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2013 UN Grounds Passes now available
The application process for UN grounds passes for NGOs in ECOSOC
consultative status hasbeen simplified for 2013. You will no
longer be required to visit the DESA NGO Branch for issuance of UN
Grounds Passes. Instead, you will be required to pre-register
your request online. As before, you will need a letter from your
organization (on the organization’s letterhead) in order to
obtain a pass. This is a mandatory requirement. After receiving
confirmation from us, you can proceed to the UN Pass and ID office
to request your pass. Registrations submitted online before 4 pm (New
York time) will be endorsed the next business day by the UN Pass &
ID office. Procedures for Geneva and Vienna are unchanged. Full details
are on the page below.
14 December: Online
Application for Bonn Post-2015 Conference, 20-23 March 2013, open
An event "Advancing the Post-2015 Sustainabe Development Agenda
Reconfirming Rights – Recognising Limits – Redefining
Goals" will be held from 20 to 23 March 2013 in Bonn, Germany. This
global event will bring together about 250 civil society activists and
representatives from key stakeholders in order to draw together civil
society inputs into the Sustainable Development and Post-2015
discussions. Funding for a limited number of participants, mainly from
developing countries, is available.
10 December: Download the United
Nations Calendar of Observances App on your mobile device
A new free iOS app features official United Nations observances and
links to related videos and further information. It also illustrates
how the UN makes a difference in tackling global challenges. The UN
Calendar can store UN observances in the native calendar of your iOS
device, or it can be used independently.
28 November: Consultation report of
the London meeting of the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development
At the request of the Secretariat of the UN Secretary-General’s
High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development
Agenda, the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) conducted an
online consultation to gather inputs for consideration by Panelists and
the Secretariat from 26 October through 7 November 2012, in two phases.
The consultation, undertaken through the virtual platform
www.worldwewant2015.org/Post2015HLP, enabled civil society to respond
to four framing questions related to the focus of the High-level
Panel’s meeting on individual and household level poverty, which
took place from 31 October to 2 November 2012 in London. Specifically,
the consultation sought feedback to questions relating to the two main
themes f human development, and jobs and livelihoods.
26 November: Dialogue between the
President of the 67th session of the General Assembly and civil society
H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremiæ, President of the 67th session of the
General Assembly of the United Nations, met with representatives of
NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC and associated with DPI on
Monday, 26 November. The meeting focused on the issues before the 67th
session of the General Assembly. A brief statement on these issues by
the President was followed by a substantive exchange with the NGO
representatives. In his remarks, the President underlined the
need to further engage with civil society to achieve the Millennium
Development Goals. He also addressed the many initiatives towards the
building of an agreed post-2015 development agenda, and welcomed the
participation of civil society in these discussions. He also presented
a preliminary list of six thematic debates that will be held in the
resumed part of the 67th session.
January 2013: 2013 regular session, Committee on NGOs
The 2013 regular session of the Committee on NGOs will consider
225 new applications for status by NGOs as well as 130 applications
deferred from earlier sessions. It will also review 279
quadrennial reports of NGOs in general or special consultative status.
It will meet from 21 to 30 January 2013 and is expected to adopt its
report on 17 February 2013. An information note with full details of
all organizations to be considered has been posted on the page below.
February 2013: Commission for Social Development, 51st session
The 51st session of the Commission for Social Development will be
convened at the United Nations North Lawn Building (NLB) in New York.
The priority theme this year is "Promoting empowerment of people in
achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment
and decent work for all".
February - 1 March 2013: 54th session, Committee on the Elimination of
Discrimination against Women, Geneva
The Plenary Session of CEDAW 54 will take place from 11 February to 1
March 2013 at the Palais des Nations in Conference Room XVI. A half-day
general discussion on the theme of access to justice will take place on
Monday, 18 February 2013 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Palais des
Nations in Conference Room XVI.
March 2013: 55th session, Commission on the Status of Women
The fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women will
take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 4 to 15
March 2013. The priority theme will be "Elimination and prevention of
all forms of violence against women and girls." The review theme chosen
is "the equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men,
including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS (agreed conclusions
from the fifty-third session)."
April 2013: 18th session, Committee on Migrant Workers, Geneva
The 18th session of the Committee will take place at the Palais Wilson,
First Floor Conference Room. All observers wishing to attend the above
session must be duly registered. Representatives of non-governmental
organizations wishing to attend the session should register online and
follow the instructions for registration and for obtaining a ground
April 2013: 46th session, Commission on Population and Development
The 46th session of the Commission will be held from 22 to 26 April
2013. Its theme will be "New trends in migration: demographic aspects."
May 2013 TBD: 20th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development
The 20th session of the Commission is tentatively scheduled to be held
from 6 to 10 May 2013 in New York.
May 2013: 12th session, Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
The twelfth Session of the Permanent Forum will be held at UN
Headquarters, New York in May 2013. It will be a review year of the
Forum. A provisional agenda of the session is posted on the page below.
May 2013: 2013 resumed session, Committee on NGOs
The 2013 resumed session of the Committee on NGOs will meet from 21 to
30 May 2013. It is expected to adopt its report in early June 2013.
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