DESA NGO News — 30 June 2017

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15 June - 7 July: United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination
By resolution 71/258, the General Assembly decided to convene in 2017 a United Nations Conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. The Assembly encouraged all Member States to participate in the Conference and decided that it shall convene in New York with the participation and contribution of international organizations and civil society representatives. The Conference will be held in New York from 27 to 31 March and from 15 June to 7 July 2017.

3 - 28 July: 120th session - Human Rights Committee
At its forthcoming 120th session in Geneva, the Human Rights Committee will examine the efforts of the following seven countries to implement the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Honduras, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Mongolia, Pakistan, Swaziland, Switzerland. The Committee will also adopt lists of issues on the following countries: Lebanon, Liberia. The Committee will also adopt lists of issues prior to on the following countries: Peru, Chad, Czech Republic.

5 - 7 July: Eighth Working Session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing
The Eighth Working Session of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Ageing will be held from 5 to 7 July 2017 in Conference Room 4 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Participation of NGOs.

10 - 19 July: High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development
The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2017 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, will be held from Monday, 10 July, to Wednesday, 19 July 2017; including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Monday, 17 July, to Wednesday, 19 July 2017. The theme will be "Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world". The set of goals to be reviewed in depth will be the following:

In accordance with paragraph 84. of the 2030 Agenda, Member States have decided that the HLPF shall carry out regular voluntary reviews of the 2030 Agenda which will include developed and developing countries as well as relevant UN entities and other stakeholders. The reviews will be state-led, involving ministerial and other relevant high-level participants, and provide a platform for partnerships, including through the participation of major groups and other relevant stakeholders.

A preparatory meeting for representatives of major groups and other stakeholders will take place on 9 July. More information is available here:

DESA/DSD will host a side event in collaboration with the Major Groups and other Stakeholders HLPF Coordination Mechanism, which will consist of a dialogue between stakeholders and Voluntray National Review countries on 12 July.

As part of DESA/DSD's work in fostering partnerships for sustainable development, DSD is organizing the Partnership Exchange on 17 July ( and the SDG Business Forum on 18 July (
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17 - 20 July: ECOSOC High-level segment
The High-level Segment of the Economic and Social Council will be held from Monday, 17 July, to Thursday, 20 July, and includes the three days of ministerial-level meetings of the High-level Political Forum. The theme of the 2017 session of ECOSOC is: Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions through promoting sustainable development, expanding opportunities and addressing related challenges. On 20 July, two sessions will be held: the High-level Policy Dialogue with the International Financial and Trade Institutions and the thematic discussion. Held on an annual basis, the High-level Segment represents the culmination of ECOSOC's annual cycle of work and convenes a diverse group of high-level representatives from Government, the private sector, civil society and academia for policy dialogue, review and recommendations on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other internationally agreed development goals.

25 - 26 July: ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting
The Coordination and Management Meetings (CMM) will take place at United Nations Headquarters on 25-26 July 2017. The CMM have three main functions:
•The review of the reports of the Council’s subsidiary and expert bodies; these include the reports of all Functional Commissions, the Regional Commissions, the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, as well as expert and ad hoc bodies.
•The system-wide coordination and review of specific development issues, with a view to promoting a more integrated response to specific areas (for example, gender mainstreaming or non-communicable diseases).
•The consideration of special country situation or regional issues which are on the agenda of ECOSOC (including the work of its Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti).

1 August: Intergenerational Dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals
A United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Intergenerational Dialogues event will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, 1 August, 2017. The event will be titled “Intergenerational Dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals” and will be co-hosted by DPI and NGO/DPI Executive Committee. Registration is now open and will close on Monday, 24 July 2017 or when capacity is reached. Register via CSO Net using your organization's username and password. For further instructions, click here.

4 - 15 September: 13th Session, Committee on Enforced Disappearances, Geneva
At its forthcoming 13th session in September 2017 in Geneva, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances will examine the efforts of the following countries to implement the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance: Gabon and Lithuania. The Committee will also adopt lists of issues on the reports submitted by Albania, Austria and Honduras. To attend, please register here: More information:


Ocean Conference concludes with actions to restore ocean health, protect marine life
The first-ever United Nations summit on oceans wrapped up with a global agreement to reverse the decline of the ocean's health, raising the bar on global consciousness and awareness of the problem in the oceans.

The Ocean Conference concluded with the adoption by consensus of a 14-point Call for Action where the participating Heads of State and Government and senior representatives "affirm [our] strong commitment to conserve and sustainably use [our] oceans, seas and marine resources tor sustainable development."

The main points from the political document and the week's discussions will be part of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

In addition to the political Call for Action, participants – who also included thousands of civil society representatives, academics, artists, financial institutions and other practitioners and activists – pledged actions to conserve and sustainable use the oceans, seas and marine resources. By the end of the conference, more than 1,300 voluntary commitments had already been registered.


World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision
The current world population of 7.6 billion is expected to reach 8.6 billion in 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, according to "The World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision," launched on 21 June 2017. With roughly 83 million people being added to the world’s population every year, the upward trend in population size is expected to continue, even assuming that fertility levels will continue to decline.

The DESA report provides a comprehensive review of global demographic trends and prospects for the future. The information is essential to guide policies aimed at achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals.

Report of the Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development 2017
Continued slow global economic growth is likely to leave about 6.5 per cent of the world population extremely poor in 2030 without national actions supported by international cooperation, according to a new report issued by the United Nations on 22 May 2017. A continuation of the status quo would severely hamper efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The Goals call for eliminating poverty by 2030. According to the report, under current trends, least developed countries (LDCs) are likely to fall short by large margins.

World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2017
Growth in the global economy has picked up in the last six months in line with expectations, but in many regions, growth remains below the levels needed for rapid progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2017 report, launched on 16 May 2017 at UN Headquarters.



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