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Looking Forward | 25 June – 2 July, 2022

Welcome to Looking Forward, our selection of global events scheduled to happen this week.

 


 

Africa

 

Ghana | Protests expected in Accra on June 28 and 29
On June 28 and 29, protests are expected to take place in Accra. On June 28, the demonstration is scheduled at 12:00 pm local time at Kwame Nkrumah Circle Interchange/Obra Spot, and at 3:00 pm the demonstrators will rally through Nima Police Station street, and culminate at Jubilee House, until 10:00 pm on June 28. On June 29, demonstrators will gather at Elwak Sports Stadium on Giffard Road at 12:00 pm, then will march through Land Commission road and Liberation road to the Ministry of Finance.

 

Democratic Republic of Congo | MONUSCO to withdraw from Tanganyika on June 30, 2022
On June 30, the MONUSCO mission in DRC will withdraw from Tanganyika province after having accomplished its mission, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in the DRC, Bintou Keita, announced on June 21. The information was previously announced by the spokesperson to MONUSCO, Mathias Gillmann, on September 29, 2021.

 


 

Americas

 

Colombia | Government to lift COVID-19 state of emergency after June 30
On June 30, the state of emergency (emergencia sanitaria) due to Covid-19 will be lifted after more than 2 years after it was first imposed.

 

Uruguay | Partial nationwide strike to be held by Sunca on June 29
On June 29, a partial nationwide strike is expected to be held by the Construction Union, Sunca (Sindicato Único Nacional de la Construcción y Anexos). The event will reportedly occur with mobilizations throughout the country under the slogan “For work, public investment, in defense of social security, for housing, against deregulation of labor, for a system of public procurement”.

 

United States | RIMPAC international maritime exercise scheduled from June 29 to August 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California
From June 29 to August 4, RIMPAC biennial international maritime exercise will take place in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. 26 countries will be represented. Around 25,000 personnel will participate in the exercise. This is the largest international maritime exercise.

 

United States | Protest against Roe v. Wade decision called in Los Angeles, California
On June 30, a protest against the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision was called in Los Angeles, California. The demonstration was scheduled at 6:00 pm local time on Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue. The protest is organized by the Resistance Coalition LA.

 

United States | United Airlines to cut 50 daily departures out of Newark airport (EWR), New Jersey starting from July 1
From July 1, United Airlines will cut 50 of its daily departures out of Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey. According to the airline, they are temporarily changing the schedule for this summer following the “last few weeks of irregular operations in Newark caused by many factors, including airport construction”.

 


 

Asia Pacific

 

Australia | Railway workers to go on strike over safety concerns of foreign-built trains in New South Wales from June 28
From June 28 to July 1, railway workers affiliated with the Rail, Tram and Bus Union will go on strike over safety concerns of foreign-built trains in New South Wales.
– On June 28, drivers will not exceed speeds of 60 km/h as part of the strike.
– On June 29, members of the union will be indefinitely banned from moving back to the rail operations centre.
– On June 30, they will only be allowed to work from their current depot. An indefinite ban on the work of the Sydney metro will also be imposed.
– On July 1, members of the union will refuse to drive foreign-built trains, taking new trains introduced in 2011 out of service.

 

Australia | Qantas to suspend flights from Alice Springs to Perth from July 1
From July 1, Qantas announced that it will suspend flights from Alice Springs to Perth due to low passenger numbers. The airline will however continue to offer connections to Western Australia via Adelaide and Darwin.

 

China | Authorities to allow indoor dining at restaurants, from June 29, in Shanghai
From June 29, the authorities will allow indoor dining at restaurants in Shanghai. According to the announcement made on June 26, indoor dining will be allowed in districts and streets where there are no COVID-19 medium-risk areas.

 

India | Sanitation workers planning to go on indefinite strike from July 1 across Karnataka
From July 1, sanitation workers are planning to go on an indefinite strike across Karnataka. The strike is being organised to demand that their employment status is regularised and made permanent.

