DESA NGO News
18 November 2012 
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NEWS


27 November: Facebook live chat on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 9-11 am EST
Watch out for a livechat on DESA’s Facebook page on the post-2015 development agenda on 27 November from 9:00 to 11:00 am. This event offers a unique opportunity for the online community to share opinions, questions and concerns about the post-2015 process. Join the discussion and contribute to an ambitious development agenda.
https://www.facebook.com/joinundesa

26 November: Dialogue between the President of the 67th Session of the General Assembly and Civil Society
H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremic, President of the 67th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, wishes to meet representatives of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC or associated with DPI. The meeting, to be held at the DHL Auditorium from 4 to 5 pm, will focus on the issues before the 67th session of the General Assembly, particularly the priority areas that the President outlined in his opening speech. A brief statement on these priorities by the President will be followed by an exchange with the NGOs on the key challenges before the General Assembly, and the role and contribution of civil society in addressing them.
http://csonet.org/?page=view&nr=173&type=230&menu=14

26 November: Toward a New Generation of Development Goals

The purpose of this day of informal discussions and question and answer sessions is to bring together key participants in the relevant stakeholder groups – in civil society, the UN system and among political decision-makers – to discuss what is needed in order to move toward a new generation of development goals.  The day’s discussions will focus on what is needed to: 1) determine the guiding principles and values for a joint MDG/SDG agenda, 2) define the core concepts and main elements of a new development paradigm, and 3) ensure coherence in bringing the different processes together. The meeting will be open to all Member States, UN Secretariat and accredited members of civil society and the press. Please RSVP at your earliest convenience by contacting NGLS, at info@un-ngls.org. Space is limited to 100 civil society participants, and spots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please indicate in your email whether you possess a UN Grounds Pass; NGLS will arrange Special Event Tickets to allow access to the event for participants who do not possess a pass. The deadline to RSVP is Wednesday, 21 November, 5PM EST.
http://www.fes-globalization.org/new_york/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Programme-NewGenerationDevelopmentGoals-final_11.16.pdf

17 November: 2013 UN Grounds Passes available from 17 December onwards
As of August 2012, the DESA NGO Branch has moved to the main Secretariat building and will no longer be based in DC-1. Therefore, the application process for UN grounds passes for NGOs in ECOSOC consultative status has changed. Please note that grounds passes for 2013 can be requested from 17 December onwards following the procedure described below. Procedures for Geneva and Vienna are unchanged.
http://csonet.org/?menu=86

2 November: Video - Panel on Post-2015 Agenda as its second meeting in London
The second meeting of the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda was held from 31 October to 2 November in London. You can watch much of the proceedings from an archived webcast on the link below.
http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/284163

2 November: Initial civil society report presented to Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda in London
At the occassion of the second meeting of the High-Level Panel on a Post-2015 Development Agenda, from 31 October to 2 November in London, a two-page briefing note was presented on 30 October to the Panel by representatives of civil society. A longer summary of substantive contributions will be produced by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), and will be provided to the Panel and published online by mid-November.
http://www.worldwewant2015.org/Post2015HLP

25 October: "Working with ECOSOC" NGO Guide to Consultative Status now available in Portuguese, Korean and Japanese
"Working with ECOSOC" is an informational booklet that briefs Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) on the benefits of establishing a consultative relationship with ECOSOC, as well as to provide instructions on how to obtain this status within the framework provided by ECOSOC Resolution 1996/31. Apart from English, it is now available in Portuguese, Korean and Japanese. Other language versions are under development.
http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=134

17 October: Redesigned version of the LDC Support Measures Portal
Today the Secretariat of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) launched the new Support Measures Portal for Least Developed Countries, available at www.un.org/ldcportal. The Portal was announced during the introduction of the Secretary General Report on the implementation of the Programme of Action for LDCs for the Decade 2011-2020 and through electronic media. The Portal aims to assist LDCs in confronting their special development challenges and in progressing towards graduation from the category. The new interactive platform compiles and catalogues in one central platform, information about LDC-specific international support measures provided by development partners. As the single source of information, the Portal allows for a better understanding of what LDC-specific support measures are, who the main “suppliers” of the measures are, and where to access these resources.
http://esango.un.org/ldcportal/

16 October: The UN Post-2015 Development Agenda - What is it? Answers to some FAQs
What is the “post-2015 UN development agenda”? What will become of the MDGs? What is the link to ‘SDGs’ and to the followup to the Rio+20 Conference? Who is involved in the consultations on the post2015 development agenda? What is the High-Level Panel? How will the voices of the poorest and most vulnerable people be included? What happens next in the post-2015 process? Interest by civil society and other stakeholders is growing in these questions. Answers to these questions are posted in a brief FAQ sheet, and a short liste of websites not to be missed.
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=160&type=230&menu=14

UPCOMING EVENTS

8 October onwards: General Assembly Second Committee
Under the chairmanship of H.E. Mr. George Wilfred Talbot of Guyana, the Second Committee will deal with issues relating to economic growth and development, including macroeconomic policy questions, financing for development, sustainable development, and poverty eradication. It began its substantive work on Monday 8 October.
http://www.un.org/en/ga/second/index.shtml

