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24 April - 5 May: 16th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII16)
The 16th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII16) will take place at UN Headquarters in New York from 24 April to 5 May 2017. More than 1,000 indigenous participants are expected to attend the Session, making it not only one of the most culturally diverse United Nations meetings, but also one of the largest public gatherings at the United Nations Head Quarters every year. The Special Theme this year is: “Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: measures taken to implement the Declaration”. The Declaration, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 September 2007, was a historical achievement after more than 25 years of negotiations. To learn more about UNPFII16 and on how to participate, please visit: http://bit.ly/unpfii16
24 April - 12 May: 92nd Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)
The 92nd Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) will be taking place from 24 April to 12 May 2017 at Palais Wilson, Geneva. The Committee will consider the below mentioned State parties reports during its 92nd session: Armenia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, Kenya, Republic of Moldova.
1 - 5 May: Twelfth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF12)
The Twelfth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF12) will be held in New York, from 1-5 May 2017. The Forum welcomes the participation of the nine major groups as identified in Chapter 23 of Agenda 21, including: women, children and youth, indigenous people, non-governmental organizations, local authorities, workers and trade unions, business and industry, scientific and technological communities, farmers and small forest landowners.
Major groups organizations that are accredited with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and the former Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) are encouraged to participate in sessions of the Forum. Please register here: http://bit.ly/UNFF12_Reg
Organizations that are NOT accredited to ECOSOC or CSD may attend as part of the delegation of their country or as part of the delegation of an accredited organization. Please consult our FAQs for further information in this case. For more information see: https://www.un.org/esa/forests/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/UNFF12_Info_Note.pdf
2 - 12 May: First Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)
The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will hold its first session from 2 to 12 May 2017 at the Vienna International Centre. This meeting is the first of three sessions that will be held prior to the 2020 Review Conference.
5 May: Webinar on ECOSOC Consultative Status (11:00a.m. to 12:30p.m. NY Time)
In preparation for the 1 June deadline to apply for consultative status with ECOSOC, the NGO Branch is pleased to invite interested NGOs to an informational session about the application process. The event will be held on-line on 5 May 2017 at 11:00am to 12:30pm (NY Time) and will be conducted in English.
The meeting will provide answers to the following questions:
- What is consultative status, which organizations are eligible and what are its benefits
- How the entire application process works starting when the application is submitted to the NGO Branch until ECOSOC makes its final decision
- The main components of the application package
After the presentation, the floor will be open to answer questions from participants. Such questions may be raised either by chat or by requesting the floor using the “Raise my Hand” option.
In order to attend to the webinar kindly click here and fill out the registration form; a confirmation e-mail will follow with the instructions on how to log into the event. More information: http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=83
8 - 9 May: First Thematic Session of the United Nations General Assembly Preparatory Process for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration
In accordance with United Nations General Assembly resolution 71/1, the "New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants," a preparatory process will soon begin for the intergovernmental negotiations of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, to be adopted at an intergovernmental conference on international migration in 2018.
As part of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, the President of the General Assembly (PGA) will organize a series of informal thematic sessions between April 2017 and November 2017, as well as four days of informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings between April 2017 and June 2018.
The first thematic session on "Human rights of all migrants" will be held in Geneva on 8-9 May 2017. This thematic session will focus on the human rights of all migrants, social inclusion, cohesion, and all forms of discrimination, including racism, xenophobia and intolerance. Registration for the thematic session for representatives of organizations accredited through the special accreditation process and of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC will open shortly.
8 - 10 May: 2017 Integration Segment of ECOSOC
The 2017 Integration Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will take place from 8 to 10 May 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Segment will be chaired by His Excellency Mr. Nabeel Munir, Vice-President of ECOSOC (Pakistan). The Segment will address the theme “Making eradication of poverty an integral objective of all policies: what will it take?”
The 2017 ECOSOC Integration Segment will serve as a platform for key stakeholders to identify and discuss opportunities and challenges in developing integrated approaches to tackle poverty in a sustained, inclusive and sustainable manner. The meeting will consider best practices, lessons learned and recommendations at the national, regional and international levels, with a view to extract policy recommendations to guide integrated policymaking for poverty eradication as an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Its proceedings will be available for consideration by Member States in the 2017 ECOSOC High-level Segment and the 2017 High-level political forum under the auspices of ECOSOC, to take place in July 2017. Relevant policy recommendations may be reflected in the Ministerial Declaration as the main outcome document at the culmination of the ECOSOC cycle.
