The Week Ahead at the United Nations

15 February – 21 February 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, 15 February
The Secretary-General will be on his way to Pakistan today.
 
The Deputy Secretary-General will be in London starting today and until the 17th, to meet with the UK leadership team preparing the UN Climate Change Conference, COP 26, scheduled to take place in November, in Glasgow.
 
Sunday, 16 February
The Secretary-General is scheduled to arrive in Islamabad, Pakistan, today. He will hold bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Hussain Qureshi and he will also speak at an event on sustainable development and climate change.
 
Monday, 17 February
The Secretary-General will speak at the International Conference on 40 Years of Hosting Afghan Refugees in Pakistan. That event is being organized by the Government of Pakistan and UNHCR. The Secretary-General will also meet with the President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi. The Secretary-General, along with the High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, and the Foreign Minister, will also hold a press event.
 
The Deputy Secretary-General will travel to Brussels, to meet with the newly appointed EU leadership and to discuss Climate and International Partnership.         
 
The guest at the noon briefing will be Mr. Yacoub El Hillo, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya. He will brief reporters on the humanitarian situation in Libya via video link.
 
At 10 am, in Conference Room 4, the 58th Session of the Commission for Social Development, organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), continues until 19 February.
 
At 11:00 a.m., in Conference Room 1, the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations will hold a Plenary Meeting.
 
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the UN will bring together close to 200 parliamentarians from over 60 countries, as well as diplomats, representatives from civil society and experts, for the IPU Annual Parliamentary Hearing in New York. This year, the hearing will focus on SDG 4 and will continue through to 18 February.
 
In Geneva, the Conference on Disarmament also continues until 27 March. The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women will continue  its seventy-fifth session until 28 February.
 
Also in Geneva, at 2pm, there will be an embargoed virtual press conference at the World Health Organization to present the new WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission on child health – A future for the world’s children.
 
Tuesday, 18 February
The Secretary-General will be in Lahore, Pakistan, where he will meet with students and attend an event on the country’s polio vaccination campaign. He will also travel to Kartarpur to visit a holy site, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib.
 
In the morning, the Security Council is scheduled to hold consultations on the Middle East (Yemen). In the afternoon, there will be a briefing on Ukraine, based on the following letter from the Russian Federation Permanent Representative (S/2014/264).
 
At 10 a.m., in Conference Room 2, the Disarmament Commission will hold its 376th Plenary meeting.
 
At 11 a.m., in S-237, there will be a press briefing by H.E. Mr. Anatolio Ndong Mba, Permanent Representative of Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations.
 
Wednesday, 19 February
The Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General will be back in New York today.
 
In the morning, the Security Council is scheduled to hold a briefing, followed by consultations on the Middle East (Syria). 
 
At 10:00 a.m., in the Economic and Social Council Chamber, the Peacebuilding Commission is holding a Country-Specific Configuration on the Central African Republic at the ambassadorial level.
 
In Geneva, at 9:30 a.m. in Press Room 1, Ambassador Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger (Austria), President of the Human Rights Council (14th cycle), will brief reporters on the Council’s 43rd regular session (24 February – 20 March 2020).        
 
Thursday, 20 February
Today is the World Day of Social Justice.
 
In the morning, the Security Council is scheduled to hold a briefing, followed by consultations on the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). In the afternoon, the Security Council is scheduled to hold a briefing, followed by consultations on the UN Mission in Haiti (BINUH).
 
At 10 a.m., in the General Assembly Hall, the General Assembly is holding its 58th Plenary meeting.
 
At 10 a.m., in Conference Room 5, there will be an event entitled “Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice”, on the occasion of the World Day of Social Justice. The event is co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Kyrgyzstan and the International Labour Organization.
 
At 3:00 p.m., in Conference Room 4, the Peacebuilding Commission is holding an organizational Committee at the ambassadorial level.
 
Friday, 21 February
Today is International Mother Language Day.
 
At 10 a.m., in Conference Room 1, the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples will hold an organizational session.
 
At 10 a.m., in Conference Room 12, there will be an event entitled “Addressing the terrorism-arms-crime nexus: Preventing and combatting the illicit trafficking of small-arms and light weapons and their illicit supply to terrorists”. This event is co-organized by the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs.
 
At 10 a.m., in Conference Room 5, the Statistical Commission is holding a briefing.