DESA NGO News — 27 August 2015

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Consensus Reached on New Sustainable Development Agenda to Be Adopted by World Leaders in September
On 2 August, the 193 Member States of the United Nations reached agreement today on the outcome document that will constitute the new post-2015 sustainable development agenda that will be adopted this September by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York.

Concluding a negotiating process that has spanned more than two years and has featured the unprecedented participation of civil society, countries agreed to an ambitious agenda that features 17 new sustainable development goals that aim to end poverty, promote prosperity and people’s well-being while protecting the environment by 2030.

The September Summit, where the new agenda will be adopted, “will chart a new era of sustainable development in which poverty will be eradicated, prosperity shared and the core drivers of climate change tackled”, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, adding that the United Nations System stands ready to support the implementation of the new agenda, which builds on the successful outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, and which, he said, will also contribute to achieve a meaningful agreement in the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris in December.

More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the Sustainable Development Summit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York between 25 to 27 September to formally adopt the outcome document of the new agenda. The new sustainable development goals, and the broader sustainability agenda build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals, but also go much further, addressing the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people. The preamble of the 29-page text, “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, states that “We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet.” It also states that “We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.”
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Special Accreditation and Registration for the Sustainable Development Summit on 25-17 September is now closed
In accordance with General Assembly decision A/69/L.43 regarding the organization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, the United Nations Secretariat had invited representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) to indicate their interest in participating in the plenary meetings and interactive dialogues of the Summit. There was a call for applications for special accreditation to the Summit, followed by a general registration process for accredited NGOs.

General registration closed on 24 August and requests for accreditation are currently under review. The short-list will then be sent to the President of the General Assembly (PGA) who will ensure that balance, diversity and expertise criteria are met in the final list to be presented to Member States. The PGA will then submit the list of representatives from NGOs and CSOs to Member States for their consideration on a non-objection basis. The decisions on organizations' applications for special accreditation and individual registrations to the Summit should be communicated by the end of the first week of September.
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EVENTS

9 September: Women-led open briefing by the Counter-Terrorism Committee to highlight the recent initiatives in East and West Africa and the Middle East aimed at countering terrorism and violent extremism
As part of its effort to recognise the role of women in countering terrorism and violent extremism, the Security Council adopted Resolution 2129 (2013) which reaffirms its intention to increase its attention to women, peace and security issues in, amongst others, the area of the threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. The Security Council later adopted Resolution 2178 (2014) which encourages Member States to develop strategies to counter the violent extremist narrative that can incite terrorist acts and address the conditions conducive to the spread of violent extremism, which can be conducive to terrorism, including by empowering women. A panel comprised of women and representatives of women’s groups will lead an open briefing by the Counter-Terrorism Committee to highlight the recent initiatives in East and West Africa and the Middle East aimed at countering terrorism and violent extremism.
The briefing will be open to Member/Observer States, United Nations entities, international and regional organizations, academia and non-governmental organisations in consultative status with ECOSOC.
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15 September - 6 October: Opening of the 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70) and general debate
The 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70) is scheduled to open at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 15 September 2015. On 25 September 2015, His Holiness Pope Francis will address the UNGA, and from 25-27 September the Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda will convene. The General Debate of the 70th Session of the UNGA will take place from 28 September - 6 October 2015.

Please note: Temporary grounds passes will not be issued during this time period. Annual NGO grounds passes will not be sufficient to attend official meetings of the General Assembly. Secondary special event tickets will be required and a very limited quantity will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis. More information to follow.
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25-27 September: United Nations Sustainable Development Summit
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 (United Nations Sustainable Development Summit) 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.

In accordance with GA decision A/69/L.43 regarding the organization of the Summit, the United Nations Secretariat has invited representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) to indicate their interest in participating in the plenary meetings and interactive dialogues of the Summit. Review of applications is currently underway.
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17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2015
The 2015 Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) will be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, focusing on the theme - "Building a sustainable future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination".
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19 October: Second WSIS+10 Informal Interactive Stakeholder Consultations
The General Assembly, in its resolution 68/302, decided that that the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) will be concluded by a two-day high-level meeting of the Assembly, to be preceded by an intergovernmental preparatory process that also takes into account inputs from all relevant stakeholders of the World Summit on the Information Society. The General Assembly also decided that during the preparatory process for the high-level meeting, the President of the Assembly will organize informal interactive consultations with all relevant stakeholders of the World Summit on the Information Society, in order to collect their inputs for the intergovernmental negotiation process.

The President of the General Assembly will convene a second informal interactive WSIS stakeholder consultations with all relevant stakeholders on 19 October 2015.

Registration is now open for relevant stakeholders, including civil society, private sector and academia (limited to five categories). More information on these categories on the WSIS+10 page.
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19 October - 6 November: 115th session - Human Rights Committee
At its forthcoming 115th session, the Human Rights Committee will examine the efforts of the following six countries to implement the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Second report of Benin, Fourth report of Korea, Fifth report of Iraq, Fifth report of Austria, Third report of Suriname, Second report of Greece.

The Committee will also adopt lists of issues on the following countries: Second report of Kuwait, First report of Ghana, Second report of Kazakhstan, Initial report of Burkina Faso, Sixth report of Morocco.

The Committee will also adopt lists of issues prior to on the following countries: Guatemala, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary.
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