At the start of every month, the Global Observatory posts a list of key upcoming meetings and events that have implications for global affairs.
March 3: Israeli PM Netanyahu to address US Congress, Washington, DC
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to address the United States Congress on March 3, two weeks ahead of legislative elections in Israel. The announcement has caused controversy both in Israel and the US, as Mr. Netanyahu is expected to make his case against the sensitive negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, which he says are leading to a “dangerous” agreement.
March 3: EU hosts international conference on Ebola, Brussels
On March 3, the European Union will host a high-level international conference on Ebola to take stock of the fight against the outbreak, coordinate future action for the eradication of the disease, and discuss the recovery process in the most affected countries. The conference will be co-chaired by the governments of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Togo and by the United Nations, the African Union, and other key partners in the fight against the disease.
March 3-5: Global Security Asia 2015 Conference, Singapore
This year’s Global Security Asia conference, Asia’s largest event of its kind, will take place in Singapore from March 3-5. The event is held every two years, and this edition is expected to address Asia’s current and emerging security threats and discuss state and societal responses. In particular, government representatives, civil society, and security-sector specialists will discuss how the rise of the Islamic State has affected the continent’s security landscape.
March 5: South Sudan factions face deadline to reach final peace deal
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar face a March 5 deadline to agree on a final peace agreement that would end the violence that erupted in the world’s newest country in December 2013. Both sides have accused each other of violating multiple agreements over the last year; most recently, a monitoring team from the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) confirmed that the February 1 deal was violated by both sides. The conflict has killed over 50,000 people and has internally displaced nearly two million in a little over a year. Read more