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2015 Resumed session of the Committee on NGOs
The 2015 Resumed Session of the Committee on NGOs took place from 26 May to 3 June (and will adopt its report on 12 June), reviewing a total of 388 applications (including 176 applications that had been deferred from previous sessions), 7 reclassifications and 215 quadrennial reports.
A total of 160 applications were recommended for consultative status with ECOSOC. The Committee closed, without prejudice, the consideration of 27 applications. Pending receipt of answers to questions posed by the members, the Committee deferred a total of 200 applications to its next session.
The Committee took note of a total of 168 quadrennial reports submitted by NGOs in Special and General consultative status. Pending clarifications, the Committee deferred a total of 47 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 organizations that were previously suspended of their consultative status for one year, due to their failure to submit a quadrennial report, 24 organizations had submitted a report within the year they were suspended and will be re-instated by ECOSOC in July 2015. The rest, 85 organizations, will have their consultative status withdrawn, as stated in the resolution 2008/4. These organizations may re-apply after three years. Furthermore, 165 organizations will have their consultative status suspended for one year – starting in July 2015 - due to non submission of their quadrennial report.
The report of the Committee (E/2015/32 (part II)), which contains the above recommendations, is expected to be taken up by ECOSOC at its next Coordination and Management Meeting, between 20-22 July 2015.
Zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda issued
The zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit in September 2015, which will adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda, has been published.
The title of the zero draft is "Transforming our World by 2030 – a New Agenda for Global Action." It contains an opening Declaration, the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, Means of Implementation and the Global Partnership, and Follow-up and Review. The document also includes three annexes. Annex 1 proposes revisions to 21 of the 169 targets. Annex 2 is the "Food for thought paper on a possible Technology Facilitation Mechanism," previously circulated on 18 May, annexed as a basis for continued discussion on this topic. Annex 3, for reference, is the "Introduction of the Open Working Group Proposal for Sustainable development goals and targets."
Click here to download the zero draft of the outcome document.
2015 Annual Partnerships Forum: “The role of Partnerships in achieving the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Making it Happen” took place on 28 May
The 2015 Partnerships Forum brought together a wide range of stakeholders: from government, the UN system, business, foundations, civil society, and academia, all of whom have a vested interest in shaping an effective, game-changing Post-2015 development agenda.
This year’s Forum took place under the overall framework of the Council’s 2015 annual theme of “Managing the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals: What it will take”. It focused on two main areas: Firstly, on ways in which multi-stakeholder partnerships can promote human resources for health, including world class medical and nursing schools, and modern medical care, including drug and vaccine treatments, to settings of poverty. Secondly, it brought fresh ideas and new thinking on ways in which multi-stakeholder partnerships can support the implementation of the Post-2015 development agenda, including through lessons-learned from MDG partnerships, opportunities for catalysing new initiatives, and measuring results.
The all-day event featured two interactive multi-stakeholder dialogues. The morning session focused on “Partnerships in support of strengthening health systems: Building resilience to pandemics” and the afternoon session on “Partnerships for the Post-2015 Era: Reality check”. The afternoon session also included a short segment devoted to launching of initiatives in support of the Post-2015 development agenda. Side events, organized by Member States and other stakeholders were organized during the lunchtime period and provided additional opportunities for stakeholder engagement.
The General Assembly convened informal interactive hearings with representatives of non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, major groups and the private sector on the post-2015 development agenda
On 26 - 27 May, representatives of non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, major groups and the private sector came together to discuss the post-2015 development agenda in informal hearings held under the auspices of the General Assembly.The interactive hearings were aimed at fostering active participation and ensuring regional and gender balance, diversity of expertise, sectors and age among speakers to contribute to the formulation of the new development agenda.
The interactive hearings comprised an opening segment, four interactive roundtables and a closing segment. The outcome is a President’s Summary to be circulated to Member States and stakeholders. It will be made available prior to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, scheduled for September 25-27, 2015 in New York.
8-10 June: ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting
The Coordination and Management Meetings 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).
17-19 June: ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment
The Humanitarian Affairs Segment (HAS) provides a unique opportunity for Member States to address challenges, operational and normative progress on the humanitarian policy agenda. This year’s HAS will take place from 17 – 19 June in Geneva and will focus on "the future of humanitarian affairs: towards greater inclusiveness, coordination, interoperability and effectiveness".
