The Week Ahead: 18 October – 24 October 2010

The United Nations stage a convention on biodiversity, the UK re-evaluates its military and Bahrain heads for the polls after a wave of unrest.

The United Nations today opened the COP 10 in Nagoya, Japan. It is a gathering with the target of setting goals for the protection of biodiversity, that is the variety and diversity of species. The conference will run until October 29 and is the 10th gathering of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

In the UK the government is set to publish the first Strategic Defence Review in over ten years on Tuesday. The review will shape the future of Britain’s military and what will be prioritized with the cuts to the military budget. Then on Wednesday the Comprehensive spending review will be published, outlining more cuts to overall public spending.

Bahrain is set for parliamentary elections on Saturday, amid a clampdown on Shiite protesters who feel that they are being denied opportunities. The vote will select a 40 member parliament which has some policy making roles, but still answers to King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Also in the news this week:

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be meeting with her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi for the third round of the US-Pakistan strategic dialogue.

This week’s economic news will most likely be dominated by a number of large corporations releasing earning figures for the third quarter of 2010.