January 2012 (and beyond)
(Issue “01/12” will be published on 6 January 2012. Happy New Year to all of you)
2012: International and European years
Denmark assumes the rotating Presidency of the European Union (till 30 June).
Tentative calendar of the Presidency (more information will follow): http://eu2012.dk/~/media/Files/Danish%20Presidency%20Calender%20-%20FINAL.ashx
South Africa assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council.
Mexico to Assume the Presidency of the G20.
Ireland will exercise the function of the OSCE Chairmanship.
Doha: 2012 UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp, a pilot gathering of 30 young participants from Sub-Saharan Africa and the Palestinian Territory aimed at empowering them with practical leadership training and best practice examples from leading Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) experts (till 19 January).
Ankara: Seminar "The fight against discrimination based on racial, ethnic, religious and other bias" organised by the EU Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) and the Turkish authorities, in the framework of the Turkish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers (till 11 January) http://www.coe.int/t/dghl/monitoring/ecri/activities/38-Seminar_Ankara_2011/Seminar_Ankara_default_en.asp#TopOfPage
Copenhagen: First meeting of the College of EU Commissioners with the Danish presidency of the EU (till 11 January).
Ramallah: Public Consultation on the Draft Code of Conduct of the Palestinian Authority, in the framework of the MENA-OECD Initiative to support the Palestinian Authority, and upon the request of the General Personnel Council (GPC).
Mexico City: "Green Growth: Addressing the Knowledge Gaps," – inaugural conference organised by the Global Green Growth Institute, the OECD, the United Nations Environment Program and the World Bank (till 13 January) http://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/Pages/Events.aspx
Abu Dhabi: The World Future Energy Summit - Launch of the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All (till 19 January).
Geneva: Committee on the Rights of the Child (till 3 February).
Strasbourg: European Parliament plenary session. The European Parliament's current President, Jerzy Buzek, is soon to hand over the reins to his successor, who will be chosen by the full body of MEPs.
Regional Launches of World Economic Situation and Prospects 2012.
Paris: Council of Europe PACE Monitoring Committee: hearing on the current situation with regard to “the consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia” http://assembly.coe.int/defaultE.asp
Paris: 21st OECD Global Forum on Public Debt Management (till 20 January).
Berlin: International green week 2012.
Addis Ababa: “Boosting intra African trade” - African Union Summit (till 30 January).
Brussels: - Eurogroup
Geneva: Conference on Disarmament (till 30 March).
Vienna: Working Group on the Review of the Implementation of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto (till 27 January).
Davos: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012: The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models (till 29 January).
Manila: UNEP Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (till 27 January). http://www.gpa.depiweb.org/index.php?option=com_content&;view=article&id=79&Itemid=83
Brussels: Conference on translating mineral resource wealth into real development for Africa.
International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust http://www.un.org/en/holocaustremembrance/2012/calendar2012.html
Theme for 2012: “Children and the Holocaust”.
Brussels: -European Council. The meeting will be devoted officially to growth and employment but it will be dominated above all by the debt crisis and finalisation of the new compact on budgetary discipline on which discussions began on Tuesday 20 December.
Togo assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council
Launch of the World Youth Report (tbc)
Brussels: European parliament plenary session (till 2 February)
Munich: 48th International Security Conference (till 5 February).
World Cancer Day [WHO] http://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/annual/world_cancer_day/en/index.html
Geneva: The Economist’s Feeding the World Conference.
Adelaide: Challenges for Global Food Systems to 2050 Forum.
Strasbourg: European parliament plenary session (till 16 February)
World Day of Social Justice http://www.un.org/en/events/socialjusticeday/
International Mother Language Day [UNESCO]
Mexico: G20 ministerial meeting of Finance ministers and Central bank governors (till 26 February)
Geneva: Human Rights Council (till 23 March).
New York: Commission on the Status of Women: The Empowerment of Rural Women and their Role in Poverty and Hunger Eradication, Development, and Current Challenges (till 9 March).
United Kingdom assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council
Brussels: European Council (till 2 March)
Paris: High-Level Meeting to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the OECD Development Centre.
Brussels: Crans Montana Forum on Africa (till 10 March).
Rabat: Global Food Security Forum (till 9 March)
International Women's Day "Empower rural women – end hunger and poverty." http://www.un.org/en/events/women/iwd/
New York: 2012 Women in the World Summit (till 10 March).
Marseille: 6th World Water Forum (till 17 March) http://www.worldwaterforum6.org/en/the-forum/about/
Strasbourg: European parliament plenary session (till 15 march)
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/
World Down Syndrome Day
World Water Day: Theme for 2012 "Water and Food Security" http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/
Copenhagen: Summit on Europe’s regions and cities (till 23 March)
World Meteorological Day [WMO]
World Tuberculosis Day [WHO]
International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade http://www.un.org/en/events/slaveryremembranceday/
London: Planet under pressure conference (till 29March) http://www.planetunderpressure2012.net/conferencevision.asp
Seoul: Nuclear Security Summit (till 27 March).
