Nov 07, 2016


The 22nd climate conference convenes in Morocco today, with representatives of almost every nation expected to attend. The focus is on how to implement the plans agreed to in 2015 as the Paris Agreement. That went into effect on 4 November 2016.

Climate, and the central role it plays in achieving the sustainable development goals, will get added attention this week when science centers’ work is commemorated on 10 November. In Washington, the UN Information Centre will mark this first International Science Center and Museum Day with an event at the National Academy of Sciences that brings 100 local students together with scientists and others from NASA, NOAA, the EPA and the Smithsonian Institution.


7-18 November           22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC in Marrakech, Morocco

10 November              International Science Center and Museum Day and World Science Day for Peace and Development

For livestream of the Washington event, please click here

The Secretary-General:

The Secretary-General opened a round of intensive discussions between Cypriot leaders today in Switzerland. He will attend key meetings at the climate conference, and spoke extensively about his long commitment to action on climate change.  Also:

At the Security Council:

Senegal serves as the Security Council president through November. Today it hosts an open debate on how UN peace operations face asymmetrical threats, including those posed by terrorists and other armed groups. In settings such as Mali, Somalia and Afghanistan, the UN missions’ “mandates were not always flexible enough to meet those challenges,” explained Fodé Seck, Senegal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs. He presided over the ministerial-level debate.

Also, this week, the leaders of police units of UN missions gather to brief the Security Council and others on their goals and challenges. The Council also will focus on Bosnia and Herzegovina, sanctions against Somalia and Eritrea, Burundi, and Libya. UNAMI’s chief will brief the Council on its work in Iraq, and update it on the fight to retake Mosul from ISIL. The Council also is expected to adopt a resolution renewing measures to counter piracy.

Next week, Security Council members travel to the Great Lakes Region. (11-14 November)

In case you missed it:

Around the UN:

Climate. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the entry into force on 4 November of the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change. “We remain in a race against time,” he said at a press conference, “but with the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the world has the plans we need to make the shift to a low-emission, climate-resilient path.”

Refugees/Migrants. The International Organization for Migration briefs at UN Headquarters on efforts underway to follow up on the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, and the Global Compact for Migration, both approved in September. (8 November)



Iraq. People fleeing the battle for control of Mosul have begun to fill UN feeding and other centers.

Syria. The humanitarian situation in Aleppo continues to dominate attention at the Security Council and among many UN agencies:

In Case You Missed It: For a short video about developments last week, and top headlines, please click here. Other news of note: