DESA NGO News – 30 April 2014





Last Month to apply for ECOSOC consultative status in order to be considered by the 2015 NGO Committee

1 June is the deadline for non-governmental organizations to apply for Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) consultative status. ECOSOC consultative status provides an opportunity for NGOs to partake in UN deliberations. ECOSOC Resolution 1996/31, which outlines the eligibility requirements for consultative status, rights and obligations of NGOs in consultative status, procedures for the withdrawal or suspension of consultative status, the role and functions of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, and the responsibilities of the UN Secretariat in supporting the consultative relationship. Consultative status is granted by ECOSOC upon recommendation of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, which is comprised of 19 Member States. For more information on how to apply for ECOSOC Consultative status please click here.


Committee on NGOs holds Informals ahead of Resumed Session

The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations held an informal meeting on 28 April at United Nations Headquarters to review 151 new applications from NGOs seeking consultative status to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). NGO submitting applications are working on a range of issues: rural development, microfinance, gender equality, protecting the environment and children’s rights. The Committee is vetting NGO applications and recommending general, special or roster status on the basis of the applicant’s mandate, governance and financial structure.  Once accredited, NGOs can attend ECOSOC meetings, as well as receive different levels of benefits. Members of the NGO Committee for the period 2011-2014 are: Belgium, Bulgaria, Burundi, China, Cuba, India, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Peru, Russian Federation, Senegal, Sudan, Turkey, the United States of America, and Venezuela. The Committee on NGOs' resumed session for 2014 is scheduled for 19-28 May in New York. The Committee will meet again on 6 June to adopt its report of the session.





2014 ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meetings

The proposed allocation of agenda items for the 2014 ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meetings is now available online.


30 April- 2 May: 4th Meeting of the Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation

The Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CTSD) will hold its fourth meeting in Geneva from 30 April to 2 May 2014. This will be the fourth in a series of meetings intended for an exchange of views among stakeholders and an outcome report of those meetings to the Commission. The meeting will take place in room XXV in Building E of the Palais des Nations.


1 May: DPI/NGO Briefing - World Press Freedom Day

The United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) in cooperation with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) invites you to a briefing in commemoration of World Press Freedom Day 2014. “Media Freedom for a Better Future: Shaping the Post-2015 Development Agenda” will take place Thursday, 1 May from 10:45 a.m. – 1 p.m in Conference Room 1 (CB) at United Nations Headquarters in New York. World Press Freedom Day is a day to encourage and develop initiatives in favour of press freedom, and to assess the state of press freedom worldwide. It serves as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics.


12-23 May: Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 13th session

The theme of the session will be: “Principles of Good Governance Consistent with United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Articles 3- 6 and 46 (3)”.


19-28 May: Committee on NGOs, resumed session

The Committee will review new and deferred applications. It is scheduled to adopt its report on 6 June 2014.


20-21 May: General Assembly High-Level Event - Contributions of North-South, South-South, Triangular Cooperation, and ICT

The event will promote the scaling up of the impact of all forms of cooperation in the post-2015 Development Agenda and promote the urgent implementation of commitments under the global partnership for development. As a complement to traditional forms of cooperation, South-South and triangular cooperation can also contribute towards the post-2015 development agenda. The event will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York; conference room TBA. It will take consist of one plenary and two interactive multi- stakeholder panel discussions.


27-29 May: ECOSOC Integration Segment - Sustainable Urbanization

By 2050, about 70 per cent of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas, and over 60 per cent of the land projected to become urban by 2030 is yet to be built. 

Sustainable urbanization will be the focus of the Integration Segment of the Economic and Social Council at United Nations Headquarters. The objective will be to provide a multi-stakeholder platform on how urbanization can be an effective tool for the integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.


30 May - 1 June: Istanbul Summit on Women's Perspectives on UN Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) will host an international summit "Women’s Perspective on the Post-2015 Development Agenda” in Istanbul, Turkey from 30 May to 1 June 2014. The purpose of the summit is to contribute to the post-2015 development agenda by creating awareness across societies and establishing a worldwide network to facilitate cooperative activities. The summit will provide opportunities for NGOs to express their views, policies and ideas on future joint activities. It also will explore women’s perspectives and opinions on the proposed sustainable development goals by bringing together approximately 600 women participants from around the world. JWF is a Turkish NGO in consultative status with ECOSOC since 2012.


2-3 June: ECOSOC Youth Forum

In accordance with General Assembly resolution 68/1, ECOSOC will promote the integration of youth into its deliberations, building on the past positive experiences of informal youth forums. The Forum will take place at United Nations Headquarters. More information to follow.


9-13 June: United Nations Summer Academy

The 2014 session will take place at United Nations Headquarters. The curriculum will focus on "New challenges, new actors, new UN approaches", with emphasis on innovation and leadership. Participation will provide opportunities to interact with peers and faculty, participate in solution-oriented practical clinics, and strengthen knowledge and skills on issues of relevance to the work of the Organization. The UN Summer Academy is open to UN staff, diplomats and civil society representatives alike.


17-18 June: General Assembly High Level Event - Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The high-level event will examine how human rights, including the right to development, and the rule of law at the national and international levels, can support an inclusive, people centered development agenda. The event will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York; conference room TBA. It will consist of an opening plenary, interactive, multi-stakeholder panel discussions and a closing plenary.


30 June – 9 July: High-Level Political Forum

One critical outcome of the Rio+20 Conference was the decision to establish a universal intergovernmental high-level political forum on sustainable development. More details will be announced in the near future.


7-11 July: ECOSOC High-Level Segment

The High-level Segment at United Nations Headquarters will focus on a broad range of issues at the heart of the UN development agenda. More details to follow.


28 August - 4 September: UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, Apia, Samoa

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States will be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa, to be preceded by activities related to the conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia, Samoa. The conference will focus the world’s attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.


22 September: Special Session of the General Assembly on ICPD Beyond 2014

The Review will identify progress and achievements towards the goals set out in the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), when 179 governments committed to a 20-year Programme of Action of delivering human rights-based development. The ‘Beyond 2014’ Review process will engage world leaders from governments and civil society and create a renewed consensus and global commitment to create a more equal and more sustainable world.


22-23 September: World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

The high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly will meet on Monday, September 22 and Tuesday, September 23, 2014, in New York.






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