At the start of every month, the Global Observatory posts a list of key upcoming meetings and events that have implications for global affairs.
Peace, Security, and Development
- July 1: Iraq faces deadline to form new government, Baghdad
After substantial amounts of pressure from both his political opponents and the United States, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has pledged to form a new national government by July 1. Mr. Maliki refused, however, to form a new emergency government by that date, as some had called on him to do, because that would be a “coup against the constitution and the political process.” The call to form an emergency government came from his critics, who believe that Mr. Maliki’s government has not been sufficiently inclusive of the country’s Sunni population. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration has indicated that it will push for a new, more conciliatory government with or without Mr. Maliki.
- July 2: Iran talks resume, Vienna
Iran and six world powers resume negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program, only days before a July 20 deadline to reach a final comprehensive agreement. The Iranian leadership reportedly said the latest round of talks held last month in Vienna yielded no breakthrough on the main sticking points, and both parties hope to strike a final deal by July 20.
- July 2: OECD holds annual global forum on development, Paris
The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) will hold its annual Global Forum on Development in the French capital on July 2. This year’s topic will be “Innovating for Development,” and the Forum will serve as the platform for the launch of this year’s Perspective on Global Development initiative by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. The aim of the event is to assess progress on contributions to tackling structural challenge to development.