DESA NGO News — 8 March 2017

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EVENTS

6 - 17 March: 12th Session of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances
At its forthcoming 12th session on 6-17 March 2017, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances will examine the efforts of the following countries to implement the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance: Cuba, Ecuador and Senegal.
The Committee will also adopt lists of issues on the reports submitted by Gabon and Lithuania.
More information: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=1102&Lang=en
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6 - 29 March: 119th session - Human Rights Committee
At its forthcoming 119th session, the Human Rights Committee will examine the efforts of the following six countries to implement the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Thailand, Turkmenistan, Serbia, Italy, Bangladesh and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Committee will also adopt lists of issues on the following countries: Mauritius, Dominican Republic, Jordan, Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Committee will also adopt lists of issues prior to on the Netherlands.
The Committee will also adopt lists of issues in the absence of a report on Eritrea and Swaziland.
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=374&type=13&menu=14

7 - 10 March: 48th session - Statistical Commission
The 48th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission will be held from 7 - 10 March 2017, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Statistical Commission, established in 1947, is the highest body of the global statistical system. It brings together the Chief Statisticians from member states from around the world. It is the highest decision making body for international statistical activities especially the setting of statistical standards, the development of concepts and methods and their implementation at the national and international level.
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13 - 24 March: Sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61)
The sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017. 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.
Themes
Priority theme: Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work
Review theme: Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls (agreed conclusions of the fifty-eighth session)
Emerging issue/Focus area: The empowerment of indigenous women
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27 - 31 March, 15 June - 7 July: United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination
By resolution 71/258, the General Assembly decided to convene in 2017 a United Nations Conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. The Assembly encouraged all Member States to participate in the Conference and decided that it shall convene in New York with the participation and contribution of international organizations and civil society representatives. The Conference will be held in New York from 27 to 31 March and from 15 June to 7 July. https://www.un.org/disarmament/ptnw/ngo.html
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3 - 7 April: 50th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD50)
The 50th session of the Commission on Population and Development will take place from 3 to 7 April 2017 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Priority Theme of the session is “Changing population age structures and sustainable development”.

NGOs can register from November 2016 to March 2017. The registration approval process will start by mid-December 2016. Kindly note that due to the space constraints, a maximum of 5 representatives of each organization is permitted.
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=375&type=13&menu=14

24 - 28 April: The 16th session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA)
The 16th session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will be held from 24 to 28 April 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters, in New York.

The main issue for discussion will be “Ensuring effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals: leadership, action and means.” The five sub-issues will be:

1. Understanding the needs of local authorities and communities and supporting and equipping them for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals;
2. Institutional leadership and the Sustainable Development Goals;
3. Institutional arrangements for the Sustainable Development Goals;
4. Development of principles of effective governance;
5. Strategies for integrated action to achieve poverty eradication: implications for public institutions

To register for this meeting please click here: http://bit.ly/CEPA16. For more information on the event please visit https://publicadministration.un.org/en/CEPA.

Live webcast will be available.
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=379&type=13&menu=14

24 April - 5 May: 16th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII16)
The 16th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII16) will take place at UN Headquarters in New York from 24 April to 5 May 2017. The Special Theme this year is: “Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: measures taken to implement the Declaration”. UNPFII is is a high- level advisory body to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It provides expert advice and recommendations on indigenous issues to the Council, as well as to programmes, funds and agencies of the United Nations, through ECOSOC. To learn more about UNPFII16 and on how to participate, please visit: http://bit.ly/unpfii16
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=382&type=13&menu=14

24 April - 12 May: 92nd Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)
The 92nd Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) will be taking place from 24 April to 12 May 2017 at Palais Wilson, Geneva. The Committee will consider the below mentioned State parties reports during its 92nd session: Armenia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, Kenya, Republic of Moldova.
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=384&type=13&menu=14

2 - 12 May: First Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)
The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will hold its first session from 2 to 12 May 2017 at the Vienna International Centre. This meeting is the first of three sessions that will be held prior to the 2020 Review Conference.
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=380&type=13&menu=14

8 - 10 May: 2017 Integration Segment of ECOSOC
The 2017 Integration Segment of ECOSOC will be chaired by H.E. Mr. Nabeel Munir, Vice-President of the Council (Pakistan), and will be held 8 to 10 May 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York.

