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 Updated on 16 December 2017


Entries added or changed during the current month are shown in bold face.

·  Canceled, delayed, postponed, or suspended.






December 2017


mid-Dec. European Union (EU): Euro Summit in Brussels (22 November 2017).

1 Dec. United Nations (UN): Japan to assume monthly presidency of the Security Council, succeeding Italy.

4-8 Dec. United Nations (UN): Meeting of the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological and Toxin Weapons and their Destruction annual session in Geneva, Switzerland.

4-14 Dec. United Nations (UN): Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) 16th session in Rome.

5 Dec. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): North Atlantic Council meeting of member foreign ministers in Brussels (10 November 2017).

5-6 Dec. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC): Supreme Council Summit meeting in Kuwait City (29 November 2017).

7-8 Dec. Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE): 24th Ministerial Council meeting at the Hofburg in Vienna (16 October 2017).

8 Dec. Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking Countries (CCTS): Parliamentary Assembly 7th Plenary Session in Bishkek (3 October 2017).

12 Dec. International: Climate conference in Paris (19 September 2017).

12 Dec. European Union (EU): Non-proliferation and disarmament conference at Palais d'Egmont in Brussels.

12-13 Dec. World Trade Organization (WTO): Ministerial conference in Buenos Aires.

13 Dec. Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC): Meeting on Jerusalem in Istanbul, Turkey.

14-15 Dec. European Union (EU): European Council meeting (Tentative, 30 June 2017).

31 Dec.  United Nations (UN): Terms of office of the President of the International Tribunal of former Yugoslavia (ICTY) extended  until 31 December 2017 or until one month after completion of cases (UNSC Resolution 2329 of 19 December 2016).


Dec. South Africa: African National Congress (ANC) to hold party conference and elect next leader.

1 Dec. India: Opening of presidential election of Indian National Congress (INC), nominations on 4 December, and counting of votes on 19 December (21 November 20127).

5 Dec. Turkey: European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) deadline for defense of case against jailed journalists (16 November 2017).

6 Dec. Switzerland: Election of Federal President and Vice President for one-year term by the Federal Assembly.

9 and 14 Dec. India-Gujarat: Election of 182-seat Legislative Assembly (25 October 2017).

10 Dec. France: First round of presidential election of The Republicans (LR) (31 August 2017).

11 Dec. Canada: Parliamentary by-elections in South Surrey-White Rock, British Columbia; Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, Newfoundland & Labrador; Scarborough-Agincourt, Ontario; and Battleford-Lyodmnisterf, Saskatchewan (5 November 2017).

11-12 Dec. Macedonia: Representatives of Greece and Macedonia will discuss ways to solve the Macedonian name issue in Brussels (17 November 2017).

15 Syria: Opening of 8th round of UN-hosted peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland.

16-20 Dec. South Africa: African National Congress (ANC) 54th National Conference and election of leadership in Gauteng Province.

17 Dec. Chile: 2nd round of presidential election (20 November 2017).

17 Dec. France: Second round of presidential election of The Republicans (LR) (31 August 2017).

21 Dec. Spain-Catalonia Region: Election of 135-seat Parliament (Ordered by the national government on 27 October 2017).

31 Dec. Syria: Mandate for the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) expires (UNSC Resolution 2361 of 29 June 2017).




2018 Group of Seven (G7) Summit in Charlevoix, Québec, Canada (27 May 2017).

2018 Group of Twenty (G20) Summit in Argentina.

2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC): Annual Economic Leaders' Meeting in Papua New Guinea.

2018 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN): Summit meeting in Papua New Guinea (9 October 2013). 

2018 La Francophonie: 17th Conference of Heads of State and Government in Armenia (27 November 2016).

2018 Pacific Islands Forum (PIF): Leaders' meeting on Nauru.

2018 Czech Republic: Presidential election.

2018 Cuba: Presidential term ends.

2018 Fiji: Election of 60-seat House of Representatives.

2018 France-New Caledonia: Referendum on independence.

2018 Germany: Election of 180-seat state legislature (Landtag) of Bavaria.

2018 Germany: Election of 110-seat state legislature (Landtag) of Hesse.

2018 Germany: Election of 137-seat state legislature (Landtag) of Lower Saxony/Niedersachsen.

2018 India-Himachal Pradesh: Election of 68-seat Legislative Assembly.

2018 India-Karnataka: Election of 224-seat Legislative Assembly.

2018 India-Meghalaya: Election of 60-seat Legislative Assembly.

2018 India-Nagaland: Election of 60-seat Legislative Assembly.

2018 India-Tripura: Election of 60-seat Legislative Assembly.

2018 Italy: Start of new generation nuclear powerplant (9 July 2009).

2018 Maldives: Presidential election.

2018 Palestine: Parliamentary and presidential elections by year's end (22 November 2017).

2018 United Kingdom: Labour Party Conference in Liverpool (6 March 2013).


January 2018

Jan. Burma: 3rd  meeting of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference during last week in Nay Pyi Taw (28 November 2017).

