DESA NGO News – 23 December 2013
ECOSOC NGOs – Request for 2014 UN Grounds Passes
Please follow these detailed guidelines for requesting a UN grounds pass. As always you will need a letter on official letterhead. Annual passes will be issued from 2 January 2014 onwards. The process is entirely online. Procedures for Geneva and Vienna remain unchanged.
UN calls for
respect of migrants’ rights on International Day
To mark International Migrants Day on 18 December, the United Nations called on people and Governments to reject xenophobia and embrace migration as an enabler for equitable, inclusive and sustainable social and economic development. In his message to commemorate the Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said there are 232 million international migrants bringing benefits to countries of destination and origin through their labour and remittances. However, too many migrants live and work in the worst conditions with the least access to basic services and fundamental rights, making them disproportionately vulnerable to extortion, violence, discrimination and marginalization.
Committee on NGOs holds Informal Sessions
The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations held informal meetings on 10-11 December at United Nations Headquarters to review 220 new applications from NGOs seeking consultative status to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). 115 applications were received from NGOs in developing countries. NGO submitting applications are working on a range of issues: rural development, microfinance, gender equality, protecting the environment and children’s rights. The Committee is vetting NGO applications and recommending general, special or roster status on the basis of the applicant’s mandate, governance and financial structure. Once accredited, NGOs can attend ECOSOC meetings, as well as receive different levels of benefits. Members of the NGO Committee for the period 2011-2014 are: Belgium, Bulgaria, Burundi, China, Cuba, India, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Peru, Russian Federation, Senegal, Sudan, Turkey, the United States of America, and Venezuela. The Committee on NGO’s regular session for 2014 is scheduled for 21-30 January in New York.
UN report states world must produce 70 per cent more food by 2050
The world will need 70 per cent more food to feed a global population of 9.6 billion in 2050, and must achieve this through improvements in the way people produce and consume, according to a preliminary report released on 3 December by the United Nations, the World Bank and its partners. The report, entitled “World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future,” finds that boosting crop and livestock productivity on existing agricultural land is critical to saving forests and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It also recommends reducing food loss and waste, reducing excessive demand for animal products and following other “climate-smart” guidelines.
New roadmap for UNIDO stresses inclusive and sustainable industrial development
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization adopted on 2 December a new roadmap in Peru. It charts the agency’s priorities and emphasizes the need to ensure inclusive and sustainable industrial development, as the basis for sustained economic growth. The new Lima Declaration, adopted during UNIDO's General Conference, stated that the Vienna-based agency should focus on three priorities: productive capacity-building, trade capacity-building and sustainable production and industrial resource efficiency.
Public-private partners at UN pledge funding for sustainable energy for all
The United Nations and the World Bank announced on 27 November a concerted effort by governments, international agencies, civil society and the private sector to contribute to the 'Sustainable Energy for All' initiative. Launched two years ago, the initiative seeks to achieve three goals by 2030: universal access to modern energy, doubling energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy, and improved energy efficiency. Achievements already attained include Brazil’s ‘Light for All’ programme that has reached 15 million people, Norway’s commitment of $330 million in 2014 for global renewable energy and efficiency, and Bank of America’s Green Bond that has raised $500 million for its environmental business commitment. OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) also announced a $1 billion fund for energy access.
UN launches International Year to highlight role of family farms in reducing hunger
The United Nations launched the International Year of Family Farming 2014 on 22 November to highlight the potential family farmers have to reduce hunger, preserve natural resources and promote sustainable development. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), there are an estimated 500 million family farms that rely primarily on family members for labour and management across the world. In many developing countries, family farms represent up to 80 per cent of all farm holdings.
6-10 January 2014: Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, 7th session
This session will review: sustainable cities and human settlements, sustainable transport (2 days); sustainable consumption and production (including chemicals and waste) (1.5 days); and climate change and disaster risk reduction (1.5 days).
21-30 January 2014: Committee on NGOs, regular session
The Committee will review new and deferred applications. It is scheduled to adopt its report on 7 February 2014.
3-7 February 2014: Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, 8th session
Topics to review will include: oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity (2 days); promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment (1.5 days); and conflict prevention, post-conflict peace building and the promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance (1.5 days).
11-21 February 2014: Commission for Social Development, 52nd Session,
The Commission will meet at UN Headquarters in New York under the priority theme "Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all". This year will be devoted to the policy segment of the cycle.
10-21 March 2014: Commission on the Status of Women, 58th session
The fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at UN Headquarters in New York from 10 - 21 March 2014 (tentative date). Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can attend the session. The priority theme will be: "Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls." The review theme will be: "Access and Participation of Women and Girls to Education, Training, Science and Technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work (as per the agreed conclusions from the Fifty-fifth session). http://csonet.org/?page=view&nr=208&type=13&menu=14
7-11 April 2014: Commission on Population and Development, 47th session
The theme of the 47th session will be "Assessment of the status of implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development."
12-23 May 2014: Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 13th session
The theme of the session will be: “Principles of Good Governance Consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Articles 3 to 6 and 46 (3)”.
19-28 May 2014: Committee on NGOs, resumed session
The Committee will review new and deferred applications. It is scheduled to adopt its report on 6 June 2014.
July 2014: High-Level Political Forum and High-Level Segment, ECOSOC
One critical outcome of the Rio+20 Conference was the decision to establish a universal intergovernmental high-level political forum on sustainable development. More details will be announced in the near future.
28 August - 4 September 2014: UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, Apia, Samoa
The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States will be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa, to be preceded by activities related to the conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia, Samoa. The conference will focus the world’s attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.
22 September 2014: Special Session of the General Assembly on ICPD Beyond 2014
The Review will identify progress and achievements towards the goals set out in the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), when 179 governments committed to a 20-year Programme of Action of delivering human rights-based development. The ‘Beyond 2014’ Review process will engage world leaders from governments and civil society and create a renewed consensus and global commitment to create a more equal and more sustainable world.
22-23 September 2014: World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
The high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly will meet on Monday, September 22 and Tuesday, September 23, 2014, in New York. http://csonet.org/?page=view&nr=215&type=13&menu=14
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