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Special Issue: End of July and overview of August-December 2012
The next issue (31/12) will be published on August 24.


28 July

World Hepatitis Day [WHO]

London: Olympics Games (till 12 August).

30 July

International Day of Friendship

Brussels: The EU Commission presents an Industrial Policy for the Security Industry.

Geneva: - International Law Commission (till 3 August).

- Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination (till 3 August).

- Conference on Disarmament, Part III (till 14 September).

Quito: UNU-CRIS, the Universidad Andina, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank, OBREAL and the Latin American Trade Network - Doctoral School on Latin American, European and Comparative Regionalism (till 3 August).[tt_news]=1308&cHash=65ca6ee631bbaa19c846fbb9a37878f6

New York: The UN Secretary-General will brief the press on his recent overseas trips.

31 July

New York: The UN Secretary-General is expected to brief the General Assembly on the G20.


And beyond...



1 August

  • France assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council

World Breastfeeding Week (WHO)

6 August

Geneva: - Advisory Committee of the Human Rights Council (till 10 August).

- Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (till 31 August).

9 August

International Day of the World's Indigenous People: "Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices"

12 August

International Youth Day: " Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth"

19 August

World Humanitarian Day

23 August

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition [UNESCO]

Bordeaux: Tenth Summer University of Communication in favour of sustainable development (till 24 August).

26 August

Tehran: Non Aligned Movement Summit (till 31 August).

27 August

Addis Ababa: AU Ministers of Gender and Women Affairs (till 31 August).

New York: UN Conference to Review the Implementation of the Programme of Action on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons (till7 September).    

29 August

International Day against Nuclear Tests

Nicosia: Informal Meeting of Ministers and State Secretaries for European Affairs (till 30 August).

Versailles: EU Economic and Social Committee: The Future of Youth in Europe (till 31 August).

30 August

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

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1 September

  • Germany assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council

Naples: UN World Urban Forum (till 7 September).

5 September

Launch of the annual Report on UNCTAD Assistance to the Palestinian People

Akureyri: Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (till 7 September).  

6 September

Nicosia: The EU high level group of experts on literacy will present recommendations on how to tackle low literacy levels in Europe. H.R.H. Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, who chaired the group, will hand over its final report to Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou at a Presidency conference on literacy in Cyprus.

7 September

Pafos: Informal Meeting of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers (GYMNICH) (till 8 September).

8 September

International Literacy Day [UNESCO]

Vladivostok: APEC Economic Leaders' Summit (till 9 September).

9 September

Nicosia: Informal Agriculture and Fisheries Council (till 11 September).

10 September

World Suicide Prevention Day [WHO]

Addis Ababa: AU Ministers for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (till 14 September).

Geneva: - Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, seventeenth session (till 14 September).

- Human Rights Council (till 28 September).

Strasbourg: European Parliament Plenary Session (till 13 September).

Vienna: IAEA, Board of Governors (till 14 September).

11 September

Oslo: States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (till 14 September).

Paris: UNESCO, Executive Board (till 28 September).

12 September

Launch of the Trade and Development report 2012: Inclusive Policies for Sustainable Growth

13 September

Mexico: G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors to Meet (till 14 September).

14 September

Nicosia: Informal ECOFIN EU Council (till 15 September).

15 September

International Day of Democracy

16 September

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer: “Protecting our Atmosphere for Generations to Come”

17 September

Brussels: ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (till 20 September)

Geneva: - Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (till 28 September).  

- Committee on the Rights of the Child (till 5 October).  

- UNCTAD, Trade and Development Board, fifty-ninth session (till 28 September).

Montreal: ICAO, Committee (till 5 October).

Nicosia: Informal Meeting of EU Energy Ministers.

Vienna: IAEA, General Conference (till 21 September).

18 September

New York: -Opening of the 67th UN General Assembly. Vuk Jeremic is the President.

- Report of the Secretary General to the General Assembly on Year of Sustainable Energy for All (date TBC).

19 September

Brussels: Justice and Home Affairs EU Council (JHA) (till 20 September).

20 September

The MDG Gap Task Force Report will be launched during the week (date TBC).

Nicosia: Informal Meeting of EU Sport Ministers (till 21 September).

21 September

International Day of Peace: "Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future"

Brussels: European Economic and Social Committee: Eradicating domestic violence.

22 September

New York: Social Good Summit (till 24 September).

24 September

Brussels: - Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRI) (till 25 September)

- General Affairs EU Council (GAC)

New York: High-level meeting of the General Assembly on the rule of law at the national and international levels.

Tripoli: 3rd Session of AU Ministers of Social Development (till 28 September).

25 September

New York: Opening of the UN GA general debate.

26 September

European Day of Languages

Nicosia: Informal Meeting of EU Ministers of Defence (till 27 September)

27 September

World Tourism Day [UNWTO]: “Tourism & Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development”

World Maritime Day: “IMO: One hundred years after the Titanic”

28 September

World Rabies Day [WHO]

29 September

World Heart Day [WHO]

30 September

Third anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1888 on women and peace and security (addressing sexual violence in conflict)

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1 October

  • Guatemala assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council

World Habitat Day

International Day of Older Persons: "Longevity: Shaping the Future"

Geneva: Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (till 19 October).

2 October

International Day of Non-Violence

3 October

Nicosia: EU-Russia Permanent Partnership Council (PPC) on Freedom, Security and Justice.

4 October

World Space Week

Luxembourg: Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO).

Nicosia: Informal Meeting of Education Ministers (till 5 October)

5 October

World Teachers’ Day [UNESCO]

7 October

World Day for Decent Work

8 October

Luxembourg: Eurogroup

Nicosia: Informal Ministerial Meeting on EU Integrated Maritime Policy

9 October

World Post Day [UPU]

Luxembourg: Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN).

Tokyo: Annual Meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (till 14 October).

10 October

World Mental Health Day [WHO]: "Depression, a global crisis"

European Day against the Death Penalty

Launch of the Technology and Innovation UNCTAD Report 2012

Luxembourg: Competitiveness Council (COMPET) (till 11 October).

11 October

International Day of the Girl Child

World Sight Day [WHO]

Limassol: EU Aviation Summit (till 12 October).

12 October

Tokyo: World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings (till 14 October).

13 October

International Day for Disaster Reduction: "Women and Girls - the [in]Visible Force of Resilience"

15 October

International Day of Rural Women

Geneva: Human Rights Committee (till 2 November).

Luxembourg: General and Foreign Affairs EU Council (till 16 October).

Rome: Committee on World Food Security (till 20 October).

16 October

World Food Day [FAO]: "Agricultural cooperatives – key to feeding the world"

Launch of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report (UNESCO)

Brussels: European Development Days (till 17 October).

Rio de Janeiro: Global Economic Symposium (till 17 October).

17 October

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Brussels: - 3rd meeting of ACP Ministers of Culture (till 18 October).

18 October

Brussels: European Council (till 19 October).

- Conference on Trafficking in Human Beings

22 October

Dubai: The World Energy Forum 2012 (till 24 October).

Luxembourg: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRI-FISH) (till 23

Strasbourg: European Parliament Plenary Session (22-23 and 25-26 October).

24 October

United Nations Day

World Development Information Day

Disarmament Week

Launch of the Trade and Environment Report 2012: Transform Agriculture to Cope with Climate Change and Assure Food Security

25 October

Luxembourg: - Justice and Home Affairs EU Council (JHA) (till 26 October)

- Environment Council (ENVI)

27 October

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage [UNESCO]

29 October

Geneva: Committee against Torture (till 23 November).

Lefkosia: Annual European Migration Network Conference (till 30 October).

Luxembourg: Transport, Telecoms and Energy Council (TTE).

30 October

Vienna: International Narcotics Control Board (till 16 November).

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1 November

  • India assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council

Geneva: ILO, Governing Body and its committees (till 16 November).

6 November

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

International Week of Science and Peace

Baku (Azerbaijan): Internet Governance Forum (IGF) (till 9 November).

7 November

Launch of the Information Economy UNCTAD Report 2012

Brussels: - European Parliament Mini Plenary Session (till 8 November).

- ACP Ministerial Meeting on Climate change (till 9 November).

The Hague: 13th Meeting of the Network for investigation and prosecution of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes (till 8 November).

9 November

  • Andorra assumes the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (till 16 May 2013).