For more information, please visit the 2017 Integration Segment website: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/node/984039.
15 - 16 May: Second Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs
The second annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on May 15 and 16, 2017. The following topic may be considered for the STI Forum 2017: "Science, Technology and Innovation for a Changing World - Focus on SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, and 14". All representatives of Major Groups and other Stakeholders who wish to attend the Forum must register by completing a dedicated registration form at: https://goo.gl/UFU7CW (Deadline: 14 April 2017). More information about registration is available at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/TFM/STIForum/Registration
22 - 25 May: 2017 Financing for Development (FfD) Forum
The second FfD Forum will be convened by the President of ECOSOC from 22 to 25 May 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Building on the inaugural FfD Forum, which devoted particular attention to setting up the monitoring framework for the follow-up to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (Addis Agenda), the 2017 Forum is expected to provide impetus for the implementation of FfD outcomes and the delivery of means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
22 - 31 May: 2017 Resumed Session of the Commitee on NGOs
At its 2017 Resumed Session, the Committee on NGOs will 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 2017 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 2017.
31 May: 2017 Special Meeting of ECOSOC on "Innovations in Infrastructure Development and Promoting Sustainable Industrialization"
The President of ECOSOC will highlight the relevance of industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG-9) to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda by convening a Special Meeting of the Council on 31 May 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. Resilient infrastructure and sustainable industrialization are key enablers of poverty eradication and can promote inclusion, connectivity and equality within societies. However, it can be complex and expensive to develop, especially in countries in Africa and countries in special situations.
The Special Meeting will aim to bring the challenges involved to the attention of national, regional and international actors, and to forge solutions to bridge the gaps in infrastructure and industrialization across countries. This is an initiative supported by a range of UN entities including FAO, OHRLLS, OSAA, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNECA, UNHABITAT, UNIDO and WIPO, and engaging other organizations such as the African Development Bank, the Africa Union, NEPAD and representatives from academia, civil society and the private sector.
5 - 9 June: United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
A high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened in New York, from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The Conference will be co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden.
The Conference shall comprise plenary meetings, partnership dialogues and a special event commemorating World Oceans Day. The Conference shall adopt by consensus a concise, focused, intergovernmentally agreed declaration in the form of a "Call for Action" to support the implementation of Goal 14 and a report containing the co-chairs’ summaries of the partnership dialogues, as well as a list of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Goal 14, to be announced at the Conference.
For more information: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/oceans/SDG14Conference
13 - 15 June: 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is one of the largest and most diverse disability-related meetings in the world. Over 1200 high-level Government ministerial delegates and representatives of UN agencies and civil society organizations attend the three-day Conference at UN Headquarters in New York.
The following deadlines are on 5 MAY 2017:
(Only open to Governments, UN agencies, and ECOSOC and COSP accredited civil society organizations)
1. APPLICATION FOR NEW NGO ACCREDITATION: DEADLINE - 5 MAY Only NGOs accredited by the Conference of States Parties can participate in the sessions of the Conference of States Parties. http://bit.ly/cosp_new_ngo_accreditation
2. APPLICATION FOR SIDE-EVENTS: DEADLINE - 5 MAY
Governments, UN agencies and accredited civil society organizations (CSOs) must submit an application form to conduct side-events at the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD. http://bit.ly/cosp10_side-events
3. APPLICATION FOR EXHIBIT SPACE: DEADLINE - 5 MAY
Governments, UN agencies and accredited civil society organizations (CSOs) must submit an application form to reserve exhibit table space at the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD. http://bit.ly/cosp10_exhibition
More information on the 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD: http://bit.ly/crpd_cosp10
Online COSP10 NGO registration for ECOSOC and COSP accredited NGOs only: http://bit.ly/UNCOSP10-register (closes on 2 June)
15 June - 7 July: United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination
By resolution 71/258, the General Assembly decided to convene in 2017 a United Nations Conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. The Assembly encouraged all Member States to participate in the Conference and decided that it shall convene in New York with the participation and contribution of international organizations and civil society representatives. The Conference will be held in New York from 27 to 31 March and from 15 June to 7 July 2017. https://www.un.org/disarmament/ptnw/ngo.html
10 - 19 July: High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development
Registration for the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is now open to major groups and other stakeholders (MGoS). The HLPF will take place on 10 - 19 July 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. In accordance with General Assembly resolution 67/270, registration is open for two categories of NGOs to participate in the HLPF: (1) Organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC; and (2) organizations on the CSD Roster. The deadline for registration is 11 June 2017.
