Major events in 2016

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PARIS: Big events in 2016 include the US presidential elections, the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the UEFA Euro football championships.

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Here is a schedule of dates for them and other major events in the year to come:

January
15: WESTERN AFRICA: Ebola epidemic to be declared over if no new cases erupt by then

16: TAIWAN – Presidential and legislative elections

26: PHILIPPINES – Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit the country for the first time

Date to be determined (TBD): VIETNAM – 12th Communist Party Congress

February
4: BRITAIN – Conference on Syrian Refugees in London

8: CHINA – Lunar New Year – year of the monkey

12: MEXICO – Visit by Pope Francis

18-19: BELGIUM – European Union summit on conditions for continued British membership

26: SWITZERLAND – Election for the president of the international football association FIFA

March     
Date TBD: KAZAKHSTAN – Launch of EU/Russian space probe ExoMars 2016, expected to reach Mars in October

April
13: SOUTH KOREA – General elections

16: CUBA: Communist Party congress

May
9: PHILIPPINES – General elections

16-19: DENMARK – Women Deliver conference on health and human rights

Date TBD: NORTH KOREA – First ruling party congress for 35 years

June     
10-July 10: FRANCE – Euro 2016 football championships

July     
18-21: UNITED STATES – Republican presidential convention in Cleveland

25-28: UNITED STATES – Democratic presidential convention in Philadelphia

August   
-21: BRAZIL – Olympic Games in Rio

September   
18: RUSSIA – Legislative elections

Date TBD: CHINA – Legislative council elections in Hong Kong

October  
No major events on the calendar yet

November     
8: UNITED STATES – Presidential election

December     
4-17: MEXICO – UN conference on bio-diversity in Cancun

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