DESA NGO News — 27 February 2015

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UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality issues Call for Proposals
Innovative civil society initiatives seeking to spur women’s economic and/or political empowerment are invited to apply for funding. Interested applicants are encouraged to read the Call for Proposals and start preparing for the online application process that will open from 9 March to 5 April 2015. For more information please visit

To know more about the Fund and the new Call you can participate in two events in New York:

1. Panel on "Civil Society at the Forefront of the Post-2015 Agenda" and official launching of the Call (17 March 2015 2015, 11.30am at the UN Secretariat, DHL auditorium - UN accreditation required for entrance)

2. Questions & Answers Session for Civil Society Organizations on how to apply to the Call for Proposals (18 March 2015, 2.30pm at the Church Center, 2nd Floor, 777 1st Avenue)

Committee on NGOs concludes its 2015 Regular Session on 13 February
The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations today concluded its regular session with the adoption of its report, in which it recommended that the Economic and Social Council grant consultative status to 124 of the 330 applicants it considered during its session.

By the report, adopted without a vote, the Committee also recommended that the Economic and Social Council defer 176 applications for further consideration when it resumed its session, slated to be held in May, and close 29 applications after the non-governmental organizations in question had failed to respond to queries over two consecutive sessions. It also took note of one non-governmental organization that had withdrawn its application.

Among its other recommendations was that the Council grant two of the five requests for reclassification of consultative status, while taking note of five requests for a name change and also of 172 of the 210 quadrennial reports before it. It further took note of the requests from two non-governmental organizations to withdraw their consultative status.


17 February-17 March: E-discussion on the 2015 ECOSOC Theme of "Managing the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the sustainable development goals: What it will take"
The purpose of the e-discussion is to engage policymakers, experts, practitioners and stakeholder groups in a global dialogue on specific aspects of the 2015 ECOSOC theme. It consists of four concurrently running thematic windows, each led by an expert moderator. The thematic windows address: i) policy choices and mindset change for an integrated agenda; ii) adaptation by institutions and structures; iii) partnerships for the implementation of the SDGs and the post-2015 agenda; and iv) monitoring and review.

The e-discussion is co-ordinated and organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). The DESA/Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination is leading the e-discussion for DESA, with substantive support provided by the DESA/Division for Public Administration and Development Management..

9-20 March: 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59)
The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015.
The main focus of the session will be on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The Commission will undertake a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The review (Beijing+20) will also include the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly, the first five-year assessment conducted after the adoption of the Platform for Action, which highlighted further actions and initiatives.
The session will also address opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.

14-18 March: Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be held from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Several thousand participants are expected, including at related events linked to the World Conference under the umbrella of building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters.

The United Nations General Assembly Resolution for 2013 on International Strategy for Disaster Reduction states that the World Conference will result in a concise, focused, forward-looking, and action-oriented outcome document. The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction welcomes the participation and contributions of all relevant stakeholders, including parliaments, civil society, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, non-governmental organizations, national platforms for disaster risk reduction, focal points for the Hyogo Framework for Action, local government representatives, scientific institutions and the private sector, as well as organizations of the United Nations system and intergovernmental organizations.

30 March-1 April: ECOSOC Integration Segment
The 2015 Integration Segment, chaired by His Excellency Vladimir Drobnjak, P. R. of the Republic of Croatia to the United Nations and Vice-President of ECOSOC, will bring together Heads of States and Governments, ministers, governors, mayors, the United Nations system, the tripartite constituents of the International Labour Organization, civil society, academia and the private sector. The segment will focus on “achieving sustainable development through employment creation and decent work for all.”

7-13 April: 48th Session of the Commission on Population and Development
The 48th session of the Commission on Population and Development will take place from 13 to 17 April 2015 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Priority Theme of the session is "Realizing the future we want: integrating population issues into sustainable development, including the post-2015 development agenda."

14-16 April: Second Preparatory Committee of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)
The second session of the preparatory committee meeting of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will be held from Tuesday, 14 April to Thursday, 16 April 2015, at the United Nations Office at Nairobi.

The General Assembly, in resolution 67/216, encouraged effective contributions from and the active participation of all relevant stakeholders, including major groups as identified in Agenda 21, at all stages of the preparatory process for the Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) and at the Conference itself. In its resolution 69/226, the General Assembly emphasized the importance on wide participation of all relevant stakeholders, including local authorities, in the promotion of sustainable urbanization and settlements.

20 April-1 May: 14th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
The fourteenth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will be held in UN Headquarters, New York from 20 April to 1 May 2015.

This event is ONLY open to NGOs with ECOSOC Status, Accredited Indigenous Peoples Organizations (IPOs) and Academics to the Forum.

27 April-22 May: 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)
The NPT is a landmark international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament. The NPT represents the only binding commitment in a multilateral treaty to the goal of disarmament by the nuclear-weapon States.

Conferences to review the operation of the Treaty have been held at five-year intervals since the Treaty went into effect in 1970. Each conference has sought to find agreement on a final declaration that would assess the implementation of the Treaty’s provisions and make recommendations on measures to further strengthen it.



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