DESA NGO News — 31 January 2017

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EVENTS

30 January - 8 February: 2017 Regular Session of the Committee on NGOs
The 2017 Regular Session of the Committee on NGOs will take place from 30 January to 8 February 2017. The session 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 21 February 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 April 2017.
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1 - 10 February: 55th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55)
The CSocD55 will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1 to 10 February 2017. The priority theme for the 2017-2018 review and policy cycle would be “Strategies for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”. From 30-31 January 2017, 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-Stiftung.

To learn more about NGO Participation at CSocD55, please visit: http://bit.ly/csocd55
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15 - 16 February: United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 - Preparatory Meeting
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 President of the General Assembly will convene a two-day preparatory meeting, 15-16 February 2017, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, to be chaired by two co-facilitators, H. E. Mr. Álvaro Mendonça Mura, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations, and H. E. Mr. Burhan Gafoor, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the United Nations, with a view to considering the themes for the partnership dialogues and elements for a "Call for Action".

To learn more about civil society participation in the Conference and Preparatory Meeting, please visit: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/oceanconference/stakeholderengagement. There will be only one special accreditation process for the Conference and the Preparatory Meeting.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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2 - 12 May: 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.
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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.
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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 opens
During the session, the Committee will consider 289 new applications, in addition to 235 applications deferred from previous sessions, 360 quadrennial reports of NGOs in general and special consultative status and 90 quadrennial reports deferred from earlier sessions. The Committee also considered a special report contained in a letter by the Permanent Mission of Turkey.

At its opening meeting on 30 January 2017, Navid Hanif, Director of the Office for Economic and Social Council Support and Coordination in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, said among the critical issues on the Committee’s agenda was the timely realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Widely acknowledged that the 2030 Agenda could only be achieved through a broad range of partnerships, including with civil society, the Committee plays a critical role in opening the doors to them. Civil society’s interest to be part of the 2030 Agenda process could be seen by the rapid growth in new applications for consultative status, rising to 747 in 2016 from 143 in 2009.

For more information: https://www.un.org/press/en/2017/ecosoc6805.doc.htm

55th Commission for Social Development to open
The fifty-fifth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55) will take place in Conference Room 4, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1 to 10 February 2017. This year’s priority theme is “Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”. As one of the functional commissions of the ECOSOC, the Commission for Social Development (CSocD) is the advisory body responsible for the social development pillar of global development. The President of the General Assembly, ECOSOC President and UN DESA’s ASG will address the Commission during the opening session. To prepare civil society participants for the CSocD55, a Civil Society Forum from 30-31 January 2017 will take place under the theme of “Social Protection, Including Floors” . The CSocD55 will host three High-Level Panel Discussions, focusing on the priority theme, youth and persons with disabilities. There are also over fifty side-events that will take place during the session with topics ranging from social protection programs and access to mental health services, to the role of media in promoting sustainable development for all. Spread the Word! and use #CSocD55 for all you tweets on the CSocD55. For more information about the CSocD55, please visit: http://bit.ly/csocd55.

Call for nomination for the 2017 United Nations Public Service Awards
UNDESA DPADM has recently re-aligned the UNPSA categories to the SDGs and leave no one behind. There are now three categories: 1) Reaching the poorest and most vulnerable through inclusive services and participation; 2) Promoting transparency, accountability and integrity in public service; and 3) Innovation and excellence in relation to a specific SDG (this year, in delivering health services). The Award is open to all public organizations, including governments and public sector institutions as well as public-private partnerships for delivering services. Nominations must be completed online at: https://publicadministration.un.org/en/UNPSA. The deadline for applying is currently 28 February 2017.

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