The Week Ahead at the United Nations

 

18  September  –  24 September  2021        

(Please note that this is a working document and is subject to change. We will update the information as we receive further details.)    

    
To find out which events will be webcast see: http://unwebtv.live/schedule       
      
You can also consult the  UN Journal  and the website of the   UN Security Council  to find the latest information.      
     
The UNGA76 Media Kit is available here: https://www.un.org/summits2021/ 

     

Saturday, 18 September 

Today is International Equal Pay Day. 

At 11:00 a.m., the Secretary-General will attend the Inauguration and Presentation of the Artwork “World in Progress II” to the United Nations, on the North Lawn of the United Nations Headquarters. Offered by Switzerland on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the UN and in the context of the launch last week of the Common Agenda, a giant land art painting by Swiss-French artist Saype will be inaugurated on the North Lawn beside the UN building on September 18th at 11:00 am in the presence of the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres and the Swiss Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ignazio Cassis. 

At 7:00 p.m., the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, will launch the photo exhibition In Their hands: Women Taking Ownership of Peace. The exhibition is part of the Photoville festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1. This exhibition, curated by the UN Department of Peace Operations, the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and UN Women, profiles fourteen women peace activists through the lens of women photographers in peace operations settings in the Middle East, South America and Africa. 

It will be available online, starting 17 September, on the UN Exhibits website

Sunday,  19 September 

There are no events scheduled for today. 

Monday,  20 September 

At 7:00 a.m., the UN Global Compact is organizing the Uniting Business LIVE: Private Sector Forum. Over the course of three days (20 to 22 September), leading Chief Executives, Heads of State and Government, corporate sustainability experts and business leaders, plus heads of UN agencies and civil society organizations will come together to take stock of the state of the world, address gaps in progress, drive business ambition on the SDGs and highlight cooperative and actionable solutions that are ready — today. The full programme is available online.  

At 8:00 a.m., the Secretary-General is convening the second SDG Moment of the Decade of Action. The meeting will be held virtually, and the programme is available here: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/SDG-Moment-2021_Programme.pdf   

At 8:30 a.m., the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is holding the virtual Road to Addis: Partner2Connect Meeting. More information is available here: https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Conferences/WTDC/WTDC21/R2A/Pages/R2A-Partner2Connect.aspx.  

At 9:00 a.m., the Secretary-General and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Northern Island, Boris Johnson, will hold an Informal Climate Leaders Roundtable on Climate Action. The Roundtable will address the gaps that remain on the actions urgently needed from national governments - especially the G20 – on mitigation, finance and adaptation. 

At 11:40 a.m., following the Informal Leaders Roundtable on Climate Action, the Secretary-General is scheduled to join the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Northern Island, Boris Johnson, to address the media at the stakeout outside the Trusteeship Council Chamber. 

 At noon, the Spokesman for the Secretary-General will hold a press briefing, broadcast live on UN Web TV. This will be followed by a press briefing by the Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.      

In Geneva, the 48th regular session of the Human Rights Council continues until 8 October. The 88th session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child continues until 24 September. The Committee on Enforced Disappearances also continues its work until 24 September.  

In The Hague, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will hold public hearings in the case concerning Alleged Violations of Sovereign Rights and Maritime Spaces in the Caribbean Sea (Nicaragua v. Colombia). 

Tuesday,  21 September 

Today is the International Day of Peace. 

At 8:00 a.m., the UN Environment Programme is organizing an online event that will mark the official launch of UrbanShift, a global program working to transform cities for people and planet through integrated urban development. Registration link: https://wri.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HyXC-xnfTUCzPySupCLWLg 

At 9:00 a.m., in the General Assembly Hall, the General Debate of the 76th session  will begin. The theme for the 76th session is "Building Resilience through hope to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalise the United Nations." The Secretary-General will deliver remarks during this session of the General Debate. 

At 7:30 a.m., the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is organizing an event entitled A Shot for All: Vaccines delayed, development denied. Click here to register.  

There will be no noon briefing by the Spokesman for the Secretary-General today.  

Starting today and until 24 September, Art 2030 is presenting Interspecies Assembly, two public art works, which will be shown at the United Nations and in Central Park. At the UN, Vertical Migration, a large scale filmwork will be projected onto the United Nations Headquarters. More information here: https://www.un.org/en/content/summits2021/assets/pdf/Interspecies-Assembly-Projection.Overview.pdf  

In Geneva, the UN Information Service will hold its bi-weekly briefing for journalists.     

In Belgium, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is organizing a virtual conference on Countering Online Disinformation and Hate Speech to Foster Peace. 

Wednesday,  22 September   

At 7:00 a.m., the High-Level Dialogue on Energy Pre-Summit events will begin. The meeting will span over three days, with the Summit day being on the 24th. The programme is available here: https://www.un.org/en/conferences/energy2021  

At 8:00 a.m., the SDG Action Zone begins and will continue daily from until 24 September. The programme is available here: https://sdgactionzone.org/program/  

At 8:00 a.m., the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is organizing the September 2021 Open Virtual Meeting of the IAEG-SDGs

At 9:00 a.m., in the General Assembly Hall, the General Assembly will hold a High-level meeting to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. The Secretary-General is scheduled to deliver remarks at this event. At 11:00 a.m., the high-level meeting will continue with sessions in Conference rooms 1-2 and 3. At 6:00 p.m., the closing plenary meeting will take place in the General Assembly Hall. 