10 November

World Science Day for Peace and Development [UNESCO]

12 November

World Pneumonia Day [WHO]

Brussels: Eurogroup

13 November

Brussels: Economic and Financial Affairs EU Council (ECOFIN)

14 November

World Diabetes Day [WHO]: "Diabetes: protect our future"

15 November

World Philosophy Day [UNESCO]:

16 November

International Day for Tolerance

World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day [WHO]

18 November

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims [WHO]

19 November

Abidjan: World Cocoa Conference (till 23 November).

Brussels: Foreign Affairs Council (FAC).

Strasbourg: European Parliament Plenary Session (till 22 November)

20 November

Universal Children’s Day

Africa Industrialization Day

Brussels: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRI-FISH) (till 21 November).

21 November

World Television Day

Paramaribo: 30th Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and
24th Session of the Joint ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly (till 28 November)

22 November

Brussels: Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council (EYCS) (till 23 November).

23 November

Brussels: Foreign Affairs Council (FAC).

25 November

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (till 10 December)

26 November

Brussels: General Affairs Council (GAC)

Doha: Climate Change Conference – COP 18 (till 7 December).

The Hague: Conference of the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (till 30 November).

27 November

Budapest: Council of Europe - Conference on hate speech (till 28 November).

28 November

Strasbourg: Council of Europe - Pompidou Group - Conference on prevention of chemical precursors diversion.

29 November

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

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1 December

  • Morocco assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council

World AIDS Day

2 December

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

3 December

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: "Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all"

Brussels: - Transport, Telecoms and Energy Council (TTE) (Energy)

- Eurogroup

Geneva: Meeting of State Parties of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (till 7 December)

4 December

Brussels: Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN)

5 December

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development

6 December

Brussels: - Justice and Home Affairs EU Council (JHA) (till 7 December).

- Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs EU Council (EPSCO) till 7 Dec

7 December

International Civil Aviation Day [ICAO]

9 December

International Anti-Corruption Day

10 December

Human Rights Day

Brussels: - Competitiveness Council (COMPET) (till 11 December).

- General Affairs Council (GAC) (till 11 December).

Malabo: ACP Council of Ministers, 7th Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government (till 14 December).

Oslo: Nobel Peace Prize to Be Awarded.

Strasbourg: European Parliament Plenary Session (till 13 December).

11 December

International Mountain Day

12 December

Brussels: European Economic and Social Committee: 5th edition of the EESC Civil Society Prize.

13 December

Brussels: European Council (till 14 December).

17 December

Brussels: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRI) (till 18 December).

18 December

International Migrants Day

19 December

United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation

Brussels: Environment Council (ENVI).

20 December

International Human Solidarity Day

Brussels: Transport, Telecoms and Energy Council (TTE) (Transport and Telecoms) (till 21 December).

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UN Competitions


CDM African Radio Contest 2012

Under the theme "Changing Lives", the contest aims to spread the word about the benefits of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Africa and especially in under-represented regions of the continent.

Broadcasters and freelancers from Africa are invited to grab their microphone and recording device and create a compelling radio story that answers the following question: "How can my community/city/country benefit from the CDM?"

The submission deadline is 6 August, 2012.

‘Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion’ – Video/Photo Competition

The theme is: "What does 'Diversity and Inclusion' mean to you? Why does diversity matter to you? Show us your personal vision".

The competition is part of the ‘Do One Thing For Diversity and Inclusion’ 2012 campaign.

The submission deadline is 15 August, 2012.

Competitions: looking ahead in 2012…

* CCAC Global Outreach and Awareness raising contest
The submission deadline is 24 August, 2012.

* World Tourism Day | Photo Competition 2012
The submission deadline is 31 August, 2012.

* The International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) Short Film Festival
The submission deadline is 30 September, 2012.

* 24FPS International Animation Awards 2012
The submission deadline is 30 September, 2012.

* World Food Day poster contest for young people
The submission deadline is 30 September, 2012.

* 25th anniversary Montreal Protocol global video competition
The submission deadline is 15 October, 2012.

For a more complete list of Competitions, Mobile Apps, Campaigns and Games visit:

Bishkek (Kyrgyszstan): A delegation of five MEPs will be in the country to observe the presidential elections taking place on 30 October (till 2 November).

Brussels: -Exhibition of the works and winners of UNRIC’s ‘Say No to Violence Against Women’ ad competition. Venue: Harlan Levey Projects Gallery (till 6 November).

Sunday, 30 October

New York: Cyprus - A meeting with the UN Secretary-General and the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities will begin (till 31 October).

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