This Week at the United Nations

17-23 August 2019


Saturday, 17 August

Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohamed attended the African Union’s first African Women Leaders Network Intergenerational Retreat on Leadership in Africa.


Monday, 18 August

World Humanitarian Day

Security Council: briefing and consultations on the Middle East.


Tuesday, 20 August 

Security Council: briefing on the Middle East and consultations on Yemen, followed by a debate on challenges to peace and security in the region.

  • Nb: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is among the participants at the briefing, hosted by the Polish Mission to the UN.

Luis Alfonso de Alba, the UN Special Envoy on the Climate Action Summit, will brief reporters about preparations for the 23 September event.


Wednesday, 21 August

International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism

Security Council: briefing and consultations on Somalia.


Thursday, 22 August

International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

Radhika Coomaraswamy, a member of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar will brief reporters at UNHQ.


Friday, 23 August

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition


In case you missed it: 

  • Security Council focuses on Kashmir; China urges India, Pakistan to ease tensions
  • Secretary-General pledges support after military, civilian opposition reach deal in Sudan
  • UNICEF: Two years after exodus, desperate Rohingya youth need education, skills
  • UNAIDS taps new executive director: Winnie Byanyima of Uganda
  • Iraq’s Yazidi people: Five years on
  • Landmark agreement moves environmental protection closer to people
  • OCHA urges scaling-up humanitarian assistance for Venezuelans in urgent need
  • UN right experts urge Iran to release women jailed for protesting veil
  • 70th anniversary of Geneva Conventions’ success in limiting brutality in armed conflict

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