DESA NGO News - July 2012

1 July 2012 | Version Française 

SPECIAL SECTION: 2012 ECOSOC Annual Session, 2-9 July 2012, New York

The 2012 session of ECOSOC will be held in New York from 2 to 27 July. The session will open with the Annual Ministerial Review from 2 to 3 July, followed by the Development Cooperaton Forum from 5 to 6 July. The Coordination Segment will be held from 10 to 12 July, followed by meetings on operational activities from 13 to 17 July. The humanitarian segment is from 18 to 20 July. The General segment, including the consideration of two reports of the Committee on NGOs, will be from 23 to 27 July.

2-3 July: Annual Ministerial Review
The 2012 session will kick off on Monday 2 July with the 2012 Annual Ministerial Review (AMR). It will focus on the theme “Promoting productive capacity, employment and decent work to eradicate poverty in the context of inclusive, sustainable and equitable economic growth at all levels for achieving the MDGs”. Decent work and promoting productive capacity are central to poverty eradication, the achievement of the MDGs and equitable, inclusive and sustainable development. The global economic and financial crisis exacerbated pre-existing challenges to the achievement of full employment and decent work in both developing and developed countries. Therefore, the 2012 AMR provides an important opportunity for ECOSOC to put a spotlight on economic growth models that promote job creation, are sustainable, inclusive and equitable and can be tailored to the particular needs of countries, while promoting also social protection and rights at work. Nine countries - Algeria, Brazil, Ecuador, Kenya, Mauritius, Qatar, Russia, Senegal and Ukraine - will make National Voluntary Presentations (NVPs) during the 2012 AMR session.  The AMR is a function of the Council mandated by Heads of State and Government at the 2005 World Summit. It consists of three main elements: A global review of the United Nations development agenda, a thematic review, and a series of national voluntary presentations of both developing and developed countries on their progress in implementing internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). During roundtable discussions, presentations and a general debate participants have the opportunity to learn from leading policy makers, practitioners and academics. Participants include Member States, UN System Organizations and other major institutional stakeholders, as well as non-governmental organizations, private sector representatives and academics.
http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/amr2012.shtml

5-6 July: Development Cooperation Forum
The second part of the high-level sgement will be the 2012 UN Development Cooperation Forum (DCF). It will meet on 5 and 6 July at the UN headquarters in New York.  It will bring together policymakers, civil society organizations, Members of Parliaments, local authorities and foundations. The Forum reviews development cooperation trends.  It allows building greater coherence among various development actors.  It debates ways to improve the quality and effectiveness of development cooperation and to increase its impact on development goals.  The 2012 DCF meets as development cooperation is in flux.  Different actors and new ways of doing things are gaining in importance.  A fortnight after the Rio+20 conference, there is broad agreement that development  has to be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.  This is important three years before 2015, the target date for the MDGs, when the United Nations Development Agenda for the coming years is being defined.  At the same time, political uncertainty and economic hardship continue to dominate many development scenarios around the globe.  Prospects for development cooperation are highly uncertain. The 2012 DCF will address a few issues where it can advance common understanding among countries and stakeholders to help international negotiations and spur country-level progress. Informality and frankness are the hallmark of DCF debates.  Interactive plenary sessions and special policy dialogues will bring together Ministers of Planning, Finance, Development Cooperation and Foreign Affairs with Executive Heads of international organizations, private companies and foundations, parliamentarians, local governments, civil society representatives and media representatives. The forum will end with a forward looking session on partnering for the future of development. 
http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/julyhls/dcf12.shtml

2-27 July: List of Side Events
In addition to the official programme, a number of side events are being organized by member states and civil society around the High-Level Segment of ECOSOC. See link below for an overview in PDF format.
http://csonet.org/?page=view&nr=107&type=13&menu=14

10-12 July: Coordination Segment
This segment is expected to focus on the preparations of the GA review of UN system operational activities for development (QCPR).  Its deliberations will in particular inform the report of the SG on recommendations for the QCPR, which serve as a basis for GA negotiations. The segment is also the place where Council exercises oversight of the funds and programmes and UN Women – which are “under the authority of the Council” ( A/RES/48/162 ). As in the past, the Segment will include an opening session, thematic panels, a dialogue with Executive Heads of funds, programmes and UN women as well as a general debate.
http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/julyhls/cs2012.shtml

13-17 July: Operational Activities
This year’s Operational Segment is expected to focus on the preparations of the GA review of UN system operational activities for development (QCPR).  Its deliberations will in particular inform the report of the SG on recommendations for the QCPR, which serve as a basis for GA negotiations. The segment is also the place where Council exercises oversight of the funds and programmes and UN Women – which are “under the authority of the Council” ( A/RES/48/162 ). As in the past, the Segment will include an opening session, thematic panels, a dialogue with Executive Heads of funds, programmes and UN women as well as a general debate. The panels and general debate will focus on the important themes identified in the QCPR preparations.
http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/julyhls/oa2012.shtml
 
