"JANUARY - Ireland takes over the presidency of the European Union, Britain that of the G8 club of industrial powers.
FEBRUARY - South Africa hosts football’s 29th African Cup of Nations; New Orleans stages the 47th Super Bowl; Hollywood lays out the red carpet for the 85th Academy Awards. MARCH - China’s parliament holds its annual session, and formally appoints the country’s new president and prime minister. Kenya is due to hold presidential and parliamentary elections. APRIL - Ecuadoreans vote in the presidential run-off. MAY- Finland and Sweden host the 77th World Ice Hockey Championships.The Indian film industry marks its centenary: the first full-length Indian feature film, “Raja Harishchandra”, was released in 1913. JUNE - Iran holds a presidential election.
JULY - Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union; Lithuania takes over the EU’s presidency.
AUGUST - Arts-lovers, meanwhile, go to Edinburgh for its annual festival. SEPTEMBER - Germans, Austrians and Norwegians vote. OCTOBER - Azerbaijan holds a presidential election.
NOVEMBER - Commonwealth heads of government gather in Sri Lanka for their biennial summit.
DECEMBER - The crossword puzzle is 100 years old."
May we add the conclusion of the Doha round of trade negotiations (too optimistic?) and the selection of the new Director General of the WTO (definitive) in 2013?