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13 – 19 January 2014

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VIP Visits

  • Surya P. Subedi, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia: Phnom Penh (till 17 Jan.).
  • Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: United Arab Emirates; Kuwait; Saudi Arabia; Oman; Qatar (13-16 Jan.).
  • The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon: Kuwait (15 Jan.).
  • Olli Rehn, EU Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro:  Beijing (15      Jan.)
  • Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and                Crisis Response: Kuwait (15 Jan.); New York (17 Jan.).
  • Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy and Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs: Moscow (17 Jan.).
  • Štefan Füle, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy: Sarajevo (17 Jan.).
  • Valerie Amos, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Brussels (20 Jan.).
  • Jennifer Welsh, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General: Brussels (23-24 Jan.)


Monday, 13 January

Brussels: - Launch of the new McKinsey report on Education to Employment: Getting Europe's Youth into Work.

Geneva: - Committee on the Rights of the Child (till 31 Jan.).

-Conference on Disarmament (till 28 March).

-Meeting of Syrian women. UN Women together with the Government of the Netherlands organized a two-day meeting that started on Sunday. The meeting is part of the UN’s longer-term efforts to support Syrian women and civil society’s contribution to peace efforts. A press conference will be held at the end of the meeting.

Montreal: ICAO Council (till 31 Jan.).

New York: Security Council - Briefing and Consultations on MONUSCO/Great Lakes.

Phnom Penh: The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, is carrying out his first post-election fact-finding visit to the country (till 17 Jan.).

Strasbourg: -European Parliament Plenary (Legislative Action) (till 16 Jan.).

Tbilisi:High-level visits by Council of Europe officials PACE Monitoring Co-Rapporteurs, Michael Aastrup and Boriss Cilevics in the country (till 15 Jan.).

Zaragoza: 2014 UN-Water International Conference organized by the Water for Life Decade Office.  (till 16 Jan.)

Wednesday, 15 January

Brussels: The European Commission will present a Communication encompassing a wide spectrum of measures in order to prevent and counter radicalisation to terrorism and violent extremism within the EU.

Kuwait City: Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria. The UN Secretary-General will chair the meeting.

Moscow: Gaidar Forum: Russia and the World: Sustainable Development (till 18 Jan.).

New York: -United Nations Investor Summit on Climate Risk.

Strasbourg: -European Parliament - presentation of the programme of activities of the Greek Presidency of the Council.

-European Parliament: 17th EU-Republic of Korea Interparliamentary meeting (till 16 Jan.).

-European Parliament - Strasbourg, State of play of EU-Russia relations in the light of the upcoming EU-Russia Summit. Debate with 11 members of the Russian State Duma and Federation Council (till 16 Jan.).

Thursday, 16 January

Berlin: Opening Ceremony of the International Green Week

Brussels: - Online citizens’ dialogue.

- Ciné-ONU:State Builder”, followed by a debate.

- Meeting on EU 2030 Climate and Energy policy framework


New York: UN Security Council Briefing and Consultations MINUSMA.


Strasbourg: The 1st European Award for Social Entrepreneurship and Disability.


Washington DC: World Bank Forum: Transforming Transportation 2014: Better Cities, Better Business (till 17 Jan.)

Friday, 17 January

Berlin: International Summit of Agriculture Ministers

Geneva: "Group on Earth Observations" (GEO) Ministerial Summit.

Milan: Launch ROMACT programme (joint initiative of the Council of Europe, the European Commission & the European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion).

Moscow: EU Russian Permanent Partnership Council.

New York: Meeting of the OECD’s International Network on Conflict and Fragility

Riga: Official opening ceremony of the European Capital of Culture 2014.

Strasbourg: Award ceremony First Council of Europe Raoul Wallenberg Prize to Elmas Arus, a young Roma film director from Turkey.

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Monday, 20 January

Global launch of World Economic Situation and Prospects 2014

Berlin: 'Cross-border crime and corruption in Europe: What next after the Stockholm Programme?' organised by Friends of Europe and the European Commission Directorate General for Home Affairs, in cooperation with the Security & Defence Agenda.

Brussels: - EU Foreign Affairs Council.

- Conference on the Central African Republic. Valerie Amos, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, will participate.

-The Commission will present a new action plan to help push forward the potential of ocean energy.

- The European Parliamentary Week 2014 (till Jan. 22).  Will bring together parliamentarians from all over the European Union to discuss economic, budgetary and social matters.;jsessionid=FE6C6D7036820FDEE79BAEF8FE5F447B

- European Parliament - Committee on Development. Terms for the agenda include a hearing on the place of humanitarian aid in EU external relations and the respect of humanitarian principles; The humanitarian crisis in South Sudan and the Central African Republic, birth registration and recent elections in Madagascar will further be on the agenda (till 21 Jan.)

Geneva: Conference on Disarmament (till 28 March).

New York: Security Council - Open Debate on the Middle East.

Tuesday, 21 January

Addis Ababa: African Union Summit (till 31 Jan.).

Brussels: - EU-1st accession conference with Serbia.

- European Parliament: Foreign Affairs Committee: - Public hearing on “EU strategy towards Iran after Geneva”;  Exchange of views with Massoud Barzani, President of the Kurdish Regional Government of Iraq, on the situation in Iraq.

New York: -Security Council – Troops Contributing Countries meeting on UNFICYP.

-Security Council – Consultations on UNRCCA.

Wednesday, 22 January

Davos: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting (till 25 Jan.).

Montreux/Geneva: International Conference on Syria. The Conference will convene under the chairmanship of the UN Secretary-General, first in an international high-level format at Montreux, on 22 January.  Negotiations between the two Syrian parties, facilitated by Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi, will start at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 24 January 2014.

New York: Security Council – Consultations on Cyprus.

Thursday, 23 January

Athens: Informal EU Justice and Home Affairs Council (till 24 Jan.).

Brussels: 'Addressing health inequalities 2014 and beyond: building cohesion and strengthening health for growth'.

New York: -Security Council – Resolution on BINUCA (tbc).

- Security Council - Briefing and Consultations on UNAMID.

- Security Council -Consultations on the DRC sanctions.

The Hague: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBDR) presents the key findings from the 2013 Transition Report: Stuck in Transition?

Sunday, 26 January

Vilnius: - Meeting of the Secretaries General of EU Parliaments (till Jan. 27).

Monday, 27 January


International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

Theme for 2014: "Journeys through the Holocaust"

Athens: Meeting of High Officials of the Union for the Mediterranean (till 28 Jan.).


Geneva: Human Rights Council - Universal Periodic Review (till 7 Feb.).

New York: -Security Council – Briefing and Consultations on UNOCI.

Paris: Conference “The impact of education on the Holocaust: how to evaluate the politics and practices?”

Strasbourg: Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Tuesday, 28 January

Brussels: - Economic and Financial Affairs Council.

- Friends of Europe: The EU's new leaders: Key post-elections challenges.

New York: -Security Council – Resolutions on UNFICYP and DRC Sanctions (tbc).

-Security Council – Briefing and Consultations on BNUB.

-Security Council - Consultations on the Middle East (Yemen).

Wednesday 29 January

Addis Ababa: Launch of the EFA Global Monitoring report 2013/2014 – Teaching and learning: Achieving quality for all (29 January)

New York: -Security Council - Open Debate on the Maintenance of International Peace and Security: War, its lessons, and the search for a permanent peace.


UN Campaigns, Competitions, Apps and Games

Many Languages, One World - Student Essay Contest

Part of the UN Academic Impact's commitment to multilingual education, ELS Educational services and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) have launched a global essay contest for university and college students on global citizenship and understanding

Submit an essay (2000 words or less) exploring how multilingual ability advances global citizenship and understanding. Your essay should reflect your academic, cultural, and national context.

The submission deadline is 21 February, 2014

23rd International Children's Painting Competition

The International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment is organized every year by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation. It has been held since 1991 and has received more than 3 million entries from children in over 150 countries.

The submission deadline is 15 March, 2014

UPU - 2014 International letter-writing competition for young people

The theme selected for the 2014 competition is: "Write a letter describing how music can touch lives."

The communication supports include a poster and a flyer, which are being updated to reflect the 2014 theme. They will be made available to member countries shortly.

The best letter from each country must be submitted to the International Bureau no later than 30 April 2014.

The submission deadline is 30 April, 2014

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