Jan. China: Completion of elections of deputies of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC).

Jan. Spain-Catalonia: Election of 135-seat Regional Parliament (Tentative, to be ordered by central government, 20 October 2017).

1 Jan. European Union (EU): Bulgaria assumes presidency for a 6-month term, succeeding Estonia (26 July 2016).

14 Jan. Cambodia: Election of 53 of 61 members of the Senate (16 June 2017).

27 Jan. Honduras: Presidential term ends.

28 Jan. Cyprus: Presidential election (14 October 2017).

28 Jan. Finland: 1st round of presidential election.

31 Jan. Cyprus: Mandate for the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) expires (UNSC Resolution 2369 of 27 July 2017).

31 Jan. Russia: European Union (EU) economic sanctions against Russia for lack of implementing the Minsk Agreement end unless extended (22 June 2017).

February 2018

4 Feb. Costa Rica: Election of 57-seat Legislative Assembly.

4 Feb. Costa Rica:  Presidential election.

4 Feb. Finland: 2nd round of presidential election if needed.

26 Feb. Yemen: Mandate for UN sanctions to end, unless renewed (UNSC Resolution 2342 of 23 February 2017).

28 Feb. Guinea-Bissau: Mandate for UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) to end, unless renewed UNSC Resolution 2342 of 23 February 2017).

March 2018

Mar. China: End of term of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) (28 April 2017).

Mar. Czech Republic: Presidential term expires.

Mar. Turkey: Planned completion of legislation enacting the presidential system approved by the referendum of 16 April 2017 (20 November 2017).

7 Mar. Sierra Leone: Election of 124-Seat Parliament (17 March 2017).

7 Mar. Sierra Leone: Presidential election (17 March 2017).

11 Mar. Colombia: Election of 166-seat House of Representatives.

17 Mar. Afghanistan: Mandate of UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) ends unless renewed (UNSC Resolution 2344 of 17 March 2017). Extended from 17 March 2017.

18 Mar. Russia: Presidential election (15 December 2017).

28 Mar. Yemen: Mandate for UN sanction Panel of Experts to end, unless renewed (UNSC Resolution 2342 of 23 February 2017).

31 Mar. Congo (DR): Mandate for UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) to end unless extended (UNSC Resolution 2348 of 31 March 2017). Extended from 31 March 2017.

31 Mar. Somalia: Mandate for UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) expires (UNSC Resolution 2358 of 14 June 2017).

31 Mar. Ukraine: Mandate of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine ends unless renewed (OSCE Permanent Council, 16 March 2017).

April 2018

Apr. Bangladesh: National Assembly election of President.

April Congo (DR): Presidential election (delayed from 2016 on 17 October 2016).

Apr. Gabon: Election of 120-seat National Assembly 29 July 2017; changed from 27 December 2017 and 29 July 2017).

Apr. Czech Republic: Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD): Party congress and election of new leadership (28 October 2017).

Apr. Pakistan: Election of 342-seat National Assembly.

15 Apr. Haiti: Mandate of new UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) to end unless renewed (UNSC Resolution 2350 of 13 April 2017).

16-21 Apr. Commonwealth of Nations: Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM) in London (13 March 2017).

24 Apr. Korea (PDRK): Mandate of the Panel of Experts on restrictive measures ends unless extended (UNSC Resolution  2345 of 23 March 2017). Extended from 24 April 2017.

25 Apr. Denmark-Faroe Islands: Referendum on self-determination (11 February 2017).

30 Apr. Western Sahara: Mandate of UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara ends unless renewed (UNSC Resolution 2351 of 28 April 2017). Extended from 30 April 2017.

May 2018

May Egypt: Presidential election.

May Lebanon: Election of 128-seat National Assembly (Originally scheduled for 14 June 2012.)

