Dec 16, 2019

  This Week at the United Nations


16-21 December 2019 


Monday, 16 December

The Security Council is briefed on peace and security in Africa, focusing on inter-communal violence and terrorism in West Africa; and on the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

A UN General Assembly plenary meeting focuses on a range of issues, including strengthening UN coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance. 

A UNHCR press conference on the private sector’s contributions at the Global Refugee Forum.


Tuesday, 17 December

The Security Council is briefed on the SC subsidiary organs and the UNMission in South Sudan.

The UN General Assembly’s president convenes an event marking the end of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages.

The first-ever UNHCR – Global Refugee Forum begins. It is the first-ever gathering of senior representatives of governments, UN organizations, leaders from the humanitarian-development worlds, refugees, business leaders, representatives of civil society, sporting organizations, faith organizations, media representatives and others. UN Secretary-General António Guterres participates.

  • He and UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi subsequently hold a press conference.
  • Separately, UNESCO focuses on its Qualifications Passport for Refugees and Vulnerable Migrants / Recognition of higher-education qualifications initiative.


Wednesday, 18 December

International Migrants Day

Arabic Language Day

The Security Council is briefed and holds consultations on the Middle East; and the International Criminal Court’s work on Sudan.

A UNHCR-OECD technical briefing at Global Refugee Forum focuses on new approaches to financing refugee situations.

Another technical press briefing on UNHCR’s Sustainable Energy Strategy and the Clean Energy Challenge features Andrew Harper, UNHCR Special Advisor on Climate Action.


Thursday, 19 December

The Security Council is expected to adopt  resolutions on the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the UN Disengagement Observer Force; it also is briefed and holds consultations on the Middle East (Syria) and on non-profileration work.


Friday, 20 December 

International Human Solidarity Day

OCHA Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick speaks at a press briefing about the humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territory with a focus on Gaza.

The Security Council is briefed and holds consultations on the Middle East.


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