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

First week of April: France starts shipping weapons to Lebanon

During the first week of April, France is scheduled to begin the delivery of weapons to the Lebanese government to support its fight against jihadist militants. The announcement of the deal was first made in December 2014 by Lebanese President Michel Suleiman. The weapons were purchased with a 3 billion USD grant from the government of Saudi Arabia, according to Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star. This follows large shipments of military aid to Lebanon from the United States in February.

April 1: 2015 Global Forum on Development, Paris

The 2015 Global Forum on Development will take place on April 1 at the headquarters of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. The forum will gather practitioners, experts, and policymakers from the development field to discuss the issues at the heart of the UN Financing for Development Conference that will take place in Addis Ababa in July. Some of the topics to be addressed include: the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); how developing countries interpret the SDGs; and the role that non-state actors can play in the SDG implementation process.

April 1: Palestine joins International Criminal Court, The Hague

On April 1, the Palestinian Authority will officially join the International Criminal Court (ICC)—the world’s war-crimes tribunal. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed the Rome Statute on December 31, 2014 after the UN Security Council rejected a Palestinian-drafted resolution demanding “a full and phased withdrawal of the Israeli occupying forces” within three years. The court’s jurisdiction will extend retroactively as far as June 2014, thus opening the possibility for prosecutors to investigate the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas that took place last summer. Read more