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22-30 September 2007 (and beyond)

VIP Visits

  • UN SG Special Representative on the situation of human rights defenders, Hina Jilani , to visit the Republic of Serbia, including Kosovo, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (till 25 September)
  • President José Manuel Barroso (24-25 September), High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana (21-27 September) , EU Commissioners Louis Michel (24-25 September) , Olli Rehn (26-27 September) and Benita Ferrero-Waldner (22-29 September) in New York to participate to the UN General Assembly Ministerial week;
  • Gay McDougall, Independent Expert on minority issues, mission to France (until 28 September)
  • Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, John Dugard, to undertake a mission to Jordan, the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel (22 September- 3 October)
  • EU Commissioner Olli Rehn in Washington (24-26 September)
  • Dutch Development Minister, Bert Koenders, five-day visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda (25-30 September)
  • Joint UN DPKO-HCR delegation in Brussels for a UN mission Chad/CAR (25 - 26 September)
  • Alan Doss , UN SRSG for Liberia, in Brussels for EU meetings (30 September-3 October)
  • High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, in Lisbon to attend the COFACC, Chairs of Foreign Affairs Committees of National Parliaments and European Parliament (8-9 October)
  • Hilde Frafjord Johnson, UNICEF's Deputy Executive Director visit to Brussels (9-10 October)
  • USG for Humanitarian Affairs, John Holmes in Berlin to meet with key German Ministers and Parliamentarians (12 October)
  • High Commissioner for Refugees in Brussels for EU meetings (16 October)

Saturday, 22 September

Gothenburg (Sweden): Swedish UNA seminar on the upcoming General Assembly

New York: -High-level meeting on Iraq followed by a joint press conference by the UN Secretary-General and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki.
Sunday, 23 September

New York: - High-level meeting on Afghanistan followed by a joint press briefing by the UN Secretary-General and Afghan President Hamid Karzai

-Middle East Quartet Meeting followed by a joint press conference by the Quartet Principals and Quartet Representative, Tony Blair. Following the above press conference there will be a dinner for the Quartet Principals; members of the League of Arab States follow-up committee for the Arab Peace Initiative; and Norway’s Foreign Minister.

San Francisco (USA): “High Tech Connections Forum”. Hundreds of representatives from business, government, and academia will meet at the Forum. The Netherlands and the USA will use the Forum to boost technological innovation and strengthen cooperative ties. The Forum will open with welcome addresses by Dutch Prime Minister. (23-25 September) www.hightechconnections.org

Monday, 24 September

Geneva: -Human Rights Council, sixth session (until 28 September)

-OHCHR: Committee Rights of the Child, 46th Session ( 17 September- 5 October)

-GAID - Global Forum on Youth (24-26 September)

Lisbon: International Conference on Poverty, Health and Food in Welfare (24-26 September)

New York: - High-level Event on Climate Change http://www.un.org/climatechange/2007highlevel

-Ad Hoc Liaison Committee on the Middle East (US Secretary of State, FM of Norway and Palestinian Authority PM)

-Special Leaders of Tropical Rainforest Countries meeting.

-Joint press conference with the Secretary-General and Yvo de Boer, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Reykjavík: UNICEF Iceland to hold an open meeting with former child soldier Ishmael Beah, from Sierra Leone. He will read a chapter from his book “A long way gone”. Venue: Iðnó við Lækjargötu, 101

Strasbourg: European Parliament plenary session (24-27 September)
Parliament will hold its key debate on immigration, focusing on legal migration and the fight against illegal immigration. The House will also return to the issue of secret detentions and transfers following the report it adopted in February into CIA activities . MEPs will debate a statement from the Council and adopt a resolution on a moratorium on capital punishment. At a joint meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Development Committees MEPs will choose the three finalists for this year’s Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought.

