DESA NGO News — 31 January 2018

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EVENTS

29 January - 7 February: 2018 Regular Session of the Committee on NGOs
The 2018 Regular Session of the Committee on NGOs will take place from 29 January to 7 February 2018. 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 23 February 2018 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 2018.

Watch the Committee Session live on UN Web TV: http://webtv.un.org/
You may search for recordings of previous sessions in the search box at the top right of the page using the search terms "committee on non-governmental organizations", or scroll down to the "Live Now" thumbnails and select the live video of the session (10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm when the NGO Committee is in session).
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=418&type=13&menu=14

29 January - 7 February: 56th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56)
The fifty-sixth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 29 January to 7 February 2018. 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.

Priority theme:
Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all

Review of relevant United Nations plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups:
(i) World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons;
(ii) Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities;
(iii) World Programme of Action for Youth;
(iv) Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002;
(v) Family issues, policies and programmes;

For more information on the session, please visit: http://bit.ly/un-csocd56
For more information on NGO participation, please visit: http://bit.ly/dspd-ngo-participation
If you have questions, please contact: ngo@un.org
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=416&type=13&menu=14

11 February: UNDESA Side Event at World Urban Forum: "The Role of Cities in the 2018 High-Level Political Forum: Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies"
On 11 February, from 11:00-12:00pm in the UN Room of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, the UNDESA Division for Sustainable Development will hold a side event at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which will mobilize a large number of urban actors in national governments, subnational and local governments, civil society, the private sector and academia to share knowledge and solutions for sustainable urban development. The side event aims to share and discuss ways that cities and urban stakeholders contribute to the theme of the 2018 HLPF, and concrete avenues for engagement in the HLPF preparations, forum, and beyond. The event is open to all forum participants. The Division for Sustainable Development is coordinating with the UN Office for Sustainable Development, who will hold a side event immediately following (12:00-13:00) to provide substantive input to the urban discussion at the 2018 HLPF. http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=419&type=13&menu=14

21 February: Multi-stakeholder hearing on migration
The President of the General Assembly will hold an informal multi-stakeholder hearing on migration on 21 February, 2018 with representatives of non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, parliaments, diasporas, migrants, migrant organizations and the private sector. The hearing is part of the preparatory process of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

The full-day event will focus on the importance of a fact-based narrative around migration. It will explore the role of governments and other stakeholders, including civil society, parliamentarians, the private sector and media in promoting an evidence-based discussion around migration. The hearing will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss ways to cooperate and identify concrete recommendations through interactive panel discussions.

Registration for this event is open until 7 February. For further information, please visit: http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/21-february-multi-stakeholder-hearing http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=420&type=13&menu=14

12 - 23 March: 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62)
The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018. 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.

Priority theme:
Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls

Review theme:
Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women (agreed conclusions of the forty-seventh session)

For more information on the session, please visit http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw62-2018
For more information on NGO participation, please visit http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/ngo-participation If you have questions, please contact csw@unwomen.org
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=414&type=13&menu=14

9 - 13 April: 51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development
As an ECOSOC functional commission, the Commission on Population and Development plays the primary role in monitoring, reviewing and assessing the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development at the national, regional and global levels, identifying reasons for success and failure, and advising the Council thereon.

The 51st session will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 13 April 2018. The special theme of the session is “Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration.” More information on this session is available at:
http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/commission/sessions/2018/index.shtml

ECOSOC accredited NGOs are welcome to register for this event from 1 November 2017 to 16 March 2018. For more information on pre-registration please visit: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/commission/sessions

http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=415&type=13&menu=14

NEWS

The 2018 Regular Session of the Committee on NGOs opens
In its 2018 Regular Session, the Committee on Non-governmental organizations is considering 321 new applications, in addition to 162 applications deferred from previous sessions, 412 quadrennial reports of NGOs in general and special consultative status and 82 quadrennial reports deferred from earlier sessions.

Opening the session, Navid Hanif, Director, Office for Economic and Social Council Support and Coordination, UNDESA, said that the Committee on NGOs played a major role in the establishment of a global mobilization in support of sustainable development, as called for by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The realization of common goals and targets depends on the capacity of State and non-State actors to enter into a global partnership that would galvanize the energy and expertise of all.

The increased number of applications for consultative status testified to the strong interest, he said. While four years ago, 440 organizations had sent an application, 747 did so in 2017 and 774 did so in 2018. Those facts necessarily had an impact on the work of the Committee and his Office. Mr. Hanif stressed the need to ensure the appropriate level of resources to allow the NGO Branch to perform its much increased workload in a sustainable manner.

DESA PUBLICATIONS

World Economic Situation and Prospects 2018
An upturn in the global economy — now growing by about 3 per cent — paves the way to reorient policy towards longer-term issues such as addressing climate change, tackling existing inequalities and removing institutional obstacles to development, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2018.

“The World Economic Situation and Prospects 2018 demonstrates that current macroeconomic conditions offer policy-makers greater scope to address some of the deep-rooted issues that continue to hamper progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals,” stated UN Secretary-General António Guterres in the Foreword.

According to the report, in 2017, world economic growth has reached 3 per cent — the highest growth since 2011 — as crisis-related fragilities and the adverse effects of other recent shocks subside. The improvement is widespread, with roughly two-thirds of countries worldwide experiencing stronger growth in 2017 than in the previous year. Global growth is expected to remain steady at 3.0 per cent in 2018 and 2019.

Launching the report, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Liu Zhenmin noted: “While the upturn in global growth is a welcome sign of a healthier economy, it is important to remember that this may come at an environmental cost. This calls for stronger efforts to delink economic growth and environmental degradation—as also emphasized by the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn last month.”
https://www.un.org/development/desa/publications/wesp-2018.html

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