DESA NGO News - 20 May 2013
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General Assembly reviews efforts to combat human trafficking

Policy-makers put human trafficking on center stage today at a High Level Meeting of the General Assembly chaired by the President of the GA Vuk Jeremic and in the presence of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The event was attended by 85 states, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Mira Sorvino, as well as representatives from civil society. Ten years after the entry into force of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Trafficking in Persons Protocol, and three years after the adoption of the Global Plan of Action to combat human trafficking, Member States gathered in New York to review progress and to map out a strategy for the future. Human trafficking is a crime that stretches across the globe with millions of victims, although much of it remains hidden. "We are dealing with a  crime of the 21st Century: adaptive, cynical, sophisticated; existing in developed and developing countries alike" said UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov at the opening of the high level meeting.
http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2013/May/general-assembly-reviews-efforts-to-combat-human-trafficking.html?ref=fs3

Final Report of High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda to be released on 31 May
The final report of the High Level Panel will be submitted to the UN Secretary General on 30 May and will be publicly available through the Panel’s website on 31 May 2013. An outreach event with stakeholders is proposed for 31 May in New York, and will be followed by regional and national launch events held across the globe. Further details will be made available by the Panel Secretariat and posted to the HLP website.
http://www.post2015hlp.org/outreach/

Last days to apply for ECOSOC consultative status in order to be considered by the 2014 Committee on NGOs
1 June 2013 is the last day for non-governmental organizations to apply for Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) consultative status in order to have an opportunity to take part in UN deliberations. ECOSOC consultative status is governed by ECOSOC resolution 1996/31, which outlines the eligibility requirements for consultative status, rights and obligations of NGOs in consultative status, procedures for the withdrawal or suspension of consultative status, the role and functions of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, and the responsibilities of the UN Secretariat in supporting the consultative relationship. Consultative status is granted by ECOSOC upon recommendation of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, which is comprised of 19 Member States.
http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=34

 

UN convenes meeting on role of technology and innovation for sustainable development
Senior United Nations officials, policymakers, civil society representatives and other stakeholders gathered today at UN Headquarters in New York for a special Economic and Social Council forum on mobilizing science, technology and innovation for sustainable development.  “Science, technology and innovation hold great potential as tools and enable to integrate the three dimensions of sustainable development,” said the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo. “They can be used to promote health, increase productivity, improve the efficiency of resource use, and reduce negative human impacts on the environment. They will be critical to tackling some of the major sustainable development challenges of this century. These include providing food security to a growing population, eradicating poverty and tackling climate change.” Attended by policymakers, key stakeholders and UN system representatives, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Integration Meeting seeks to follow-up on the commitments made by world leaders at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June last year.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=44895

 

Call for nominations - 2013 United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights invites all civil society organizations to nominate an individual or organization for the 2013 United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights. The prize will be awarded at an event at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 10 December 2013, as part of the annual commemoration of the Human Rights Day. The United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights has been awarded in 1973, 1978, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and in 2008. The prize is honorary in nature and is awarded approximately every five years to individuals and organizations in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of human rights. A special committee has been entrusted by the General Assembly with the selection of laureates from nominations sought from Member States, specialized agencies and nongovernmental organizations in consultative status, and from other appropriate sources. The Prize is an opportunity not only to give public recognition to the achievements of the awardees themselves, but also to send a clear message to human rights defenders the world over that the international community is grateful for, and supports, their tireless efforts to promote all human rights for all.
http://csonet.org/content/documents/unphr2013.pdf

 

Over 400 applications to be considered by the 2013 resumed session of Committee on NGOs
The 2013 session of the Committee on NGOs will review a record number of 246 new and 180 deferred applications for consultative status by NGOs, as well as quadrennial reports of NGOs already in status. An information note for participants provides details on the link below.
http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=80

 

Stronger joint action of UN, international financial institutions urged at development forum
Poverty reduction, trade growth and job creation require greater coordination between the United Nations and the Bretton Woods institutions, the head of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today urged at the opening of a special high-level meeting on sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda.  Given the current high unemployment, geopolitical tensions and the possibility of a climate shock, there was a need for “more forceful and concerted policy actions at both national and international levels to mitigate major risks and ensure a stronger and sustained economic recovery,” ECOSOC President, Néstor Osorio said.  The meeting in New York, under the theme of ‘Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of financing for sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda’, brought ECOSOC together with the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=44720

 

