DESA NGO News — 3 April 2017

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EVENTS

20 March - 12 April: 2017 ECOSOC e-Discussion
The e-Discussion will address the 2017 theme of the Economic and Social Council, “Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions through promoting sustainable development, expanding opportunities and addressing related challenges”. Stakeholders, experts, practitioners and policy-makers from all over the world are invited to engage in this global dialogue. It is co-organized by UN DESA and UNDP. Join the discussion at: https://www.globaldevhub.org/ECOSOC-2017
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3 - 7 April: 50th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD50)
The 50th session of the Commission on Population and Development will be held at United Nations Headquarters from 3-7 April 2017. Chaired by the Ambassador of Qatar, the session will provide Member States with the the opportunity to discuss issues related to the special theme of the session "Changing population age structures and sustainable development". They will also engage in informal consultations on a draft resolution on the special theme and draft decisions.

This year, the Commission is celebrating its 50th session as well as the 70th anniversary of the first session of its predecessor, the Population Commission, which met for the first time in 1947. Representatives of non-governmental organizations had the opportunity to submit written statements and will be given the floor to make oral presentations. The session will be webcast live on UN WebTV. For the latest information on the upcoming session, please go to: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/commission/sessions/2017/index.shtml
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24 - 28 April: The 16th session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA)
The 16th session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will be held from 24 to 28 April 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters, in New York.

The main issue for discussion will be “Ensuring effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals: leadership, action and means.” The five sub-issues will be:

1. Understanding the needs of local authorities and communities and supporting and equipping them for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals;
2. Institutional leadership and the Sustainable Development Goals;
3. Institutional arrangements for the Sustainable Development Goals;
4. Development of principles of effective governance;
5. Strategies for integrated action to achieve poverty eradication: implications for public institutions

To register for this meeting please click here: http://bit.ly/CEPA16. For more information on the event please visit https://publicadministration.un.org/en/CEPA.

Live webcast will be available.
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24 April - 5 May: 16th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII16)
The 16th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII16) will take place at UN Headquarters in New York from 24 April to 5 May 2017. More than 1,000 indigenous participants are expected to attend the Session, making it not only one of the most culturally diverse United Nations meetings, but also one of the largest public gatherings at the United Nations Head Quarters every year. The Special Theme this year is: “Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: measures taken to implement the Declaration”. The Declaration, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 September 2007, was a historical achievement after more than 25 years of negotiations. To learn more about UNPFII16 and on how to participate, please visit: http://bit.ly/unpfii16
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24 April - 12 May: 92nd Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)
The 92nd Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) will be taking place from 24 April to 12 May 2017 at Palais Wilson, Geneva. The Committee will consider the below mentioned State parties reports during its 92nd session: Armenia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, Kenya, Republic of Moldova.
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1 - 5 May: Twelfth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF12)
The Twelfth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF12) will be held in New York, from 1-5 May 2017. The Forum welcomes the participation of the nine major groups as identified in Chapter 23 of Agenda 21, including: women, children and youth, indigenous people, non-governmental organizations, local authorities, workers and trade unions, business and industry, scientific and technological communities, farmers and small forest landowners.

Major groups organizations that are accredited with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and the former Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) are encouraged to participate in sessions of the Forum. Please register here: http://bit.ly/UNFF12_Reg

Organizations that are NOT accredited to ECOSOC or CSD may attend as part of the delegation of their country or as part of the delegation of an accredited organization. Please consult our FAQs for further information in this case. For more information see: https://www.un.org/esa/forests/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/UNFF12_Info_Note.pdf
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2 - 12 May: First Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)
The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will hold its first session from 2 to 12 May 2017 at the Vienna International Centre. This meeting is the first of three sessions that will be held prior to the 2020 Review Conference.
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8 - 9 May: First Thematic Session of the United Nations General Assembly Preparatory Process for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration
In accordance with United Nations General Assembly resolution 71/1, the "New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants," a preparatory process will soon begin for the intergovernmental negotiations of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, to be adopted at an intergovernmental conference on international migration in 2018.

As part of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, the President of the General Assembly (PGA) will organize a series of informal thematic sessions between April 2017 and November 2017, as well as four days of informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings between April 2017 and June 2018.

The first thematic session on "Human rights of all migrants" will be held in Geneva on 8-9 May 2017. This thematic session will focus on the human rights of all migrants, social inclusion, cohesion, and all forms of discrimination, including racism, xenophobia and intolerance. Registration for the thematic session for representatives of organizations accredited through the special accreditation process and of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC will open shortly.
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8 - 10 May: 2017 Integration Segment of ECOSOC
The 2017 Integration Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will take place from 8 to 10 May 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Segment will be chaired by His Excellency Mr. Nabeel Munir, Vice-President of ECOSOC (Pakistan). The Segment will address the theme “Making eradication of poverty an integral objective of all policies: what will it take?”

