The Week Ahead at the United Nations

11 January – 17 January 2020
(This document is for planning purposes only and is subject to change.)
 
To find out which events will be webcast see: http://unwebtv.live/schedule
 
Saturday, 11 January
The Secretary-General will be in Portugal today to take part in a ceremony designating Lisbon as European Green Capital 2020. In another event, the Secretary-General will attend the inauguration of an interactive installation titled “One” and taking place at the Lisbon Oceanarium. It is worth noting that the 2020 UN Ocean Conference will be held in the city from 2 to 6 June.The President and Prime Minister of Portugal, the Mayor of Lisbon, the European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, the Vice-President of the European Commission and others will also take part in the celebrations.
 
Sunday, 12 January
In Port-au-Prince, Haiti, all UN staff have been invited to attend a commemorative ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the Haiti earthquake. The commemoration will take place at the site of the Christopher Hotel – which used to house the MINUSTAH headquarters and collapsed during the earthquake. Assistant Secretary-General Miroslav Jenča will be the senior official from New York representing the UN at this ceremony and other commemorative events organized by the Haitian Government.
 
Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo will arrive in Dakar today, ahead of a weeklong visit that will take her, in addition to Senegal, to Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Nigeria and Burkina Faso. The Under-Secretary-General will discuss with national and regional leaders the security, political and humanitarian situation in the region and explore how the United Nations can enhance its support to efforts to tackle challenges to peace, security and stability, including the fight against terrorism.
 
Monday, 13 January
The Secretary-General will travel to the city of Pau, in France, to attend a working dinner hosted by President Emmanuel Macron and part of a summit with the leaders of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, otherwise known as the G5 Sahel countries. Josep Borrell of the European Union, Charles Michel of the European Council, the African Union’s Moussa Faki and Louise Mushikiwabo from the International Organization of the Francophonie are also scheduled to attend the dinner, which aims to address the crisis in the Sahel by strengthening international engagement and collaboration on security, humanitarian and development issues.
 
This morning, the Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution linked to the mandate of the UN Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement. This will be followed by a briefing and consultations on Colombia.
 
At 3:00 p.m., in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, there will be an informal meeting of the plenary to hear the President of the General Assembly brief on his priorities for 2020.
 
In Tunis, Tunisia, as part of a series of events to mark the 10th anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, the UN will inaugurate the Hedi Annabi hall, to honor the memory of the head of the UN peacekeeping mission, who died in the collapse of the Christopher Hotel. Mr. Annabi was also a longtime Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping operations.
 
Tuesday, 14 January
The Secretary-General will travel back to New York today.
 
At 10:00 a.m., in the General Assembly Hall, there will be a plenary meeting of the General Assembly on the Strengthening of the United Nations system.
 
At 10:00 a.m., in Conference Room 6, UNICEF’s Executive Board will meet for the election of officers.
 
At 11:30 a.m., in Conference Room 6, UN Women’s Executive board will meet for the election of officers.
 
At 3:00 p.m., in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, there will be an informal meeting of the plenary to hear a briefing on the G20 Summit.
 
In Geneva, the Human Rights Council Organizational will have a meeting to adopt its agenda for 2020 and select troikas (country rapporteurs) for its Universal Periodic Reviews.
 
Wednesday, 15 January
This morning, the Security Council will hold a briefing, followed by consultations on the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization in Mali (MINUSMA).
 
At 3:00 p.m., in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, there will be a Ceremonial meeting to mark the formal handover of the Chairmanship of the Group of 77 from the State of Palestine to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana (at the ambassadorial level).
 
In Geneva, at 2:30 p.m. in Press Room 1, there will be a joint press conference by the UN Conference on Trade and Development and the UN Economic Commission for Europe on the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2020 (which will be launched in New York on 16 January, see below). The speakers will be Richard Kozul-Wright, Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies at UNCTAD and José Palacin, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, at the Office of UNECE’s Executive Secretary.
 
Also happening in Geneva, at 4 p.m. in Room XX of the Palais des Nations, there will be a commemoration to mark the 10th anniversary of the Haiti earthquake. Organized by UNOG and the Permanent Mission of Haiti to the United Nations, the event will pay tribute to the more than 200,000 victims, including 102 United Nations personnel, who perished in this tragic event, and express solidarity with the Haitian people.
 
Thursday, 16 January
This morning, the Security Council will hold a briefing, followed by consultations on the Middle East (Yemen). In the afternoon, the Council will hold a meeting of troop contributing countries to the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)
 
The guests at the Noon Briefing will be Mr. Elliott Harris, UN Chief Economist and Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development along with Ms. Dawn Holland, Chief of the Global Economic Monitoring Branch, Economic Analysis and Policy Division in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).They will brief reporters on the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2020 report. The report will assess the current developments and outlook for the global economy. It is under embargo until that time
 
At 3:00 p.m., in Conference Room 6, UN Women’s Executive board will meet for an informal briefing.
 
In Geneva, at 12:00 p.m. in Room III, the Human Rights Council’s Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic will brief the press on the Publication of their
thematic report on the human rights of children in the country, covering the period between the beginning of the Commission’s mandate in 2011 to the end of October 2019. The Speakers will be Paulo Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, Karen Abuzayd and Hanny Megally, both members of the Independent Commission of Inquiry.
 
Friday, 17 January
At 10:00 a.m., in the Meditation alcove of the General Assembly Hall, the Secretary-General will take part in a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the Haiti earthquake. The ceremony will include representatives of Haiti and of the countries who lost citizens working for the UN in the earthquake. Those wishing to pay their respects will also be able to visit the memorial relocated from Haiti to the North Lawn to honour the memory of UN colleagues who died 10 years ago.