UN forum endorses measures to improve sustainable forest management
The United Nations Forum on Forests concluded its tenth session in Istanbul in the early hours of 13 April, after agreeing on a series of measures to improve the sustainable management of forests, and deciding to consider setting up a voluntary global fund to support this endeavour. The Forum, which met for the first time away from UN Headquarters in New York, adopted two resolutions as it wrapped up its two-week session, one on forests and economic development ­– the main theme of the session – and the other on financing.  Recognizing the vital role of forests to lives and livelihoods, the 197 member countries of the Forum called on national governments to take a range of actions to improve sustainable forest management, from substantive data collection to addressing the causes of deforestation and forests degradation.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=44713

UPCOMING EVENTS

20-31 May 2013: 12th session, Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The twelfth Session of the Permanent Forum will be held at UN Headquarters, New York in May 2013. It will be a review year of the Forum. A provisional agenda of the session is posted on the page below.
http://social.un.org/index/IndigenousPeoples/UNPFIISessions/Twelfth.aspx


20-29 May 2013: 2013 resumed session, Committee on NGOs

The 2013 resumed session of the Committee on NGOs will meet from 20 to 29 May 2013. It is expected to adopt its report in early June 2013.
http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=80


22-24 May: Third Session, Open-Ended Working Group on SDGs

The intergovernmental Open Working Group on sustainable development goals called for in the Rio+20 Outcome Document will convene its third meeting on 22 – 24 May 2013. The meeting will be broadcasted through United Nations webcast.
http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&nr=437&type=13&menu=1634


31 May: Release of the Final Report of High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The final report of the High Level Panel will be submitted to the UN Secretary General on 30 May and will be publicly available through the Panel’s website on 31 May 2013. An outreach event with stakeholders is proposed for 31 May in New York, and will be followed by regional and national launch events held across the globe. Further details will be made available by the Panel Secretariat and posted to the HLP website.

http://www.post2015hlp.org/outreach/


12 June: High-Level Thematic Debate on Culture and Development

The President of the General Assembly will convene a High-Level Thematic Debate on Culture and Development on 12 June 2013.
http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/67/


26 June: Thematic debate on Entrepreneurship for Development

A thematic debate on Entrepreneurship for Development will be held under the guidance of the Office of the President of the General Assembly. See link below for details.
http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/67/


1-4 July: AMR: Science, technology and innovation (STI) and culture for sustainable development and the MDGs

In 2013, the Annual Ministerial Review of ECOSOC will put a spotlight on the role of science, technology and innovation, and the potential of culture – and related national and international policies – in promoting sustainable development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Indeed, science, technology and innovation can play a critical role in each and every MDG. A set of regional preparatory meetings is being organized to prepare for the session.
http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/amr2013.shtml

8 July: GA Thematic debate on Inequality
On 8 July, a thematic debate on inequality will be held by the United Nations General Assembly. See link below for more information as it becomes available.
http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/67/

 

15 July: Informal Interactive Hearings on Migration and Development
As part of the preparatory activities for the General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development to be held 3 and 4 October 2013, the President of the General Assembly will hold one-day informal interactive hearings with representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations and the private sector at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 15 July 2013. The objective of the informal interactive hearings is to provide an opportunity for NGOs, civil society organizations and the private sector to interact with Member States and to provide inputs for the High-level Dialogue.
http://www.un.org/esa/population/meetings/HLD2013/hld2013.html

1-25 July: Substantive Session, Economic and Social Council
One of the principal organs of the United Nations, ECOSOC holds several short sessions, ad hoc meetings, round tables and panel discussions throughout the year, to prepare for its four week substantive session in July. The July session is held annually in alternative years in New York and Geneva. The substantive session is organized in five segments: The High-level Segment; Coordination Segment; Operational Activities Segment; Humanitarian Affairs Segment; and the General Segment. The 2013 session will be held from 1 to 25 July in Geneva.

http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/about/substantive.shtml


23 September: High-Level Meeting on Disability

On 23 September, a High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the realization of the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals for persons with disabilities, organized in accordance with resolution 66/124 will be organized.
http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1590

25 September: Special event to follow up on efforts on MDGs
A special event to follow up on efforts made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 65/1, will be held on 23 September 2013. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
http://www.un.org/ga


3-4 October: High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development

The General Assembly will have a High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development on 3 and 4 October 2013. In preparation, the President of the General Assembly will hold one-day informal interactive hearings with representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations and the private sector at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 15 July 2013.
http://www.un.org/esa/population/meetings/HLD2013/hld2013.html

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