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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  

International decades

1 January

Denmark assumes the rotating Presidency of the European Union (till 30 June).

Tentative calendar of the Presidency (more information will follow):

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.

9 January

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).

10 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)

Copenhagen: First meeting of the College of EU Commissioners with the Danish presidency of the EU (till 11 January).

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).,3746,en_34645207_34645555_49305641_1_1_1_1,00.html

12 January

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)

16 January

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.

17 January

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”

19 January

Paris: 21st OECD Global Forum on Public Debt Management (till 20 January).

20 January

Berlin: International green week 2012.

23 January

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).

25 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).;view=article&id=79&Itemid=83

26 January

Brussels: Conference on translating mineral resource wealth into real development for Africa.

27 January

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

Theme for 2012: “Children and the Holocaust”.

30 January

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.

1 February

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)

3 February

Munich: 48th International Security Conference (till 5 February).

4 February

World Cancer Day [WHO]

8 February

Geneva: The Economist’s Feeding the World Conference.

13 February

Adelaide: Challenges for Global Food Systems to 2050 Forum.

Strasbourg: European parliament plenary session (till 16 February)

20 February

World Day of Social Justice

Brussels: Eurogroup

21 February

International Mother Language Day [UNESCO]

25 February:

Mexico: G20 ministerial meeting of Finance ministers and Central bank governors (till 26 February)

27 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).         

1 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.

7 March

Brussels: Crans Montana Forum on Africa (till 10 March).

Rabat: Global Food Security Forum (till 9 March)

8 March

International Women's Day "Empower rural women – end hunger and poverty."

New York: 2012 Women in the World Summit (till 10 March).

12 March        

Brussels: Eurogroup

Marseille: 6th World Water Forum (till 17 March)

Strasbourg: European parliament plenary session (till 15 march)

21 March

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

World Down Syndrome Day

22 March

World Water Day: Theme for 2012 "Water and Food Security"

Copenhagen: Summit on Europe’s regions and cities (till 23 March)

23 March

World Meteorological Day [WMO]

24 March

World Tuberculosis Day [WHO]

International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims

25 March

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

London: Planet under pressure conference (till 29March)

26 March

Seoul: Nuclear Security Summit (till 27 March).

28 March

Brussels: European Parliament plenary session (till 29 March)

1 April

United States assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council

2 April

World Autism Awareness Day

4 April

International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

7 April

Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide

World Health Day [WHO] Theme for 2012: Ageing and health

17 April

Strasbourg: European parliament plenary session (till 20 April)

19 April

Istanbul: 12th AWID International Forum (till 22 April)

20 April           

Washington: World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings (till 22 April).

-G20 Finance Ministers/Central Bank Governors meetings.


21 April

Doha: UNCTAD XIII “Development-centred globalization: Towards inclusive and sustainable growth and development” (till 26 April).


22 April

International Mother Earth Day


23 April

New York: Commission on Population and Development (CPD): Adolescents and Youth is the theme (till 27 April).


25 April

World Malaria Day [WHO]

Washington: IMF/OECD/World Bank Bond Forum


26 April

World Intellectual Property Day [WIPO]


27 April

Rio de Janeiro: World Public Health Nutrition Association Congress (till 30 April).


28 April

World Day for Safety and Health at Work [ILO] Theme for 2012: "Green jobs: promoting safety and health in a green economy"


30 April

Vienna: First Preparatory Committee for the 2015 NPT Review Conference (till 11 May).


1 May

Azerbaijan assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council


2 May

Leipzig: International Transport Forum Summit (till 4 May).


3 May

World Press Freedom Day

Cape Town: MDG Review Exhibition and Summit 2012: The power of business as one of the solutions to the MDG challenges (till 4 May). 


8 May

Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War (and 9 May)


12 May

World Migratory Bird Day [UNEP]


14 May

Brussels: Eurogroup


15 May

International Day of Families


17 May

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day [ITU]


19 May

Chicago: 38th G8 summit (till 20 May).


20 May

Chicago: NATO heads of state and government meeting (till 21 May).


21 May

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

European maritime day


22 May

International Day for Biological Diversity. Theme for 2012: Marine Biodiversity

Brussels: Green week 2012 (till 25May)

Paris: OECD Forum 2012. (till 23 May).

23 May

Paris: OECD Council meeting at ministerial level (till 24 May).


29 May

International Day of UN Peacekeepers


31 May

World No-Tobacco Day [WHO]. Theme for 2012: "tobacco industry interference"


1 June

China assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council


4 June

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression


5 June

World Environment Day [UNEP]


8 June

World Oceans Day


12 June

World Day Against Child Labour [ILO]


14 June

World Blood Donor Day [WHO]


17 June

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought


18 June

European sustainable energy week (till 22.June).

Mexico: G20 Summit (till 20 June).


20 June

World Refugee Day

Rio: UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) (till 22 June).


23 June

International Widow’s Day


25 June

Day of the Seafarer [IMO] Theme for 2012: “IMO: One hundred years after the Titanic”


26 June

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture


28 June

Brussels: European Council (till 29 June)



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