DESA NGO News – 20 September 2013


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Important Information on the Opening Meetings of the General Assembly, 23 September to 4 October

Due to security measures required to accommodate the high number of Heads of State and Government participating in the opening meetings of the 68th session of the General Assembly, NGO access to UN Headquarters will be severely limited. The Department of Safety and Security informs of the following: “Without any additional special event tags, annual "N" passes will not provide access to the United Nations from 23 September to 4 October 2013. No requests for temporary or annual passes can be made between 16 September and 4 October 2013.”  Each event will have its own invitation list and organizers are responsible for contacting invitees and providing access. Contact the event organizer for questions.  More information on all logistical arrangements can be found in the official information note:


MDG Gap Task Force Report 2013: The Challenge We Face

The MDG Gap Task Force released on 19 September its annual report for 2013, "The Global Partnership for Development: The Challenge We Face." For the first time since 1997, official development assistance fell for a second year in a row; more developing countries are in need of debt restructuring; and essential medicines are still not affordable and insufficiently available in many countries. The report makes recommendations for market access, debt sustainability, and new technologies among other sectors.  The MDG Gap Task Force was created by the Secretary-General in May 2007 to improve monitoring of global commitments for MDG 8, the Global Partnership for Development. The Task Force consists of more than 30 United Nations entities and other international agencies. It publishes its annual report in September.

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Importance of the individual in ‘culture of peace’ stressed at high-level forum

At a high-level forum to discuss the implementation of the UN Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace at the United Nations Headquarters on 6 September, Deputy-Secretary-General Jan Eliasson asked for religious leaders and public officials to set an example by rejecting violence and promoting dialogue. He also stressed that a culture of peace should have meaning for those suffering extreme poverty and exclusion, especially as the UN completes its 1,000 days of action towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and establishes a post-2015 sustainable development agenda. For more information:


UN chief stresses at G-20 more support for education, a post-2015 development agenda and tackling climate change

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized on 4 September the need for more global cooperation, particularly in accelerating progress in education, poverty eradication and sustainable development, as leaders of the Group of 20 met in St. Petersburg, Russia to discuss pressing global issues. He stressed for countries to continue focusing on achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Mr. Ban also noted the need to take action on climate change by increasing commitments to low-carbon energy systems and green industries. For more information:


Key report outlines vision for achieving MDGs, sets future sustainable development agenda

Ahead of an upcoming special General Assembly event on efforts by Member States to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to define a new development agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a report on 21 August, ‘A Life of Dignity for All,’ containing updates on the MDGs.  As 2015 approaches, the United Nations, Governments, civil society representatives and others have been engaged in an extensive process to meet a range of growing international challenges. The report calls for a broader set of targets which reflects new global realities. Sustainable development – providing economic transformation and opportunity to lift people out of poverty, advancing social justice and protecting the environment – is seen as the next step, supported by accountability and shared responsibilities. Contributing to the report were the views of more than a million people who were asked about their main concerns through a series of worldwide consultations in an effort unprecedented for the UN.

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20 September: 20th session, Commission on Sustainable Development

Member states decided in resolution 67/203 that the CSD will have its last session (CSD-20) prior to the convening of the first meeting of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. CSD 20 will be held the morning of Friday 20 September from 10 AM to 1PM in Conference room 2 (CB). Following the opening remarks, a panel of former Chairs of CSD will reflect on the achievements and lessons learned from the Commission as well as to set the stage for the establishment of the High Level Political Forum.

Intervention from Major Groups will be coordinated by Major Groups organizing members.

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20 and 22 September: Major Groups and Other Stakeholders Briefing Days

This event will take stock of the Rio+20 progress and will provide stakeholders a comprehensive picture of where the agenda is at the moment, windows of opportunity to influence the international agenda, and provide space for joint advocacy, with a focus on the current Sustainable Development Goals, High Level Political Forum, and Financing for Sustainable Development.  This event will take place on Friday, 20 September 2013 from 2 to 6 pm in Conference Room 2, and on Sunday 22 September from 930 am to 1 pm (room TBD). Registration for Friday 20 September is available from the following link: and registration for Sunday 22 September is available from: For more information:


22 September: Regional Recommendations on Post-2015: A Dialogue

On 22 September, a dialogue between civil society, governments, and UN representatives on regional recommendations for the post-2015 development agenda will be convened by UN-NGLS in partnership with the Post-2015 Development Planning Team of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. Registration closed on 10 September. For more information:


23 September: High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development

On 23 September, a High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the realization of the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals for persons with disabilities, organized in accordance with resolution 66/124 will be held. Registration has closed. For more information:


24 September: Inaugural session, High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The first meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (to replace the Commission on Sustainable Development following a Rio+20 decision) held at the Heads of State level under the auspices of the General Assembly will take place on 24 September 2013. The forum will include four Dialogues opened to Heads of State and Governments, Heads of UN entities and other international organizations, as well as high-level representatives of Major Groups and other relevant stakeholders. For more information:


25 September: Special event to follow up on efforts on MDGs

A special one-day event will be held on 25 September 2013, in accordance with the provisions of the letter of 16 July 2013 from the President of the General Assembly. Registration closed on 19 August. The President of the General Assembly in his letter of 21 August 2013 has drawn up a list of representatives of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC, as well as other relevant civil society organizations, academic institutions, youth groups and private sector representatives. Nominations by non-ECOSOC groups were circulated to Member States on a no-objection basis. Pre-registered participants have been notified.


Due to security constraints and space limitations, seating will be extremely limited. Seating will not be guaranteed. Only one person per organization can be registered for one round table. Civil society is encouraged to follow the event as it will be broadcast live and on archive video at Latest updates can be found on the official web page of the event:


26 September: High-level meeting of the General Assembly on nuclear disarmament

In accordance with paragraph 4 of General Assembly resolution 67/39, a High-Level meeting for Member States on nuclear disarmament will take place during the High-Level segment of the 68th session of the General Assembly. Registration for NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC closed.

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30 September – 18 October: Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, 56th session, Geneva

The Committee will examine the reports of the following countries during its 56th session: Andorra, Benin, Cambodia, Colombia, Republic of Moldova, Seychelles, Tajikistan,

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (postponed in the absence of a report). For more information:


3-4 October: High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development

The General Assembly will have a High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development on 3 and 4 October 2013. For more information:


7 October and onwards: General Assembly Second Committee

The Second Committee will cover issues relating to economic growth and development, including macroeconomic policy questions, financing for development, sustainable development, and poverty eradication. For more information:


7 October and onwards: General Assembly Third Committee

The Third Committee will begin its work on Monday, October 7 and start its consideration of General Assembly agenda items relating to a range of social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues. Background information on the work of the Third Committee, including the provisional programme of work for the sixty-eighth session, is available at the link below. Webcast of the proceedings also will be available. For more information:





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