World events scheduled for May
May 1, 2021 - May 31, 2021 - Each month Graphic News publishes a World Agenda of forthcoming events that will shape the world in the month ahead. Events in May include the meeting between President Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House, crucial elections in Scotland, the 74th World Health Assembly, and the 10th anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death.
May 2, Pakistan: Ten years ago, U.S. commandos raided a compound in Abbottabad and killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The death of the mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks weakened his movement, but it remains a threat.
May 6, UK: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says an outright victory for her Scottish National Party in elections to Scotland’s parliament would give her a mandate to demand a second independence referendum. The British government argues that the issue was settled in 2014, when Scots voted to remain in the UK.
May 15, U.S.: President Joe Biden welcomes South Korean President Moon Jae-in to the White House for talks including how to keep pressure on North Korea to stem the totalitarian state’s nuclear programme.
May 18-22, Netherlands: The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 takes place in Rotterdam. The city was due to host the event in 2020 before it was cancelled due to the global pandemic.
May 24-Jun 1, Switzerland: The 74th World Health Assembly – held virtually, amid the Covid-19 pandemic – will be the most pressing in recent history. Access to vaccines, waiving of patents and the vaccine-manufacturing capacities of low and middle-income countries, will be high on the agenda.
May 26, Syria: Syria is to hold a presidential election that is virtually certain to maintain President Bashar al-Assad’s grip on power, despite continuing conflict and a growing economic crisis. Washington and the Syrian opposition say the poll is a farce, designed to cement Assad’s autocratic rule.
May 26, Space: The second shortest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting 14 and a half minutes, will be visible from Australia, parts of the Americas and much of Asia, if the reddened, super “Blood Moon” is not obscured by cloud.
May 30-June 13, France: Rafael Nadal is looking to win his 14th title at Roland Garros, in a tournament pushed back a week by ongoing coronavirus restrictions. Another win would give him his 21st Grand Slam, taking him past Roger Federer.