 

India – Sri Lanka | Flights from Palaly Airport(JAF) in Jaffna, Northern Province to India to be resumed in July
On June 18, it was announced that flights from Palaly Airport (JAF) in Jaffna, Northern Province to India will be resumed in July. The announcement was made by Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva.

 

India – United Arab Emirates | Prime Minister Modi to visit the UAE on June 28
On June 28, Indian Prime Minister will be heading to the United Arab Emirates for a one-day meeting with the UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

 

Indonesia – Russia – Ukraine | Indonesian President Widodo to visit Moscow on June 30, and then Kyiv
On June 30, Indonesian President Joko Widodo will hold a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a visit to Moscow. According to the Indonesian foreign minister, President Widodo will also hold a meeting with President Zelensky during a visit to Kyiv after the G7 Summit and before his visit to Moscow.

 

Japan | Sendai (SDJ), Hiroshima (HIJ), and Takamatsu (TAK) airports to resume international flights in July
On June 20, Sendai (SDJ), Hiroshima (HIJ), and Takamatsu (TAK) airports were announced to be accepting international flights by July. Japan has begun relaxing foreign traveler caps of 20,000 daily including Japanese citizens. Travelers need to show pre-departure negative COVID-19 test but do not need to quarantine or test upon arrival to Japan.

 

Japan | Prime Minister Kishida to attend NATO summit
On June 29-30, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is planning to attend a summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Madrid, Spain.

 

Japan – South Korea | Flight services between Gimpo Airport (GMP) and Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) to resume from June 29
From June 29, flight services will resume between Seoul’s Gimpo Airport (GMP) and Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND). According to South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Japan Airlines, and All Nippon Airways will operate 8 flight services per week on the route.

 

Malaysia | Water supply to be disrupted on June 28-29, due to maintenance work, in parts of Siburan, Sarawak
On June 28 and 29, the water supply will be temporarily disrupted, due to maintenance work, in parts of Siburan, Sarawak. According to the Sarawak Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB), Kpg Maang and Kpg Skuduk areas will be affected between 10 pm local time on June 28 and 5 am on June 29.

 

Pakistan | PTI Chairman Imran Khan calls for protest in Islamabad on July 2
On July 2, PTI Chairman Imran Khan called for a new protest in Islamabad. The protest is scheduled to take place at Parade Ground. Thousands are expected to participate.

 

Papua New Guinea | National elections to be held from July 2-22
From July 2-22, Papua New Guinea will hold its national elections. A Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) will observe the national elections. The results of the elections are scheduled for July 29.

 

Tonga | Government to reduce COVID-19 quarantine period for international arrivals to 3 days from June 30
From June 30, the government will reduce the COVID-19 quarantine period for international arrivals to 3 days. For now, international arrivals are required to undergo a 5-day quarantine.

 

Vanuatu | Government to reopen borders to all fully vaccinated travellers from July 1
From July 1, the government of Vanuatu has decided to reopen its borders to all fully vaccinated travellers. Accordingly, all fully vaccinated travellers will be able to enter the country with a pre-departure test and a health clearance, as well as arrival testing.

 


 

Europe

 

Azerbaijan – Russia | Buta Airways to open route to Ufa International Airport (UFA) from Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD), starting July 3

On July 3, Buta Airways will start flying a route from Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD) to Ufa International Airport (UFA). The route will fly twice a week, every Thursday and Sunday.

 

Denmark – Norway – Sweden | SAS pilots may strike on June 29 in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

On June 29, the union SAS Pilot Group warned of a possible strike of around 1,000 SAS pilots in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. The strike could affect 250 departures and around 45,000 travelers unless the unions reach an agreement with SAS.

 

Finland – Russia | Finland to resume Russian visa applications starting July 1

On June 21, the Finnish Embassy in Moscow reported that starting on July 1 they will lift restrictions for accepting visa applications from Russians. They will also open their borders to Russian tourists starting on June 30, with visa applications only being taken by appointment.

 

Finland | Finland to relax COVID-19 entry requirements for non-Schengen countries on June 30

On June 30, Finland will relax entry requirements for non-Schengen countries, who will no longer be required a valid proof of vaccination, immunization, or a negative result for a COVID-19 test.

