Oct 15, 2021

The Week Ahead at the United Nations

16 October – 22 October 2021    


(This document is for planning purposes only and is subject to change) 

The Week Ahead is available online here: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/the-week-ahead-the-united-nations

To find out which events will be webcast, see:  https://media.un.org/en/webtv/schedule    

You can also consult the  UN Journal  and the website of the  UN Security Council  to find the latest information.     


Saturday, 16 October


Today is World Food Day.


Sunday, 17 October


Today is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.


In Geneva, at 5:00 p.m., there will be a hybrid press briefing by Geir O. Pedersen, the UN Special Envoy for Syria. He will brief reporters on the Sixth session of the Constitutional Committee Small Body.


Monday, 18 October


This morning, the Security Council is scheduled to hold a briefing, followed by consultations on the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).


Also, in Geneva, the 80th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) begins today, and it will continue until 12 November.


UNCTAD’s Virtual World Investment Forum begins today and will continue until 22 October.


In The Hague, the International Court of Justice will hold public hearings in the case concerning the Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Azerbaijan v. Armenia). The hearings will continue on 19 October.


Tuesday, 19 October


This morning, the Security Council is scheduled to hold an open debate on the Middle East.


At 10:00 a.m., there will be a virtual side event on Energy Transition for Sustainable Development and Climate at the Second Committee of the 76th Session of the General Assembly. This event is being organized by organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).


At 11:45 am – Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) Alliance, organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).


Today, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will launch the Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction. The UNEP and Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) report provides an annual snapshot of the sector’s progress towards the achievement of the goals of the Paris Agreement, particularly on the drivers of CO2 emissions and energy demand globally, and the status of policies, finance, technologies, and solutions that support a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector.

Wednesday, 20 October


At 7:00 a.m., the virtual Finance in Common Summit 2021: Leaders’ Dialogue will take place. The Summit Leaders’ Dialogue will convene High Representatives of National Governments, International Organizations, Financial Institutions as well as Multilateral Development Banks.


This morning, the Security Council is scheduled to hold a debate on the Great Lakes region. This afternoon, the Security Council is scheduled to hold a briefing on the 751 Committee, concerning Somalia, followed by consultations on the 1559 report, regarding Lebanon.


At 10:00 a.m., in the General Assembly Hall, the General Assembly will hold its 20th plenary meeting. On the agenda is the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals.


At noon, the Spokesman for the Secretary-General will hold a press briefing, broadcast live on UN Web TV. The guests at the hybrid Noon Briefing will be Alison Davidian, the Deputy Representative for UN Women in Afghanistan, along with Naheed Fareed, former Afghan Parliamentarian and Mariam Safi, Executive Director of the Organization for Policy Research and Development Studies (DROPS)


Today, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), and the E3G (Third Generation Environmentalism) will release their Production Gap Report. The report measures the gap between governments’ planned or projected production of coal, oil, and gas and the global production levels consistent with meeting the Paris Agreement temperature limits. An embargoed media briefing will be held on 18 October, 10:00 a.m. EST/ 2:00 p.m. GMT/ 4:00 p.m. CEST. Media can register for the briefing here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2eiG_DfgSC2tSgUojd3vPw.


Also today, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), will hold the FI Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance event and release a progress report. A roundtable will feature corporate leaders who are setting and reporting on ambitious, science-based interim targets by 2025 and stepping forward to challenge and inspire their peers in government, business, and investment to do the same.


Thursday, 21 October


This morning, the Security Council is scheduled to hold an open debate on Women, peace and security. The Secretary-General is scheduled to deliver remarks at this event.


At noon, the Spokesman for the Secretary-General will hold a press briefing, broadcast live on UN Web TV. The guest at the Noon Briefing will be by Ms. Christine Schraner Burgener, Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Myanmar. She will brief reporters virtually on the situation in Myanmar


Today, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the GRID-Arendal and the Basel Convention) will launch the Pollution to Solution Report: “A Global Assessment of Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution”. The report looks at the peril of plastic waste across all seas and other marine sources today and will highlight solutions available for governments, businesses and individual citizens.


In Geneva, at 10 a.m., Achim Steiner, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme, will do a hybrid press briefing on the situation in Afghanistan and UNDP’s response to the crisis.


Friday, 22 October

At 8:30 a.m., there will be a virtual event entitled “Women Peace and Security: Human Rights Based Responses to Human Trafficking in the Context of Terrorism and Conflict”. This event is co-organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Office of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons and the Permanent Mission of Ireland.


At 11:00 a.m., there will be a hybrid press briefing by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Mr. Tomas Ojea Quintana.



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