The 2017 ECOSOC Integration Segment will serve as a platform for key stakeholders to identify and discuss opportunities and challenges in developing integrated approaches to tackle poverty in a sustained, inclusive and sustainable manner. The meeting will consider best practices, lessons learned and recommendations at the national, regional and international levels, with a view to extract policy recommendations to guide integrated policymaking for poverty eradication as an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Its proceedings will be available for consideration by Member States in the 2017 ECOSOC High-level Segment and the 2017 High-level political forum under the auspices of ECOSOC, to take place in July 2017. Relevant policy recommendations may be reflected in the Ministerial Declaration as the main outcome document at the culmination of the ECOSOC cycle.

For more information, please visit the 2017 Integration Segment website: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/node/984039.
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15 - 16 May: Second Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs
The second annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on May 15 and 16, 2017. The following topic may be considered for the STI Forum 2017: "Science, Technology and Innovation for a Changing World - Focus on SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, and 14". All representatives of Major Groups and other Stakeholders who wish to attend the Forum must register by completing a dedicated registration form at: https://goo.gl/UFU7CW (Deadline: 14 April 2017). More information about registration is available at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/TFM/STIForum/Registration
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22 - 25 May: 2017 Financing for Development (FfD) Forum
The second FfD Forum will be convened by the President of ECOSOC from 22 to 25 May 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Building on the inaugural FfD Forum, which devoted particular attention to setting up the monitoring framework for the follow-up to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (Addis Agenda), the 2017 Forum is expected to provide impetus for the implementation of FfD outcomes and the delivery of means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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22 - 31 May: 2017 Resumed Session of the Commitee on NGOs
At its 2017 Resumed Session, the Committee on NGOs will consider new applications for status by NGOs as well as applications deferred from earlier sessions. It will also review quadrennial reports of NGOs in general or special consultative status. The Committee is expected to meet again on 12 June 2017 to adopt its report of the session. This session's recommendations will be sent to the Economic and Social Council for its approval in July 2017.
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31 May: 2017 Special Meeting of ECOSOC on "Innovations in Infrastructure Development and Promoting Sustainable Industrialization"
The President of ECOSOC will highlight the relevance of industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG-9) to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda by convening a Special Meeting of the Council on 31 May 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. Resilient infrastructure and sustainable industrialization are key enablers of poverty eradication and can promote inclusion, connectivity and equality within societies. However, it can be complex and expensive to develop, especially in countries in Africa and countries in special situations.

The Special Meeting will aim to bring the challenges involved to the attention of national, regional and international actors, and to forge solutions to bridge the gaps in infrastructure and industrialization across countries. This is an initiative supported by a range of UN entities including FAO, OHRLLS, OSAA, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNECA, UNHABITAT, UNIDO and WIPO, and engaging other organizations such as the African Development Bank, the Africa Union, NEPAD and representatives from academia, civil society and the private sector.
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5 - 9 June: United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
A high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened in New York, from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The Conference will be co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden.

The Conference shall comprise plenary meetings, partnership dialogues and a special event commemorating World Oceans Day. The Conference shall adopt by consensus a concise, focused, intergovernmentally agreed declaration in the form of a "Call for Action" to support the implementation of Goal 14 and a report containing the co-chairs’ summaries of the partnership dialogues, as well as a list of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Goal 14, to be announced at the Conference.
For more information: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/oceans/SDG14Conference
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13 - 15 June: 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP10) will take place from 13 to 15 June 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. The COSP has grown to be one of the world's largest and most diverse disability meetings. The main theme of COSP10 is: “The Second Decade of the CRPD: Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the implementation of the Convention” along with three sub-themes.

A day prior to the opening of the main Conference, a Civil Society Forum will be organized by NGOs. Online registration for NGOs in Consultative Status with ECOSOC and for NGOs Accredited to the COSP is currently open (15 March to 2 June). Accreditation for new NGOs (1 April to 5 May) and the application for side-events (1 April to 15 May) is now also open. This year, opportunities for a free exhibit table will be available for Accredited NGOs and other stakeholders. More information is available on the UN Enable website at: http://bit.ly/crpd_cosp10.

Please note that due to logistical and other considerations, the approval of NGO participant registrations may be limited to those whose work is directly linked to the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for persons with disabilities. Email: enable@un.org.

Subscribe to the UN Enable newsletter for updates: http://bit.ly/unenablenewsletter.
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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. https://www.un.org/disarmament/ptnw/ngo.html
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NEWS

UN General Assembly Preparatory Process for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration
In accordance with United Nations General Assembly resolution 71/1, the "New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants," a preparatory process will soon begin for the intergovernmental negotiations of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, to be adopted at an intergovernmental conference on international migration in 2018.

As part of the preparatory process, the President of the General Assembly (PGA) will organize a series of informal thematic sessions between April 2017 and November 2017, as well as four days of informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings between April 2017 and June 2018.