8 October onwards: General Assembly Third Committee
Chaired by H.E. Mr. Henry L. Mac-Donald of Suriname, the Third Committee has commenced its consideration of General Assembly agenda items relating to a range of social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues that affect people all over the world. It began its substantive work on Monday, 8 October. Background information on the work of the Third Committee, including the provisional programme of work for the sixty-seventh session, is available at the link below. Webcast of the proceedings is also available.
http://www.un.org/en/ga/third/index.shtml

19-20 November: Closing of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives 2012
The official closing of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives, “Promoting Cooperatives Beyond 2012” will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 19-20 November 2012. The two day event will highlight major outcomes of various observances during the year, as well as forthcoming initiatives to strengthen cooperatives beyond 2012. The event programme consists of a series of panel discussions addressing cooperatives and food security, cooperatives and youth, and policy and research directions, and also includes an official closing ceremony, reports from national committees and a short film festival. Thematic side events will also be featured.
http://social.un.org/coopsyear/iyc-closing.html

26 November: Dialogue between the President of the 67th Session of the General Assembly and Civil Society
H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremic, President of the 67th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, wishes to meet representatives of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC or associated with DPI. The meeting, to be held at the DHL Auditorium from 4 to 5 pm, will focus on the issues before the 67th session of the General Assembly, particularly the priority areas that the President outlined in his opening speech. A brief statement on these priorities by the President will be followed by an exchange with the NGOs on the key challenges before the General Assembly, and the role and contribution of civil society in addressing them.
http://csonet.org/?page=view&nr=173&type=230&menu=14


3 December: International Day of Persons with Disabilities - Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all
The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. Evidence and experience shows that when barriers to their inclusion are removed and persons with disabilities are empowered to participate fully in societal life, their entire community benefits. Barriers faced by persons with disabilities are, therefore, a detriment to society as a whole, and accessibility is necessary to achieve progress and development for all. The commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 2012 provides an opportunity to address this exclusion by focusing on promoting accessibility and removing all types of barriers in society.
http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1597

21-30 January 2013: 2013 regular session, Committee on NGOs
The 2013 regular session of the Committee on NGOs will consider over 200 new applications for status by NGOs as well as applications deferred from earlier sessions. It will also reviewed nearly 300 quadrennial reports of NGOs in general or special consultative status. It will meet from 21 to 30 January 2013 and is expected to adopt its report on 17 February 2013. An information note with full details of all organizations to be considered will be posted on the page below by mid-December.
http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=80

6-15 February 2013: Commission for Social Development, 51st session
The 51st session of the Commission for Social Development will be convened at the United Nations North Lawn Building (NLB) in New York. The priority theme this year is "Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all".
http://social.un.org/index/CommissionforSocialDevelopment/Sessions/2013.aspx

11 February - 1 March 2013: 54th session, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Geneva
The Plenary Session of CEDAW 54 will take place from 11 February to 1 March 2013 at the Palais des Nations in Conference Room XVI. A half-day general discussion on the theme of access to justice will take place on Monday, 18 February 2013 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Palais des Nations in Conference Room XVI.
http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=140&type=13&menu=14

4-15 March 2013: 55th session, Commission on the Status of Women
The fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 4 to 15 March 2013. The priority theme will be "Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls." The review theme chosen is "the equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS (agreed conclusions from the fifty-third session)."
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/57sess.htm

15-26 April 2013: 18th session, Committee on Migrant Workers, Geneva
The 18th session of the Committee will take place at the Palais Wilson, First Floor Conference Room. All observers wishing to attend the above session must be duly registered. 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.
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cmw/cmws18.htm

22-26 April 2013: 46th session, Commission on Population and Development
The 46th session of the Commission will be held from 22 to 26 April 2013. Its theme will be "New trends in migration: demographic aspects."
http://www.un.org/esa/population/cpd/cpd2013/cpd46.htm

6-10 May 2013 TBD: 20th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development
The 20th session of the Commission is tentatively scheduled to be held from 6 to 10 May 2013 in New York.
http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1211

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

21-30 May 2013: 2013 resumed session, Committee on NGOs
The 2013 resumed session of the Committee on NGOs will meet from 21 to 30 May 2013. It is expected to adopt its report in early June 2013.
http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=80

USEFUL LINKS

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NGO Liaison Office, United Nations Office at Geneva
http://unog.ch/ngo
United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)
http://www.un-ngls.org
UN Department of Public Information, NGO Relations
http://www.un.org/dpi/ngosection
OHCHR Civil Society Section
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/AboutUs/Pages/CivilSociety.aspx
OHCHR Civil Society Update Subscription
http://conta.cc/can6Gf

AT YOUR SERVICE

How to Apply for Consultative Status
http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=100
How to Sumit a Quadrennial Report
http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=99
Committee on NGOs Home Page
http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=80
How to obtain a UN Grounds Pass
http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=86
Comment obtenir un badge ONG aux Nations Unies
http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=86
Ask a question on my organization's status
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ECOSOC Resolution 1996/31
http://csonet.org/content/documents/199631.pdf
Learn how to participate in the work of the United Nations
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