DIARY-Political and General News Events from May 17

PUBLISHED: Mon, 17 May 2021 13:37:33 GMT
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** VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis meets Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the Vatican. ** MADRID – Spain’s economy minister Nadia Calviño holds a press conference with regional policy minister Miquel Iceta to explain initiatives on the recovery, transformation and resilience plan – 1600 GMT. ** BRDO, SLOVENIA – Presidents of Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Serbia and leaders of Bosnia’s Croat, Muslim Bosniak and Serb inter-ethnic three-man presidency meet in Slovenia at the annual Brdo-Brijuni Process summit to discuss the Western Balkan countries Eu accession prospects – 0900 GMT. ** PARIS – French President Macron meets Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Elysee Palace in Paris – 1130 GMT. ** GENEVA – Director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva, the director-general of the World Trade Organization discuss vaccine and trade issues for Africa – 1500 GMT. ** BRUSSELS – NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will meet the President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic. BUCHAREST – An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission will virtually visit Romania to evaluate the state of the country’s economy. (To May 28)

COPENHAGEN – United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken to visit Copenhagen. (final day)

GENEVA – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), give news conference on the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic. PARIS – International conference on the transition of Sudan takes place in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron, Sudan’s sovereign council head General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Sudan Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok – 1200 GMT. MOSCOW – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets Foreign Minister of Sierra Leone David J. Francis in Moscow – 1000 GMT. COIMBRA, Portugal – EU Informal meeting of the ministers of European Affairs.

DUBLIN – Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar speaks at EU think tank webinar – 1100 GMT

GLOBAL – World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. BRUSSELS – Euro zone finance ministers meet – 1300 GMT

WELLINGTON – Trade ministers of Asia-Pacific countries meet ahead of the APEC Summit in New Zealand (to May 30) – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, MAY 18

PARIS – French President Emanuel Macron chairs a finance summit to discuss ways of providing financial support to aid African economies relaunch after the health crisis. Macron is calling it a “New Deal” for African economies. BRUSSELS – The EU’s vice-president and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell discuss the recent unrest and violence between Israel and Palestine with European lawmakers. BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on communication on the global approach to research and innovation.

BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president and trade chief Valdis Dombrovskis speaks on business taxation for the 21st century.

COIMBRA, Portugal – EU Informal meeting of ministers responsible for cohesion policy.

GLOBAL – International Museum Day. NETHERLANDS – 2021 Eurovision Song Contest (To May 22)

LUCERNE, Switzerland – World Economic Forum holds annual meeting (to May. 21). – – – – – – – – – WEDNESDAY, MAY 19

** REYKJAVIK – The Arctic Council Ministerial meeting will be held in person in Reykjavik, with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attending along with indigenous leaders and other ministers (to May 20). ** BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold a speech about the future of German and European innovation research – 1045 GMT.

BRUSSELS – The European Commission and European Council debates a proposal to the WTO to waive intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines. UNITED NATIONS – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to chair U.N. Security Council meeting on causes of conflict and post-pandemic recovery in Africa. Other minsters expected to speak. – 1200 GMT

DUSHANBE – President of Kazakhstan Kasym-Jomart Tokayev will make an official visit to Tajikistan at the invitation President Emomali Rahmon. (To May 20) – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, MAY 20

REYKJAVIK – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meet in Reykjavik on the sidelines of the Arctic Council. VIENNA – IMF’s Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, ECB’s Christine Lagarde address conference on Gender, Money and Finance. (To May 21)

BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) meeting. – – – – – – – – – FRIDAY, MAY 21

** LISBON – Euro zone finance ministers meet in Lisbon to discuss fiscal policy, banking union – 0700 GMT. MOSCOW – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum in Moscow. LISBON – Eurogroup meeting.

WASHINGTON – South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit the White House for talks with U.S. President Joe Biden. ROME – Italy hosts G20 summit on global health crisis.

PORTUGAL – EU Informal meeting of economic and financial affairs ministers, (To May 22). – – – – – – – – –

SATURDAY, MAY 22 GLOBAL – International Day for Biological Diversity.

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SUNDAY, MAY 23

VIETNAM – Vietnamese legislative election CYPRUS – Cypriot House of Representatives election.

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BRUSSELS – EU special meeting of the European Council. (To May 25)

GENEVA – The World Health Organization is due to hold its annual World Health Assembly of health ministers from its 194 member states where debate is expected to focus on reforms after the COVID-19 pandemic (to Jun. 1). – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, MAY 25

BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council (Development) meeting. – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26

BRUSSELS – European Commission vice president for values Vera Jourova speaks on guidance for strengthening the code of practice on disinformation.

SYRIA – Syrian presidential elections are held in different parts of the country

CAYMAN ISLANDS – Cayman Legislative Assembly election. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, MAY 27

BRUSSELS – EU Informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers – Gymnich

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FRIDAY, MAY 28

LONDON – UK to host a virtual meeting Group of Seven of finance ministers and central bank governors ahead of a G7 leaders’ summit in June.

BRUSSELS – EU Informal meeting of defense ministers.

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** WELLINGTON – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to visit New Zealand. CYPRUS – Cyprus holds parliamentary elections

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MONDAY, MAY 31

PARIS – OECD Economic Outlook 2021 Virtual Event.