As a first step toward the participation of relevant stakeholders in the process, the PGA has requested UN-NGLS, UN DESA, UN University and UN Global Compact to facilitate a process for non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, diaspora organizations, migrant organizations, academic institutions, and private sector entities that are not in consultative status with UN ECOSOC to apply for special accreditation to the preparatory process.

The deadline for special accreditation of organizations is 9 April 2017. Organizations that are NOT in consultative status with UN ECOSOC that wish to participate in the informal thematic sessions and/or informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings must apply for special accreditation to the preparatory process using the form: http://bit.ly/GCM-Prep-Process-Special-Accreditation-Apply
Registration of individual representatives of organizations accredited through this process, as well as representatives of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC will open shortly.
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2017 ECOSOC High-Level Segment - Open Call for Oral and Written Statements (3 - 21 April 2017)
The Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs is pleased to announce an open call for oral and written statements for the 2017 ECOSOC High-Level Segment (HLS) for NGOs in ECOSOC consultative status. The open call will be held from 3 to 21 April 2017.

The theme for the 2017 session of the Economic and Social Council is “Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions through promoting sustainable development, expanding opportunities and addressing related challenges”.

The HLS will be held from 17 to 20 July 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This is a unique opportunity for organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC - and for civil society at large - to be heard at ECOSOC deliberations, as well as to contribute to issues of critical concern to the global development agenda. It will also provide a platform to address specifically, steps toward implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to track progress at all levels and ensure that no one is left behind.

The HLS includes the three-day ministerial meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF), convened under the auspices of the Council. For information about the High-level Political Forum please click here.
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2017 World Autism Awareness Day
The World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) will be celebrated worldwide on 2 April under the theme: "Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination". Autism is a lifelong neurological condition that manifests during early childhood, irrespective of gender, race or socio-economic status. The WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe. For more information, please visit: http://www.un.org/en/events/autismday/2017/events.shtml.

EGM Enhancing MGoS Engagement in National Level Reviews
On 25 and 26 March 2017, the DESA Division for Sustainable Development organized an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) in Bogota, Colombia entitled "Enhancing MGoS Engagement in National Level Reviews." Major Groups and other Stakeholders, along with invited experts and member states, discussed how to ensure their effective participation and contribution the process of voluntary national reviews at the national level. DSD funded the participation of nine experts to this meeting, who were selected by the MGoS HLPF Coordination Mechanism (more information here). The EGM produced an outcome document which can be found here.

Webinar for MGoS on the Technology Facilitation Mechanism
On 29 March, 2017, DESA/DSD hosted a webinar for major groups and other stakeholders (MGoS) on the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) and Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Forum. Around 20 MGoS colleagues attended. After opening remarks by DSD/PAB, Ms. Elenita (Neth) Daño from the ETC Group and member of the 10-member advisory group made a presentation. After the presentation, a lively discussion took place among the participants regarding collaboration at the upcoming STI Forum.

Upcoming workshop for national major groups and other stakeholders in Santiago, Chile
On 7 April, 2017 in Santiago, Chile, DESA/DSD and UNDP Chile are organising a workshop for national major groups and other stakeholders (MGoS) around the follow-up and review process of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This year, Chile has volunteered to undertake its voluntary national review (VNR) towards the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF). This workshop presents an opportune moment to build the capacity of Chilean MGoS around the review process, as well as help them engage in the work of their country's VNR as a whole. The workshop will take place at the Celso Furtado Auditorium at ECLAC in Santiago.

Call for proposals for side events at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
DESA/DSD is now inviting proposals for side events to be organized during the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development by Member States, UN system and major groups and other stakeholders. For further details please see the HLPF website at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf. Please note that the deadline for submitting proposals is 10 May 2017.

Accessibility and Inclusion: Moral Sense, Business Sense and Common Sense
During the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) a special event on ‘Accessible Cities and the Needs of Women with Disabilities and Older Women’, took place on 15 March at United Nations Headquarters. As women with disabilities and older women try to meet basic needs of life, they face multiple levels discrimination and exclusion based on an intersection of their age, gender, vulnerability and lack of assistance of care. This reality is particularly true for those women with disabilities and older women who live in urban areas where cities are fast paced and constantly expanding. Ms. Astrid Hurley from DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development, highlighted the many roles women with disabilities fill in society: mothers; daughters; sisters; doctors; teachers; and many more. Given these diverse and critical contributions, accessible cites do not only serve to meet the needs of women with disabilities, but also promises a better and more fruitful society for all. In other words, accessibility and inclusion make moral sense, business sense and common sense. To learn more about this event, please visit: http://bit.ly/unsdn-accessibility-inclusion

DESA PUBLICATIONS

2016 Civil Society Participation Evaluation Report
UNDESA Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) launched the 2016 Civil Society Participation Evaluation Report based on a CSocD54 post-participation survey, that asked registered representatives about the quality of their participation. The 54th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD54) took place from 3-12 February 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, under the priority theme “Rethinking and Strengthening Social Development in the Contemporary World”. To read the report, please visit: http://bit.ly/2016dspd-csoreport

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