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World Conference on Indigenous Peoples concludes with high expectations for sweeping change
The action-oriented provisions of the Outcome Document of the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, held on 22-23 September, are expected to lead to sweeping changes for current and future generations.
Historic Climate Summit brings together world leaders and reinvigorates hope for a binding agreement in 2015
A record number of Heads of State and Government, together with leaders from business and civil society, came together at the Climate Summit held on 23 September, sharing plans to avert catastrophic climate change as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon looked to push forward concrete commitments ahead of the 2015 deadline for a binding global agreement on the issue.
Twenty year review of the ICPD Programme of Action calls for greater global efforts
On September 22-23, the twenty year review of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo) found that despite remarkable strides in women’s rights and empowerment worldwide in the last two decades, greater global efforts were needed to ensure full gender equality, human dignity, sustainable growth and the future of the planet. Participants agreed that population concerns must be at the core of the post-2015 development agenda and cited the need for universal access to basic services such as health care and education. Several speakers voiced strong support for sexual and reproductive rights, and representatives from developing countries appealed for reliable financial and technical aid to implement their respective sustainable development agendas.
20 October - 7 November: 59th Session - Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
The Committee will meet in Geneva and will examine the reports of the following countries during its 59th session: Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, China, Ghana, Guinea, Poland, Solomon Islands and Venezuela.
10 - 13 November: Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction - Prepcom II
The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and its preparatory process welcome the participation and contributions of all relevant stakeholders, including parliaments, civil society, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, non-governmental organizations, national platforms for disaster risk reduction, focal points for the Hyogo Framework for Action, local government representatives, scientific institutions and the private sector, as well as organizations of the United Nations system and intergovernmental organizations.
20 November: High-level meeting of the General Assembly on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. On this occasion, the General Assembly passed a resolution to organize a high-level meeting. This is a critical moment to take stock of progress, suggest ways to bridge implementation gaps and make a strong call for make the vision of the Convention a reality for all children, as well as to highlight innovative approaches that can transform the lives of children everywhere.
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