DESA NGO News — 30 November 2016

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EVENTS

3 December: International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD)
Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been celebrated annually on 3 December around the world. The theme for this year’s International Day is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”. that highlights the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their role in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities. At UN Headquarters in New York, a series of events will be held on Friday, 2 December, including a high-level panel discussion to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the CRPD and its universalization, and an event "Accessible Cities for All" that will bring together city leaders, celebrities, practitioners and decision makers to celebrate their successes in reducing inequalities and promoting inclusive development by improving accessibility in cities. Other events celebrating the 10th anniversary of the CRPD include the UN Enable Film Festival, performances and a photograph exhibit. More information at: http://bit.ly/un_idpd2016

Be informed! Get involved! Find out more about the work of the United Nations for persons with disabilities: Subscribe to the UN Enable Newsletter: http://bit.ly/unenablenewsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Web: http://www.un.org/disabilities, Email: enable@un.org).
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15 - 18 January: UN World Data Forum, Cape Town, South Africa
The first UN World Data Forum will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 15-18 January 2017, hosted by the Government of South Africa and Statistics South Africa. The Forum will bring together key experts from governments, businesses, civil society and the scientific and academic communities to discuss opportunities and challenges and showcase the latest innovations to improve data and statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
 
Information on the Forum is now available at http://undataforum.org. You can also follow updates and information via the twitter handle @UNDataForum. Pre-registration for the Forum can be accessed here: undataforum.org/WorldDataForum/registration. The deadline to pre-register is 2 December 2016.
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30 - 31 January: Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, to be held on 30-31 January 2017, will provide a platform for youth to engage in a dialogue with Member States and share ideas on innovation, collective action and solutions to global problems. It will also address the concept of “shared prosperity”, which is at the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The forum will bring youth leaders from around the world to the UN Headquarters in New York. It will give them the opportunity to engage with policy-makers and other youth delegates and representatives.

This two-day event will feature interactive dialogues among representatives from youth organizations, high-level and other keynote speakers. A number of sessions will be held on aspects of the themes for the Economic and Social Council and the High-level Political Forum and space will be created for regional perspectives. A Ministerial Roundtable, The UN’s Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals and a diverse group of YouTubers will also take part in the discussions aimed at supporting multilateral approaches led by the United Nations.
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30 January - 8 February: 2017 Regular Session of the Committee on NGOs
The 2017 Regular Session of the Committee on NGOs will take place from 30 January to 8 February 2017. The session 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 21 February 2017 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 2017. http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=371&type=13&menu=14

1 - 10 February: 55th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55)
The CSocD55 will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1 to 10 February 2017. The priority theme for the 2017-2018 review and policy cycle would be “Strategies for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”. From 30-31 January 2017, a Civil Society Forum will be convened at UN Headquarters. The Forum is hosted jointly by UNDESA-DSPD, the NGO Committee for Social Development and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

Online Registration: The deadline is 20 January 2017.
    • The CSocD55 is only open to NGOs in Consultative Status with ECOSOC
    • NGOs can register up to 10 Representatives
Online Application Form for Side Events: The deadline is 2 December 2016.
    • A list of all confirmed side-events will be posted online on the website of CSocd55 by 16 December 2016.
Requests to make oral presentations: Coming Soon

To learn more about NGO Participation at CSocD55, please visit: http://bit.ly/csocd55
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15 - 16 February: United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 - Preparatory Meeting
A high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened in New York, from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The Conference will be co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden.

The President of the General Assembly will convene a two-day preparatory meeting, 15-16 February 2017, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, to be chaired by two co-facilitators, H. E. Mr. Álvaro Mendonça Mura, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations, and H. E. Mr. Burhan Gafoor, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the United Nations, with a view to considering the themes for the partnership dialogues and elements for a "Call for Action".

Pre-registration is required for interested representatives of non-governmental organizations and major groups identified in Agenda 21 to participate in the preparatory meeting. Pre-registration is open from 7 November 2016 - 16 January 2017 for organizations belonging to the following categories:
- organizations that are in consultative status with ECOSOC,
- organizations accredited to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and to previous United Nations conferences on sustainable development of small island developing States, held in Barbados, Mauritius and Samoa.

