DESA NGO News — 30 April 2016

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EVENTS

2 - 4 May: 2016 ECOSOC Integration Segment
The 2016 Integration Segment of the Economic and Social Council, to be held from 2 to 4 May 2016, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, will be chaired by His Excellency Sven Jürgenson, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Estonia to the United Nations and Vice-President of ECOSOC, and will address the theme "Implementing the 2030 Agenda through Policy Innovation and Integration". The Integration Segment will bring together high-level representatives of the Member States, including Heads of State and Government, ministers and mayors, agencies of the United Nations system and civil society actors, including non-governmental organizations, academia and the private sector. The meeting will feature various interactive panel discussions and dialogues, providing a platform to identify opportunities and challenges in developing integrated and innovative policy tools to implement the 2030 Agenda. The Segment will consider lessons learned and recommendations for the way forward at the national, regional and international levels, including specific contribution from the UN system.
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=338&type=13&menu=14

6 May: ECOSOC Special Meeting "Impacts of the 2015/16 El Niño phenomenon: Reducing risks and capturing opportunities"
The ECOSOC Special Meeting on "Impacts of the 2015/16 El Niño phenomenon: Reducing risks and capturing opportunities" that will take place on 6 May 2016 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the UN Headquarters in New York. The meeting will draw on the experiences of affected countries and the UN system to identify lessons learned and recommendations for addressing the economic, social and environmental dimensions of the El Niño phenomenon. The meeting, organized by UN-DESA in collaboration with UNISDR and WMO, is being convened at the request of the General Assembly (A/RES/70/110). For the concept note and latest programme, please visit http://bit.ly/1p4VMr7. Attendees that do not hold a valid UN pass must pre-register in advance at http://bit.ly/1WDulSN.
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=348&type=13&menu=14

9 - 20 May: 15th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII15)
The 15th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII15) will be held at UN Headquarters, New York from 9-20 May 2016. This event is ONLY open to NGOs in Consultative Status with ECOSOC, Accredited Indigenous Peoples Organizations (IPOs) and Academics to the UNPFII. Please note that the registration deadline is: 26 April 2016.
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=343&type=13&menu=14

10 - 11 May: High-level Thematic Debate on UN, Peace and Security
The President of the United Nations General Assembly will convene a High-Level Thematic Debate of the UN General Assembly focused on UN, Peace and Security on 10-11 May 2016. This event will be a platform to identify key threats and engage in a strategic reflection about today’s challenges to international peace and security. Furthermore, it will allow for a consideration about the means, tools and instruments available within a UN-context to tackle these challenges as well as the responsibilities and institutions required for an effective, collective security architecture.

Member States have been invited to participate at the highest possible level. Observers, UN entities, civil society, research institutions with global and regional reach, media, and other stakeholders also have an opportunity to attend. Registration is now open for representatives of organizations and other stakeholders actively working in the area of peace and security from ECOSOC and non-ECOSOC accredited NGOs, civil society, the research, scientific and academic communities, youth groups and other relevant stakeholders.

All organizations wishing to attend the High-level Thematic Debate will need to register by applying here. Applications for general registration are being accepted from 31 March - 12 April 2016.
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=342&type=13&menu=14

23 May - 1 June: 2016 Resumed Session of the Committee on NGOs
The 2016 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 10 June 2016 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 2016.
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=345&type=13&menu=14

27 - 29 May: High-level Mid-Term Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action for Least Developed Countries
The High-level Mid-Term Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action for Least Developed Countries will take place in Antalya, Turkey from 27-29 May.

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) wishing to participate at the Midterm Review are invited to apply as follows:

- NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC and non-governmental organizations that were accredited to the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV) in 2011 wishing to attend the Mid-Term Review should register through the form at the link below no later than 15 May 2016.

- NGOs that are not accredited to ECOSOC and that were not accredited to LDC-IV should apply for special accreditation through the form at the link below no later than 29 April 2016.

You may apply for registration or special accreditation to the Mid-Term Review using this same form, which will require different information depending on your organization's status: http://www.unngls.org/index.php/ldc-mid-term-review/registration
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=347&type=13&menu=14

30 May - 1 June: 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference, "Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together"
Organized in cooperation with the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, the NGO community, the Government of the Republic of Korea and the National Organizing Committee of Korea, the 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference will be held under the theme "Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together", in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea.

The purpose of this Conference, rooted in Sustainable Development Goal number 4, is to harness strategies, expertise and resources across the widest spectrum of civil society to unleash a range of education initiatives that ensure inclusive, safe and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

In this 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference, NGOs are encouraged to support participation by their own representatives, including youth representatives, and also to support the participation of NGO representatives and voices from vulnerable communities most affected by poverty, inequality, injustice and climate change to contribute to and benefit from the gathering.
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=336&type=13&menu=14

14 - 16 June: Ninth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted by the General Assembly by its resolution 61/106 of 13 December 2006. It came into force on 3 May 2008 upon the 20th ratification. Article 40 of the Convention stipulates that "The States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention." Since 2008, eight sessions of the Conference of States Parties have been held at United Nations Headquarters, New York.

