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Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary General


25 June to 1 July 2016
(This document is for planning purposes only and is subject to change)


Saturday, 25 June  

Today is the Day of the Seafarer 2016.

The Secretary-General will be in Paris, France, where he will meet with President François Hollande and Foreign Minister Jean Marc Ayrault. He will also deliver a lecture at the University of Sorbonne.   

Sunday, 26 June

Today is the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, and the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

The Secretary-General will be in Kuwait, where he will meet with the Amir of Kuwait, H.H. Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and other Kuwaiti officials. He will also meet with his Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, as well as the Yemeni parties participating in the UN-facilitated peace talks in Kuwait.

Monday, 27 June

The Secretary-General will be in Israel, where he will meet with President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He will also visit Tel Aviv University and meet with private sector representatives and the University’s research centres focusing on innovation and sustainable development.   

From 27 to 29 June, the humanitarian affairs segment of the 2016 session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will take place in the ECOSOC Chamber.

From 27 June to 15 July, the UN Commission on International Trade Law will hold its 49th session in Conference Room 2.

At 8:30 a.m. in Conference Room 11, there will be a panel discussion on maximizing cash-based programming’s contribution to ‘leaving no one behind,’ ending extreme poverty and achieving zero hunger.

On 27 and 28 June, in Conference Room 3, the 2016 Conference on Legal Order in the World’s Oceans: United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea will take place.

At 11 a.m. in Conference Room 8, there will be a high-level panel discussion on addressing the challenges to safety of journalists posed by terrorist threat.

This week in Vienna, the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) will commemorate its 60th anniversary during its annual session (27 June-1 July).

Tuesday, 28 June

The Secretary-General will travel to Gaza City, where he will visit a girls’ school run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). While in Ramallah, he will meet with President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.

From 28 to 30 June, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will hold its 8th annual meeting on Strengthening the Rule of Law in Crisis-Affected Situations.

At 10 a.m. in the General Assembly, the election of the new non-permanent members of the Security Council will take place.  

At 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room 4, there will be a screening of the film "Intore" ("The Chosen") in the context of the Outreach Programme on the Rwanda Genocide and the UN. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the co-producers.

In Geneva, at 12:30 p.m. in Press Room 1, the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Mutuma Ruteere, will hold a press conference.

Wednesday, 29 June

In the morning, the Security Council will meet on the UN–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), the UN Multidimensional ntegrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and Somalia. The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, is expected to brief Council members in consultations.   

The guest at the noon briefing will be John Ging, the Operations Director for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). He will brief on his recent trip to Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

At 1:15 p.m. in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, there will be a panel discussion on the International Day of the Tropics.

At 3 p.m. in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, the Group of Friends of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) will meet.

In Geneva, the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People will meet on 29 and 30 June.

In Geneva, at 1:30 p.m. in in Room III, there will be a press briefing on the UN International Conference in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace (Beijing, 18 to 19 June)

Thursday, 30 June  

In the morning, the Security Council will meet on the Middle East.

At 3 p.m. in the General Assembly Hall, the Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly will address Member States on the occasion of the fifth Review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, on the 10th anniversary of the Strategy. The review, scheduled for 30 June and 1 July, will examine the report of the Secretary-General (A/70/826) on the implementation of the Strategy over the past decade.

At 10 a.m. in Conference Room 5, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will co-organize a high-level Global Migration Group (GMG) multi-stakeholder meeting on protecting the human rights of all people in vulnerable situations within large movements.

At 1:00 p.m., in Room S-237, there will be a press briefing by the Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Dr. Joan Clos, on the Global Sample of Cities within the framework of the UN-Habitat Global Urban Observatory.

At 1:15 p.m. in Conference Room 12, there will be an event on the National Action Planning on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism: Mechanisms and Lessons Learned.

Friday, 1 July

At 1:15 p.m. in Conference Room 12, there will be an event entitled International Youth Engagement to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism.

At 5 p.m., in Room S-237, there will be a press conference by Ambassador Koro Bessho, the Permanent Representative of Japan and President of the Security Council for July.