At 10:00 a.m., the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) will hold a virtual High-Level Side-event on the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen.

At 10:00 a.m., there will be a virtual side event on Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health-related SDG Targets: the urgent need to scale up catalytic financing and technical support. This meeting is being co-organized by World Health Organization (WHO) and the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation. 

At 11:00 a.m., in the General Assembly Hall, the General Debate of the General Assembly will resume.  

Also at 11:00 a.m., the Secretary-General is scheduled to participate in the Virtual Global COVID-19 Summit: Ending the Pandemic and Building Back Better Health Security to Prepare for the Next, hosted by the President of the United States of America. 

There will be NO noon briefing by the Spokesman for the Secretary-General today.

At 1:00 p.m., UNAIDS, PEPFAR and the Global Fund are hosting the virtual event “Partnering to get back on track to end AIDS by 2030”.  Speakers will include Felix Antoine Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Monica Geingos, First Lady of Namibia and Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS, Angeli Achrekar. To register for this event: https://unaids.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qW7-xfU9QQe_Wxhj-fcvDQ  

At 1:30 p.m., the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is organizing a virtual side event on International Humanitarian Law – enhancing monitoring, improving compliance. This event is co-chaired by the European Union, France and Germany.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is expected to launch today its Child Nutrition Report "Fed to Fail".  

The World Health Organization is expected to launch today its Global Air Quality Guidelines to strengthen health argument for climate action.  

Thursday,  23 September    

 Today is the International Day of Sign Languages.  

At 8:00 a.m., the Security Council is scheduled to hold an Open debate on the maintenance of international peace and security: Climate and security. 

At 9:00 a.m., in the General Assembly Hall, the General Debate of the General Assembly  continues. 

At 9:00 a.m., the Food Systems Summit, convened by the Secretary-General, begins. The Summit will be held virtually, as a full day event. In the context of the Decade of Action, the Food Systems Summit will serve as a historic opportunity to empower all people to leverage the power of food systems to drive our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerate the achievement of all 17 SDGs by 2030. The Official Opening of the Summit will take place at 11:30 a.m., with remarks by the Secretary-General.  

Also at 9:00 a.m., the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) will hold a Ministerial high-level virtual event entitled Protecting children: Invisible victims of COVID-19 and conflict. This event will be co-hosted by Belgium, Niger, the European Union and Save the Children. You can register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeGVVBy-S0qNYx04lR3Nj1zZaOJAx1USkkkCiT8UhBhooyHZw/viewform 

At 11:00 a.m., there will be a virtual High-Level Roundtable Side event on the Call to Action: Localizing GBV prevention and response in the context of forced displacement in humanitarian crises. This event is being hosted by Demark, and co-hosted by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Danish Refugee Council.

At noon, the Spokesman for the Secretary-General will hold a press briefing, broadcast live on UN Web TV. This will be followed by a press briefing by the Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.    

At 12:30 p.m., in the press briefing room, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, will hold a press conference on the Food Systems Summit

At 1:30 p.m., there will be an UNGA virtual side event on the Immunization Agenda 2030: Leveraging the global response to COVID-19 to strengthen health systems and build back better.  

At 5:00 p.m., the Secretary-General is scheduled to deliver remarks at the Virtual Meeting with Pacific Island Forum Leaders.  

The  World Food Programme (WFP) will today launch the #StoptheWaste campaign ahead of International Day of Food Waste, which is marked on 29 September.   

At 12:00 p.m., in Paris, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is organizing the second UNESCO High Level Forum on Museums. The virtual event is entitled "Facing Post-Pandemic challenges through innovation and inclusiveness" and will continue until 24 September.  

Friday,  24 September   

At 8:20 a.m., there will be a virtual High-Level Panel Event entitled Forging a Future for Afghan Girls' Education. This event is being organized by the Malala Fund and the Deputy Secretary-General. 

At 9:00 a.m., in the General Assembly Hall, the General Debate of the General Assembly  continues. 

At 9:30 a.m., the virtual High-Level Dialogue on Energy will begin and the Secretary-General is scheduled to deliver remarks at the Opening of this meeting. 

At 10:00 a.m., a special UN General Assembly virtual side event will review the progress towards reaching global TB targets, advance multisectoral action and accountability. The preparations for the 2023 UN High Level Meeting on TB will also be discussed. This event is being co-organized by the World Health Organization and the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation.  

At noon, the Spokesman for the Secretary-General will hold a press briefing, broadcast live on UN Web TV. This will be followed by a press briefing by the Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.   

In Geneva, the UN Information Service will hold its bi-weekly briefing for journalists.   

Saturday, 25 September 

Today, the Global Citizen Live is bringing together artists, leaders, and Global Citizens from all over the world to defend the planet and defeat poverty. This 24-hour event is a part of the Global Citizen’s 2021 global campaign, a Recovery Plan for the World., which focuses on COVID-19, ending the hunger crisis, resuming learning for all, protecting the planet; and advancing equity for all. The event will feature performances from all over the world, including: Lagos, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, and Sydney. In New York, the Global Citizen live concert will take place at the Great Lawn, in Central Park, at 4:00 p.m. The Deputy Secretary-General is expected to deliver remarks.