The Week Ahead at the United Nations

11 July – 18 July 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
 
Due to the COVID-19 emergency, most meetings scheduled at the UN Secretariat are taking place remotely, without physical presence.   

Please consult the UN Journal and the website of the UN Security Council to find the latest information.     

 

Saturday, 11 July 
 
Today is World Population Day.
 
Sunday, 12 July
 
There are no events scheduled for today.
 
Monday, 13 July
   
At 8 a.m., there will be the opening session of the Reimagining Volunteering for the 2030 Agenda - Global Technical Meeting virtual event.  This event is being organized by the UN Volunteers (UNV) and International Federation of Red Cross and Red (IFRC) and it will continue until 16 July. 
 
At 9 a.m., the 2020 SDGs Learning, Training & Practice virtual workshop will continue. This event is co-organized by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Division for Sustainable Development Goals of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The workshop will continue until 13 July. 
 
At 9 a.m, the virtual 2020 High-level political forum (HLPF) on sustainable development, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council will continue. The HLPF, which is being organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) continues until 16 July. The full programme is available online : https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2020#programme
 
At 10 a.m., during the 2020 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) Special Event, the latest edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World will be launched. The report, produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO), presents new global statistics on hunger and is the most authoritative global study tracking progress towards ending hunger and malnutrition.
 
Also today, at a side event to the HLPF, the UN Secretary-General's Independent Accountability Panel For Every Woman, Every Child, Every Adolescent will launch a report on the impact of COVID-19 on these groups, including a steep decline in health and social system supports. 
 
At 10 a.m., the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are convening an online round table to examine ways to optimize schooling and learning for young refugees in the future post-epidemic context. The discussion will be moderated by UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie and will be opened by UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay and Canada's Minister of International Development, Karina Gould. The round table will then bring together young refugee students and graduates, as well as the Ministers of Education of Cameroon, Kenya and Pakistan, and representatives of the UNESCO’s Global Coalition for Education. In conclusion, the High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, and the Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, Baroness Sugg, will summarize the debate. Exchanges throughout the roundtable will take place in English with simultaneous translation into French.
 
At noon the spokesman for the Secretary-General will hold a virtual press briefing, broadcast live on UN Web TV.  
 
The guests at the noon briefing will be Mr. Maximo Torero Cullen, Assistant Director-General, Economic and Social Development Department, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He will brief reporters on the launch of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020 report.
 
At 12:30, the VNR Lab on Financing health systems to strengthen preparedness for future shocks is scheduled to take place. The virtual event is co-organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)WHO and UHC2030. Register to attend here.
 
The World Health Organization is scheduled to hold a virtual press briefing today to provide an update on COVID-19. You can find more information on WHO’s webpage dedicated to the pandemic.  
  
In Geneva, there will be a hybrid Press Conference by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression will be the speaker.

Tuesday, 14 July

This morning the Security Council is scheduled to hold an open VTC, followed by a closed VTC on Colombia. In the afternoon, the Security Council is scheduled to hold a closed VTC on Syria.
 
Also this morning, the Security Council is schedule to adopt a resolution linked to the United Nations Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA).
 
At 8:00 a.m., United Nations Office for Partnerships will hold a virtual event entitled “Women Rise for All”. This event will be convened by the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed. Click here to register for the event.
 
At 10:00 a.m., at the General Assembly, the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestine People is scheduled to have its 401st meeting, which will be held remotely without physical presence. This meeting it open to all Member and Observer States, United Nations system entities, invited international organizations and representatives of the civil society, as well as the media.
 
At 10:00 a.m., there will be a virtual Webinar on Global and Regional E-Government Development, organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

Today marks the start of the 2020 High-level Segment (HLS) of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which will include a three-day ministerial virtual meeting of the high-level political forum from 14 to 16 July, and one day HLS on Friday 17 July 2020. H.E. Ms. Mona Juul, President of ECOSOC will be joined by the Prime Minister of Finland, H.E. Ms. Sanna Marin, H.E. Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the General Assembly and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the opening of the Ministerial Segment of the HLPF on 14 July 2020. The High-level Segment will conclude on 17 July with an ECOSOC-focused discussion on the same theme as the HLPF on the “Acceleration action and transformative pathways: Realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”. A session on “Multilateralism after COVID 19: what kind of UN do we need at the 75th anniversary?” will gather leaders from the fields of international development, politics, economics, academia, civil society and youth. A high-level policy dialogue on “Where are we heading? Visions and scenarios for the future of the SDGs following the COVID-19 crisis” will bring together government representatives and international organizations. Speakers will include: H.E. Ms. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway and Co-chair of SDG Advocates; UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres; H.E. Mr. Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia; Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD; and Mr. Michael Obersteiner, Executive Director, The Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, UK.
 
At noon the spokesman for the Secretary-General will hold a virtual press briefing, broadcast live on UN Web TV.   
 
At 1 p.m., the Commission on the Status of Women is scheduled to hold a virtual informal meeting. 
 
In Geneva, the UN Information Service will hold its bi-weekly briefing for journalists.
  
Wednesday, 15 July
 
Today is World Youth Skills Day.
 
The Security Council is scheduled to hold this afternoon an open VTC on Middle East, followed by a closed VTC on Middle East, Yemen. 
 
At 9:00 a.m., the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ms Jayathma Wickramanayake, will host the 9th session of the United Nations’ #CopingWithCOVID webinar series. During this session - focused on young people’s mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic - the Envoy will be joined by the Secretary-General, António Guterres, the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Henrietta Fore, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of the Belgians and eight young people from around the world.
 
At 10 a.m., there will be a virtual Webinar on COVID-19 and E-Government, organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

At 10 a.m., the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka to the United Nations, together with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth will organize an event to mark World Youth Skills Day. This year focuses on the theme "Skills for a Resilient Youth in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond"
 
At noon the spokesman for the Secretary-General will hold a virtual press briefing, broadcast live on UN Web TV.  
 
The World Health Organization is scheduled to hold a virtual press briefing today to provide an update on COVID-19. You can find more information on WHO’s webpage dedicated to the pandemic.  
 
Thursday, 16 July   

The Security Council is scheduled to this afternoon a closed VTC on the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).
 
Today, the finalists for the 2020 Young Champions of the Earth will be announced by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
 
At 10 a.m., there will be a virtual Webinar on Local E-Government Development, organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).
 
At noon the spokesman for the Secretary-General will hold a virtual press briefing, broadcast live on UN Web TV.    
 
Friday, 17 July 
 
This morning the Security Council is scheduled to hold an open VTC on Women, peace and security: sexual violence in conflict.
 
Today, the UN Nelson Mandela Prize laureates will be announced.
 
At noon the spokesman for the Secretary-General will hold a virtual press briefing, broadcast live on UN Web TV.  
  
The World Health Organization is scheduled to hold a virtual press briefing today to provide an update on COVID-19. You can find more information on WHO’s webpage dedicated to the pandemic.  
 
In Geneva, the UN Information Service will hold its bi-weekly briefing for journalists.
 
Saturday, 18 July
 
Today is Nelson Mandela International Day.
 
At 9 a.m., the Secretary-General will deliver the 18th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture