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14 - 16 June: Ninth session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
The 9th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities will take place at UN Headquarters from 14 to 16 June 2016. This year's session will include elections for nine members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as well as 70 side-events organized by Government, UN agencies and civil society. The Conference has grown to be one of the world's largest and most diverse meetings on disability. The theme of this session is “Implementing the 2030 development agenda for all persons with disabilities: Leaving no one behind”. The sub-themes are: Eliminating poverty and inequality for all persons with disabilities; Promoting the rights of persons with mental and intellectual disabilities; Enhancing accessibility to information and technology and inclusive development; and Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the CRPD. A day prior to the opening of the Conference, a Civil Society Forum will be held on 13 June, 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as a panel discussion on disability organized by the President of the UN General Assembly from 3 to 6 p.m.. More information: http://bit.ly/crpdcosp.
11 - 20 July: 2016 High-level political forum on sustainable development, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council
The 2016 high-level political forum on sustainable development, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, will be held from Monday, 11 July, to Wednesday, 20 July 2016. The three-day ministerial meeting of the forum will be held from Monday, 18 July, to Wednesday, 20 July 2016.
The theme of the forum for 2016 is “Ensuring that no one is left behind”. For more information on the forum please see the following website: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf
Registration is open for two categories of NGOs:
• Organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC; and
• Organizations on the CSD Roster.
12 - 13 July: President of the UN General Assembly's High-level Thematic Debate on Human Rights
The President of the United Nations General Assembly will convene, on 12-13 July 2016, a High-level Thematic Debate (HLTD) on Human Rights. In light of the 50th anniversary of the international human rights covenants and the process to select and appoint the next United Nations Secretary-General, the HLTD will be an opportunity to: take an overarching view of the current human rights situation in our world today; consider the foundations for human rights and identify what actions are needed to unleash rapid improvement in the promotion and protection of human rights globally; and highlight the United Nations' role in this area and how action to realize human rights can contribute to progress on peace and security and sustainable development.
The main areas of focus of the Thematic Debate will be: Combatting discrimination and inequalities; Strengthening governance, the rule of law and access to justice; and Enabling active participation in society.
To apply to speak at or attend this event: http://bit.ly/12-13July-Human-Rights To apply for the civil society Selection Committee for this event: http://bit.ly/12-13July-HumanRights-CSO-SC
18 July: Informal Multi-stakeholder Hearings for the UN General Assembly High-level Meeting to Address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants
In preparation for the 19 September 2016 high-level meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants, the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA) will host an informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearing on 18 July 2016. The hearing will provide the opportunity for stakeholders to engage with UN Member States on this important topic. The outcome of the hearing will be a President’s summary.
Non-governmental organizations that are in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with relevant expertise are invited to apply to register for the 18 July informal hearing and/or the 19 September high-level meeting. Non-governmental organizations that are not accredited to ECOSOC are invited to apply for special accreditation.
At the request of the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (OPGA), the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) are facilitating an open and participatory process to identify attendees and speakers for this event, as well as for the 19 September High-level meeting.
Travel funding will be available for several of the speakers selected through this process, for both the 18 July and 19 September events.
11 June: Apply for the 18 July informal hearings
31 July: Apply for the 19 September high-level meeting
25 - 27 July: Habitat III - PrepCom3 in Surabaya, Indonesia
Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, taking place in Quito, Ecuador, 17–20 October 2016.
The United Nations General Assembly, in Resolution 67/216, decided to establish a preparatory committee to carry out the preparations for the conference. The third session of the Preparatory Committee of the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) - PrepCom3 - will be held in Surabaya, Indonesia, from Monday, 25 July to Wednesday, 27 July 2016.
Register to attend PrepCom3 by 15 July 2016.
Open call for side events at PrepCom3: apply by 15 June 2016.
Open call to participate at the exhibition at PrepCom3: apply by 15 June 2016.
19 September: UN General Assembly High-level Meeting to Address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants
On 19 September 2016, the General Assembly will hold a high-level meeting to respond to large movements of refugees and migrants.
The Secretary General’s report In Safety and Dignity: Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants (A70/59) provides a set of recommendations to improve the safety and dignity in large movements of both refugees and migrants, to adopt a global compact on responsibility-sharing for refugees, and to develop a global compact for safe, regular and orderly migration. Under each of the three “pillars”, the report spells out concrete actions to address the root causes of large-scale movements, to protect people on-the-move, and to facilitate safe, regular, orderly and responsible migration. The report also announces the launch of a global campaign to counter xenophobia.
At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, the Non-Governmental Liaison Service and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs are facilitating a process to identify civil society attendees and speakers for the 19 September meeting and for the 18 July informal multi-stakeholder hearings.
Civil society representatives may apply through the following link: http://bit.ly/UN-HLM-Refugees-Migrants-CSO-Apply-to-Speak-or-Attend
Application deadlines: 11 June for the 18 July informal hearings and 31 July for the 19 September high-level meeting. Limited funding will be available for participation in both events.
17 - 20 October: United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)
Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, taking place in Quito, Ecuador, 17–20 October 2016.