The HAS also includes two main high-level panel discussions on: a) Addressing Capacity and Resource Challenges through Humanitarian Financing; b) Protecting Civilians by Upholding International Humanitarian Law. The annual, informal ECOSOC event on the transition from relief to development also represents an important opportunity to discuss the issue of transition. The event will focus on ‘Supporting the transition from relief to development: Promoting recovery and resilience’.
26 June - 8 July: High-level political forum on sustainable development, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council
The 2015 high-level political forum on sustainable development, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, will be held from Friday, 26 June, to Wednesday, 8 July 2015. The three-day ministerial meeting of the forum will be held from Monday, 6 July, to Wednesday, 8 July 2015.
The theme of the forum for 2015 is “Strengthening integration, implementation and review – the high-level political forum on sustainable development after 2015”. Please see the draft integrated programme of the HLPF and ECOSOC High-level segment.
29 June - 24 July: 114th Session of the Human Rights Committee, (Geneva)
At its forthcoming 114th session, the Human Rights Committee will examine the efforts of the following seven countries to implement the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Fourth report of Uzbekistan, Sixth report of Canada, Third report of Macedonia, Fourth report of Venezuela, Sixth report of Spain, Seventh report of UK, Fifth report of France.
The Committee will also adopt lists of issues on the following countries: Sixth report of Costa Rica, Fourth report of Rwanda, Third report of Slovenia, Second report of Namibia, Initial report of South Africa. The Committee will also adopt lists of issues prior to on the following countries: Belarus (report due Nov 2001), Bulgaria (report due July 2015), El Salvador (report due Oct 2014).
6-10 July: 2015 ECOSOC High-Level Segment
The HLS will be held from 6 July to 10 July 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The theme for the 2015 session of the Economic and Social Council is “Managing the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the sustainable development goals: what it will take”. It will provide a platform to specifically address the transition to an ambitious, integrated, coherent, universal post-2015 development agenda through analysis and elaboration in terms of goals, policy choices, institutional adjustments and the assignment of roles and responsibilities among all partners.
The HLS will include the three-day ministerial meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF), convened under the auspices of the Council, and the annual ministerial review. The theme of the 2015 HLPF “Strengthening integration, implementation and review - the HLPF after 2015” will provide an opportunity to advance the reflection on the elaboration of the overall framework to review and monitor progress on the post-2015 development agenda with the HLPF at its core. Please see the draft integrated programme of the HLPF and ECOSOC High-level segment.
13-16 July: Third International Conference on Financing for Development
The Third International Conference on Financing for Development will gather high-level political representatives, including Heads of State and Government, and Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, as well as all relevant institutional stakeholders, non-governmental organizations and business sector entities. The Conference will result in an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed outcome, which should constitute an important contribution to and support the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.
The scope of the Conference is set out in General Assembly resolutions 68/204 and 68/279, and will focus on assessing the progress made in the implementation of the Monterrey Consensus and the Doha Declaration and identifying obstacles and constraints encountered in the achievement of the goals and objectives agreed therein, as well as actions and initiatives to overcome these constraints; addressing new and emerging issues, including in the context of the recent multilateral efforts to promote international development cooperation; the current evolving development cooperation landscape; the interrelationship of all sources of development finance; the synergies between financing objectives across the three dimensions of sustainable development; and the need to support the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015; reinvigorating and strengthening the financing for development follow-up process.
14-16 July: Sixth Session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing
The Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing was established by the General Assembly by resolution 65/182 on 21 December 2010. The working group will consider the existing international framework of the human rights of older persons and identify possible gaps and how best to address them, including by considering, as appropriate, the feasibility of further instruments and measures.
The sixth working session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) will be held in New York from 14 to 16 July 2015 in Conference Room 4 (CB). Please note that this event is only open to NGOs with ECOSOC Status and NGOs accredited to the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing. NGOs with ECOSOC Status can pre-register up to 10 Representatives. Accredited NGOs to the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing can pre-register up to 5 Representatives. The registration deadline is 3 July 2015.
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