• UN Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question (22 August)
  • UN General Assembly 95th plenary meeting on the UN Charter, report of the Security Council, NEPAD, & crime prevention and criminal justice (28 August)
  • UN Security Council open debate on Peacekeeping Operations: Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace (29 August) (Concept note)
  • UN General Assembly informal meeting to mark the observance of the International Day against Nuclear Tests (30 August)
  • UN General Assembly high-level meeting to discuss the effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the positioning of the UN-Habitat (5 & 6 September)
  • UN General Assembly high-level forum on the Culture of Peace (7 September)
  • High-level meetings and the general debate of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly (19-25 September)



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