Brussels: European Parliament plenary session (till 29 March)
United States assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council
World Autism Awareness Day http://www.un.org/en/events/autismday/
International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide
World Health Day [WHO] Theme for 2012: Ageing and health
Strasbourg: European parliament plenary session (till 20 April)
Istanbul: 12th AWID International Forum (till 22 April) http://www.forum.awid.org/forum12/
Washington: World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings (till 22 April).
-G20 Finance Ministers/Central Bank Governors meetings.
Doha: UNCTAD XIII “Development-centred globalization: Towards inclusive and sustainable growth and development” (till 26 April).
International Mother Earth Day
New York: Commission on Population and Development (CPD): Adolescents and Youth is the theme (till 27 April).
World Malaria Day [WHO] http://www.rollbackmalaria.org/worldmalariaday/
Washington: IMF/OECD/World Bank Bond Forum
World Intellectual Property Day [WIPO] http://www.wipo.int/ip-outreach/en/ipday/
Rio de Janeiro: World Public Health Nutrition Association Congress (till 30 April).
World Day for Safety and Health at Work [ILO] Theme for 2012: "Green jobs: promoting safety and health in a green economy" http://www.ilo.org/safework/events/safeday/lang--en/index.htm
Vienna: First Preparatory Committee for the 2015 NPT Review Conference (till 11 May).
Azerbaijan assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council
Leipzig: International Transport Forum Summit (till 4 May).
World Press Freedom Day http://www.un.org/en/events/pressfreedomday/
Cape Town: MDG Review Exhibition and Summit 2012: The power of business as one of the solutions to the MDG challenges (till 4 May).
Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War http://www.un.org/en/events/remembranceday/ (and 9 May)
World Migratory Bird Day [UNEP] http://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/2012/
International Day of Families
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day [ITU]
Chicago: 38th G8 summit (till 20 May).
Chicago: NATO heads of state and government meeting (till 21 May).
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
European maritime day http://europa.eu/eucalendar/event/id/287070-european-maritime-day/mode/window
International Day for Biological Diversity. Theme for 2012: Marine Biodiversity
Brussels: Green week 2012 (till 25May)
Paris: OECD Forum 2012. (till 23 May).
Paris: OECD Council meeting at ministerial level (till 24 May).
International Day of UN Peacekeepers
World No-Tobacco Day [WHO]. Theme for 2012: "tobacco industry interference"
China assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council
International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
World Environment Day [UNEP] http://www.unep.org/wed/
World Oceans Day http://www.un.org/Depts/los/reference_files/worldoceansday.htm
World Day Against Child Labour [ILO] http://www.ilo.org/ipec/Campaignandadvocacy/WDACL/lang--en/index.htm
World Blood Donor Day [WHO] http://www.who.int/worldblooddonorday/en/
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought http://www.un.org/en/events/observances/days.shtml
European sustainable energy week (till 22.June).
Mexico: G20 Summit (till 20 June).
World Refugee Day http://www.unhcr.org/do1thing/index.php
Rio: UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) (till 22 June).
International Widow’s Day http://www.un.org/en/events/widowsday/
Day of the Seafarer [IMO] Theme for 2012: “IMO: One hundred years after the Titanic”
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
Brussels: European Council (till 29 June)
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The Future We Want (FWW) is a global initiative to envision what we want our lives and communities to be like 20 years from now.
The new campaign is designed to promote next June’s Rio+20 conference and the need for sustainable development by engaging people in a global conversation on. The campaign, Rio+20: The Future We Want, will work through public participation to envision how societies in all parts of the world can build a future that promotes prosperity and improves people’s quality of life without further degrading our planet’s natural environment.
The Future We Want: Drop by Drop http://www.dropbydrop.eu
The United Nations are asking Europeans to create a newspaper ad that inspires others to preserve water, now and for future generations.
The competition is part of 'The Future We Want', the UN's global campaign leading up to the Rio+20 Conference. Deadline for submissions is 29 February 2012
The 1billion hungry project http://www.endinghunger.org/en/motivate.html
A hungry person is weak. Tired. Unable to concentrate, study or work. Hunger leads to illness. The body starts to feed on itself, eventually leading to starvation and death.
There's a growing movement of people who are outraged by the situation. What about you?
The objectives? A critical mass of people who no longer accept the presence of one billion fellow human beings living in chronic hunger. To make a lot of noise about the problem. To build up political pressure for change.
End poverty 2015 - UN Millennium Development Goals http://www.endpoverty2015.org/
The MDGs are an eight-point road map with measurable targets and clear deadlines for improving the lives of the world's poorest people. World leaders have agreed to achieve the MDGs by 2015.
It’s up to us to make sure leaders follow through on their commitments. The "United Nations Millennium Campaign" supports and inspires people from around the world to take action in support of the Millennium Development Goals. Join the Campaign and be part of the generation that puts an end to poverty.
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