DESA NGO News — 30 April 2015

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Registration open for the informal interactive hearings of the General Assembly in preparation for the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda
Registration IS NOW OPEN for the informal interactive hearings of the General Assembly with non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, major groups and the private sector in preparation for the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. Please note that there are two registration pages – one for accredited NGOs and one for non-accredited NGOs.

Organizations with any of the following accreditation need to simply register, by clicking here:

Organizations that do not have one of these forms of accreditation need to apply for special accreditation, which involves two steps:

Registration will remain open until 5:00 p.m. EST on 12 May 2015. Registration is limited to 6 representatives per organization. For further information please see the FAQ.

Last Month to apply for ECOSOC consultative status in order to be considered by the 2016 NGO Committee (Deadline: 1 June 2015)
1 June 2015 is the last day for non-governmental organizations to apply for Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) consultative status in order to have an opportunity to take part in UN deliberations. ECOSOC consultative status is governed by ECOSOC resolution 1996/31. Consultative status is granted by ECOSOC upon recommendation of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, which is comprised of 19 Member States.

Consultative relationships may be established with international, regional, sub regional and national non-governmental, non-profit public or voluntary organizations. NGOs affiliated to an international organization already in status may be admitted provided that they can demonstrate that their programme of work is of direct relevance to the aims and purposes of the United Nations. In the case of national organizations consultation with the Member State concerned is required.

To be eligible for consultative status, an NGO must have been in existence (officially registered with the appropriate government authorities as an NGO/non-profit) for at least two years, must have an established headquarters, a democratically adopted constitution, authority to speak for its members, a representative structure, appropriate mechanisms of accountability and democratic and transparent decision-making processes. The basic resources of the organization must be derived in the main part from contributions of the national affiliates or other components or from individual members.

For more information about ECOSOC Consultative status click here. To apply click here.


20 April-1 May: 14th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
The fourteenth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will be held in UN Headquarters, New York from 20 April to 1 May 2015.

This event is ONLY open to NGOs with ECOSOC Status, Accredited Indigenous Peoples Organizations (IPOs) and Academics to the Forum.

27 April-22 May: 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)
The NPT is a landmark international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament. The NPT represents the only binding commitment in a multilateral treaty to the goal of disarmament by the nuclear-weapon States.

Conferences to review the operation of the Treaty have been held at five-year intervals since the Treaty went into effect in 1970. Each conference has sought to find agreement on a final declaration that would assess the implementation of the Treaty’s provisions and make recommendations on measures to further strengthen it.

4-15 May: 11th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF11)
According to resolution E/2000/35 that established the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), the Forum is open to all States and operates in a transparent and participatory manner. The participation of a wide range of forest-related stakeholders is considered a key component of sustainable forest management. For this reason, the Forum welcomes the participation of the nine major groups as identified in Chapter 23 of Agenda 21. Major groups organizations that are accredited with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) are encourage to participate in Forum Sessions.

The main theme of UNFF11 is entitled " Forests: progress, challenges and the way forward for the international arrangement on forests: (a) Reviewing the effectiveness of the international arrangement on forests (IAF) and consideration of all future options; (b) Reviewing the progress towards the achievement of the Global Objectives on Forests (GOFs) and the implementation of the non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests; (c) Reviewing the contribution of forests and the IAF, including the non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests, to the internationally agreed development goals.

As part of UNFF11, a Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue (MSD) will be held on Tuesday, 4 May 2015. This Dialogue will provide an opportunity for dialogue between member States of the Forum and representatives of major groups on the theme of UNFF11.

26 May-3 June: Committee on NGOs, 2015 Resumed Session
The 2015 Resumed Session of the Committee on NGOs is expected to consider new applications for status by NGOs as well as applications deferred from earlier sessions. It will also review quadrennial reports of NGOs in general or special consultative status. The Committee is expected to meet again on 12 June 2015 to adopt its report of the session. This session's recommendations will be sent to the Economic and Social Council for its approval in July 2015.

26-27 May: Hearings of the General Assembly with NGOs, civil society organizations, major groups and the private sector in preparation for the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda
In accordance with General Assembly resolution 69/244 of 29 December 2014, the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will be held from 25 to 27 September 2015, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly. As part of the process leading up to the Summit, the President of the General Assembly will organize and preside over two days of informal interactive hearings with participation from non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, civil society organizations, the private sector and major groups and an exchange of views with Member States.

28 May: 2015 Annual Partnerships Forum
This year’s Forum will take place under the overall framework of the Council’s 2015 annual theme of “Managing the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals: What it will take”. It will focus on two main areas: Firstly, on ways in which multi-stakeholder partnerships can promote human resources for health, including world class medical and nursing schools, and modern medical care, including drug and vaccine treatments, to settings of poverty. Secondly, it will seek to bring fresh ideas and new thinking on ways in which multi-stakeholder partnerships can support the implementation of the Post-2015 development agenda, including through lessons-learned from MDG partnerships, opportunities for catalysing new initiatives, and measuring results.

6-10 July: 2015 ECOSOC High-Level Segment
The HLS will be held from 6 July to 10 July 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The theme for the 2015 session of the Economic and Social Council is “Managing the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the sustainable development goals: what it will take”. It will provide a platform to specifically address the transition to an ambitious, integrated, coherent, universal post-2015 development agenda through analysis and elaboration in terms of goals, policy choices, institutional adjustments and the assignment of roles and responsibilities among all partners.

The HLS will include the three-day ministerial meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF), convened under the auspices of the Council, and the annual ministerial review. The theme of the 2015 HLPF “Strengthening integration, implementation and review - the HLPF after 2015” will provide an opportunity to advance the reflection on the elaboration of the overall framework to review and monitor progress on the post-2015 development agenda with the HLPF at its core.



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