At the start of every month, the Global Observatory posts a list of key upcoming meetings and events that have implications for global affairs.

September 1: Deadline to Lift Reservations on South Sudan Peace Deal, Juba

The United Nations Security Council has given South Sudan President Salva Kiir until September 1 to fully support a peace deal he signed on August 27. Kiir annexed a list of reservations from the agreement that he said would “not be in the interests of just and lasting peace.” South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar, who would regain his position of vice-president under the deal, signed without reservation on August 17. The UN has threatened to enact sanctions if Kiir does not accept the accord in its entirety.

September 1: Ukraine and Pro-Russian Separatists to Pursue Ceasefire

In late August, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe announced that the two sides involved in the Ukraine crisis had agreed to a new temporary ceasefire to be enacted from September 1. This would reportedly return to the terms of the Minsk II agreement signed in February this year, which has been undermined by sporadic clashes between Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces.

September 3: China to Hold Major Parade Marking 70th Anniversary of World War II, Beijing

China will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II with a huge military parade involving 12,000 troops, marking a new national holiday. More than 30 heads of state and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon are expected to attend, but a notable absentee will be Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The event is expected to increase historical tensions between China and Japan, which were already heightened by Abe’s statement on the anniversary of the war, in August. Read more