On an annual basis, the Integration Segment convenes a diverse group of stakeholders to promote the integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development, providing a unifying platform for dialogue and exchange of views on lessons learned and recommendations for ways forward in policy integration to guide the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Additional information on the 2017 Integration Segment is forthcoming. Information on the 2016 Integration Segment can be found here.
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=377&type=13&menu=14

22 - 31 May: 2017 Resumed Session of the Commitee on NGOs
The 2017 Resumed Session of the Committee on NGOs 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 12 June 2017 to adopt its report of the session. This session's recommendations will be sent to the Economic and Social Council for its approval in July 2017.
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=385&type=13&menu=14

31 May: 2017 Special Meeting of ECOSOC on "Innovations in Infrastructure Development and Promoting Sustainable Industrialization"
The President of ECOSOC will highlight the relevance of industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG-9) to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda by convening a Special Meeting of the Council on 31 May 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. Resilient infrastructure and sustainable industrialization are key enablers of poverty eradication and can promote inclusion, connectivity and equality within societies. However, it can be complex and expensive to develop, especially in countries in Africa and countries in special situations.

The Special Meeting will aim to bring the challenges involved to the attention of national, regional and international actors, and to forge solutions to bridge the gaps in infrastructure and industrialization across countries. This is an initiative supported by a range of UN entities including FAO, OHRLLS, OSAA, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNECA, UNHABITAT, UNIDO and WIPO, and engaging other organizations such as the African Development Bank, the Africa Union, NEPAD and representatives from academia, civil society and the private sector.
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=386&type=13&menu=14

5 - 9 June: United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
A high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened in New York, from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The Conference will be co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden.

The Conference shall comprise plenary meetings, partnership dialogues and a special event commemorating World Oceans Day. The Conference shall adopt by consensus a concise, focused, intergovernmentally agreed declaration in the form of a "Call for Action" to support the implementation of Goal 14 and a report containing the co-chairs’ summaries of the partnership dialogues, as well as a list of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Goal 14, to be announced at the Conference.
For more information: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/oceans/SDG14Conference
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NEWS

2017 Regular Session of the Committee on NGOs
At its 2017 regular session, held from 30 January to 8 February, and 24 February 2017, the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations had before it 524 applications for consultative status, including 235 applications deferred from earlier sessions. Of the non-governmental organizations submitting those applications, the Committee recommended 269 for consultative status, deferred 221 for further consideration at its resumed session in 2017 and closed consideration without prejudice of applications that had failed to respond to queries over two consecutive sessions of the Committee. The Committee also had before it five requests for reclassification of consultative status; it recommended granting 2 of those requests and deferred its consideration of the other 3 requests. The Committee considered seven requests for a change of name, took note of 6 of those requests and deferred 1. It also had before it 450 quadrennial reports, of which it took note of 352. The Committee heard 15 representatives of the 198 non-governmental organizations that attended the session.
For more information: http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=80

55th Commission for Social Development, 1-10 February 2017
The Commission for Social Development concluded its fifty-fifth session (CSocD55) on 10 February 2017 by approving three draft resolutions on youth, disability and the social dimensions of New Partnership for Africa’s Development. This year the Commission focused on “Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world were invited to attend the CSocD55. The Commission hosted three high-level panel discussions where panelists and delegations highlighted the importance of promoting universal access to social protection, (including floors), effectively mainstreaming youth perspectives in poverty eradication strategies, and the development of a UN System-wide Action Plan on Disability in order to advance disability inclusive development. A photo exhibition and more than fifty side events took place during the session, highlighting a wide range of issues such as, mental health and well-being for youth, shared societies, inclusive cities for sustainable families, sustainable transport, social protection, the role of media and civil society in strengthening social policy frameworks for poverty eradication. For more information about the 55th Commission for Social Development, please visit: http://bit.ly/csocd55.

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