DESA NGO News - 17 April 2013
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General Assembly, in special debate, aims to boost interaction between UN and G20
On 15 April, the United Nations General Assembly held a thematic debate with the Group of 20 major economies, or G20, to strengthen interaction between the two bodies and to improve global economic governance. “Since the outbreak of the world economic, financial and debt crisis, the ongoing discussions about how to improve global economic governance have grown in significance, drawing increased public attention across the planet,” General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic said in his opening address to the thematic debate, ‘UN and Global Economic Governance.’ The one-day debate takes place just ahead of the spring meetings of finance ministers and central bank governors set for 18-19 April in Washington DC. The debate also takes place during the 1,000 day countdown to the 2015 deadline for the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the shaping of the post-2015 agenda.

Second session of Open Working Group on SDGs opens
The second sesion of the OWG on Sustinable Development Goals is expected to break ground on a new set of global development goals for the future as it meets from 17 to 19 April. A work programme, as well as background notes on poverty eradication and conceptual issues related to Sustainable Development Goals are available from the link below.

Young creative minds raise awareness of critical forest-related issues
They are gifted storytellers who are using stunning visual imagery and powerful narratives to raise awareness of the challenges affecting forests and those who dwell within them, as well as to spur action to protect this vital resource. They are international award winners, and they are all under the age of 30. They are recipients of awards handed out this week in Istanbul during the tenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10).

MDG Momentum - 1,000 Days of Action
On 5 April, the UN and partners worldwide observed the 1,000-day mark to the 2015 target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. Governments, international organizations and civil society groups around the world have helped to cut in half the world’s extreme poverty rate. There are 1,000 days to accelerate action on issues such as hunger, access to education, improved sanitation, maternal health and gender equality.

"Do One Thing to support Cultural Diversity and Inclusion"
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) in partnership with UNESCO, and various other partners from corporations to civil society, is launching the world campaign “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion”, aimed at engaging people around the world to Do One Thing to support Cultural Diversity and Inclusion. Following the adoption in 2001 of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, the UN General Assembly declared 21 May as the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This Day raises awareness on the richness of world cultures and the opportunities that cultural diversity can bring to societies.

The UN Post-2015 Development Agenda - an backgrounder
What is the “post-2015 UN development agenda”? What will become of the MDGs? What is the link to ‘SDGs’ and to the followup to the Rio+20 Conference? Who is involved in the consultations on the post2015 development agenda? What is the High-Level Panel? How will the voices of the poorest and most vulnerable people be included? What happens next? Click on the page below to get started, including on a FAQ sheet, and all of the websites you need to know about, such My World, the World We Want, the Panel's website, the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, and many more.

Make sure to submit your quadrennial report in time
Many organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC have received a notification by email to remind them of their obligation to submit a brief report of activities to the Committee every four years. If you have not received such a notification, it is advisable to review the lists of organizations that have a report due or overdue. Not submitting the report in time has lead to suspensions and withdrawals of status.



17-19 April: Second session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals
The intergovernmental Open Working Group on sustainable development goals called for in the Rio+20 Outcome Document will convene its second meeting on 17-19 April 2013. The meeting will be broadcasted through United Nations webcast.

22-26 April: 46th session, Commission on Population and Development
The 46th session of the Commission will be held from 22 to 26 April 2013. Its theme will be "New trends in migration: demographic aspects."

22 April - 3 May: Second Preparatory Committee for the 2015 NPT Review Conference, Geneva
The Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will hold its first session from 22 April to 3 May 2013 at the United Nations at Geneva. This meeting is the second of three sessions that will be held prior to the 2015 Review Conference.

22 April: Third Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony With Nature
To commemorate International Mother Earth Day, the UN General Assembly will host an interactive dialogue on harmony with nature.

22 April: ECOSOC chamber reopens with debate on financing for development and the post-2015 development agenda
The special high-level meeting of ECOSOC with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development will take place on Monday, 22 April 2013, from 09:30 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00, in the Economic and Social Council Chamber. The meeting will start at 09:30 with a special ceremony to inaugurate the renovated Economic and Social Council Chamber. The special ceremony and the high-level meeting will be chaired by the President of the Council, His Excellency Néstor Osorio (Colombia). The Secretary-General of the United Nations, His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, will address the events. The overall theme of the meeting will be “Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of financing for development and the post-2015 development agenda”.

23 April: Lessons learned on external debt sustainability and development
Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 67/198 (A/RES/67/198), the President of the Council, His Excellency Néstor Osorio (Colombia), will convene a one-day meeting of the Council on “External debt sustainability and development” to consider lessons learned from the debt crises and the ongoing work on sovereign debt restructuring and debt resolution mechanisms. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, 23 April 2013, from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00, in the Economic and Social Council Chamber.

24 April: Partnering for innovative solutions for sustainable development
A special event of the Economic and Social Council on “Partnering for innovative solutions for sustainable development” will be held on Wednesday, 24 April 2013, from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00. The meeting is organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Global Compact, the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) and the Global Partnerships Forum.

20-31 May 2013: 12th session, Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
The twelfth Session of the Permanent Forum will be held at UN Headquarters, New York in May 2013. It will be a review year of the Forum. A provisional agenda of the session is posted on the page below.

20-29 May 2013: 2013 resumed session, Committee on NGOs
The 2013 resumed session of the Committee on NGOs will meet from 20 to 29 May 2013. It is expected to adopt its report in early June 2013.

1-4 July: AMR: Science, technology and innovation (STI) and culture for sustainable development and the MDGs
In 2013, the Annual Ministerial Review of ECOSOC will put a spotlight on the role of science, technology and innovation, and the potential of culture – and related national and international policies – in promoting sustainable development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Indeed, science, technology and innovation can play a critical role in each and every MDG. A set of regional preparatory meetings is being organized to prepare for the session.

15 July: Informal Interactive Hearings on Migration and Development
As part of the preparatory activities for the General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development to be held 3 and 4 October 2013, the President of the General Assembly will hold one-day informal interactive hearings with representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations and the private sector at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 15 July 2013. The objective of the informal interactive hearings is to provide an opportunity for NGOs, civil society organizations and the private sector to interact with Member States and to provide inputs for the High-level Dialogue.

1-25 July: Substantive Session, Economic and Social Council
One of the principal organs of the United Nations, ECOSOC holds several short sessions, ad hoc meetings, round tables and panel discussions throughout the year, to prepare for its four week substantive session in July. The July session is held annually in alternative years in New York and Geneva. The substantive session is organized in five segments: The High-level Segment; Coordination Segment; Operational Activities Segment; Humanitarian Affairs Segment; and the General Segment. The 2013 session will be held from 1 to 25 July in Geneva.



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