The Hague: Press briefing on the current situation in Uruzgan (Afghanistan) by General Dick Berlijn, Chief of Staff. Venue: Dutch Ministry of Defence

Tuesday, 25 September

Brussels: Policy and Security Committee

New York: -GA General Debate (25 September – 5 October)

-High-level meeting of the Security Council. France , as President of the Security Council, will convene a Council summit-level meeting on Africa. French President Nicolas Sarkozy will be presiding and the President of Ghana, current Chair of the African Union, will also participate. The summit will focus on the need for the international community to further support the efforts being made by Africans to attain peace and stability on the continent. Following the meeting, the President of France will hold a press encounter
-President José Manuel Barroso will deliver a speech at the Global Creative Leadership Summit.

-“Ninth UN Treaty Event” - The aim is to encourage countries to sign, ratify or accede to multilateral treaties.

Paris: UNESCO, Executive Board (25 September - 11 October)

Pisa (Italy): “Pisa: city for peace and human rights” - workshops on the migration issue. Organizers: “Centro per I diritti umani” (University of Pisa) and by ASL5. For further information: http://pace.unipi.it/ricerca/sportello/pisapace/2007/brochure (25-29 September)

The Hague: Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Executive Council, fiftieth session (25-28 September)

Wednesday, 26 September

  • Launch of Economic Development in Africa Report 2007 (UNCTAD)
    The report will examine domestic resource mobilization for growth and poverty reduction in African countries.

Geneva: OCHA/UNESCO - Protection of journalists in crisis situations by Mogens Schmidt, Deputy Assistant Director-General, Director for the Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace, UNESCO.

New York: - Improving maternal health and reducing child mortality around the world by 2015: Panel convened by Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, UNFPA Executive Director

Paris: Comité 21 – Conference-debate “Increased warning on climate change” – Publication of work of group II and III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Venue : Press Club de France – Espace Elysée- 8 rue Jean Goujon. Registration - http://www.comite21.org/index.php

Strasbourg: -Council and Commission statements on CFDP near the Sudan border in eastern Chad and the north of the Central African Republic

-Launch of the book on the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly

Thursday, 27 September

Brussels: Fourth European Cohesion Forum: How to improve regional policy with a view to meeting these 3 challenges: globalisation, climate change and demographic level? Launch of a consultation process at EU level. The Portuguese Prime Minister, José Sócrates Carvalho Pinto de Soussa will attend the Forum. Commissioners Danuta Hübner and Vladimir Špidla will chair the debate.
New York : - M inisterial-level meeting convened by the Contact Group on Kosovo.

-Ministerial meeting on “Foreign Policy and Global Health”, organized by the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of France and Norway.

Paris: Council of Europe Regional information and awareness raising seminar on combating human trafficking (27-28 September)

Friday, 28 September

Ancona (Italy): “ Africa stands up, from roots to future ”. 20 years after the killing of Thomas Sankara, a round table to celebrate and discuss Africa’s achievements. Venue: Teatro Sperimentale. Info http://www.chiamafrica.it/master/popup.asp .

Brussels: Closing seminar of the EC/UNFPA Reproductive Health Initiative for Youth in Asia (RHIYA). After 10 years of collaboration between the EU and UNFPA, the programme will be closing. The seminar will bring together the main stakeholders in adolescent sexual and reproductive health from the seven Asian countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam) where the RHIYA was implemented. Participants will discuss the achievement and search common strategies for improving successful adolescent sexual and reproductive health projects. Venue: Residence palace, 155 rue de la Loi/Wetstraat http://www.rhiya.org Dit e-mailadres is beschermd tegen spambots. U heeft Javascript nodig om het te kunnen zien.