In Resolution 66/207 and in line with the bi-decennial cycle (1976, 1996 and 2016), the United Nations General Assembly decided to convene the Habitat III Conference to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization, to focus on the implementation of a New Urban Agenda, building on the Habitat Agenda of Istanbul in 1996. Member States of the General Assembly, decided that the objectives of the Conference are to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable urban development, assess accomplishments to date, address poverty, and identify and address new and emerging challenges. The Conference will result in a concise, focused, forward-looking, and action-oriented outcome document.
The Conference welcomes the participation and contributions of all Member States and relevant stakeholders, including parliamentarians, civil society organizations, regional and local government and municipality representatives, professionals and researchers, academia, foundations, women and youth groups, trade unions, and the private sector, as well as organizations of the United Nations system and intergovernmental organizations.
Apply as an exhibitor. Deadine 5 August 2016
2016 Resumed session of the Committee on NGOs
The 2016 Resumed Session of the Committee on NGOs took place from 23 May to 1 June (and will adopt its report on 10 June), reviewing a total of 464 applications (including 245 applications that had been deferred from previous sessions), 7 reclassifications and 426 quadrennial reports.
A total of 188 applications were recommended for consultative status with ECOSOC. The Committee closed, without prejudice, the consideration of 39 applications that had failed to respond to queries over the last two consecutive sessions. Pending receipt of answers to questions posed by the members, the Committee deferred a total of 235 applications to its next session.
The Committee also held two votes to recommend status to two deferred applications, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Inc. (CPJ) and the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR). Both votes were lost. The first by 6 votes in favour of granting consultative status and 10 against, with 3 abstentions. The second by 5 votes in favour and 6 against. 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, 81 organizations had submitted a report within the year they were suspended and will be re-instated by ECOSOC in July 2016. 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, 158 organizations will have their consultative status suspended for one year – starting in July 2016 - due to non submission of their quadrennial report. This resumed session attracted unprecedented attention from observer states, the NGO community and the media.
The report of the Committee (E/2016/32 (part II)), which contains the above recommendations, is expected to be taken up by ECOSOC at its next Coordination and Management Meeting, between 25-27 July 2015.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)
The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is commemorated each year on June 15th to highlight the often silent suffering of the elder generation. The Day was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011, following a request by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), who first established the commemoration in June 2006. This is the one day of the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some defenseless older people. As former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said at the Second World Assembly on Aging in 2002: “We will all grow old one day -- if we have that luck”. Individuals, communities, municipalities and organizations come together and hold events to raise awareness of elder abuse on June 15th. As in previous years, many activities will be held in 2016, hoping to bring greater recognition of the mistreatment of older adults wherever they live throughout the world and to highlight the need for appropriate action. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/UN-WEAAD
System-Wide Action Plan on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (SWAP)
At the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, the General Assembly requested the development of a system-wide action plan (SWAP) for a coherent approach to achieving the ends of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Following months of consultation with indigenous peoples, Member States and within the UN system, the Secretary-General shared a finalized system-wide action plan with heads of UN system agencies at the meeting of the United Nations Chief Executives Board in November 2015, where he encouraged them to make concerted efforts to implement the plan. To download the SWAP on the rights of indigenous peoples, please visit: http://bit.ly/SWAP-Indigenous-Peoples
DESA / Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) News
DSD supported the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa to bring Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGoS) to attend the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development's second session from May 17 to May 19. This regional preparatory meeting will feed its findings into the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). DSD also presented at a side event to African MGoS on the HLPF process and ways for MGoS to engage in the HLPF on May 17.
DSD is funding the participation of 20 Major Groups and other Stakeholders participants during the 2016 HLPF. DSD opened a call which gathered over 230 nominees. The final names were selected by the MGoS HLPF Coordination Mechanism Steering Group, a self-organised stakeholder structure to engage with the HLPF.
DESA/DSD has received official thematic papers from Major Groups and other relevant Stakeholders as inputs to the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. The consolidated inputs can be found as an official document of the HLPF for 2016 in all 6 official UN languages: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/HLPF/2016/2.
DSD has facilitated the attendance of over 300 MGoS participants during the First annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals, which will take place on 6-7 June in New York.
DSD joined the UNCT, Government of Morocco and major groups and other stakeholders in a national workshop held in Morocco from 3-4 May on “Participatory implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development". Following the event, DSD organized a national capacity building workshop for MGoS on 5 May on “Civil society & other national stakeholders’ engagement in the development and implementation of the SDGs Roadmap”. During the workshop, DSD made a joint presentation in Arabic with the Permanent Mission of Morocco to the UN focused on the 2016 HLPF, the voluntary national presentations by the 22 countries including Morocco, the outcome of the retreats organized by DESA, Korea and Germany for the 2016 HLPF volunteering countries, and the key role of MGoS in the development and implementation of the roadmap to sustainable development in Morocco. About 200 national MGoS participated in the event.
DSD, in coordination with the MGoS HLPF Coordination Mechanism, is planning to host a pre-HLPF MGoS meeting on 10 July. The event is aimed at providing opportunity for stakeholders to discuss their expectations towards the forum and to foster an enabling environment for meaningful participation. More details to follow.
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