The 9th session will take place at the United Nations Headquarters from 14 to 16 June 2016. This year’s session will include Elections for nine members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=325&type=13&menu=14

11 - 20 July: 2016 High-level political forum on sustainable development, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council
The 2016 high-level political forum on sustainable development, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, will be held from Monday, 11 July, to Wednesday, 20 July 2016. The three-day ministerial meeting of the forum will be held from Monday, 18 July, to Wednesday, 20 July 2016.

The theme of the forum for 2016 is “Ensuring that no one is left behind”. For more information on the forum please see the following website: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf

Registration is open for two categories of NGOs:
• Organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC; and
• Organizations on the CSD Roster.
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=349&type=13&menu=14

NEWS

LAST MONTH to apply for ECOSOC consultative status in order to be considered by the 2017 NGO Committee (Deadline: 1 June 2016 - Late submissions will not be accepted)
1 June 2016 is the last day for Non-Governmental Organizations to apply for consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), in order to have an opportunity to take part in UN deliberations. ECOSOC consultative status is governed by 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 composed by Member States. 

Who is eligible for applying? 

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 has direct relevance to the aims and purposes of the United Nations. 

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. 

What are the benefits? 

NGOs that are accredited with ECOSOC can participate in a number of events, including, but not limited to regular sessions of ECOSOC, its functional commissions and its other subsidiary bodies. NGOs may: 
- Attend official meetings;
- Submit written statements prior to sessions;
- Make oral statements;
- Meet official government delegations and other NGO representatives;
- Organize and attend parallel events that take place during the session;
- Participate in debates, interactive dialogues, panel discussions and informal meetings.
Organizations established by governments or intergovernmental agreements are not considered NGOs. 

For more information about ECOSOC Consultative status: http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=17. To apply: http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=34.

9th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP9) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
COSP9 will be held from 14 to 16 June 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York. This year's session will include Elections for nine members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The theme of COSP9 is “Implementing the 2030 development agenda for all persons with disabilities: Leaving no one behind”.

NGOs already accredited to the Conference of States Parties or who have ECOSOC Consultative Status can register online: http://bit.ly/UNCOSP9-register, deadline: 1 June.

NGOs not accredited to the COSP, can apply for accreditation: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/COP/cosp9_ngo_accreditation_form.doc, deadline: 9 May.

Accredited NGOs can also organize side-events during COSP9: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cosp9, deadline: 15 May.

More information on COSP9: http://bit.ly/crpdcosp9.

DESA / Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) News
Asia Pacific CSO Forum for Sustainable Development
DESA/DSD has co-organised and co-funded the Asia Pacific CSO Forum for Sustainable Development 2016, which took place from 31 March to 2 April 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. The event, hosted by ESCAP, aimed to inform and build capacity of civil society participants on sustainable development at the global and regional levels, and on the opportunities and modalities for engaging in these processes. More information about the event can be found at http://www.unescap.org/events/apcsf3

Expert Group Meeting for Major Groups on HLPF 2016
On Tuesday, 19 April, DESA/DSD organised a one-day Expert Group Meeting for Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGoS) on: "HLPF 2016: Shaping the reporting by MGoS on their contribution to the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda". Over 80 participants took part in the meeting which included remarks by Ambassador Oh Joon, President of ECOSOC, Under-Secretary-General Mr. Wu Hongbo, Ambassador Lois Young, Permanent Representative of Belize, and Mr. Peter Nielsen, Deputy Permanent Representative of Denmark. DSD supported the travel of 28 Major Groups and other Stakeholders representatives through its EC grant. A meeting report with recommendations will be made available at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/majorgroups/hlpf/egmhlpf2016

Belize Workshop
On 8 April, DESA/DSD conducted a half-day workshop with civil society and stakeholders in Belize regarding the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The meeting aimed at identifying potential avenues for the structured participation of Civil Society Organizations and other stakeholders in the implementation, monitoring and review of the 2030 Agenda in Belize. More information can be found at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/majorgroups/national-capacity-building

Morocco Workshop
On 5 May, DESA/DSD will be conducting a one day capacity building workshop for Major Groups and other Stakeholders in Morocco. The meeting aims to raise awareness among Moroccan MGoS of the 2030 Agenda and the high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF). More information can be found at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/majorgroups/national-capacity-building

International Civil Society Week
DESA/DSD co-organised a side event with DESA/DSPD during the International Civil Society Week, which took place in Bogota from 25 to 28 April. The event’s theme was "Including stakeholders in the implementation and review of Agenda 2030". Further information can be found at http://civicus.org/ICSW/index.php/en/programme/partner-events

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Committee on NGOs Home Page
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How to Apply for Consultative Status 
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How to Submit a Quadrennial Report
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How to obtain a UN Grounds Pass 
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