DESA NGO News – 22 November 2013


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UN links private, public partnerships to create climate change solutions

A United Nations-business forum is trying for the first time to unite the public sector with private ventures to allow businesses and investors to set concrete actions and share solutions. The Caring for Climate Business Forum was held in Warsaw on 19 November alongside the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 19). Among the businesses participating in the forum were Ikea, which vowed to use 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020, and Dow, which created a framework to mitigate the footprint for large scale events and help produce the first carbon neutral Olympic Games.


Pre-registration for CSW58 is open

Pre-registration for the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, to be held from 10 to 21 March 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, is open through 27 January 2014. The priority theme will be: "Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls." The review theme will be: "Access and Participation of Women and Girls to Education, Training, Science and Technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work. To pre-register your representative(s), please click here.


Insecurity obstructs social, economic development in Latin America

Latin America remains the most unequal and most insecure region in the world, the United Nations reported on 12 November. It called for inclusive economic growth and enhanced security and justice institutions as the most efficient ways to reduce insecurity. According to the 2013-2014 Regional Human Development Report (HDR), the region experienced both economic growth and increased crime rates over the past decade. The report focused on six threats that negatively impact the region: street crime; violence and crime committed by and against youth; gender-based violence; corruption; violence committed by state actors and organized crime.


Linking jobs, poverty reduction, sustainable development vital for post-2015 agenda

With technological, demographic and financial factors impacting labour, two United Nations bodies met on 8 November to examine the future of employment and the need to ensure that the post-2015 development agenda provides decent work for all.  The Second Committee (economic and financial matters) held a special joint meeting "The future of employment: The world of work in 2030," with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at United Nations Headquarters. The meeting featured presentations from the United Nations, Government and civil society experts covering such issues as the new realities of evolving labour markets, the risk of growing inequalities among countries, and making sure the post-2015 development agenda reflects these trends and allows for appropriate follow-up.


UN South-South forum wraps up with over $450 million pledged for greener development

More than $450 million was pledged between investors, green businesses, Governments and other parties at the United Nations-organized Global South-South Development Expo in Nairobi on 1 November, where hundreds of participants spent the week exchanging ideas, solutions and technologies developed in the global South. Among the agreements made at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters, were projects ranging from building organic fertilizer factories and clean energy projects in Kenya to solar power plants in Uganda to green businesses for women in Egypt. The Expo is the world's biggest stage for development solutions created in the South for the South.


UN entities say post-2015 development agenda must address inequity in access to clean water, sanitation

In a joint statement, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, urged member states on 30 October to ensure that the post-2015 development agenda addresses inequalities that prevent millions of people from getting access to basic services. The statement emphasizes that future goals, targets and indicators should include a focus on the most marginalized and disadvantaged individuals, where success can be measured in relation to the progress made on access to sanitation, water and hygiene, and access to education and immunization.


UN Day spotlights Organization’s contributions for better world

Marking the 68th birthday of the United Nations, the annual celebration offered a chance to recognize the invaluable contributions of the Organization to peace and common progress. United Nations Day observed on 24 October is the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that this year again, the world witnessed the UN coming together on armed conflict, human rights, the environment and many other issues. "As the world grapples with deadly conflicts and other incidents of violence, environmental degradation, inequality and persistent challenges in meeting development goals," he said, "our United Nations provides a unique forum for its Member States to deliberate on matters that most concern the world’s people and to work towards common solutions.”


UN rights body adopts landmark text on women and conflict

The Geneva-based Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has provided authoritative guidance to countries that have ratified the women’s rights convention on measures they need to take to ensure women’s rights are protected before, during and after conflict. General Recommendation No. 30, adopted on 18 October, states that parties should exercise due diligence in ensuring that non-State actors, such as armed groups and private security contractors, be held accountable for crimes against women. Member States that have ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women are obliged to uphold women’s rights when they are involved in fighting, and when they are providing peacekeeping troops or donor assistance for conflict prevention, humanitarian aid or post-conflict reconstruction.





Request for Participation: 2013 Global NGO Survey

One of our NGO colleagues is working on an independent research project on understanding current developments in competition and financing, strategic options of cooperation and best practices in the NGO sector.  Dr. Daniel Schwenger has contributed to the University of Geneva his expertise on non-profit management, empirical NGO research and social media.  NGO leaders and experienced staff members are invited to participate in the online survey until the end of November 2013. The data will be aggregated into anonymous groups and shared with participants. To participate in the 2013 Global NGO Survey and for more background information please click here.


