DESA NGO News — 31 July 2015

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NEWS

Special Accreditation for non-ECOSOC accredited NGOs now open for the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda
In accordance with General Assembly resolution 69/244 of 29 December 2014, the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will be held from 25 to 27 September 2015, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly. More information can be found here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/summit

General registration to attend the Summit is not yet open. In the interim, the United Nations offers the opportunity for organizations that are not already accredited to the UN through one of the three categories below to apply for Special Accreditation to the Post-2015 Summit. PLEASE NOTE: Confirmation of special accreditation does not mean that you will be able to attend the Summit. More information on the opportunity to attend the Summit will be available soon.

If your Organization falls under any of the following three categories, then you do not need to apply for special accreditation:

• Organizations with consultative status with the Economic and Social Council;
• Organizations on the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) Roster; and
• Organizations accredited to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD).

Otherwise, please visit the following page for further instructions on applying for Special Accreditation: http://bit.ly/1QOvwxI

Please note that the deadline for completing the questionnaire for accreditation is 5:00 PM EST on Friday, 7 August 2015.
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ECOSOC reviews NGO Committee recommendations at its July Coordination and Management Session
On 20 July, during its July 2015 Coordination and Management session, the Economic and Social Council adopted eight decisions recommended by the NGO Committee (contained in its 2015 Resumed Session report E/2015/32 (Part II)). Among them, it decided to grant consultative status to 160 organizations. In addition, it decide to grant special consultative status to the organization Freedom Now by a recorded vote of 29 in favour to 9 against with 11 abstentions. Freedom Now is a US-based non-partisan NGO that works to free individual prisoners of conscience through legal, political, and public relations advocacy efforts. Freedom Now had originally submitted its application for consultative status with ECOSOC in 2010. The vote overturned the recommendation made by the NGO Committee - also by vote - at its 2015 Resumed Session. The last time the Council overturned a recommendation of the Committee was in 2012.

Additionally, the Council voted down a draft decision tabled not to grant the organization Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) special consultative status by a vote of 13 in favour to 16 against with 18 abstentions. This followed a recommendation by vote by the Committee to grant status to PRC.

At the session, the representative of the European Union and that of Mexico, speaking also on behalf of Chile and Uruguay, expressed strong concerns about the recent politicization of the work of the Committee.
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EVENTS

3-7 August: Fifth Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM)
As a formal inter-governmental mechanism, UN-GGIM is playing a leading role in setting the agenda and direction for the development of global geospatial information and in promoting its use to address key global challenges.

It is expected that the meeting of senior executives from national geospatial information authorities and geospatial experts will augur for a very important visioning and strategic event, which recognizes the critical role of geospatial information management and the need for strengthened collaboration and joined initiatives, to advance the development and use of geospatial data and tools to support global sustainability.

The United Nations Committee of Experts on GGIM welcomes the participation of Member States and relevant international organisations to its Fifth Session as it continues to move forward in fulfilling its mandate to enhance collaboration and support the use of geospatial information to promote sustainable development globally. The formal Committee Session, convened from 5-7 August 2015, will be preceded by a number of related side events from 3 to 4 August.
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25-27 September: United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda
The United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will be held from 25 to 27 September 2015, in New York and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly. Please note: General registration to attend the Summit is not yet open. Only special accreditation for NGOs not in consultative status with ECOSOC is open. If your organization is in consultative status with ECOSOC, on the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) Roster or accredited to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), you do not need to apply for special accreditation. Please stand by until general registration is opened.
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USEFUL LINKS

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http://www.un-ngls.org


UN Department of Public Information, NGO Relations
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OHCHR Civil Society Section
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OHCHR Civil Society Update Subscription
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AT YOUR SERVICE

Committee on NGOs Home Page
http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=80


How to Apply for Consultative Status 
http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=100


How to Submit a Quadrennial Report
http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=99


How to obtain a UN Grounds Pass 
http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=86


Ask a question on my organization's status 
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ECOSOC Resolution 1996/31 
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Learn how to participate in the work of the United Nations 
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