15 May Iraq: Election of 328-seat Council of Representatives (1 November 2017).

27 May Colombia: Presidential election.

31 May South Sudan: Asset freeze and travel ban sanctions expire unless renewed (UNSC Resolution 2353 of 24 May 2017).


June 2018

1 June Syria: European Union (EU) sanctions end unless renewed (29 May 2017).

23 June Russia: European Union (EU) sanctions in response to illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol end unless renewed (19 June 2017).

29 June Libya: United Nations authorization for arms embargo expires on 12 June 2018 (UNSC Resolution 2357, 12 June 2017).

30 June Mali: Mandate for UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) ends (UNSC Resolution 2364 of 29 June 2017).

30 June Palestine: Mandate for the European Union Police Mission (EUPOL COPPS) expires (4 July 2017).

30 June Sudan: Mandate for UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) ends (UNSC Resolution 2363 of 29 June 2017).


July 2018

July Mali: Presidential election.

1 July European Union (EU): Austria assumes presidency for a 6-month term, succeeding Bulgaria (26 July 2016).

1 July Congo (DR): UN Authorization for sanctions ends (UNSC Resolution 2360 of 21 June 2017).

1 July Mexico: Election of 500-seat Chamber of Deputies.

1 July Mexico: Election of 128-seat Chamber of Senate.

1 July Mexico: Presidential election.

9 July South Sudan: Election of 332-seat National Assembly (Tentative).

9 July South Sudan: Presidential election (Tentative).

11-12 July North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): Summit meeting of heads of state and government in Brussels (20 October 2017).

29 July Cambodia: Election of 123-seat National Assembly.

31 July Iraq: Mandate for the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) expires (UNSC Resolution 2367 of 14 July 2017).

31 July Zimbabwe: Election of 270-seat House of Assembly.

31 July Zimbabwe: Election of 80-seat Senate.

31 July Zimbabwe: Presidential election.

August 2018

1 Aug. Congo (DR): UN Mandate for sanctions Group of Experts expires (UNSC Resolution 2360 of 21 June 2017).

31 Aug. Lebanon: Mandate for UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) expires unless renewed (UNSC Resolution 2373 of 30 August 2017).

September 2018

Sep. Libya: Parliamentary and presidential elections before end of month (Tentative 30 November 2017).

5 Sep. Mali: UN asset freeze and travel ban expire unless renewed (UNSC Resolution 2374 of 5 September 2017).

15 Sep. Libya: Mandate for UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expires unless renewed (UNSC Resolution 2376 of 14 September 2017).

26 Sep. Colombia: Mandate for the UN Verification Mission in Colombia ends UNSC Resolution 2366 of 10 July 2017).


October 2018

Oct. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Election of 42-seat House of Representatives.

Oct. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Election of tripartite presidency.

Oct. Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Election of 98-seat House of Representatives of the Federation.

Ocxt. Serb Republic: Election of 83-seat National Assembly.

Oct. Somalia-Somaliland: Election of 82-seat House of Representatives (Postponed in January 2017 from 25 January 2017 because of severe draught.)

7 Oct. Brazil: Election of 513-seat Chamber of Deputies.

7 Oct. Brazil: Election of 54 of 81 members of the Senate.

7 Oct. Brazil: Presidential election.

25-26 Oct. Baltic Assembly (BA): 37th Session in Vilnius (10 November 2017).

November 2018

Nov. France: Referendum on independence of New Caledonia (Unconfirmed, 9 October 2017).

Nov. Mali: Election of 147-seat National Assembly.

Nov. Thailand: Election of 220-seat National Legislative Assembly (10 October 2017).

6 Nov. United States of America: Election of 435-seat House of Representatives.

6 Nov. United States of America: Election of 34 of 100 members of the Senate.

15 Nov. Libya: UN authorizations for sanctions end  (UNSC Resolution 2362 of 29 June 2017).

15 Nov. Libya: UN Mandate for sanctions Panel of Experts expires (UNSC Resolutionb 2362 of 29 June 2017).

December 2018

Dec. Congo (DR): Presidential elections (5 November 2017).

14 Dec. Georgia: Mandate of EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM Georgia) expires unless renewed (12 Dec. 2016).

31 Dec. European Union (EU): Mandate of Operation Sophia (EUNAVFOR MED) in the Mediterranean expires (25 July 2017).


2019 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC): Annual Economic Leaders' Meeting in Chile.

2019 Group of Twenty (G20) Summit in Japan.

2019 Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation: 2nd Forum in China (15 May 2017).