 

France | Energy and mining sector workers’ union to hold a strike on June 28

On June 28, the energy and mining sector workers’ union, the National Federation of Mines and Energy (FNME-CGT), will hold a strike. The strike is being organised to demand an increase in wages and pensions.

 

France | Stop Eoliennes association planning to hold protest, against wind turbine installation, on July 2 in Eu, Normandy

On July 2, the Stop Eoliennes association is planning to hold a protest, against wind turbine installation, in Eu, Normandy. According to the association’s president, the protest will be held against the project to install 6 wind turbines in Monchy-sur-Eu, Saint-Pierre-en-Val, and Le Mesnil-Reaume.

 

Germany | Lufthansa and Eurowings to cancel hundreds of flights in July due to bottlenecks at airports and staff shortages

In July, Lufthansa and Eurowings will cancel hundreds of flights due to bottlenecks at airports and staff shortages. Accordingly, Lufthansa has removed 900 domestic and intra-European flights from the system for July at its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. The cancellations affect the weekdays Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

 

Germany | Protest rally planned, against discrimination against refugees, on June 28 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia

On June 28, a protest rally is planned, against the discrimination of refugees, in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia. The rally will be staged in front of the immigration office on Ottmar-Pohl-Platz at 10:30 am local time. The organisers of the protest demand that all refugees, whether Ukrainian or not, should be treated equally in Germany.

 

Ireland | Anti-abortion protest planned to be held in Dublin, Leinster on July 2

On July 02, an anti-abortion protest is planned for Dublin, Leinster. The protest will begin at 2 pm local time at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square.

 

Latvia | Natural gas tariffs to increase by more than 65 per cent from July 1

From July 1, the natural gas tariffs will increase by a margin of 65.6 to 89.9 per cent. The government made the announcement on June 10.

 

Poland – Netherlands | LOT Polis Airlines cancels dozens of flights from Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW) to Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport (AMS) between July 3 and August 29

From July 3, LOT Polis Airlines will cancel more than a dozen flights from Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW) to Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport (AMS). This is due to capacity constraints and a lack of staff at Amsterdam Airport.

 

Portugal | Labour union announces health workers’ strike on July 1

On July 1, the National Federation of Unions of Workers in Public and Social Functions (FNSTFPS) called for a strike by health sector workers. The strike covers all professionals in the sector with the exception of doctors and nurses.

 

Romania | National protest against the rise in fuel prices on June 30

On June 30, a national protest against the rise in fuel prices will be held. The protest will take place in gas stations across the country starting at 12 pm local time. According to the event page, almost 190,000 people are interested in participating.

 

Russia – Belarus  | Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to visit Minsk from June 30 to July 1

On June 30 – July 1, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Minsk. Union building, current international concerns, and bilateral foreign policy cooperation will be discussed. The visit will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Belarus and Russia.

 

Russia | Nordwind to open fly route from Tomsk (TOF) to Saint Petersburg (PIE)

On June 23, Nordwind announced the opening of a new flying route from Tomsk Airport (TOM) to Saint Petersburg (LED) starting on July 3. The route will fly every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday around 8 am local time.

 

Russia | New flight route from Kazan Airport (KZN) to Tomsk Airport (TOF) to open on July 3

On July 3, a new flight route will be launched from Kazan Airport (KZN) to Tomsk Airport (TOF). The route will take place on Wednesdays and Sundays, with the flight taking around 3 hours.

 

Spain | Lauda’s aircrew in Palma de Mallorca to strike every weekend in July

On May 30, the union USO Illes Balears called for a strike of Lauda aircrew in Palma de Mallorca, the Balearic Islands in July. All 65 workers of Ryanair’s subsidiary Lauda working at the Mallorca airport (PMI) are called to strike every weekend of July, including the days 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, and 30-31 of July.

 

United Kingdom | Demonstration to take place in London, England on June 28

On June 28, a demonstration against the mental health system will take place in London, England. The demonstration will take place from 11:45 am until 3:00 pm local time at Central Hall, Westminster.