24-27 November: Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, 5th session

The fifth session of the Open Working Group will address the following topics: sustained and inclusive economic growth, macroeconomic policy questions (including international trade, international financial system and external debt sustainability), infrastructure development and industrialization (1.5 days) and energy (1.5 days).


26 November: Side Event at the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, 5th Session

The side event “Breaking down the Silos: Integrated Approaches to Environmental Sustainability, Inclusive Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction” will take place from 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM, Conference Room 7, North Lawn Building, United Nations, New York . The moderated discussion will build on the results of the Post-2015 Thematic Consultation on Environmental Sustainability and how to help drive sustainable economic growth and poverty eradication.


5 December: Multi-stakeholder dialogue on sustainable development financing

The Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) will hold its Second Session from 2-6 December 2013 at UN Headquarters in the Trusteeship Council Chamber.  While this will be a closed session reserved to the Committee, an interactive multi-stakeholder dialogue will be organized on Thursday 5 December from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m and will be open to all.  The interactive dialogue will be divided into two parts:  a briefing from the Co-chairs on the work of the Committee, followed by questions and answers from the floor from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m; and presentations from a panel composed of four representatives from NGOs, business and industry sectors and other Major Groups engaged in the Rio+20 Conference and the Financing for Development process; followed by an open discussion with the audience, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


9-13 December: Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, 6th session

The sixth session of the Open Working Group will contemplate: means of implementation (science and technology, knowledge-sharing and capacity building); global partnership for achieving sustainable development (2 days); and the needs of countries in special situations, African countries, least developed countries, landlocked developed countries, and small island developing states, as well as specific challenges facing middle-income countries (2 days).


6-10 January 2014: Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, 7th session

This session will review: sustainable cities and human settlements, sustainable transport (2 days); sustainable consumption and production (including chemicals and waste) (1.5 days); and climate change and disaster risk reduction (1.5 days).


21-30 January 2014: Committee on NGOs, regular session

The Committee will review new and deferred applications. It is scheduled to adopt its report on 7 February 2014.


3-7 February 2014: Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, 8th session

Topics to review will include: oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity (2 days); promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment (1.5 days); and conflict prevention, post-conflict peace building and the promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance (1.5 days).


11-21 February 2014: Commission for Social Development, 52nd Session,

The Commission will meet at UN Headquarters in New York under the priority theme "Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all". This year will be devoted to the policy segment of the cycle.


10-21 March 2014: Commission on the Status of Women, 58th session

The fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at UN Headquarters in New York from 10 - 21 March 2014 (tentative date). Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can attend the session. The priority theme will be: "Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls." The review theme will be: "Access and Participation of Women and Girls to Education, Training, Science and Technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work (as per the agreed conclusions from the Fifty-fifth session).


7-11 April 2014: Commission on Population and Development, 47th session

The theme of the 47th session of the Commission will be "Assessment of the status of implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development."


12-23 May 2014: Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 13th session

The theme of the session will be: “Principles of Good Governance Consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Articles 3 to 6 and 46 (3)”.


19-28 May 2014: Committee on NGOs, resumed session

The Committee will review new and deferred applications. It is scheduled to adopt its report on 6 June 2014.


July 2014: High-Level Political Forum and High-Level Segment, ECOSOC

One critical outcome of the Rio+20 Conference was the decision to establish a universal intergovernmental high-level political forum on sustainable development. More details will be announced in the near future.


28 August - 4 September 2014: UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, Apia, Samoa

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States will be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa, to be preceded by activities related to the conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia, Samoa. The conference will focus the world’s attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.


22 September 2014: Special Session of the General Assembly on ICPD Beyond 2014

The Review will identify progress and achievements towards the goals set out in the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), when 179 governments committed to a 20-year Programme of Action of delivering human rights-based development. The ‘Beyond 2014’ Review process will engage world leaders from governments and civil society and create a renewed consensus and global commitment to create a more equal and more sustainable world.


22-23 September 2014: World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

The high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly will meet on Monday, September 22 and Tuesday, September 23, 2014, in New York.






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