May 06, 2019

6 – 10 May 2019

Monday, 6 May

A new report finds the changing climate could drive one million species into extinction in the coming decades. The Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – issued for the first time since 2005 – is the work of a panel of experts under the aegis of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Also:

Tuesday, 7 May

Launch of the UN Countering Terrorist Travel Program, which aims to help member states detect, prevent, investigate and prosecute suspected terrorists by tracking their travel across international borders.

The Security Council holds an open debate on UN Peacekeeping Operations, focusing on training and capacity-building.

UN Environment issues a new report, “Sand and Sustainability.”

Wednesday, 8 May

In the morning, the Security Council will hold a debate on Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the afternoon, the Security Council will be briefed on Libya, in relation to the International Criminal Court. The UN again called for a humanitarian truce last week.

The semi-annual meeting of the UN Chief Executives Board begins in Geneva; this session focuses on the future of work in the digital age. Chaired by the Secretary-General, the gathering brings together the leaders of 31 UN organizations and focuses.

Thursday 9 May

Today is the Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War.

Friday 10 May

In the morning, the Security Council is briefed on the United Nations Support Mission in Libya and sanctions against Libya. The Secretary-General addresses a special session of the World Trade Organization’s General Council in Geneva.

In case you missed it: The Secretary-General issued a statement condemning “in the strongest terms the launching of rockets from Gaza into Israel, particularly the targeting of civilian population centres” and deploring the “risk of yet another dangerous escalation and further loss of life on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan.” The UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Nickolay Mladenov, issued a similar call for calm. Last week, USG Rosemary DiCarlo, the head of UN Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, briefed the Security Council on the overall situation. 

Last week, the Security Council adopted resolutions on MINURSO and UNISFA (briefing here). UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Ben Stiller testified at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing about the humanitarian impact of eight years of war in Syria, a day after UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen briefed the Security Council about the situation there. The UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric detailed the escalating humanitarian crisis, casualties, displacement across northwest Syria. Advocates testified at a House Foreign Relations Africa Subcommittee hearing about UN peacekeeping operations in Africa. And:

·       The UN and others marked World Press Freedom Day.

·       A groundbreaking new report on antimicrobial resistance warned drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths a year by 2050, drive up to 24 million into extreme poverty by 2030, and badly damage the global economy.

·       A WFP/FAO food security assessment found more than 10 million North Koreans are suffering severe food shortages after the worst harvest in a decade.

·       This Week at the UN in 60 Seconds offers a video summary.

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