The Week Ahead at the United Nations

30 November – 6 December 2019
(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, 30 November
 
Today is Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare.
          
Sunday, 1 December 
 
Today is World AIDS Day.
 
The Secretary-General will be in Madrid and will attend the COP25 Press Conference.
 
Monday, 2 December 
 
Today is International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.
 
In Madrid, the Secretary-General will deliver remarks at COP 25.
 
The Deputy Secretary-General will be in Dakar, Senegal, to participate in an international conference on "Sustainable Development, Sustainable Debt". She will also meet with senior Government officials, the UN country team and other UN entities while in the country.
 
At 11a.m., in S-237, there will be a press briefing by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to present a new report entitled “Economic cost of the Israeli occupation for the Palestinian people: Fiscal aspects”. The speakers will be Mr. Mahmoud Elkhafif, Coordinator of the Assistance to the Palestinian People, UNCTAD.
 
In Geneva, at 11.00 a.m., in Press Room 1, there will be a press conference by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on key findings of four years of UNHCR cash-based assistance programmes for refugees and IDPs. The speakers will be Annika Sjoberg, Senior Officer, Cash-Based Interventions, UNHCR Division of Programme Support and Management and Hanna Mattinen, Senior Officer, Cash-Based Interventions, UNHCR Division of Programme Support and Management.
 
In Geneva, at 12.30 p.m., in Press Room 1, there will be a Q&A session about the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) humanitarian priorities (Venezuela, Syria, migration, the humanitarian consequences of climate change etc.) The speaker will be Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
 
Also, in Geneva, at 2.30 p.m., in Press Room 1, there will be a press conference by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to present a report entitled Economic cost of the Israeli occupation for the Palestinian people: Fiscal aspects. The speaker will be Mutasim Elagraa, Economist, Assistance to the Palestinian People Unit, UNCTAD.
 
In Madrid, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is organizing the SDG Pavilion at COP25, an exhibit and event space aimed at showcasing multistakeholder efforts towards accelerating climate action and achieving the SDGs. Liu Zhenmin, USG of DESA, will participate in several events at the pavilion from 7-13 December.
 
Tuesday, 3 December 
 
Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
 
At 10 a.m., in General Assembly Hall, there will be a Plenary meeting on the Question of Palestine and the situation in the middle East.
 
At 10 a.m., in Conference Room 2, there will be joint meeting of the Economic and Social Council and the Peacebuilding Commission.
 
At 10 a.m., in Conference Room 4, there will be an event organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) to commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD).
 
In Geneva, at 3.00 p.m., in Room III, there will be an UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and UNICEF joint press conference (under embargo) on the OCHA Global Humanitarian Overview 2020 and UNICEF Humanitarian Action for Children 2020. EMBARGOED until Wednesday, 4 December 2019 - 05:00 GMT / 06:00 CET.
OCHA presents its annual Global Humanitarian Overview 2020, the world’s most comprehensive overview of the state of humanitarian action, number of people in need, and current trends. It presents coordinated response plans for humanitarian action across the world including the funding necessary to implement them.
UNICEF launches its Humanitarian Action for Children 2020 financial appeal to meet the needs of children affected by conflict and disaster across the globe. UNICEF’s HAC appeals are aligned with the GHO but include additional country and regional appeals.
The speakers will be Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF.
 
Wednesday, 4 December 
 
At 3 p.m., in Conference Room 12, there will be an event entitled “Changing the “Face” of Tech Leadership: Celebrating Women with Disabilities who are Leading the Way in Tech” (on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities) (co-organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)).
 
Thursday, 5 December
 
Today is International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development and World Soil Day.
 
At 10 a.m., in the General Assembly Hall, there will be a Plenary meeting - High-level midterm review on the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action for the Decade 2014-2024 and a follow-up to the second United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries.
 
The guests at the Noon Briefing will be Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, High Representative for Least Developed, Landlocked, Small Island States and H.E. Mr. Julio César Arriola Ramírez, Permanent Representative of Paraguay to the United Nations and Chair of the group of Landlocked Developing Countries at the United Nations. They will brief reporters on the “Midterm Review of the Vienna Programme of Action for the Landlocked Developing Countries”.
 
Friday, 6 December  
 
At 10 a.m., in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, there will be a High-level midterm review on the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action for the Decade 2014-2024.
 
In Geneva, at 12.30 p.m., in Press Room 1, there will be a press conference by
OHCHR - Committee Against Torture (CAT) on the 68th session of the Committee Against Torture. The speakers will be Felice Gaer, Vice Chair of the Committee and co-Rapporteur on Uzbekistan, Claude Heller, Vice Chair of the Committee and co-Rapporteur on Burkina Faso, Jens Modvig, Chair of the Committee and co-Rapporteur on Cyprus, Rodriguez-Pinzon, Committee member and co-Rapporteur on Latvia and Abdelwahab Hani, Committee member and co-Rapporteur on Niger.