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23 March: 2012 ECOSOC High-Level Segment: Open Call for Written and Oral Statements from 26 March to 6 April

An open call for written and oral statements for the 2012 ECOSOC High Level Segment will start on 26 March and extend through 6 April. This year’s theme is “Promoting productive capacity, employment and decent work to eradicate poverty in the context of inclusive, sustainable and equitable economic growth at all levels for achieving the MDGs”. NGOs interested to be heard by the Council are encouraged to submit statements online through CSONet. This is a unique opportunity for organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC - and for civil society at large - to be heard at ECOSOC deliberations, as well as to contribute to issues of critical concern to the global development agenda. The 2012 ECOSOC High Level Segment will be held on 2–9 July 2012 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. For more information please visit the AMR website here:

http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/amr2012.shtml .

Interested organizations can register here:



15 March: Head of UN Gender Entity Expresses ‘Deep Regret’ as CSW Concludes without Adopting Agreed Conclusions

Expressing “deep regret” that the Commission on the Status of Women had failed to adopt the agreed conclusions that traditionally mark the conclusion of its annual sessions, the head of UN-Women today urged delegations to move past that setback and press ahead with efforts to ensure that rural women — the focus of the current session - would be fully empowered to reach their potential. “I sincerely hope that this does not mean Member States are not ready to do what still needs to be done,” said Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for General Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women).  She added that, irrespective of its disappointing conclusion, the Commission’s fifty-sixth session had “witnessed passionate and dynamic discussions” on the empowerment of rural women and strengthening their role in achieving sustainable development for all. The session, which opened at Headquarters on 27 February, was scheduled to have concluded on 9 March, but protracted negotiations on the agreed conclusions forced the Commission to extend its work by one week.  Delegations were unable to overcome “a disappointing inability to reach consensus”, in Ms. Bachelet’s words, and the session closed without a final document.



13 March: Severe Austerity, Weak Policies, Job Shortages Hurting Global Recovery, Experts Caution ECOSOC

Severe austerity measures, weak policies and a dearth of jobs were constraining efforts to reduce poverty and to trigger real recovery from economic crisis and sustainable “green” growth, the Economic and Social Council heard today as it concluded its special high-level meeting with international financial and trade institutions.



2 March: Ban appoints veteran Swedish diplomat as new UN Deputy Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Jan Eliasson of Sweden, a veteran in the fields of diplomacy and foreign relations, as the new Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. Mr. Eliasson, who will take over from Asha-Rose Migiro of Tanzania on 1 July, is no stranger to the UN, having served as the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Darfur, President of the 60th session of the General Assembly and first Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. He is currently a member of the Secretary-General’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Advocate Group.



23 April - 4 May: Second round of negotiations on Rio+20 outcome
Delegations will continue a second round of negotiations on the Rio+20 outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held at Rio de Janeiro from 20 to 22 June. As this meeting is an informal one, no formal list of speakers will be maintained or opened for pre-inscription. Members of permanent missions, United Nations staff, and representatives of intergovernmental organizations and major groups are invited to attend.

23-27 April: Commission on Population and Development, 45th session
The Commission on Population and Development will hold its forty-fifth session from 23 to 27 April 2012 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The theme of the session is "Adolescents and Youth". NOTE: Given the unprecedented level of NGO interest and the space constraints this year, there is no assurance that every NGO representative whose participation has been approved will actually be able to sit in the conference room.

4 May: Youth ECOSOC Conference on “Creating a Sustainable Future: Empowering Youth with Better Job Opportunities”
Young people continue to be the hardest hit by the jobs crisis. In both developed and developing countries, youth unemployment and underemployment rates have reached alarming levels. In July this year, ECOSOC will address the challenge of increasing productive capacity and promoting employment and decent work. In preparation, on 4 May, The UN Department of Public Information and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs will organize a youth conference on “Creating a Sustainable Future: Empowering Youth with Better Job Opportunities”, which will be attended by youth representatives from diverse backgrounds. The primary target audience is young men and women (15 – 32 years old). Representatives of the private sector, the academic community, and civil society engaged in youth issues will be invited to participate. This event will be open to NGO representatives with valid access passes only. No event passes will be issued for this half-day event. For information contact simonp@un.org. See background note below for additional information on the event.


7-18 May: Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 11th session
The 11th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will be held in New York from 7 to 18 May. pre-registration is now OPEN. The special theme is "The Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)".

21-30 May: 2012 Resumed Session, Committee on NGOs
The 2012 Resumed Session of the Committee on NGOs will take place from 21 to 30 May 2012. The session 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 8 June 2012 to adopt its report of the session. The session's recommendations will be sent to the Economic and Social Council for its approval in July of 2012. Preregistration for representatives of NGOs will commence around 21 April from the page below. An information note with an overview of all organizations to be considered will also be posted on this site.

20-22 June: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)
Organized to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, the Conference will include Heads of State and Government to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging challenges. IMPORTANT: Accreditation of new groups closed on 20 February 2012. Approved organizations will be notified by mid-April. Contact uncsd2012@un.org for more information. REQUIRED pre-registration of already accredited groups is open until 20 May 2012. NO REGISTRATION AFTER THIS DATE WILL BE ENTERTAINED.

2-9 July: 2012 ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review
The 2012 AMR will be held during the High-level Segment (HLS) of the substantive session of the ECOSOC in July at United Nations Headquarters in New York. It will focus on the theme “Promoting productive capacity, employment and decent work to eradicate poverty in the context of inclusive, sustainable and equitable economic growth at all levels for achieving the MDGs”. Decent work and promoting productive capacity are central to poverty eradication, the achievement of the MDGs and equitable, inclusive and sustainable development. The global economic and financial crisis exacerbated pre-existing challenges to the achievement of full employment and decent work in both developing and developed countries. Therefore, the 2012 AMR provides an important opportunity for ECOSOC to put a spotlight on economic growth models that promote job creation, are sustainable, inclusive and equitable and can be tailored to the particular needs of countries, while promoting also social protection and rights at work.  Nine countries - Algeria, Brazil, Ecuador, Kenya, Mauritius, Qatar, Russia, Senegal and Ukraine - will make National Voluntary Presentations (NVPs) during the 2012 AMR session.




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