 

United Kingdom | ‘Trans Activism UK’ protest planned in London, England for June 29

On June 29, ‘Trans Activism UK’ planned a protest in London, England. The protest will take place at 12 pm local time in Parliament Square, London.

 

United Kingdom | Road closures to be expected due to Boyne Parade in Glasgow, Scotland on July 2

On July 2, All roads listed below will be closed due to Boyne Parade taking place in Glasgow, Scotland. Roads will be closed from 5:00am to 4:00pm local time. The list of roads are as follows:

  • – Albion Street, between George Street and Blackfriars Street
  • – Anchor Lane, for its full length
  • – Bell Street,  between Albion Street and Spoutmouth.
  • – Bridgegate, between King Street and Saltmarket
  • – Cochrane Street, for its full length
  • – College Street, at its junction with High Street
  • – Duke Street, between John Knox Street and George Street
  • – Dundas Street, for its full length
  • – Gallowgate, between Trongate and Watson Street
  • – George Square (East), for its full length
  • – George Square (North), for its full length
  • – George Square (South) for its full length
  • – George Square (West), for its full length
  • – George Street,  for its full length
  • – Greendyke Street, between London Road and Saltmarket
  • – High Street, between Cathedral Street and George Street
  • – High Street, between John Knox Street and George Street
  • – Ingram Street, between Albion Street and High Street
  • – Ingram Street, between High Street and Glassford Street
  • – King Street (southbound only), between Bridgegate and Osbourne Street
  • – London Road, between Trongate and Charlotte Street
  • – Montrose Street, for its full length
  • – Nelson Mandela Place, for its full length
  • – Nelson Street, both sides between Bridge Street and Commerce Street
  • – North Hanover Street, between Cathedral Street and George Square (North)
  • – North Hanover Street, between George Square North and Queen St Station entrance
  • – North Portland Street, between Richmond Street and George Street
  • – Parsonage Row, at its junction with High Street
  • – Saltmarket, between High Street and Clyde Street
  • – Shuttle Street, between College Street and Ingram Street
  • – St Andrews Street, between Saltmarket and James Morrison Street
  • – Trongate, between Albion Street and High Street
  • – West George Street, Nelson Mandela Place and George Square

 

United Kingdom | London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to limit the number of flights per day in July and August

In July and August, London Gatwick Airport (LGW) will limit the number of flights per day due to staff shortages. The airport will cap flights at 825 per day in July and 850 in August. The decision will force airlines to cancel some flights.

 

Ukraine – Russia | Ukraine to introduce a visa system for Russian citizens starting July 1

Starting July 1, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has announced that Ukraine will introduce a visa system for Russian citizens.

 


 

Middle-East & North Africa

 

Egypt – Israel | Taba border crossing between Israel and Egypt to be re-opened from July 3

From July 3, the Taba border crossing between Israel and Egypt will be re-opened for 24 hours a day, every day of the week. The announcement has been made by Israeli Transport Minister Merav Michaeli. Israel closed the Taba border crossing in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

 

Morocco | Restrictions to be imposed on argan oil exports, starting July 1

On April 12, the Moroccan government stated restrictions will be imposed on argan oil exports. The new conditions will come into force by July 1. Morocco is the world’s biggest producer of argan oil.

 

Morocco | Professional Association of Liquid Gas Distributors to hold a nationwide strike on June 29-30

On June 29-30, the Professional Association of Liquid Gas Distributors will hold a nationwide strike. The strike will be held due to the recent increase in energy materials across the country. The strike may reportedly be extended.

 

Lebanon | Sit-in to be held in Beirut, Beirut Governorate on June 28

On June 26, the Lebanese Association of administration officials issued a statement calling for a sit-in in front of the port of Beirut, Beirut Governorate, to be held on June 28. The gathering is expected to start at 11:00 a.m. local time. Public employees have been on strike since June 13 demanding adequate measures to tackle the national crisis and notably an increase in wages.

 

United Arab Emirates – India | Prime Minister Modi to visit the UAE on June 28

On June 28, Indian Prime Minister will be heading to the United Arab Emirates for a one-day meeting with the UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

 

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