18 December 2012 
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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 Agenda
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, 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.


21-30 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.

6-15 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".

11 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.

4-15 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)."

15-26 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 pass.

22-26 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."

6-10 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.

20-31 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.

21-30 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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