DESA NGO News – 30 June 2014

 

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NEWS

 

2014 Resumed session of the Committee on NGOs

The 2014 Resumed Session of the Committee on NGOs took place from 19 to 28 May and 6 June (to adopt its report), reviewing a total of 343 applications (including 192 applications that had been deferred from previous sessions), 3 reclassifications and 164 quadrennial reports.

 

A total of 158 applications were recommended for consultative status with ECOSOC.  The Committee closed, without prejudice, the consideration of 29 applications. Pending receipt of answers to questions posed by the members, the Committee deferred a total of 158 applications to its next session.

 

The Committee took note of a total of 129 quadrennial reports submitted by NGOs in Special and General consultative status. Pending clarifications, the Committee deferred a total of 35 reports to its next session due to objections and questions by delegations. The Committee also dealt with the issue of organizations that had failed to submit their quadrennial report in due time, as stated in ECOSOC resolution 2008/4. Out of the 153 organizations that were previously suspended of their consultative status for one year, due to their failure to submit a quadrennial report, 21 organizations had submitted a report within the year they were suspended and will be re-instated by ECOSOC in July 2014 and three submitted their reports late and will be considered in 2015 but will still remain on the active list of NGOs in status. The rest, 129 organizations, will have their consultative status withdrawn, as stated in the resolution 2008/4. These organizations may re-apply after three years.  Furthermore, 106 organizations will have their consultative status suspended for one year – starting in July 2014 - due to non submission of their quadrennial report.

 

The report of the Committee (E/2014/32 (part II), which contains the above recommendations, is expected to be taken up by ECOSOC at its next Coordination and Management Meeting, on 15 July 2014.

 

Registration open for World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Registration is now open (http://esango.un.org/irene/?page=viewContent&nr=24343&type=8&section=8) for the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, which will take place on 22 September and on the afternoon of 23 September 2014 at UN Headquarters in New York according to resolutions A/RES/65/198 and A/RES/66/296.

 

Registration is open for: Organizations and institutions of indigenous peoples; non-governmental organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC; relevant non-governmental and civil society organizations, academic institutions, national human rights institutions and the private sector.

 

The World Conference shall result in a concise, action-oriented outcome document, taking account of the views of both Member States and indigenous peoples.

 

The conference Outcome Document should contribute to the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples, pursue the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and promote the achievement of all internationally agreed development goals. 

 

 

EVENTS

 

2014 ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meetings

The proposed allocation of agenda items for the 2014 ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meetings is now available online.

 

30 June – 9 July: High-Level Political Forum

One critical outcome of the Rio+20 Conference was the decision to establish a universal intergovernmental high-level political forum on sustainable development.

http://csonet.org/?page=view&nr=212&type=13&menu=14

 

7-11 July: ECOSOC High-Level Segment

The High-level Segment at United Nations Headquarters will focus on a broad range of issues at the heart of the UN development agenda.

http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=247&type=13&menu=14

 

10 July: International Day of Cooperatives Panel Discussion

To celebrate the International Day of Cooperatives this year, UNDESA-DSPD in partnership with the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC) will organize a panel discussion on "Cooperative enterprises achieve sustainable development for all" on 10 July 2014 from 10am to 1pm in conference room 3 (CB) at UN Headquarters, New York.

http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=265&type=13&menu=14

 

14-15 July: Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction - Prepcom I

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.

http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=261&type=13&menu=14

 

14-18 July: Thirteenth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

The intergovernmental Open Working Group on sustainable development goals called for in the Rio+20 Outcome Document will convene its thirteenth meeting on 14-18 July 2014. Participation of Major Groups is open for NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC.

http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=264&type=13&menu=14

 

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.

http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=259&type=13&menu=14

 

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. 

http://csonet.org/?page=view&nr=213&type=13&menu=14

 

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.

http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=263&type=13&menu=14

 

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.

http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=260&type=13&menu=14

 

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.

http://csonet.org/?page=view&nr=214&type=13&menu=14

 

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.
http://csonet.org/?page=view&nr=215&type=13&menu=14

 

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.

http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=262&type=13&menu=14

 

 

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How to Apply for Consultative Status 

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