GLOBAL – World No Tobacco Day. – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, JUNE 1

KATHMANDU – 20th anniversary of Nepal King Birendra, Queen Aishwarya and eight other members of the royal family assassinated by Crown Prince in royal family massacre.

BRUSSELS – Valdis Dombrovskis, executive vice president of the European Commission and trade commissioner, discusses trade relations 6 months into 2021, a new U.S. Administration & Brexit. – 1200 GMT

VIENNA, Austria – 17th OPEC and non-OPEC ministerial meeting via videoconference.

VALPARAISO, Chile – Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera delivers the annual state of the nation address. – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2

BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Margaritis Schinas presents a communication on a strategy for the future of Schengen and an Amendment of the Regulation establishing the Schengen Evaluation Mechanism.

BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on “A trusted and secure European e-ID.” – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, JUNE 4 CHILE – 10th anniversary of Chile’s Puyehue volcano eruption, causing air traffic cancellations across South America, New Zealand, Australia.

HONG KONG – Tens of thousands attend a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong to commemorate the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing.

LONDON – Finance ministers from across the G7 nations will meet at Lancaster House in London. (To June 05) – – – – – – – – –

SATURDAY, JUNE 5

WELLINGTON – Trade ministers of Asia-Pacific countries meet ahead of the APEC Summit in New Zealand. GLOBAL – World Environment Day. GAMBIA, THE – Referendum Election. – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, JUNE 6

SEOUL – South Korea marks the 66th anniversary of Memorial Day. PERU – Presidential election – Second round MEXICO – Mexican Chamber of Deputies election.

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MONDAY, JUNE 7

BRUSSELS – EU Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting. (To June 8) – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, JUNE 8

BRUSSELS – European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Commissioner for budget Johannes Hahn give a press conference on the draft General Budget 2022.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9

MONGOLIA – President Election.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 10

DUSHANBE – President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev will visit Tajikistan. (To June 12)

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FRIDAY, JUNE 11 SHANGHAI – Shanghai International Film Festival 2021 (to June 20) CORNWALL, England – U.S. President Joe Biden will visit UK to attend the G7 summit in Cornwall, England (To June 13)

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SATURDAY, JUNE 12

GLOBAL – World Day against Child Labour ILO. – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, JUNE 13

FRANCE – Regional and departmental elections – First round – – – – – – – – –

MONDAY, JUNE 14

GLOBAL – World Blood Donor Day.

GAZA – 14th anniversary of Hamas takeover of the Gaza strip from Fatah.

BRUSSELS – NATO leaders meet in Brussels to discuss substantive and forward-looking NATO 2030 agenda: Russia’s actions, the threat of terrorism, cyber attacks, emerging and disruptive technologies, the security impact of climate change, and the rise of China.

BRUSSELS – U.S. President Joe Biden will visit to Brussels to take part in NATO summit in BRUSSELS, Belgium.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 15

GLOBAL – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). – – – – – – – – – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16

WELLINGTON – APEC 2021 Structural Reform Ministers’ Meeting. BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Margaritis Schinas speaks on lessons learnt from the COVID-19 crisis.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 17 GLOBAL – United Nation’s World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. LUXEMBOURG – Eurogroup meeting.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 18

LUXEMBOURG – EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting.

IRAN, Islamic Republic of Iran – President Election.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 20 GLOBAL – World Refugee Day. FRANCE – Regional and departmental elections – Second round

BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) meeting. – – – – – – – – –

MONDAY, JUNE 21 LUXEMBOURG – EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, JUNE 22 LUXEMBOURG – EU General Affairs Council meeting.

SINGAPORE – APEC Senior Finance Officials Virtual Meeting (To June 23). – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23

BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis speaks on a communication on a new occupational safety and health strategy framework. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, JUNE 24 BERLIN – 73rd anniversary of beginning of The Berlin Blockade. Communist forces cut off all land and water routes between West Germany and West Berlin, prompting the United States to organize a massive airlift.

VIENNA, Austria – 181st Meeting of the OPEC Conference.

BRUSSELS – European Council meeting (To June 25) – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, JUNE 25

WELLINGTON – APAC 2021 Informal Finance Ministerial Meeting with the APEC Business Advisory Council. LOS ANGELES – 12th death anniversary of pop star Michael Jackson.

ARUBA – Aruban Legislature election.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 26

GLOBAL – International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. – – – – – – – – –

MONDAY, JUNE 28

MATERA, ITALY – G20 foreign ministers meet in the southern Italian city of Matera for a 3-day summit (to Jun. 30).

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TUESDAY, JUNE 29

PYEONGTAEK – South Korea observes the 19th anniversary of an inter-Korean sea clash.

BEJING/TAIPEI – 11th Anniversary of signing of a landmark trade deal between China and Taiwan. – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30

PARIS – French president Emmanuel Macron welcomes his Argentinian and Mexican counterparts Alberto Ferndandez and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in a gender equality summit with the UN.

BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Dubravka Suica speaks on the EU’s long-term vision for rural areas. – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, JULY 9 VENICE, Italy – G20 Economy Ministers meet in Venice for a two-day summit, one of the main events of Italy’s G20 presidency (To July 10)

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