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The Week Ahead: April 30 - May 6

May 3: World Press Freedom Day.
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

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MONDAY, April 30:

Armenia/Iran: Armenian Foreign Minister Edvard Nalbandian pays an official visit to Tehran.

Balkans: The European Policy Center in Brussels holds a discussion titled "Regional Cooperation In The Balkans: Time For A New Boost."

China/Russia: China’s Deputy Premier Li Keqiang visits Tatarstan.

Russia/Sudan: Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti visits Moscow, meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

UNESCO: International Jazz Day.

World: Denver hosts Amnesty International's annual general meeting and human rights conference (to May 1).

World: The Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons holds its first session in Vienna (to May 11).


Azerbaijan/UN: Azerbaijan assumes the monthly rotating Presidency of the UN Security Council.

World: Freedom House publishes its annual press freedom survey Freedom of the Press 2012.

World: Labor Day, a public holiday or day of festivities held in honor of working people in many countries.

WTO: Geneva hosts the WTO General Council meeting (to May 2).


Afghanistan: The UN refugee agency and the government of Switzerland co-host an international conference in Geneva on the Afghan displacement situation (to May 3).

Georgia/EU: Tbilisi hosts the 14th EU-Georgia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee meeting (to May 3).

Kazakhstan: Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov meets with EU President Herman Van Rompuy in Brussels.


Azerbaijan: The Swedish Press Freedom Award 2012 to be presented to Malahat Nasibova for her fearless work to defend the freedom of the press, the freedom of speech, democracy, and human rights in Azerbaijan.

EU: The European Policy Center in Brussels holds a discussion on the Eastern Partnership.

Kazakhstan: Astana hosts an international military exhibition "KADEX–2012" (to May 6).

Kazakhstan/CSTO: A session of the Defense Ministers Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization starts in Astana.

Moldova: An IMF delegation visits Chisinau to hold discussions with the authorities (to May 17).

Russia: Moscow hosts a high-level conference on missile defense (to May 4).

Tajikistan/EU: A delegation of nine MEPs visits Dushanbe for the second Parliamentary Cooperation Committee meeting (to May 5).

UN: World Press Freedom Day.

FRIDAY, May 4:

Armenia: A 25-member PACE delegation, led by Baroness Nicholson, visits Armenia to observe the parliamentary elections alongside observers from the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE, the European Parliament, and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE (to May 7).

Iran: The second round of parliamentary elections.

Serbia: A 21-member PACE delegation, led by Jean-Charles Gardetto, visits Serbia to observe the parliamentary and presidential elections alongside observers from the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE (to May 7).

SUNDAY, May 6:

Armenia: Parliamentary elections.

Russia: Russian opposition plans to hold mass protest march in Moscow and other cities.

Serbia: Presidential and parliamentary elections.

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