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Committee on NGOs opens its 2015 Regular Session on 26 January
At the start of the meeting, the Committee adopted its agenda and programme of work (document E/C.2/2015/1). It elected by acclamation Jorge Dotta (Uruguay), on behalf of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States as its Chair; and Farid Jabrayilov (Azerbaijan), on behalf of the Group of Eastern European States, and Forouzandeh Vadiati (Iran), on behalf of the Group of Asia-Pacific States, as Vice-Chairs.
Navid Hanif, Director of the Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, said non-governmental organizations are increasingly sought out for their expertise and knowledge in shaping and implementing three major agreements: the post-2015 development agenda based on the sustainable development goals, a global agreement expected at the upcoming third International Conference on Financing for Development; and an agreement at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December on measures to address climate change’s existential threat.
This session plans to consider a total of 177 new applications and 153 applications deferred from previous sessions, as well as 175 new quadrennial reports and 35 quadrennial reports deferred from previous sessions.
Revised guidelines for obtaining UN Grounds Passes
The guidelines for obtaining UN Grounds Passes have been revised to provide greater clarity. The full revised version is available on the NGO Branch website: http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=86
Revised guidelines for requesting a change of name for an NGO in ECOSOC consultative status
The guidelines for requesting a change of name are now available on the NGO Branch website: http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=170
26 January-4 February: Committee on NGOs, 2015 Regular Session
The 2015 Regular 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 13 February 2015 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 2015.
2-13 February: Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) 8th Session
The Committee will meet in Geneva and will examine the reports of the following countries during its 8th session: Armenia, Mexico and Serbia. It will also consider lists of issues for Iraq and Montenegro.
4-13 February: The Fifty-Third Session of the Commission for Social Development
The Fifty-Third Session of the Commission for Social Development will take place from 4 to 13 February 2015 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Priority Theme of the session is "Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world".
On 3 February 2015, a day prior to the opening of the session, a Civil Society Forum will be convened at UN Headquarters. The Forum is hosted jointly by UNDESA-DSPD, the NGO Committee for Social Development and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Please note that the outcome of the Forum will be presented at the first plenary meeting of the Commission, immediately following the introduction of the Priority Theme.
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.
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."
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