DESA NGO News – 24 January 2014
Committee on NGOs opens 2014 regular session
The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations opened its 2014 Regular Session on 21 January. The 19-member Committee, whose present session runs until 30 January, vets applications submitted by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), recommending general, special consultative or roster status on the basis of such criteria as the applicant’s mandate, governance and financial regime. Ms. Gizem Sucuoğlu (Turkey) was elected Committee Chair by acclamation. At the outset of the meeting, the Committee adopted its agenda and programme of work (E/C.2/2014.1). It also elected by acclamation Asya Tsvetanova (Bulgaria), on behalf of the Group of Eastern European States, and Ana Peña (Peru), on behalf of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States, as Vice-Chairs.
Weak global economy strangling job employment creation
The United Nations' labor agency reported on 20 January that the number of unemployed people around the world rose above 200 million last year as job opportunities failed to grow at the same pace as the global workforce. Global unemployment rose by 5 million people in 2013, and if the trend continues, will rise by a further 13 million people by 2018, the International Labour Organization (ILO) stated in its annual outlook, ‘Global Employment Trends 2014.’ The bulk of the employment gap is in the East Asia and South Asia regions, which represent nearly half of the additional jobseekers, followed by Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. Recommendations for supporting a growing global workforce included job-friendly macroeconomic policies and greater attention to labour market and social policies.
Healthy and sustainable food systems are crucial to fight hunger and malnutrition
Strong and resilient food systems are the most cost-efficient and sustainable way to prevent all forms of malnutrition. The United Nations called on 17 January for agricultural research and development to become more focused on nutrition, as well as local biodiversity and diversified farming systems. According to a news release from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), today’s common approach to food production is not sustainable as food production has tripled since 1945 and average food availability per person has risen by 40 per cent. The news release called for agricultural research and development to become more nutrition enhancing, with a stronger focus on nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and animal-source foods, as well as local biodiversity and diversified farming systems.
Senior UN officials urge ‘Group of 77’ nations to work collectively on anti-poverty goals
At a ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters on 8 January where Fiji handed over the chairmanship of the ‘Group of 77 and China’ to Bolivia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President John Ashe urged the bloc of developing countries to work collectively towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline. Mr. Ashe noted the importance of the forum’s members working together with the available tools to eradicate poverty, improve social and economic well-being and lay the foundations for a sustainable future. The Group, established in 1964 by 77 States, now includes more than 130 countries, some two-thirds of the UN membership, and over 60 per cent of the world’s population.
21-30 January: 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: 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).
6 February: Interactive briefing with civil society
The President of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, John W. Ashe, invites civil society representatives with a valid UN grounds pass to a special interactive briefing to be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 6 February from 1:15pm-2:45pm in ECOSOC. The briefing will take place in advance of the three (3) high-level events and three (3) thematic debates that the General Assembly President will host in 2014 as a contribution to the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda.
11-21 February: 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.
18-19 February: General Assembly Thematic Debate - Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Water, sanitation and sustainable energy are at the core of sustainable development and the overarching goal of poverty eradication, and are closely linked to the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The thematic debate will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York; conference room TBA. It will consist of an opening segment in the morning and three consecutive, interactive, multi-stakeholder panel discussions and a brief closing segment. A president’s summary will be issued at its conclusion.
6-7 March: High-Level Event - Contributions of Women, the Young and Civil Society to the Post-2015 Development Agenda
The High-Level Event will address a number of cross-cutting rights-based issues relevant to women and the young, across differing national circumstances and developmental stages, such as violence against women and girls; access to quality education, skills and training; health; decent work; social protection; and financial and economic inclusion, including women’s access to and control over productive resources. This event will take place at United Nations Headquarters; conference room TBA. It will consist of an opening plenary, interactive, multi-stakeholder panel discussions and a closing plenary. A president’s summary will be issued and civil society representatives are invited to attend.
10-21 March: 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: 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."
9-10 April: General Assembly and ECOSOC Joint Event - The role of partnerships in the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda
The joint thematic debate is to provide a platform for Member States to address how strengthened global partnerships for sustainable development including multi-stakeholders partnerships can contribute to the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. The joint event will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York; conference room TBA. The thematic debate will feature three consecutive, interactive, multi-stakeholder panel discussions as well as two partnership sessions.
24-25 April: General Assembly Thematic Debate - Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies
The thematic debate will provide a platform for Member States to reflect, deliberate on this theme with a view to make concrete proposals and contributions to the ongoing process of developing sustainable development goals in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The debate will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York; conference room TBA. It will consist of an opening segment in the morning and three consecutive, interactive, multi-stakeholder panel discussions and a brief closing segment.
12-23 May: 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: Committee on NGOs, resumed session
The Committee will review new and deferred applications. It is scheduled to adopt its report on 6 June 2014.
20-21 May: High-Level Event - Contributions of North-South, South-South, Triangular Cooperation, and ICT
The event will promote the scaling up of the impact of all forms of cooperation in the post-2015 Development Agenda and promote the urgent implementation of commitments under the global partnership for development. As a complement to traditional forms of cooperation, South-South and triangular cooperation can also contribute towards the post-2015 development agenda. The event will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York; conference room TBA. It will take consist of one plenary and two interactive multi- stakeholder panel discussions.
17-18 June: High Level Event - Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
The high-level event will examine how human rights, including the right to development, and the rule of law at the national and international levels, can support an inclusive, people centered development agenda. The event will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York; conference room TBA. It will consist of an opening plenary, interactive, multi-stakeholder panel discussions and a closing plenary.
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: 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: 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: 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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