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

Early August: Negotiations on Finalizing Myanmar Ceasefire Agreement, Yangon

Myanmar’s government and ethnic armed groups have reportedly agreed to hold further negotiations in early August on finalizing a nationwide ceasefire agreement aimed at ending six decades of conflict. The government and representatives of the ethnic groups agreed on a draft agreement in March this year.

August 3: US Secretary of State Kerry to Brief Gulf Leaders on Iran Nuclear Deal, Doha

United States Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council as part of a five-country world tour in August. The main topic of conversation will be the agreement between Iran and six world powers—China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, and the United States—on Tehran’s controversial nuclear program. Kerry will also meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Doha to discuss ways of combating the so-called Islamic State.

August 9: Haiti Holds Parliamentary Elections

Haitians will go to the polls on August 9 to restore the country’s parliament, which was dissolved in January. United Nations officials have said the elections will look to usher in a new period of “transparency, democracy, and development” for Haitians. The elections are scheduled to be followed by voting for a new president in October this year. A US State Department official recently warned that the country needed as much as 50 million USD more funding to carry out the elections. Read more