The Week Ahead at the United Nations

6 March – 12 March 2021

(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 pandemic, most meetings at the UN Secretariat are taking place remotely, without physical presence.    
You can also consult the  UN Journal  and the website of the  UN Security Council  to find the latest information. 

Saturday, 06 March

There are no events scheduled for today. 

Sunday, 07 March

Today in Kyoto, Japan, the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice starts, which is the world's largest and most diverse gathering of policy-makers, practitioners, academia, intergovernmental organizations and civil society in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. This Congress is being organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and will continue until 12 March. The Secretary-General is expected to deliver virtual remarks.

Also today, the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, will travel to Togo.  His visit, which will end on 9 March, is at the invitation of the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security and the Malian authorities.  He will participate in the 2nd meeting of the Transition Support Group in Mali (GST-Mali) that will be held in Lomé, Togo on 8 March 2021. The meeting will focus on progress made in the implementation of the Transition Roadmap and the mobilization and coordination of international support to this end. Mr. Lacroix will use this opportunity to meet with Togolese officials to update them on peacekeeping issues.  He is expected to express his gratitude for the service and sacrifices of Togolese peacekeepers, particularly in Mali where one peacekeeper was killed and 27 others wounded in a complex attack on 10 February.  

Monday, 08 March 

Today is International Women's Day. At 10:00 a.m., there will be a UN observance of the Day, which is being organized by the UN Women. Among the speakers are the Secretary-General, António Guterres, the President of the UN General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir, the Chair of the 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Mher Margaryan, the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and a member of the Afghan Girls Robotic Team, Somaya Faruqi.

At 10:00 a.m., there will be a virtual informal technical briefing on the 2021 Financing for Sustainable Development Report, which is being organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

Also at 10:00 a.m., the open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security, at Conference Room 1+2+3, is scheduled to hold its 1st plenary meeting (also with virtual participation).

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

At 3:00 p.m., the meeting Call to Lead by Example: Ensuring the Full, Equal and Meaningful Participation of Women in UN-led Peace Processes will take place. This will be a Security Council Arria Formula meeting on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The Under-Secretary-General with the Department of Political & Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), Rosemary DiCarlo, and the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Syria, Geir O Pedersen, are expected to brief Council members. This meeting will be co-hosted by the Permanent Missions of Ireland, Mexico, Kenya, Tunisia, and the United States. The registration link is http://bit.ly/3dYZRL5.

At 7:00 p.m., the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS), will perform a concert to pay special tribute to the women who have helped to shape classical music history, and whose voices have been marginalized and silenced.  The music programme will feature musical works that represent an artistic tapestry of human experience, to provoke empathy and create a more compassionate world, in hopes of building bridges of cultural understanding and gender equality. This event is being organized be the UN Chamber Music Society and can be watched live on UN WEB TV and on https://youtu.be/FXJJUtWe5TU.

In Geneva, today the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities starts. Its 24th session, which will be held virtually, will continue until 1 April. During this period, the Committee will review the report of Estonia, on the 12th, 15th and 17th of March (two hours per day, from 12.30 to 2.30pm).  

Also in Geneva, the Human Rights Council regular session continues until 23 March. More information on the 46th session is available 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.     

Tuesday, 09 March 

This morning, the Security Council is scheduled to hold a VTC briefing, followed by consultations, on the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS).

At 10:00 a.m., a virtual capacity development training workshop on Innovation, Digital Government and Public Service Delivery for Sustainable Development in the Caribbean Region begins. This workshop is being organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in collaboration with the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and will continue until 10 March.  

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

At 2:00 p.m., the Regional Dialogue on North America in preparation for the 20th session of the Permanent Forum 2021 starts. This event is being organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and will continue until 11 March.

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

Wednesday, 10 March 

This morning, the Security Council is scheduled to hold a VTC briefing with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Chairperson-in- Office.

At 9:30 a.m., Oxford’s Economic Recovery Project and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will launch at a high-level, online panel discussion, the new report, Are We Building Back Better? Evidence from 2020 and Pathways for Inclusive Green Recovery Spending. This is the most comprehensive analysis of COVID-19-related fiscal rescue and recovery efforts by 50 leading economies so far. The report will be More details available here: https://www.unep.org/events/conference/are-we-building-back-better 

At 8:45 a.m., there will be a Virtual Press Briefing by the Inter-Parliamentary Union on the launch of their 2021 "Map of Women in Parliaments".  Speaking will be Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.  

At 9:00 a.m., there will be a virtual launch event marking the start of the preparatory process for the High-level Dialogue on Energy 2021, organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The Secretary-General is expected to deliver remarks via a video message.

At 10:00 a.m., the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is organizing a Virtual briefing on the humanitarian situation in Haiti.

At 10:00 a.m., the UN Palestinian Rights Committee is organizing a virtual event on the margins of the sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on “Women, Peace and Security and Beijing+25: Progress and Challenges for Women and Girls in Palestine”. This event will be held via WebEx and will also be livestreamed on UN Web TV. The event will be organized as a panel conversation – moderated by H.E. Ms. Adela Raz, Vice-Chair of the Committee and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN – with three Palestinian women officials and civil society representatives, from different regions of the occupied Palestinian territory and across generations. H.E. Ms. Feda Abdelhady, Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN will deliver opening remarks.   

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

Today, to celebrate International Women's Day, the United Nations and the European Commission will present an online screening of the award-winning film: The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution. The online screening is being organized in collaboration with Cine-ONU Geneva and Cine-ONU Vienna and it will be followed by a panel discussion.

Thursday, 11 March 

This morning, the Security Council is scheduled to hold a VTC open debate on the Maintenance of international peace and security: Food security.

At 10:00 a.m., the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Revitalization of the Work of the General Assembly is scheduled to hold a thematic debate on strengthening the accountability, transparency and institutional memory of the Office of the President of the General Assembly. This meeting will be held remotely without physical presence and will continue in the afternoon, if necessary.

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

Friday, 12 March 

This afternoon, the Security Council is scheduled to adopt resolutions linked to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM)

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

Today, the noon briefing guest will be the Indigenous Branch of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).  They will be launching the State of the World's Indigenous People, volume V.  

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

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.