The Week Ahead at the United Nations

28 November – 4 December 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 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, 28 November

There are no events scheduled for today. 

Sunday, 29 November  

Today is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

In Geneva, at 4:00 p.m., in Room XIV, Geir O. Pedersen, the Special Envoy for Syria, will do a hybrid press briefing on the upcoming Fourth session of the Syrian Constitutional Committee Small Body. The event will be available on http://webtv.un.org.  

Monday, 30 November 

Today is the Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare

At 8:00 a.m., the Secretary-General is scheduled to address the virtual EU- G5 Sahel Summit. 

At 10:00, in the General Assembly Hall, the13th Session of the Conference of States Parties on Disabilities (COSP13), will begin with an in-person meeting. The Secretary-General will deliver remarks during this session, which is organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).  

This morning, the Security Council is scheduled to hold VTC consultations on the 1718 committee.  

Note the change of time: At 1:00 p.m., the Spokesman for the Secretary-General will hold a hybrid press briefing, broadcast live on UN Web TV. This will be followed by a hybrid press briefing by the Spokesman for the President of the General Assembly. The guests at the “noon” briefing will be Sheila E, American percussionist and singer, Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of UNFPA,and Mark Johnson, founder of Playing For Change. They will brief reporters on Peace Through Music: A Global Event For Social Justice that will be broadcast on Facebook on Giving Tuesday, (Tuesday, December 1st), in celebration of the United Nations 75th anniversary. 

The Un Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) virtual Climate Dialogues continue until December 4th. The Climate Dialogues are designed to maintain critical momentum in the intergovernmental process in support of a robust international framework for climate action and increased climate ambition. 

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 Fourth session of the Syrian Constitutional Committee Small Body will convene, starting today and until 4 December. As was relayed to the Security Council, in line with the mandate, the Terms of Reference and the Core Rules of Procedure, the Constitutional Committee Small Body will continue in session 4 to discuss the agenda of session 3 on national foundations and principles, and in session 5 will discuss constitutional principles (basic principles of the constitution). The Co-Chairs further agreed on the dates for session 4, COVID-19 situation permitting, and to hold session 5 in January 2021. 

Tuesday, 1 December  

Today is World AIDS Day

At 7:00 a.m., the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)is organizing a regional capacity development event, entitled “Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions for a Resilient Recovery from COVID-19".  

At 10:00 a.m., in the General Assembly Hall, the General Assembly will hold its 32nd plenary meeting. 

This will be followed, at 11:30 a.m., by a Joint informal high-level meeting of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the World Summit for Social DevelopmentThe Secretary-General is scheduled to deliver remarks at this meeting. 

At 3:00 p.m., the General Assembly will hold its 33rd plenary meeting on the Seventy-fifth Anniversary of the end of the Second WorldWar: Commemoration of all Victims of the Second World War. The Secretary-General is scheduled to deliver remarks at this meeting. 

At 10 a.m., there will be a special Meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian PeopleThe Secretary-General is scheduled to deliver remarks at this meeting.

The 13th Session of the Conference of States Parties on Disabilities (COSP13)continues today with virtual meetings. The session is organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).  

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 hybrid press briefing by the Spokesman for the President of the General Assembly. 

The guest at the noon briefing will be Ninan Varughese, Director, a.i. of the UNAIDS New York Office, who will brief on the UNAIDS World AIDS Day report entitled “Prevailing against pandemics by putting people at the centre”.

At 1 p.m., there will be a hybrid press briefing by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for the month of December.

At 3:00 p.m., there will be a Virtual seminar on the impact of COVID-19 on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in CARICOM countries. The seminars, organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), begin today and will continue until 4 December. 

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

At 9:00 a.m., the 2021 Global Humanitarian Overview will be launched in Geneva, during a virtual event live streamed on UN web tv

Also in Geneva, at 2:30 p.m., there will be a virtual press conference by UNCTADto present the Least Developed Countries Report 2020 - Productive capacities for the new decade. The press conference will be embargoed until Thursday, 3 December 2020 at 7:00 a.m. Geneva time). The speakers will be, Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, UNCTAD Secretary-General and Paul Akiwumi, the Director of UNCTAD’s Division for Africa and LDCs.  

Wednesday, 2 December  

Today is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.  

At 8:45 a.m., the Secretary-General will deliver remarks on the “State of the Planet” at Columbia University, warning that current environmental and climate trends are dire, and highlighting solutions that are increasingly within reach. This event will be available live on webtv.un.org. You can find more information about this event here: https://www.un.org/en/climate-action/coming-soon-secretary-general-weighs-state-planet

At 9:00 a.m., there will be an online event entitled “Good Practices on SDG Implementation: Inspiring Examples to Drive Change”. This event is organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

At 10:00 a.m., in the General Assembly Hall, the General Assembly will hold its 34thplenary meeting. 

At 10:00am, The United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee will hold an open VTC about Terrorist threats to civil aviation, the status of implementation of Security Council resolution 2309 (2016), and follow-up to the civil aviation-related provisions of Council resolution 2396 (2017).”

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 hybrid press briefing by the Spokesman for the President of the General Assembly.  

Thursday, 3 December  

Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  

At 9:00 a.m, in the General Assembly Hall, there will be a Special session of the General Assembly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (resolution 75/4). The Secretary-General is scheduled to deliver remarks during this session. 

The 13th Session of the Conference of States Parties on Disabilities (COSP13) continues today with virtual meetings. The session is organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).  

The 14th Meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS) begins today. This meeting, organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), will continue tomorrow and Monday, 7 December.  

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 hybrid press briefing by the Spokesman for the President of the General Assembly.  

Friday, 4 December  

Today is the International Day of Banks.  

At 11:00 a.m., there will be an event to commemorate The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

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 hybrid press briefing by the Spokesman for the President of the General Assembly.  

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