2019 Bolivia: Presidential election.

2019 Botswana: Presidential election.

2019 France-New Caledonia: Referendum on independence (Promised by the Prime Minister on 26 July 2013).

2019 Germany: Election of 88-seat state legislature (Landtag) of Brandenburg.

2019 Germany: Election of 132-seat state legislature (Landtag) of Saxony/Sachsen.

2019 Germany: Election of 88-seat state legislature (Landtag) of Thuringia/Thüringen.

2019 Mozambique: Presidential election.

2019 Netherlands: Flooding of Hedwige Polder (22 December 2012).

2019 South Africa: Election of 400-seat National Assembly.

Fall 2019 Switzerland: Election of 200-seat National Council and 46-seat Council of States.


January 2019

1 Jan. European Union (EU): Romania assumes presidency for a 6-month term, succeeding Austria (26 July 2016).

February 2019

16 Feb. Nigeria: Election of 360-seat House of Representatives (10 March 2017).

16 Feb. Nigeria: Presidential election (10 March 2017).

March 2019

2 Mar. Nigeria: Gubernatorial elections (10 March 2017).

30 Mar. European Union (EU): Special summit of heads of state and government in Sibiu, Romania (Proposed on 13 September 2017).

April 2019

13 Apr. Korea (DPRK): Japanese trade embargo and unilateral sanctions to end. Extended from 13 April 2017 on 7 April 2017.

30 Apr. Japan: Abdication of Emperor (1 December 2017).

May 2019

May European Union: Election of 750-seat European Parliament.

June 2019

15 June Papua New Guinea: Bougainville to hold referendum on self-determination (23 May 2016).


July 2019

1 July European Union (EU): Finland assumes presidency for a 6-month term, succeeding Romania (26 July 2016).

November 2019

November Turkey Presidential and legislative elections.



2020 United Nations (UN): Kyoto climate change successor to take effect (25 November 2013).

2020 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC): Annual Economic Leaders' Meeting in Malaysia.

2020 Asia: Removal of all trade barriers in Asia by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group.

2020 Group of Twenty (G20) Summit in Saudi Arabia.

2020 European Union (EU): Ukraine planning to apply for membership (25 September 2014).

2020 or later Korea (ROK): Government to assume wartime operational control from the South Korea-US Combined Forces (2 November 2015).

2020 Tajikistan: Presidential election.

July China-Russia: Expiration of friendship treaty if either party requests termination by July 2020, otherwise treaty will automatically continue until July 2026.


January 2020

1 Jan. European Union (EU): Croatia assumes presidency for a 6-month term, succeeding Finland (26 July 2016).

April 2020

1 Apr.  United States of America: Start of decennial census. 


2021 Cuba: 8th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC).

2021 Kazakhstan: Election of 107-seat Assembly (16 March 2017).

2021 Syria: Presidential election.

2021 Zambia: Presidential elections.

January 2021

21 Jan. Portugal: Presidential election (Tentative).

November 2012

8-14 Nov. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC): Annual Economic Leaders' Meeting in Auckland, New Zealand (15 August 2017).

December 2021

31 Dec. United Nations (UN): First term of Secretary General ends.



2022 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC): Annual Economic Leaders' Meeting in Thailand.

2022 Germany: Planned decommission of nuclear power plants (31 May 2011).



2023 Switzerland: Candidacy for non-permanent membership of UN Security Council (UNSC) for 2023-2024 (Declared on 12 January 2011).



 2024 International: Afghanistan-USA security assistance treaty to expire.



August 2033

Aug. 2033 Palau-USA: Expiration of defense treaty.



2034 Switzerland: Planned decommission of nuclear power plants (25 May 2011).



2040 Bermuda-USA: Expiration of 1941 lease of naval and air bases.



2041 Antarctica: Review of Antarctica Treaty which expires on 23 June 2041.



2042 Brazil: Population to reach 228 million (29 August 2013).



2044 Russia: Expiration of 1995 lease of military base in Gyumri, Armenia (Extended from 25 to 49 years on 20 August 2010).



2050 United Nations (UN): World population over 60 years of age will rise to two billion (Estimated in April 2002).



2063 Tajikistan: Agreement of use of military base at Kulob, Khatlon Province, by Russia expires in 2063 unless renewed. Extended for 49 years after expiration in 2014.



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Entries added or changed during the current month are shown in bold face.

·  Canceled, delayed, postponed, or suspended.



Sources: United Nations (UN), European Union (EU), International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES) (www.electionguide.org), Inter-Parliamentary Union PARLINE (www.ipu.org), international organizations, national governments and election commissions, Electoral Calendar (www.mherrera.org), IO database.