Non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions and the scientific community, whose work is relevant to the Conference but who do NOT belong to the above categories are encouraged to apply for special accreditation to the Conference and the preparatory meeting. Applications for special accreditation will be accepted from 7 November 2016 - 8 January 2017. There will be only one special accreditation process for the Conference and the Preparatory Meeting.
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6 - 17 March: 12th Session of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances
At its forthcoming 12th session on 6-17 March 2017, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances will examine the efforts of the following countries to implement the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance: Cuba, Ecuador and Senegal.
The Committee will also adopt lists of issues on the reports submitted by Gabon and Lithuania.
More information: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=1102&Lang=en
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6 - 29 March: 119th session - Human Rights Committee
At its forthcoming 119th session, the Human Rights Committee will examine the efforts of the following six countries to implement the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Thailand, Turkmenistan, Serbia, Italy, Bangladesh and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Committee will also adopt lists of issues on the following countries: Mauritius, Dominican Republic, Jordan, Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Committee will also adopt lists of issues prior to on the Netherlands.
The Committee will also adopt lists of issues in the absence of a report on Eritrea and Swaziland.
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13 - 24 March: Sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61)
The sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session.

Themes
Priority theme: Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work
Review theme: Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls (agreed conclusions of the fifty-eighth session)
Emerging issue/Focus area: The empowerment of indigenous women
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3 - 7 April: 50th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD50)
The 50th session of the Commission on Population and Development will take place from 3 to 7 April 2017 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Priority Theme of the session is “Changing population age structures and sustainable development”.

NGOs can register from November 2016 to March 2017. The registration approval process will start by mid-December 2016. Kindly note that due to the space constraints, a maximum of 5 representatives of each organization is permitted.
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8 - 10 May: 2017 Integration Segment of ECOSOC
The 2017 Integration Segment of ECOSOC will be chaired by H.E. Mr. Nabeel Munir, Vice-President of the Council (Pakistan), and will be held 8 to 10 May 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York.

On an annual basis, the Integration Segment convenes a diverse group of stakeholders to promote the integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development, providing a unifying platform for dialogue and exchange of views on lessons learned and recommendations for ways forward in policy integration to guide the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Additional information on the 2017 Integration Segment is forthcoming. Information on the 2016 Integration Segment can be found here.
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5 - 9 June: United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
A high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened in New York, from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The Conference will be co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden.

The Conference shall comprise plenary meetings, partnership dialogues and a special event commemorating World Oceans Day. The Conference shall adopt by consensus a concise, focused, intergovernmentally agreed declaration in the form of a "Call for Action" to support the implementation of Goal 14 and a report containing the co-chairs’ summaries of the partnership dialogues, as well as a list of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Goal 14, to be announced at the Conference.
For more information: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/oceans/SDG14Conference
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NEWS

Call for Submissions for the CSocD55 Photo Exhibition: Deadline Extended to 5 December
For 2017, the 55th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55) has selected the following priority theme: “Strategies for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”. As part of its activities for CSocD55, the UNDESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) is hosting a photo exhibition at United Nations Headquarters in New York City from 1-10 February 2017, during the Commission. Photos selected for the exhibition will be viewed by the many visitors to the UN, including government officials, experts, and NGO representatives during this important event, and will be included in an online exhibition brochure distributed to key partners and stakeholders. Learn more: http://bit.ly/csocd55-exhibition

Pre-registration and special accreditation for the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 and Preparatory Meeting
A high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened in New York, from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. Prior to the Conference, The President of the General Assembly will convene a two-day preparatory meeting, 15-16 February 2017, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, with a view to considering the themes for the partnership dialogues and elements for a "Call for Action".

Pre-registration is required for interested representatives of non-governmental organizations and major groups identified in Agenda 21 to participate in the preparatory meeting. Pre-registration is open from 7 November 2016 - 16 January 2017 for organizations belonging to the following categories:
- organizations that are in consultative status with ECOSOC,
- organizations accredited to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and to previous United Nations conferences on sustainable development of small island developing States, held in Barbados, Mauritius and Samoa.

Non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions and the scientific community, whose work is relevant to the Conference but who do NOT belong to the above categories are encouraged to apply for special accreditation to the Conference and the preparatory meeting. Applications for special accreditation will be accepted from 7 November 2016 - 8 January 2017. There will be only one special accreditation process for the Conference and the Preparatory Meeting. https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/oceans/SDG14Conference

DESA Publications

Report of the World Social Situation 2016
Despite unprecedented social progress around the world, many people continue to face social exclusion and limited access to social, economic and political opportunities, warns a new United Nations report. The 2016 Report of the World Social Situation, entitled Leaving No One Behind – The Imperative of Inclusive Development, released today by UN DESA, examines the social, economic and political disadvantages that some groups of the population face, namely youth, older persons, ethnic minorities, indigenous peoples, migrants and persons with disabilities.

It also makes policy recommendations to help governments overcome development hurdles and address barriers that limit people’s access to opportunities.

“The Sustainable Development Goals recognize that development will only be sustainable if it is inclusive,” said Wu Hongbo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Development. “Pursuing development grounded in social justice will be fundamental to achieving a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable future for everyone.”
https://www.un.org/development/desa/publications/report-of-the-world-social-situation-2016.html

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