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2 - 8 February 2008 (and beyond)
VIP Visits
  • Javier Solana (High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy) to visit Egypt (2-3 February);
  •  Jean-Marie Guehenno, UN USG for Peacekeeping Operations, in Brussels (4 February);
  • Yakin Ertürk, Special Rapporteur, visit to Saudi Arabia (4-13 February);
  • EP President, Hans-Gert Pöttering, official visit to Japan (5-8 February);
  • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, to visit Mexico(5- 8 February);
  • EU Commissioner Vladimír Špidla, in New York (6 February);
  • Special Rapporteur  Manfred Nowak visits Equatorial Guinea (till 8 February);
  • EU Commissionner Joaquín Almunia in Japan (8-9 February) ;
  • EP President Hans-Gert Pöttering, Mission to New York (11 February);
  • President of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Doru Romulus Costea in Brussels (12-13 February) tbc; 
  • Hans-Gert Pöttering to travel to Cairo (24 February);
  • Jean-Marie Guehenno, UN USG for Peacekeeping Operations, in Brussels (26-27 February).


Saturday, 2 January

Brussels: “Knock on wood!” - A multidisciplinary exhibition on wood and forests in Central Africa.  Venue: Royal Museum for Central Africa. (Till 31 August) www.africamuseum.be

Paris: ‘Femmes du Monde’ - an exhibition by Titouan Lamazou, in partnership with UNESCO,  ‘Musée de l’Homme’, 17 Place du Trocadéro, 17ème.  http://events.unesco.org (Till 30 March)

Sunday, 3February

Dubai: Fourth Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy. Organizers:  WIPO and INTERPOL (Till 5 February)

Monday, 4 February

Today is the World Cancer Day

Baku: EU Troika – Azerbaijan

Geneva: Conference on Disarmament (Till 28 March)

Madrid: UNESCO - Third World Congress of Biosphere Reserves (4-9 February)

New York: e-discussion on sustainable development (Till 14 March) http://www.un.org/ecosoc/newfunct/amredis.shtml

Rome: WFP, Executive Board (Till 6 February)

Tuesday, 5 February

Launch of the World Bank/International Fund for Agricultural Development “World   Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development”.

New York: Peacebuilding Commission - informal meeting of its Guinea-Bissau    configuration.

Rome: On the occasion of the first conference of Somali civil society, leading members of associations, universities and business from Somalia will meet in Rome, to talk and create a new space in pacification and reconstruction of Somalia: this is the goal of the first conference of Somali civil society. Dit e-mailadres is beschermd tegen spambots. U heeft Javascript nodig om het te kunnen zien.   (Till 8 February)

Stockholm: Adapting to the Inevitable - Challenges in a Water Stressed World. Open seminar on wow to Climate Proof Development on Tuesday 5 February, 08.30 to 12.00, at the Stockholm City Conference Centre. http://www.undp.se/article.asp?Article_id=2745&Category_Id=Events

Wednesday, 6 February

Launch of the UNCTAD Information Economy Report 2007 - 2008 - Science and technology for development: the new paradigm of ICT

Addis Ababa: High Level Policy Dialogue on the national implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security (Till 8 February)

New York: -Commission for Social Development. EU Commissioner Vladimír Špidla, to address the opening session.  An EP/Delegation of the EP's Employment Committee will also attend (Till 9 February) http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/csd/csocd2008.htm

-Peacebuilding Commission - informal meeting of its Burundi configuration.

Tokyo: Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, to launch the Afghanistan Opium Winter Rapid Assessment Survey.

Washington: EP/Special delegation headed by Josep Borrell, Chair of the EP Development Committee, visits the World Bank (Till 7 February)

Thursday, 7 February

Brussels: EU Commissioner Olli Rehn at the signature ceremony of the Interim Political Agreement on Cooperation between the EU and Serbia;

Milan: The World Food Programme (WFP) launches its campaign “Fill the Cup” which aims at raising awareness and funds to provide nourishment to 59 million school children around the world. Speakers: Josette Sheeran, Director of WFP; Letizia Moratti, Mayor of Milan; John Agyekum, President of the Republic of Ghana; Kakà, AC Milan football player and WFP ambassador against hunger. For furher info Dit e-mailadres is beschermd tegen spambots. U heeft Javascript nodig om het te kunnen zien.

Vilnius: NATO defence meeting (Till 8 February) 

Friday, 8 February

Munich: Conference on Security Policy on "A World in Disarray – Shifting Powers – Lack of Strategies".  Javier Solana will participate. (Until 10 February) http://www.securityconference.de/index.php?sprache=en&

Tokyo: G7 ministerial summit (Till 9 February) 

Vienna: EU Commissioner Ján Figel to attend the Paneuropa-Youth Conference "PanDanubia"

And beyond: Other dates to pin

11 February

Brussels: ‘Assessing the cyber security threat'. Organizer: Security and Defence Agenda, SDA. 

Valletta ( Malta): EU (27) – Arab League (Till 12 February)

12 February

Helsinki: The future challenges of humanitarian aid - Seminar at the Finnish parliament. Participants: Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen, UN USG for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes, Antonio Donini and Andrew Wilder from Feinstein International Center, Tufts University. www.formin.fi

13 February

Brdo: EU Troika – Russian Federation

Brussels: The EU Commission will adopt a "border management package" aiming at improving external border control standards while strengthening the protection of the victims of the traffic of human beings.  http://ec.europa.eu/justice_home/fsj/intro/fsj_intro_fr.htm

Stockholm: Seminar looking at the IPCC climate report. Organizers: Stockholm University and the Swedish Environmental protection Agency.

14 February

Brussels: WHO Office at the European Union to host a meeting of the Bureau of the Transport, Health and Environment Pan European Programme (Till 15 February). More information: www.thepep.org

Kiev: Black Sea Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Countries of the Black Sea Region and of the European Union

15 February

Brussels: First Ministerial Conference on Promoting Multilingualism

17 February

Brdo: Conference on the Challenges of EU27 Development Policy - with a Technical Seminar on the European Development Fund.  The conference will be devoted to an in-depth discussion by senior representatives of the Member States and European institutions on future cooperation between different European players in the field of development cooperation. The conference will include a seminar for representatives of the non-government sector on the subject of operation of the European Development Fund (EDF) and the possibility of non-governmental organizations, the private sector and local communities participating in projects financed from EDF funds.  (Till 18 February)

18 February

Brussels: General Affairs and External Relations Council (Till 19 February)

19 February

Brussels: EU – Lebanon Association Council

21 February

Brdo: Informal Meeting of EU Defense Ministers (Till 22 February)

-EU Troika – Afghanistan

25 February

Brussels: International conference on "Urbanization and Sustainable Development".  Information www.platformpopdev.be

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


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