The Week Ahead: 20 September – 26 September 2010

Here are some of the stories coming up in the week ahead.

UN summit in New York, tensions between China and Japan and parliamentary elections in Venezuela.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has called for a world summit in New York on Monday, September 20, to discuss how to reach the Millennium Development Goals in time for the previously set 2015 deadline. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are set out in the United Nations Millennium Declaration, adopted  by the UN General Assembly in September 2000, detailing targets in a eight areas, ranging from the ending of poverty to environmental sustainability and gender equality.

US President Barack Obama will be meeting with Chinese premier Wen Jiabao and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan this week, amid the growing tensions between China and Japan. China has just recently cut off top level ties to Japan over the detention of a Chinese ship captain after a collision at sea near disputed islands. However tensions between the two nations date back much further than that.

On Sunday, September 26, Venezuela will be holding parliamentary elections. Odds are stacked in favour of Hugo Chavez’s socialist party, but polls are suggesting a close race, meaning that Chavez could lose control of the National Assembly for the first time in his  11-year presidency.