DESA NGO News — 30 September 2015

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Historic New Sustainable Development Agenda Unanimously Adopted by 193 UN Members
On 25 September, a bold new global agenda to end poverty by 2030 and pursue a sustainable future was unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at the start of a three-day Summit on Sustainable Development. The historic adoption of the new Sustainable Development Agenda, with 17 global goals at its core, was met with a thunderous standing ovation from delegations that included many of the more than 150 world leaders who addressed the Summit over the course of three days.

Ushering in a new era of national action and international cooperation, the new agenda commits every country to take an array of actions that would not only address the root causes of poverty, but would also increase economic growth and prosperity and meet people’s health, education and social needs, while protecting the environment.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, "The true test of commitment to Agenda 2030 will be implementation. We need action from everyone, everywhere. Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals are our guide. They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success." The new Sustainable Development Goals build on the goal-setting agendas of United Nations conferences and the widely successful Millennium Development Goals that have improved the lives of millions of people. The new agenda recognizes that the world is facing immense challenges, ranging from widespread poverty, rising inequalities and enormous disparities of opportunity, wealth and power to environmental degradation and the risks posed by climate change.

The official adoption came shortly after Pope Francis addressed the General Assembly stating, "The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the World Summit, which opens today, is an important sign of hope." General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft called the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development "ambitious" in confronting the injustices of poverty, marginalization and discrimination. "We recognize the need to reduce inequalities and to protect our common home by changing unsustainable patterns of consumption and production. And, we identify the overwhelming need to address the politics of division, corruption and irresponsibility that fuel conflict and hold back development."

The opening ceremony of the Summit also included remarks by a representative of civil society, Salil Shetty, Secretary-General of Amnesty International, who noted that while there is a gap between the "world we live in and the world we want," the Sustainable Development Goals "represent people’s aspirations and can, and must, be reached."

Possible informal consultations with civil society on the agenda and working methods of the Second Committee
The Chair of the Second Committee is exploring the possibility of holding informal consultations with civil society on the agenda and working methods of the Second Committee on 22 October 2015 at UN headquarters in New York, following similar consultations among Member States, scheduled for 9 October. Further details will be announced as soon as they become available


15 September - 6 October: Opening of the 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70) and general debate
The 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70) opened at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 15 September 2015. On 25 September 2015, His Holiness Pope Francis addressed the UNGA, and from 25-27 September the Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda convened. The General Debate of the 70th Session of the UNGA is taking place from 28 September - 6 October 2015.

Please note: Temporary grounds passes will not be issued during this time period. Annual NGO grounds passes will not be sufficient to attend official meetings of the General Assembly. Secondary special event tickets will be required and a very limited quantity will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis to NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC. Please visit: for more information on obtaining secondary passes.

15 October: 25th International Day of Older Persons: Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment
The 2015 celebration of the 25th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons (IDOP), in anticipation of the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) to be held in 2016, will focus not only on the impact of the new urban environment on older persons, but also the impact of older persons on the new urban environment.

17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2015
The 2015 Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) will be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, focusing on the theme - "Building a sustainable future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination".

19 October: Second WSIS+10 Informal Interactive Stakeholder Consultations
The General Assembly, in its resolution 68/302, decided that that the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) will be concluded by a two-day high-level meeting of the Assembly, to be preceded by an intergovernmental preparatory process that also takes into account inputs from all relevant stakeholders of the World Summit on the Information Society. The General Assembly also decided that during the preparatory process for the high-level meeting, the President of the Assembly will organize informal interactive consultations with all relevant stakeholders of the World Summit on the Information Society, in order to collect their inputs for the intergovernmental negotiation process.

The President of the General Assembly will convene a second informal interactive WSIS stakeholder consultations with all relevant stakeholders on 19 October 2015.

19 October - 6 November: 115th session - Human Rights Committee
At its forthcoming 115th session, the Human Rights Committee will examine the efforts of the following six countries to implement the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Second report of Benin, Fourth report of Korea, Fifth report of Iraq, Fifth report of Austria, Third report of Suriname, Second report of Greece.

The Committee will also adopt lists of issues on the following countries: Second report of Kuwait, First report of Ghana, Second report of Kazakhstan, Initial report of Burkina Faso, Sixth report of Morocco.

The Committee will also adopt lists of issues prior to on the following countries: Guatemala, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary.

7 - 18 March: 10th Session, Committee on Enforced Disappearances
At its forthcoming 10th session in March 2016, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances will examine the efforts of Burkina Faso, Kazakhstan and Tunisia to implement the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

The Committee will also adopt lists of issues on the reports submitted by Bosnia and Herzegovina and Colombia.



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