DESA NGO News — 1 August 2016

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19 September: UN General Assembly High-level Meeting to Address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants
On 19 September 2016, the General Assembly will hold a high-level meeting to respond to large movements of refugees and migrants.

The Secretary General’s report In Safety and Dignity: Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants (A70/59) provides a set of recommendations to improve the safety and dignity in large movements of both refugees and migrants, to adopt a global compact on responsibility-sharing for refugees, and to develop a global compact for safe, regular and orderly migration. Under each of the three “pillars”, the report spells out concrete actions to address the root causes of large-scale movements, to protect people on-the-move, and to facilitate safe, regular, orderly and responsible migration. The report also announces the launch of a global campaign to counter xenophobia.

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17 - 20 October: United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)
Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, taking place in Quito, Ecuador, 17–20 October 2016.

In Resolution 66/207 and in line with the bi-decennial cycle (1976, 1996 and 2016), the United Nations General Assembly decided to convene the Habitat III Conference to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization, to focus on the implementation of a New Urban Agenda, building on the Habitat Agenda of Istanbul in 1996. Member States of the General Assembly, decided that the objectives of the Conference are to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable urban development, assess accomplishments to date, address poverty, and identify and address new and emerging challenges. The Conference will result in a concise, focused, forward-looking, and action-oriented outcome document.

The Conference welcomes the participation and contributions of all Member States and relevant stakeholders, including parliamentarians, civil society organizations, regional and local government and municipality representatives, professionals and researchers, academia, foundations, women and youth groups, trade unions, and the private sector, as well as organizations of the United Nations system and intergovernmental organizations.

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ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting - Summary of discussions
On 25 July, the Council adopted by consensus almost all the draft decisions contained in the report of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations at its May session (E/2016/32 (Part II)). They included granting consultative status to 188 NGOs and closing the consideration of the request for consultative status made by 39 NGOs who had failed to respond to queries by the Committee.

However, the Council overwhelmingly voted in favour of two draft decisions tabled by the United States and Australia to grant status to two NGOs, citing the highly reputable work and credibility of both organizations and reversing the recommendations of the Committee.

The first draft (US) was on the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). It received 40 votes in favour, with 5 votes against and 6 abstentions. The second draft (Australia) was on Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR). It received 26 votes in favour, 7 votes against, and 13 abstentions.

In taking the floor after the adoption of these decisions, several member states expressed alarm at the increasing trend of limiting civil society participation in the United Nations system by a Committee that was established to promote civil society engagement. Several member states stated that the tactics used by several members of the Committee included blocking or delaying the applications of NGOs, particularly those working on human rights and LGBT issues, and deferring applications for several years in some cases.

In addition, the Council took note of the quadrennial reports of 335 NGOs; suspended the consultative status for 1 year of 158 organizations with outstanding quadrennial reports; reinstated the consultative status of 81 organizations that had submitted their outstanding quadrennial reports; and withdrew the consultative status of 85 organizations with continued outstanding quadrennial reports.

High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
The 2016 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which took place from 11 - 20 July 2016, concluded with the adoption of a declaration that committed ministers from around the world to leaving no one behind in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

During the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGoS) spoke a total of 116 times: 35 MGoS participated as lead discussants and moderators; 65 MGoS took the floor during the roundtable Q&As; 9 intervened during the national voluntary reviews to present coordinated positions; and 7 addressed the general debate. A total of 37 side events were organized by MGoS during the HLPF, along with those organized by Member States and the UN system. For the first time, the 2016 HLPF included a dedicated three-hour session with MGoS, held on Friday, 15 July. The session was designed by the HLPF Coordination Mechanism and included 12 MGoS as lead discussants and 7 Member States respondents. A record number of 1492 MGoS representatives registered to attend the Forum. Delivered statements and other pertinent information will be available on

Other news
His Excellency Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava was elected seventy-second President of ECOSOC on 28 July. Ambassador Shava is currently the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Zimbabwe to the United Nations in New York.

Applications for the 2016 UN-DESA Grant on Energy for Sustainable Development are being accepted until 15 August 2016. The Grant carries an award of one million US dollars for the winner. The thematic focus for the 2016 Grant is "Energy for Sustainable Transport". It seeks to advance sustainable development by encouraging scientific and technological innovations and fostering leadership initiatives and innovative actions that improve energy for sustainable transport, while addressing economic, social and environmental sustainability. (

DESA Publications

Global Sustainable Development Report 2016
Understanding of the scientific basis for action will be needed to achieve the ambitious and transformative goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, according to a new report issued by the United Nations during the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. Read more:

World Youth Report on Youth Civic Engagement
The responsibility for finding solutions to the problems affecting young people – such as unemployment, low representation in political processes, and social exclusion – lies largely with Governments, according to a United Nations report on youth engagement released on 15 July 2016. Read more:

Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016
Launching the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals report on the new global development agenda adopted last year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the 15-year undertaking is “off to a good start” but will require all parts of the UN family and its partners to work together. Read more:



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