DESA NGO News — 1 December 2017

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EVENTS

12 September - 31 December: 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly
The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) opened at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. The General Debate open on Tuesday, 19 September 2017.
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29 January - 7 February: 56th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56)
The fifty-sixth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 29 January to 7 February 2018. 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.

Priority theme:
Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all

Review of relevant United Nations plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups:
(i) World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons;
(ii) Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities;
(iii) World Programme of Action for Youth;
(iv) Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002;
(v) Family issues, policies and programmes;

For more information on the session, please visit: http://bit.ly/un-csocd56
For more information on NGO participation, please visit: http://bit.ly/dspd-ngo-participation
If you have questions, please contact: ngo@un.org
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12 - 23 March: 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62)
The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018. 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.

Priority theme:
Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls

Review theme:
Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women (agreed conclusions of the forty-seventh session)

For more information on the session, please visit http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw62-2018
For more information on NGO participation, please visit http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/ngo-participation If you have questions, please contact csw@unwomen.org
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9 - 13 April: 51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development
As an ECOSOC functional commission, the Commission on Population and Development plays the primary role in monitoring, reviewing and assessing the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development at the national, regional and global levels, identifying reasons for success and failure, and advising the Council thereon.

The 51st session will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 13 April 2018. The special theme of the session is “Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration.” More information on this session is available at:
http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/commission/sessions/2018/index.shtml

ECOSOC accredited NGOs are welcome to register for this event from 1 November 2017 to 16 March 2018. For more information on pre-registration please visit: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/commission/sessions

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NEWS

Webinar for Conference Focal Points in the new Indico event registration system (for NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC)
Indico, the new platform for managing NGO registration to meetings and events at United Nations Headquarters in New York, is replacing the registration functionality of CSO Net, and follows a slightly different process. For each ECOSOC-accredited NGO, up to two Conference Focal Points are designated by the main NGO representative in the iCSO system. (Instructions here.) The Conference Focal Points have the ability to see all individual participants who have registered to an event as representatives of the NGO and may then approve / reject participants.

In order to help ECOSOC-accredited organizations become better acquainted with the Indico registration process, we are hosting a webinar for Conference Focal Points: Friday, 15 December 2017, 9 - 11am (New York time)

The webinar will provide an overview of the Indico system, guide participants step by step through the process of designating a Conference Focal Point and demonstrate the how a Conference Focal point can review and approve participants from their organization.

More information with a link to join the webinar will be sent shortly to ECOSOC-accredited organizations. Please note that participation in the webinar is on a first-come first-serve basis and is limited to 200 participants.

Registration for the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the 56th Session of the Commission on Social Development, and the 51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development is open in Indico (the new registration platform for NGOs attending events at UNHQ)
Registration for events at UNHQ is moving to a platform called Indico, which replaces the registration functionality of the current system, CSO Net. Indico is an open source platform developed by CERN and customized by our colleagues at the UN Office in Geneva, where it is already used for all event registrations.

To get started with Indico, please see the quick guide.

If your NGO is accredited to ECOSOC, you must designate up to two Conference Focal Points to manage your organization's registrations through Indico. For instructions, please see the Conference Focal Point designation guide.

51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development
56th Session of the Commission on Social Development
62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

You can find more information about Indico here: https://reg.unog.ch/about

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AT YOUR SERVICE

Committee on NGOs Home Page
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How to Apply for Consultative Status 
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How to Submit a Quadrennial Report
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How to obtain a UN Grounds Pass 
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Ask a question on my organization's status 
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