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12 September - 31 December: 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly
The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) opened at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. The General Debate opened on Tuesday, 19 September 2017.
29 January - 7 February: 2018 Regular Session of the Committee on NGOs
The 2018 Regular Session of the Committee on NGOs will take place from 29 January to 7 February 2018. The session is expected to consider new applications for status by NGOs as well as applications deferred from earlier sessions. It will also review quadrennial reports of NGOs in general or special consultative status. The Committee is expected to meet again on 23 February 2018 to adopt its report of the session. This session’s recommendations will be sent to the Economic and Social Council for its approval in April 2018.
29 January - 7 February: 56th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56)
The fifty-sixth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 29 January to 7 February 2018. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session.
Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all
Review of relevant United Nations plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups:
(i) World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons;
(ii) Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities;
(iii) World Programme of Action for Youth;
(iv) Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002;
(v) Family issues, policies and programmes;
For more information on the session, please visit: http://bit.ly/un-csocd56
For more information on NGO participation, please visit: http://bit.ly/dspd-ngo-participation
If you have questions, please contact: email@example.com
30 - 31 January: Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, to be held on 30-31 January 2018, will provide a platform for youth to engage in a dialogue with Member States and to discuss the policy frameworks and promote innovative, institutionalised approaches and initiatives for advancing the youth development agenda at national, regional and global levels with a view to promoting solutions to the global challenge of strengthening resilience and sustainable development. The Forum will bring youth leaders from around the world to the United Nations Headquarters in New York. It will give them the opportunity to engage with government representatives, youth delegates, policymakers and other relevant stakeholders in civil society and the private sector.
Non-governmental organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC that are working on relevant youth-related issues are invited to attend. Please register in INDICO. Due to limited seating only two (2) representatives per NGOs will be able to attend. These NGOs should already have UN passes to access the UN Headquarters. For more information on the ECOSOC Youth Forum, kindly visit the following website: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/node/2641005 http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=417&type=13&menu=14
12 - 23 March: 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62)
The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session.
Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls
Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women (agreed conclusions of the forty-seventh session)
For more information on the session, please visit http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw62-2018
For more information on NGO participation, please visit http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/ngo-participation If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
9 - 13 April: 51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development
As an ECOSOC functional commission, the Commission on Population and Development plays the primary role in monitoring, reviewing and assessing the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development at the national, regional and global levels, identifying reasons for success and failure, and advising the Council thereon.
The 51st session will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 13 April 2018. The special theme of the session is “Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration.” More information on this session is available at:
ECOSOC accredited NGOs are welcome to register for this event from 1 November 2017 to 16 March 2018. For more information on pre-registration please visit: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/commission/sessions
In case you missed the Webinar for Conference Focal Points in the new INDICO event registration system (for NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC)...
In order to help ECOSOC-accredited organizations become better acquainted with the INDICO registration process, DESA hosted a webinar for Conference Focal Points on Friday, 15 December 2017.
The webinar provided an overview of the INDICO system, guided participants step by step through the process of designating a Conference Focal Point and demonstrated how a Conference Focal point can review and approve participants from their organization. The webinar was attended by close to 200 participants, who were able to ask questions and provide feedback on the INDICO process.
For those unable to tune into the webinar, you can watch a recording of the presentation, as well as access the presentation slides and other materials here: http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=88
Registration for the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the 56th Session of the Commission on Social Development, and the 51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development is open in INDICO (the new registration platform for NGOs attending events at UNHQ)
Registration for events at UNHQ is moving to a platform called INDICO, which replaces the registration functionality of the current system, CSO Net. INDICO is an open source platform developed by CERN and customized by our colleagues at the UN Office in Geneva, where it is already used for all event registrations.
To get started with INDICO, please see the quick guide.
If your NGO is accredited to ECOSOC, you must designate up to two Conference Focal Points to manage your organization's registrations through Indico. For instructions, please see the Conference Focal Point designation guide.
51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development
56th Session of the Commission on Social Development
62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women
You can find more information about INDICO here: https://reg.unog.ch/about
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