At the start of every month, the Global Observatory posts a list of key upcoming meetings and events that have implications for global affairs.
June 26-July 8: Meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, New York
The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is meeting under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Council in New York until July 8. The forum is debating the theme of “Strengthening integration, implementation and review – the HLPF after 2015,” and focusing on how to follow up on the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. The forum is also addressing follow-up on the Rio+20 process and discuss the Samoa Conference on Small Island Developing States.
July 2: UN talks resume on Libya crisis, Skhirat
Libya’s rival parliaments are scheduled to meet on July 2 to resume talks on a United Nations-sponsored power-sharing proposal aimed at ending the conflict in the country. Talks between the Tripoli-based General National Congress and the internationally recognized Tobruk-based House of Representatives have reportedly been progressing well in the Moroccan city of Skhirat. UN Special Envoy Bernardino León said a deal might even be reached before the July 2 meeting.
July 5: Greece holds referendum on terms of economic bailout, Athens
Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras has called a national referendum on whether the country should accept the terms of a bailout suggested by the country’s international creditors. The European Commission, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund had asked for concessions such as a revamped pensions system, reduced defense budget, and higher business taxes in return for a five-month, €15.5 billion bailout extension for the economically troubled country. European Union leaders have warned that a “no” vote on the referendum would mean an exit from the eurozone. Read more