DESA NGO News — 30 November 2015

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30 November - 11 December: COP 21, United Nations Conference on Climate Change
The twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) will take place from 30 November to 11 December 2015, in Paris, France. The conference is crucial because the expected outcome is a new international agreement on climate change, applicable to all, to keep global warming below 2°C.

1 - 2 December: Global Humanitarian Policy Forum 2015
On 1 and 2 December 2015, OCHA's Policy Analysis and Innovation Section will hold the 4th Annual Global Humanitarian Policy Forum in New York, bringing together humanitarian practitioners, international and non-governmental organizations, academics, private sector partners, and government representatives from across the globe to consider humanitarian action and opportunities to engage with the Sustainable Development Goals. The Forum will include the launch of the study “Leaving No One Behind: Humanitarian Effectiveness in the Age of the Sustainable Development Goals,” as well as a panel discussion.

3 December: Commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, with the theme Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities, will raise awareness and mobilize support for issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development. The subthemes for IDPD 2015 are: Making cities inclusive and accessible for all; Improving disability data and statistics; Including persons with invisible disabilities in society and development.

15 - 16 December: General Assembly High-level Meeting to review the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10)
In December of 2003, the world came together in Geneva at the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) to declare a “common desire and commitment to build a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society”, and thereby ushered in an era of harnessing the power of information and communication technology (ICT) to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The resulting Geneva Plan of Action established targets and the eleven action lines, which guide development in specific areas.

The second phase of WSIS, conducted in Tunis in 2005, built upon the achievements of the Geneva Plan, with the resulting Tunis Agenda addressing additional issues, such as financing and internet governance. It also requested the Secretary-General, in consultation with the Chief Executive Board for Coordination (CEB) to establish within the CEB, a United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS), consisting of the relevant UN organizations with the mandate to facilitate the implementation of the WSIS outcomes.

Paragraph 111 of the Tunis Agenda, endorsed by the General Assembly in resolution 60/252 , requested the General Assembly to undertake the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society in 2015. In response, the General Assembly in resolution 68/302 , decided that the overall review will be concluded by a two-day high-level meeting of the General Assembly, to be preceded by an intergovernmental process that also takes into account inputs from all relevant stakeholders of the World Summit on the Information Society.

25 January - 3 February: Committee on NGOs, 2016 Regular Session
The 2016 Regular Session of the Committee on NGOs is expected to consider new applications for status by NGOs as well as applications deferred from earlier sessions. It will also review quadrennial reports of NGOs in general or special consultative status. The Committee is expected to meet again on 16 February 2016 to adopt its report of the session. This session's recommendations will be sent to the Economic and Social Council for its approval in April 2016.

7 - 18 March: 10th Session, Committee on Enforced Disappearances
At its forthcoming 10th session in March 2016, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances will examine the efforts of Burkina Faso, Kazakhstan and Tunisia to implement the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

The Committee will also adopt lists of issues on the reports submitted by Bosnia and Herzegovina and Colombia.


16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign begins on International Day to End Violence against Women (25 November) and ends on International Human Rights Day (December 10) and emphasizes that gender-based violence in its many forms is a human rights violation.

DESA Publications and Reports

November Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects now available
The November Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects is now available on DPAD/DESA website, with the following summary:

New publications by the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) launched

Survey on analytical reports and publications, produced by DPAD/DESA, is now available online.
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