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January 1, 2013:
Belarus/CIS: Belarus takes over rotating chairmanship of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) for 2013.
EU: Ireland takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union (to June 30).
Georgia/GUAM: Georgia assumes the GUAM presidency 2013.
Kyrgyzstan/CSTO: Kyrgyzstan presides over the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in 2013.
Pakistan: Pakistan assumes the office of the UN Security Council presidency for one month (to January 31).
Russia: The so-called Dima Yakovlev law, which bans adoptions of Russian children by U.S. citizens, goes into effect.
Russia/G20: Russia presides over the Group of Twenty (G20) in 2013.
Russia/OECD: Russia joins the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA).
UK/G8: Britain assumes the Group of Eight (G8) leading industrialized nations presidency in 2013.
Ukraine/BSEC: Ukraine takes over the six-month chairmanship of the Organization of Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC).
Ukraine/OSCE: Ukraine assumes the OSCE chairmanship in 2013.
UN: The UN International Year of Water Cooperation will be observed in 2013.