DESA NGO News — 31 August 2016

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19 September: UN General Assembly High-level Meeting to Address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants
On 19 September 2016, the General Assembly will hold a high-level meeting to respond to large movements of refugees and migrants.

The Secretary General’s report In Safety and Dignity: Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants (A70/59) provides a set of recommendations to improve the safety and dignity in large movements of both refugees and migrants, to adopt a global compact on responsibility-sharing for refugees, and to develop a global compact for safe, regular and orderly migration. Under each of the three “pillars”, the report spells out concrete actions to address the root causes of large-scale movements, to protect people on-the-move, and to facilitate safe, regular, orderly and responsible migration. The report also announces the launch of a global campaign to counter xenophobia.

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3 - 14 October: 11th Session, Committee on Enforced Disappearances
At its forthcoming 11th session on 3-14 October 2016, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances will examine the efforts of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Colombia to implement the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance:

The Committee will also adopt lists of issues on the reports submitted by Cuba, Ecuador and Senegal.

3 October: Keynote address by Dambisa Moyo at opening of the Second Committee
The opening of the 71st session of the General Assembly's Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) will take place on 3 October 2016 (10:00 to 13:00) in Conference Room 2 (CB) at UN Headquarters in New York. A keynote address will be delivered by Ms. Dambisa Moyo, a global economist and author who analyzes the macroeconomy and international affairs whose most recent book was Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for the World. The annual keynote address to the Committee aims to bring cutting edge, independent thinking to its attention and for consideration in relation to its work. This year will broadly address the proposed theme, “Overcoming Global Imbalances: Achieving Sustainable Development for All”. The meeting will be chaired by H.E. Mr. Dian Triansyah Djani (Indonesia).

7 October: Joint meeting of ECOSOC and the Second Committee on Globalization and Multilateralism
A joint meeting of ECOSOC and the GA Second Committee will be held on 7 October 2016 (10:00 to 13:00) in Conference Room 2 (CB) at UN Headquarters in New York. The joint meeting will focus on "The Changing Political Economy of Globalization: Multilateral Institutions and the 2030 Agenda", and will highlight recent trends in globalization that have exposed various fault lines in responses at the national and international levels. The aim of the meeting is to facilitate an interactive discussion to propose actions for a more inclusive globalization and strengthened multilalteralism. A keynote address will be delivered by Mr. Thomas L. Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who focuses on globalization and whose new book Thank You For Being Late: How to Find a Job, Run a Country, and Keep Your Head in an Age of Acceleration will be released in fall 2016. A moderated, interactive discussion of external experts from academia, business and research will follow. Further information about this event can be found here (

17 - 20 October: United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)
Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, taking place in Quito, Ecuador, 17–20 October 2016.

In Resolution 66/207 and in line with the bi-decennial cycle (1976, 1996 and 2016), the United Nations General Assembly decided to convene the Habitat III Conference to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization, to focus on the implementation of a New Urban Agenda, building on the Habitat Agenda of Istanbul in 1996. Member States of the General Assembly, decided that the objectives of the Conference are to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable urban development, assess accomplishments to date, address poverty, and identify and address new and emerging challenges. The Conference will result in a concise, focused, forward-looking, and action-oriented outcome document.

The Conference welcomes the participation and contributions of all Member States and relevant stakeholders, including parliamentarians, civil society organizations, regional and local government and municipality representatives, professionals and researchers, academia, foundations, women and youth groups, trade unions, and the private sector, as well as organizations of the United Nations system and intergovernmental organizations.

24 October - 18 November: 65th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and pre-sessional working group for the 67th session
65th session (24 October – 18 November 2016) and
Pre-sessional Working Group for the 67th session (21-25 November 2016)
Geneva, Palais des Nations, Room XVI, A Building.

The Committee will examine the reports of the following countries during its 65th session: Antigua and Barbuda (in the absence of a report), Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bhutan, Burundi, Canada, Estonia, Honduras, Netherlands, Switzerland.

The pre-sessional working group will convene in closed meeting and prepare lists of issues for the following States parties that are scheduled to be considered at the 67th session: Barbados, Costa Rica, Italy, Montenegro, Niger, Nigeria, Thailand.

In addition, it will prepare a list of issues prior to reporting for Luxembourg under the new simplified reporting.


Passes for NGOs during the United Nations General Assembly
Access to the United Nations during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly will be restricted. Due to the large number of high-level events and increased security arrangements, the United Nations Headquarters will be accessible to United Nations staff and Member State delegations only, from 12 to 30 September 2016.

Please note the following important changes:

The usual procedures for Grounds Passes will be reinstated as of 3 October 2016.

Are you preparing for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2016?
Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been celebrated annually on 3 December around the world. The theme for this year’s International Day is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”. The theme covers the recent 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will work to realize a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities. Plan your own event or join in the events at UN Headquarters, as well as submit your entries for the UN Enable Film Festival or the UN Enable Photo Exhibition (

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DESA Publications

2016 UN E-Government Survey
The 2016 UN E-Government Survey provides new evidence that e-government has the potential to help support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). The United Kingdom, followed by Australia and the Republic of Korea, lead the world in providing government services and information through the Internet, e-government, according to the survey. Read more:



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