DESA NGO News - 16 January 2013
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Where to start - the Post-2015 Development Agenda
What is the “post-2015 UN development agenda”? What will become of the MDGs? What is the link to ‘SDGs’ and to the followup to the Rio+20 Conference? Who is involved in the consultations on the post2015 development agenda? What is the High-Level Panel? How will the voices of the poorest and most vulnerable people be included? What happens next? Click on the page below to get started, including on a FAQ sheet, and all of the websites you need to know about, such My World, the World We Want, the Panel's website, the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, and many more.

Make sure to submit your quadrennial report in time
Many organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC have received a notification by email to remind them of their obligation to submit a brief report of activities to the Committee every four years. If you have not received such a notification, it is advisable to review the lists of organizations that have a report due or overdue. Not submitting the report in time has lead to suspensions and withdrawals of status. Over 200 organizations are currently suspended for one year for not having submitted their 2007-2010 report, and are at risk of having their status withdrawn in May 2013 if the report is not received on time. Two hundred more organizations are at risk of being suspended for one year in May 2013 if they do not submit their 2008-2011 report in time. Click the link below for more details.

MY World: A people's survery the next set of global poverty goals
The United Nations and partners have teamed up to put in place MY World, an innovative global survey to encourage people’s participation in the process of defining the next set of global goals to end poverty. MY World is an options survey that asks individuals which six of sixteen possible issues they think would make the most difference to their lives. The sixteen issues cover the existing MDGs, plus issues of sustainability, security, governance and transparency. People can vote for their priorities for the next development agenda.

Third HLP meet in Monrovia to focus on “National Building Blocks for Sustained Prosperity”
Following the meetings held in New York and London, the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda will convene again in Monrovia, Liberia for substantive interactions hosted by HLP Co-Chair, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. The meeting will be held between 30 Jan to 1 Feb 2013 and will include a dialogue with civil society and other stakeholders. Discussions will be organized around the broad theme of “National Building Blocks for Sustained Prosperity,” with a particular focus on economic transformation.  Topics under discussion include (i) Enablers and barriers to economic transformation (ii) Equitable and sustainable outcomes (iii) Role of the Private Sector (iv) Governance and Institution building, with a particular focus on conflict affected and fragile States. An emphasis on African Perspectives and Positions is also proposed. Please track and for further updates.

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. 

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.

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.

Online registration for CSW57 will close soon
Online registration for CSW57, to be held from 4 to 15 March 2013 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, will close on 23 January 2013 at 6 pm EST; We advise organizations not to wait until the last few days in case they encounter any technical difficulties as we will not be able to grant any extensions. Please find more information and the registration link on the NGO participation page for CSW57:
Sign up online to make oral statements or to participate as discussant during CSW57
ECOSOC NGOs that are sending representatives to CSW57 may sign up online from 16 January to 19 February 2013 to make oral statements during the general discussion or sign up to participate as discussants during the expert interactive panels. Please find more information and the sign-up forms on the NGO participation page for CSW57 below

Sustainable Development in Action
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, was an action-oriented conference focusing on implementation of sustainable development. A new newsletter by DESA's Division for Sustainable Development aims to highlight the work carried out by Member States, United Nations system, Major Groups and other relevant stakeholders in implementing sustainable development and leading the way to the Future We Want.


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)." See akso the two News items above

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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