Oct 29, 2021

The Week Ahead at the United Nations

30 October – 05 November 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.     



Sunday, 31 October


The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) begins today with the Procedural Opening of Negotiations. COP26 will continue until 12 November.


At COP26, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is scheduled to hold a press conference to launch the Provisional Report on State of Global Climate 2021.


The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will launch the International Methane Emissions Observatory on the margins of the G20 Summit. The launch will coincide with the release of An Eye on Methane: International Methane Emissions Observatory 2021 Report.


Monday, 01 November


At the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) continues.


At 3:00 p.m., there will be a hybrid Press Conference with Ambassador Juan Ramón de la Fuente, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN and President of the Security Council in November 2021. He will brief reporters on the Security Council programme of work for the month.


In Geneva, the 80th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) continues until 12 November. The ILO Governing Body meets today and until 11 November.


In Vienna, the International Conference on Radioactive Waste Management, organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), begins today and will continue until 5 November.


Tuesday, 02 November


Today is the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.


The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) will launch the Water and Climate Coalition at COP26 for more integrated action on climate change and water.


The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) are organizing the Global Solutions Forum: End Child Labour in Agriculture, which will continue until 3 November.

Wednesday, 03 November


At COP26, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will launch a Systematic Observations Financing Facility.


At COP26, at 10:45 a.m., the World Food Programme (WFP) will brief the media on finance-based solutions to hunger driven by climate change.

Also at COP26, in the Nordic Pavillion, the report Beating the Heat: A Sustainable Cooling Handbook for Cities, produced by UNEP-led Cool Coalition, with support by the Clean Cooling Collaborative, RMI, Mission Innovation and the Global Covenant of Mayors, will be launched today. The launch event will include the Mayor of Freetown and others. More info:  https://www.unep.org/events/unep-event/beat-heat-cool-cities-cooler-future.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will launch its Greening the Blue report. An event linked to the report will also take place . The report, published annually, provides information on the UN system’s environmental footprint and efforts to reduce it.


In Geneva, at 11:00 a.m., the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will hold a hybrid press conference to present a report by the UN Human Rights Office and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission on their investigation into alleged violations of international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law committed by all parties to the conflict in Tigray. Speakers will be Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Maarit Kohonen Sheriff, Chief, Africa Branch, OHCHR, and Françoise Mianda, Section Chief, East and Southern Africa, OHCHR.


Thursday, 04 November


At COP26, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will launch the  Adaptation Gap Report, which aims to raise awareness on the gap in climate adaptation and to assess progress towards bridging the adaptation gap. There will be a press conference to launch the report.


Also at COP26, the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action on Tourism will be officially launched by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the One Planet Network (led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).