DESA NGO News — 7 November 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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16 October - 10 November: 121st session - Human Rights Committee
At its forthcoming 121st session, the Human Rights Committee will examine the efforts of the following seven countries to implement the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Cameroon (LOIPR, Fifth report), Jordan (Fifth report), Mauritius (Fifth report), Romania (LOIPR, Fifth report), Democratic Republic of Congo (Fourth report), Australia (LOIPR, Sixth report), Dominican Republic (Sixth report).
The Committee will also adopt lists of issues on the following countries: Fourth report of Algeria, initial report of Bahrain.
The Committee will also adopt lists of issues prior to on Japan.
The Committee will also adopt lists of issues in the absence of a report on the following countries: Papua New Guinea, Samoa.
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6 - 17 November: UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 23
The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place at the headquarters of the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn, Germany. Presided over by the Government of Fiji, the UN Climate Change Conference will include the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC, the 13th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 13) and the 47th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 47) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 47). It will also include the fourth part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-4) and the second part of the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1-2).
http://newsroom.unfccc.int/cop-23-bonn/

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

NGOs have the opportunity to submit written statements to the Secretariat between 1 November and 1 December 2017. For more information on submitting written statements please visit: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/commission/sessions/2018/ngo_written_statements.shtml
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NEWS

Accessible Cities United event in honor of World Cities Day 2017
On October 31 from 10-11:30am in CR 11, the Division for Social Policy and Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA/DSPD) celebrated World Cities Day 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York with an event titled Accessible Cities United. Participants shared best practices and urbanization policies that create inclusive, accessible and resilient communities and ensure no one is left behind. The aim of the event was to understand how social and technological innovation can positively impact cities and address the challenges faced by vulnerable groups such as families, youth, older persons, persons with disabilities, and indigenous peoples. It also encouraged stakeholders to commit to build inclusive, accessible and resilient cities. #CitiesUnited.

Briefing on NGOs participation in the CSocD56
In preparation for the 56th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56), UNDESA/DSPD organized a briefing/webinar for NGOs on 19 October at UN Headquarters in New York. The briefing highlighted the NGOs participation in the CSocD56, the submission of written and oral statements and side events. The CSocD56 will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 29 January to 7 February 2018. The priority theme for the 2018 policy cycle is: “Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”. For more information about the work of the CSocD56, please visit: http://bit.ly/un-csocd56 #CSocD56.

Celebrating the 2017 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
UNDESA/DSPD, UNDP, ATD Fourth World, the NGO Sub-committee for the Eradication of Poverty and the Permanent Missions of Burkina Faso and France to the UN, celebrated the 2017 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October under the theme “Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies”. UN Secretary-General António Guterres stressed that “to leave no one behind will require innovative approaches, partnerships and solutions” in a video message for the Day. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the UN General Assembly’s decision to designate 17 October as the International Day. The event showed solidarity with people living in poverty and supported the efforts of those struggling every day to live in dignity.
For more information about the commemoration event, please visit: http://bit.ly/2017idep #EndPoverty #StopPoverty.

Registration for 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

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

Submission of written statements for the 51st Session of the Commission on Population and development (CPD51)
NGOs in General and Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC can submit written statements to the 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development to be held from 9 to 13 April 2018 at UN Headquarters in New York.

Written statements by eligible NGOs, to be circulated as official documents for consideration by the Commission at its fifty-first session, can be submitted from 1 November 2017 to 1 December 2017.

Please find the link to the online submission and general instructions for preparing the statements: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/commission/sessions/2018/ngo_written_statements.shtml

The first twenty statements received by 1 December 2017 will be processed by the UN Secretariat and published as formal documents that will be posted on the session’s webpage. You will be notified if your statement has been accepted by 15 January 2018.

If you have questions concerning the submission of written statements to the Commission, please send an email to CPDNGO@un.org. The subject line should read “CPD51 written statement”.

Submission of written statements for the 56th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56)
Only NGOs in General and Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC can submit written statements to the CSocD56 to be held from 29 January to 7 February 2018 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The priority theme is: “Strategies for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”.

Please find the link to the online submission and general instructions for preparing the statements: http://bit.ly/un-csocd56-writte

The deadline for submission is 19 November 2017. Please note that Statements sent by email cannot be accepted. You will be notified only if your statement has been accepted by 22 December 2017.

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