DESA NGO News - June 2012

1 June 2012 | Version Française 

WELCOME to the June 2012 edition of DESA NGO News, a monthly service of the DESA NGO Branch of the United Nations, to keep you informed about news and upcoming UN events, and to be of service to your organization in ECOSOC consultative status. Visit us at for latest updates. Version française


31 May: Getting Ready for Rio: Over 500 On-Site Side Events at Rio+20 Announced
More than 500 on-site side events organized by Governments, Major Groups, Organizations from the UN system and other International Organizations will take place in RioCentro during Prepcom III (13-15 June), the Sustainable Development Dialogue Days (16-19 June) and the Summit (20-22 June). Over 18,000 representatives from Major Groups have registered. The deadline of 27 May 2012 for accreditatons has now passed. Confirmed participants must bring a confirmation letter. See website below for updates.
21 May: Cte on NGOs Opens, Recommending 35 organizations
The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations today recommended 35 entities for consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, and postponed consideration of 10 applications, as it resumed its 2012 session. General, special and roster status is granted in accordance with such criteria as the applicants’ mandate, governance and financial status. The official report of the session is due to be adopted on 8 June.
7 May: Work remains to realize rights of indigenous peoples
Five years after the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted, a great deal remains to be done to realize the objectives contained in that landmark document, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said today. “We continue to hear stories of struggles and exploitation of indigenous peoples around the world. It is time for those stories to change,” Ms. Migiro said at the opening of the 11th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, at UN Headquarters in New York on 7 May. Almost 2,000 indigenous participants from all regions of the world are taking part in the two-week session, engaging with members of the Forum, Member States and UN agencies on advancing the rights and well-being of indigenous peoples, who number some 370 million worldwide. “Let us instead move towards the day when indigenous peoples are heard, listened to and empowered,” said Ms Migiro.
4 May: UN forum studies the problem of youth unemployment
One of the key markers in a young person's life is getting their first "real" job. But many young people around the world say this is becoming more and more difficult. They shared their views and experiences at the UN on Friday during a forum addressing the challenges of youth in finding decent employment. The event was organized by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and its outcome will be shared at the upcoming Rio+20 conference in Brazil.


29 May - 15 June: 60th session, Committee on the Rights of the Child, Geneva
The Committee will consider the following State reports during the session: Algeria, Australia, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and Vietnam. It will also review by reports on Australia, Greece and Nepal under its Optional Protocols. The Committee on the Rights of the Child, in reviewing reports submitted by States Parties, accepts submissions by non-governmental organisations on the implementation of the Convention and the Optional Protocols on reporting States. See link below for details on this procedure.

20-22 June: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)
Organized to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, the Conference will include Heads of State and Government to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging challenges. IMPORTANT: Required pre-registration of accredited groups closed on 27 May 2012. Click the link below to find out more.

2-27 July: 2012 ECOSOC Substantive Session
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. Full details on the session are on the page below.

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.

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.

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.


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