For more information or to register, please visit the following website: http://bit.ly/HLPF2017
4 - 15 September: 13th Session, Committee on Enforced Disappearances, Geneva
At its forthcoming 13th session in September 2017 in Geneva, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances will examine the efforts of the following countries to implement the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance: Gabon and Lithuania. The Committee will also adopt lists of issues on the reports submitted by Albania, Austria and Honduras. To attend, please register here: http://bit.ly/CED13 More information: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=1103&Lang=en
Fiftieth session of the Commission on Population and Development: 3-7 April 2017
The 50th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) was held at United Nations Headquarters from 3 to 7 April 2017. As an ECOSOC functional commission, the CPD plays the primary role in monitoring, reviewing and assessing the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development at the national, regional and global levels, identifying reasons for success and failure, and advising the Council thereon. During this year’s Session, Member States engaged in discussions on the special theme “Changing population age structures and sustainable development”. About 160 representatives of ECOSOC-accredited NGOs, from more than 65 distinct organizations around the world, were welcome to attend the plenary session and open side events. NGOs had the opportunity to submit written statements to the Secretariat well in advance of the session. As a result, a total of nineteen statements on behalf of individual organizations or groups of NGOs became official documents of the Session. Furthermore, sixteen NGO representatives delivered oral statements from the floor. The Population Division has made all written and oral statements available on its website at: www.un.population.org.
The United Nations General Assembly Preparatory Process for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration
The first thematic session of the preparatory process on the “Human rights of all migrants” will be held on 8-9 May 2017 in Geneva. The registration for this thematic session is now closed. Registration for future thematic sessions and events relevant to the process will open at a later date.
*Please note that confirmation of attendance for representatives of organizations / institutions / entities that applied for special accreditation is pending UN Member States review of the list of organizations applying for special accreditation on a non-objection basis.
Apply to serve on the Stakeholder Steering Committee (deadline extended to 9 May 2017). Representatives of 1) relevant organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC, 2) organizations / institutions / entities that applied for special accreditation*, and 3) National Human Rights Institutions, may also apply to serve on a Stakeholder Steering Committee for the full preparatory process. More information, Terms of Reference, and the application form for the Steering Committee is available here.
DESA Workshops with stakeholders
On 7 April, 2017 in Santiago, Chile, DESA/DSD and UNDP Chile organised a workshop for national major groups and other stakeholders (MGoS) around the follow-up and review process of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The workshop was held at ECLAC and it allowed for the capacity building of national MGoS around the review process. It also provided them a forum in which they could engage with their government in the work of their country's voluntary national review (VNR) in preparation for the 2017 HLPF. DSD, through the EC grant, was able to fund 13 participants from outside Santiago to participate. For more information on this workshop, please visit the following website: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&type=13&nr=2288&menu=2993
On 24 April, 2017 at the UN in Geneva, DESA/DSD and the ECE hosted the Regional Civil Society Forum on the Implementation and Review of the SDGs in the UNECE Region. This workshop, which took place before the ECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD), brought together a large number of European major groups and other stakeholders (MGoS) in order to build their capacity to participate in review process of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels. DSD, through the EC grant, was able to support stakeholder participation in this crucial forum.
On 27 April, 2017 in Gaborone, Botswana, DESA/DSD and UNDP Botswana organised a workshop for national major groups and other stakeholders (MGoS) around the follow-up and review process of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This year, Botswana has volunteered to undertake its voluntary national review (VNR) towards the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF). This workshop presented an opportune moment to build the capacity of national MGoS around the review process, as well as help them engage in the work of their country's VNR as a whole. DSD, with the EC grant, funded the venue of the workshop and lunch, as well as 5 participants from outside the capital. Moreover, DSD is working with the Government of Botswana and assisting it with the preparations for its report and presentation at the HLPF in July. For more information on this workshop, please visit the following website: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&type=13&nr=2357&menu=2993
On 17 May, 2017 at the ECA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the ECA, with the support of DESA/DSD, will host the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development: Preparatory and capacity-development workshop for major groups and other stakeholders in the Africa region. This workshop will take place during the ECA Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD), and will bring together a large number of African major groups and other stakeholders (MGoS) in order to build their capacity to participate in review process of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels. DSD, through the EC grant, will support stakeholder participation in this crucial forum.
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