DESA NGO News - August 2012

3 August 2012 | Version Française


31 July: Members of High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda announced
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the members of a High-level Panel to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Three co-chairs were appointed: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia; President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia; and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom. “I have asked my High-level Panel to prepare a bold yet practical development vision to present to Member States next year,” said the UN chief. “I look forward to the Panel’s recommendations on a global post-2015 agenda with shared responsibilities for all countries and with the fight against poverty and sustainable development at its core.” The full list of Panel members is available on the link below.

29 July: Secretary-General disappointed over lack of agreement on conventional arms trade treaty

Describing it as a “setback,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his disappointment over the failure by United Nations Member States to reach agreement on a treaty that would regulate the conventional arms trade. “I am disappointed that the Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) concluded its four-week-long session without agreement on a treaty text that would have set common standards to regulate the international trade in conventional arms,” Mr. Ban said. “The Conference's inability to conclude its work on this much-awaited ATT, despite years of effort of Member States and civil society from many countries, is a setback,” he added. Ending on Friday without agreement, the four-week long Conference brought together the UN's 193 Member States to negotiate what is seen as the most important initiative ever regarding conventional arms regulation within the United Nations. According to media reports, some countries had indicated they needed more time to consider the issues.

27 July: As ECOSOC annual substantive session ends, UN officials hail achievements
The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today wrapped up four weeks of high-level engagement and dialogue, review and deliberation, and decision-making on issues such as unemployment, women’s empowerment and information technology. “Indeed, there is much to commend all-around,” the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Sha Zukang, said as he addressed the closing session.

23 July: ECOSOC Endorses Reports of Committee on NGOs
Today the Economic and Social Council adopting the recommendations, granting consultative status to 286 NGOs and taking note of 524 quadrennial reports of organizations already in status. These recommendations were contained in two reports of the Committee on NGOs. Apart from endorsing the reports, the Council also endorsed two additional draft decisions. First, the Quadrennial report of the non-governmental organization Suzanne Mubarak Women’s International Peace Movement (document E/2012/L.14) would have the Council decide to request the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations to resume consideration of that group’s 2007-2010 quadrennial report at its regular 2013 session. The Council also would request the Committee to defer — until its regular 2013 session — consideration of the request for that group to change its name to “End Human Trafficking Now”. The decision was adopted without a vote. A second decision on the application of the non-governmental organization Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation for consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (document E/2012/L.15) would have the Council decide not to grant special consultative status to that non-governmental organization. This decision was adopted after a vote. See two links below for details.

10 July: Concluding High-level Segment, ECOSOC Adopts Ministerial Declaration on Tackling Jobs Crisis
Committing to a “powerful road map on jobs” through the adoption of a far-reaching Declaration, Government representatives in the Economic and Social Council capped the body’s 2012 high-Level segment, and, opening its next phase — on coordination — held a dialogue with the heads of its regional commissions. Adopting a Ministerial Declaration by consensus — though with several delegations expressing serious reservations — Council members concluded the week-long high-level segment, which had focused on the theme “promoting productive capacity, employment and decent work to eradicate poverty”. The segment had been set to conclude yesterday but was extended to allow more time for negotiations on the outcome. By the terms of the text, they committed to work together to promote the inclusive and equitable economic growth that was needed to reach the Millennium Development Goal targets.

6 July: Realizing the future we want for all post-2015
The first report by the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda was submitted to the Secretary-General in June 2012 and published on the UN system “Beyond 2015” website on 2 July. The report, Realizing the Future we Want for All, is to serve as a reference for the broader consultations on the post-2015 UN development agenda to take place, as well as to inform the work of the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Post-2015. The Report contains key recommendations and suggestions of the UN System Task Team on a new vision for development to generate transformative change, the possible contours of such an agenda and options for moving forward in the consultation process. It arrives at these recommendations through analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the MDG framework and assessing the lessons learned for the post-2015 UN development agenda, as well as by outlining emerging and existing pressing global challenges that have to be taken into account.

2 July: Three MDGs met, global partnership key for reaching the goals by 2015

With three important targets on poverty, slums and water having been met, a new United Nations report stresses the need for a true global partnership to achieve the remaining Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline. The 2012 MDG Report offers “the most comprehensive picture yet” on global progress towards the Goals, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he launched the report at the high-level segment of the annual session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The Millennium Development Goals Report 2012 was launched in New York by the Secretary-General on 2 July 2012. The report presents the yearly assessment of global progress towards the MDGs, highlighting several milestones – three important MDG targets have been met well ahead of the target date of 2015. The report says that meeting the remaining targets, while challenging, remain possible - but only if Governments do not waiver from their commitments made over a decade ago. The report, presented today at the opening of the Ecnomic and Social Council's 2012 substantive session, is based on a master set of data compiled by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on MDG indicators led by the Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The report is available in all UN languages, Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish, from the link below.


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Changes in procedures for grounds pass requests
As part of the Capital Master Plan, the DESA NGO Branch will move from the DC1 building to the Secretariat Building on 17 August. New, simpler procedures for requesting grounds passes for representatives of ECOSOC-accredited NGOs will be announced ahead of that time.

From now on, DESA NGO News to be issued mid-month...
The next issue of DESA NGO News will be issued in mid-September. From that time onwards, expect the Newsletter in your inbox around the 15th day of each month. Archived issues are available below.


9 August: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People 2012
The 18th commemoration of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples will be held on Thursday, 9 of August 2012 at the UN Headquarters in New York, organized by the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues DSPD/DESA, the United Nations Department of Public Information, and the NGO Committee on the Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

12 August: International Youth Day: Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth
The theme chosen for International Youth Day 2012 – Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth – is a global call to action for young men and women, as well as other stakeholders around the world, to develop and engage in partnerships with and for youth towards building a better world. International Youth Day 2012 provides an important opportunity to build upon the priorities of the Secretary-General’s Action Agenda, as well as to respond to calls from youth organizations and UN Member States around the world to strengthen mechanisms for partnerships with young people.

21-24 August: Third Session, Working Group on Ageing
The Third Session of the Open-ended Working Group on strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons will be convened from 21 to 24 August 2012 at the United Nations North Lawn Building (NLB) in New York.

12-14 September: Fifth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The fifth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will take place at United Nations Headquarters from Wednesday, 12, to Friday, 14 September 2012. The theme of the fifth session is “Making the CRPD count for Women and Children”. The following are the sub-themes of the Conference: “Technology and Accessibility”, “Children with Disabilities” and “Women with Disabilities”.

18 September: Opening of the 67th session of the General Assembly
The sixty-seventh session of the General Asembly will convene at United Nations Headquarters on Tuesday, 18 September 2012, at 3 p.m., and the general debate will open on Tuesday, 25 September. The high-level meeting on the rule of law at the national and international levels will be held on Monday, 24 September. The preliminary list of items to be included in the provisional agenda and its annotations can be found on the page below.

24 September: High-Level GA Meeting on the Rule of Law
The High-Level Meeting of the 67th Session of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 24 September 2012. This is a unique occasion for all Member States, NGOs and civil society represented at the highest level, to discuss and agree a forward-looking agenda on strengthening the rule of law. The President of the General Assembly is compiling a list of NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, as well as a list of civil society organizations, active in the field of the rule of law, who wish to participate in the high-level meeting. In addition, a limited number of representatives of NGOs active in the field of rule of law will be invited to speak. The President of the General Assembly is therefore requesting that any NGOs in consultative status with the ECOSOC, and any civil society organizations, active in the field of the rule of law, which may wish to participate or speak at the High-Level Meeting on the Rule of Law. The closing date is 9 July 2012.


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