Annabi also had served for many years as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping operations.


Tuesday, 14 January

 In Geneva, the Human Rights Council Organizational will have a meeting to adopt its agenda for 2020 and select country rapporteurs for its Universal Periodic Reviews.


Wednesday, 15 January

The Security Council holds a briefing, followed by consultations on the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization in Mali (MINUSMA).

The UN Conference on Trade and Development and the UN Economic Commission for Europe launch the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2020 in Geneva, which assesses developments and the outlook for the global economy. It will be launched in New York on 16 January.


Thursday, 16 January

The Security Council holds a briefing and consultations on Yemen, followed by a meeting of troop-contributing countries to the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

Elliott Harris, UN Chief Economist and Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, and Dawn Holland, Chief of the Global Economic Monitoring Branch, Economic Analysis and Policy Division in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) will brief reporters on the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2020 report at the Noon Briefing at UNHQ.

In Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council’s Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic briefs about its report on children’s human rights from 2011 through October 2019. The Speakers are Paulo Pinheiro, Karen Abuzayd and Hanny Megally.


Friday, 17 January

 The Secretary-General joins representatives of Haiti and of the countries who lost citizens working for the UN in the earthquake at a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Haiti earthquake in the Meditation Alcove of the General Assembly Hall. Those wishing to pay their respects may visit the memorial relocated from Haiti to the North Lawn of the United Nations.


In case you missed it: 

  • SG António Guterres pledges active engagement in further de-escalation in Mideast
  • Secretary-General committed to helping Haiti build better future
  • UN General Assembly president: Inaction over climate emergency ‘not an option’
  • Security Council beats midnight deadline, renews Syria cross-border aid
  • WHO chief sets out health priorities for the decade: no shortcuts to healthier world
  • More international support needed to curb world’s worst measles outbreak, in DR Congo
  • Unprecedented terrorist violence in Sahel region


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