Évora (Portugal): EU Informal Meeting of Defence Ministers (28-29 September)
The agenda has an innovative character since, besides the usual issues related to missions, capacities and strategic partnerships; it introduces two in-depth dialogues of a regional character, with a new strategic partner, the African Union, and an original meeting between the Defence Ministers of the 27 Member States and the five western Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia). More information at: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/cms3_fo/showPage.asp?id=268&lang=pt&mode=g
And http://www.eu2007.pt/UE/vEN/Noticias_Documentos/20070921DEFESA.htm

New York: Security Council - briefing by the chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Sunday, 30 September

Cardio-vascular diseases - including heart attacks and strokes - are the world’s largest killer, claiming 17.5 million lives a year. World Heart Day was established to create public awareness of risk factors for heart diseases and stroke and to promote prevention.
There are 155 million overweight and obese children globally. Parents can influence and help children in reducing major risk factors for heart diseases and stroke - such as controlling weight by healthy eating and doing regular physical activity. That is why this year’s World Heart Day focuses on the theme “Team Up for Healthy Hearts”.

And beyond: Other dates to pin

1 October

  • Today is the World Habitat Day
  • It is also the International Day of Older Persons

Athens : Concert of Andrea Bocelli, organized by the Athens Mercy Society, on the occasion of International Day of Older Persons
Davos (Switzerland): Second International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism
(1-3 October) http://www.unwto.org/climate/index.php

Geneva : - UNCTAD, Trade and Development Board (1 - 11 October)

-UNHCR, Executive Committee (1 - 5 October)

Lisbon : EU Informal Meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers. Implementing the use of new technologies in integrated borders management and Prevention of terrorism main items on the agenda ( 1-2 October)

Luxembourg : EU Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council ( 1-2 October)

The Hague : A safe city is a just city - International conference to mark World Habitat Day 2007 (1-2 October) More information is available on: http://www.worldhabitatday2007.org

3 October

Brussels : “Does Trade Liberalisation Lead to Better Governance"? Workshop on the EPA negotiations. Organizers: Africa Department of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES). Venue: “FES” Brussels Office. From 11:30 to 13:00. Registration: Dit e-mailadres is beschermd tegen spambots. U heeft Javascript nodig om het te kunnen zien.

4 October

Lisbon : Informal Meeting of Ministers for Gender Equality.

New York : General Assembly - High-level Dialogue on Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding and Cooperation for Peace (4 - 5 October)

Vienna : Migration Group Conference – The Global Forum on Migration and Development
Processing from Brussels 2007 to Manila 2008 – Addressing a Millennium challenge. Organizer: IOM. Registration: Jordana Antal ( Dit e-mailadres is beschermd tegen spambots. U heeft Javascript nodig om het te kunnen zien. ) Tel.: +43/1/5853322-14

15 October

Luxembourg : EU General Affairs and External Relations Council (15-16 October)

16 October

  • Today is the World Food Day

Brussels : Launch of the new UNTAD World investment report. Venue: Residence palace – Room Maelbeek, 10:00-12:00

17 October

  • Today is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

“Stand Up Against Poverty 2007”. http://standagainstpoverty.org Help the UN to break last year's record. As you know, the first of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is a global commitment to halve extreme poverty and hunger by 2015. It is now mid-way to 2015 and we are falling behind in achieving this goal. Last year, more than 23 million people in 87 countries stood up. It was the largest single coordinated mobilization in the history of the Guinness World Records. More than 11,000 separate events were held all over the world with as few as 7 people participating.

18 October

Athens : 10th Deutsche Schule Athen Model United Nations- Anniversary Session (18-20 October)

Lisbon : Informal Meeting of Heads of State and Government (18-19 October)

London : lobal Conference "Women Deliver" - The global conference will focus on creating political will to save the lives and improve the health of women, mothers and newborn babies around the world. http://www.womendeliver.org (18-20 October)

22 October

Brussels : “Small Change Delivers: Mobilising grassroots dollars to save women’s lives”, by Jane Roberts, Co-founder of 34 Million Friends of UNFPA. Organizers: The CoR Brussels-EU Chapter and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Brussels Office. Venue: Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium, Hertogstraat, 1, rue Ducale. 18:00- 20:00 Registration Dit e-mailadres is beschermd tegen spambots. U heeft Javascript nodig om het te kunnen zien.

This document is for planning purposes only and is subject to change.


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