18-20 July: Humanitarian Segment
This year’s Segment will take place from 18 to 20 July 2012 in New York and include two high-level panel discussions on two operational challenges for humanitarian coordination and assistance. In the margins, many interesting side-events will provide Member State with up to date information on current humanitarian issues, initiatives and challenges as highlighted by humanitarian partners. The annual, informal ECOSOC event on the transition from relief to development also constitutes an important opportunity to discuss the issues of transition and early recovery.
http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/julyhls/has2012.shtml

23-27 July: General segment
The general segment, to be held from 23 to 27 July 2012, will review agenda items on a wide range of issues pertaining to the work of the United Nations system in the field of development. Importantly, it will review two reports of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations on its 2012 regular and resumed sessions. this review is scheduled for 23 July 2012. More information on these reports is at this page: http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=80
http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/julyhls/gs2012.shtml

MORE EVENTS

2-27 July: Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)
The international community has voiced concern about the absence of globally agreed standards for all States to guide their decisions on arms transfers. That is why United Nations Member States have decided to convene a Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in July 2012 in New York. The Conference is expected to result in the adoption of a legally binding treaty that will establish common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms. The process towards an ATT was launched in December 2006 when the General Assembly adopted resolution 61/89. During a Preparatory Committee process leading to the Conference, Member States engaged in discussions on the possible structure and contents (elements) of the treaty, such as (i) guiding principles; (ii) goals and objectives; (iii) scope; (iv) criteria and parameters that would guide decisions on transfers; and (v) implementation and application. The ATT process is the first treaty in the field of conventional arms trade being negotiated in the framework of the United Nations. As such, it is an historic endeavour.
http://www.un.org/disarmament/ATT/

9-27 July: 52nd session, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
The 52nd session of CEDAW will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in Conference Room 3 NLB (North Lawn Building). The Comittee will review reports on the following States parties: Bahamas, Bulgaria, Guyana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand and Samoa. All observers wishing to attend the session must be duly registered. Representatives of non-governmental organizations wishing to attend the session should register online and follow the instructions from the page below.
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/cedaws52.htm

9-27 July: 105th session, Human Rights Committee, Geneva
The Committee will consider the following reports and country situations during the session: Armenia, Iceland, Kenya, Lithuania, Maldives. Country Report Task Forces will consider and adopt list of issues on Angola, China-Macao, Germany, Haiti and Peru. Task Forces will consider and adopt list of issues on reports submitted by Afghanistan, Croatia, Israel, New Zealand and San Marino. Representatives of non-governmental organizations wishing to attend the session should register online and follow the instructions for registration and for obtaining a ground pass from the page below.
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrc/hrcs105.htm

24 September: High-Level GA Meeting on the Rule of Law
The High-Level Meeting of the 67th Session of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 24 September 2012. This is a unique occasion for all Member States, NGOs and civil society represented at the highest level, to discuss and agree a forward-looking agenda on strengthening the rule of law. The President of the General Assembly is compiling a list of NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, as well as a list of civil society organizations, active in the field of the rule of law, who wish to participate in the high-level meeting. In addition, a limited number of representatives of NGOs active in the field of rule of law will be invited to speak. The President of the General Assembly is therefore requesting that any NGOs in consultative status with the ECOSOC, and any civil society organizations, active in the field of the rule of law, which may wish to participate or speak at the High-Level Meeting on the Rule of Law. The closing date is 9 July 2012.
http://unrol.org

NEWS

27 June: UN senior officials highlight Rio+20 achievements
United Nations senior officials today highlighted the achievements made during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) held last week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, stressing that they represent a global movement of change in which governments, the private sector and civil society all contribute to achieve global prosperity while protecting the environment. “Let me be clear. Rio+20 was a success,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a General Assembly meeting on the outcome of the Conference. “In Rio, we saw the further evolution of an undeniable global movement for change.”
http://www.uncsd2012.org/index.php?page=view&nr=1308&type=230&menu=38

22 June: The Future We Want
On 22 June, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, held at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, came to a close and adopted the outcome document entitled "The Future We Want." Nearly 11,000 major group representatives attended the event, with many more taking part in numerous side events. Full details on the event, including the outcome document, are found on the link below.
http://www.uncsd2012.org/

8 June: Committee on NGOs Adopts its 2012 Resumed Session Report
At a brief meeting on Friday, 8 June, the Committee adopted the report of its 2012 resumed session. The Ecnonomic and Social Council is expected to review this report, as well as the Committee's report of its 2012 regular session, on 23 July 2012 in New York (see news item above). An advance unedited version is available below.
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