DESA NGO News – 28 July 2014


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ECOSOC concludes 2014 Substantive Session

The 2014 substantive session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) included a High-level Segment, as well as the second meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), held for the first time under the auspices of ECOSOC. The HLPF meeting - taking place on 30 June-9 July - included a three-day ministerial segment and concluded with the adoption of a negotiated ministerial declaration. The ECOSOC High-level Segment took place on 7-11 July, and concluded two weeks in which ministers and other senior Government officials considered key items that would make the post-2015 development agenda a success, highlighting partnerships and moving sustainable development to the forefront.


Following the ECOSOC substantive session, during its Coordination and Management Segment, on 14 July, ECOSOC adopted the report of the Committee on NGOs at its May Session (E/2014/32 (Part II)).


UN General Assembly’s Open Working Group proposes sustainable development goals

The UN General Assembly’s Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals forwarded to the Assembly its proposal for a set of Goals that consider economic, social and environmental dimensions to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations at the conclusion of the Group’s thirteenth and final session at UN Headquarters on Saturday, 19 July 2014. The proposal contains 17 goals with 169 targets covering a broad range of sustainable development issues, including ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests. The Group’s proposal on goals will be considered by the in the upcoming General Assembly as part of the broader post-2015 development agenda that world leaders are expected to adopt at a Summit in September 2015.


Open Ended Working Group on Ageing

The Fifth Session of the Open Ended Working Group on Ageing (30 July – 1 August) will include four panel discussions which pay attention to the Human Rights and Care of Older Persons; Violence and Abuse against Older Persons (with a focus on older women and financial abuse); the Planning for End of Life Care: Legal and Financial issues; as well as Recent Developments and how to strengthen the rights of older persons through enhanced implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing. The newly Human Rights Council appointed Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Older persons, Ms. Rosita Kornfeld-Matte will address the working group for the first time, and the Special Advisor of the Secretary General on Post-2015 Development will address the Working Group on the theme “Older Persons and the Post-2015 Agenda”. (Live webcast, follow on Twitter using #OEWG5)


Registration for Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States

Registration for accredited NGOs for the Third SIDS Conference (, which will take place from 1-4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa, has been extended until 4 August.


Registration is open for four categories of NGOs: Organizations accredited to previous conferences on the sustainable development of the Small Island Developing States, held in Barbados and Mauritius; Organizations on the CSD Roster; Organizations with consultative status with ECOSOC; Organizations approved by the Final Prepcom of the SIDS conference.


* Please note that if you have not received a confirmation letter you have not been approved and should not make travel arrangements. Once pre-registration is closed, on-site registration by representatives of non accredited NGOs or major groups will not be accepted. *





27-29 August: 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference

A major civil society gathering at the UN, the Conference will provide an opportunity for civil society, international networks and activists to develop an “Action Agenda” to mobilize messaging, advocacy strategies, partnerships and accountability frameworks in the lead up to the launch of intergovernmental negotiations at the beginning of the 69th Session of the General Assembly for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, due to culminate at a summit in September 2015.


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.


29 August: Major Groups and other Stakeholders Forum Pre-Conference Event for SIDS Conference

Major Groups and other Stakeholders Forum Pre-Conference Event for Small Islands Developing States Conference in Apia, Samoa. This event will look to provide a briefing and advocacy space for NGOs and other Major groups to prepare for interventions in the Conference as well as their contributions to the Partnerships dialogues and implementation of the SIDS 2014 outcome document.


15-26 September: Committee on Enforced Disappearances, 7th Session

At its forthcoming 7th session in September 2014, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances will examine the efforts of Belgium and Paraguay to implement the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.


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.


10-13 November: Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction - Prepcom II

The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and its preparatory process welcome the participation and contributions of all relevant stakeholders, including parliaments, civil society, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, non-governmental organizations, national platforms for disaster risk reduction, focal points for the Hyogo Framework for Action, local government representatives, scientific institutions and the private sector, as well as organizations of the United Nations system and intergovernmental organizations.





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