• Secretary General Kofi Annan is expected to visit Moscow mid-May where he is likely to receive public endorsement for a renewed term when meeting Russian President Putin and other senior officials. It may be an opportunity to name some Russian candidates for an Under Secretary General post next year.

  • Before the Committee on Information meets in early May, it hopes to resolve the question of its forthcoming chairmanship. In normal rotation it will be Latin America and the Caribbean region that should field a candidate.

  • The Executive Committee of E.S.C.W.A., the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia will meet in early May. That will be the first meeting with the new Executive Secretary Ambassador Mervat Tallawy.