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3 - 14 October: 11th Session, Committee on Enforced Disappearances
At its forthcoming 11th session on 3-14 October 2016, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances will examine the efforts of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Colombia 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 Cuba, Ecuador and Senegal.
3 October: Keynote address by Dambisa Moyo at opening of the Second Committee
The opening of the 71st session of the General Assembly's Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) will take place on 3 October 2016 (10:00 to 13:00) in Conference Room 2 (CB) at UN Headquarters in New York. A keynote address will be delivered by Ms. Dambisa Moyo, a global economist and author who analyzes the macroeconomy and international affairs whose most recent book was Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for the World. The annual keynote address to the Committee aims to bring cutting edge, independent thinking to its attention and for consideration in relation to its work. This year will broadly address the proposed theme, “Overcoming Global Imbalances: Achieving Sustainable Development for All”. The meeting will be chaired by H.E. Mr. Dian Triansyah Djani (Indonesia).
3 October: The imperative of inclusive development: who is being left behind? (Side event)
A side event on The imperative of inclusive development: who is being left behind? (3 October, 1:15 - 2:30 pm, CR E), organized by DSPD/DESA, will discuss the main findings from the flagship publication Report on the World Social Situation 2016 and policy measures to leave no one behind, within the context of the 2030 Agenda. Interventions will be made by H.E. Ambassador Ion Jinga, Permanent Representative of Romania, Lenni Montiel, ASG for Economic Development of DESA, and Mr. Barry Herman, New School for Public Engagement.
6 October: International Day of Older Persons
An event commemorating the International Day of Older Persons (10 am - 1 pm, ECOSOC Chamber) will be organised by the NGO Committee on Ageing in New York in partnership with the UNDESA Focal Point on Ageing and sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN. Marking the 26th anniversary of the international day, the 2016 commemoration will be dedicated to the theme "Take a Stand Against Ageism." The programme and a panel discussion will feature speakers representing the UN system, Member States and civil society as well as a distinguished author on ageing issues.
7 October: Joint meeting of ECOSOC and the Second Committee on Globalization and Multilateralism
A joint meeting of ECOSOC and the GA Second Committee will be held on 7 October 2016 (10:00 to 13:00) in Conference Room 2 (CB) at UN Headquarters in New York. The joint meeting will focus on "The Changing Political Economy of Globalization: Multilateral Institutions and the 2030 Agenda", and will highlight recent trends in globalization that have exposed various fault lines in responses at the national and international levels. The aim of the meeting is to facilitate an interactive discussion to propose actions for a more inclusive globalization and strengthened multilalteralism. A keynote address will be delivered by Mr. Thomas L. Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who focuses on globalization and whose new book Thank You For Being Late: How to Find a Job, Run a Country, and Keep Your Head in an Age of Acceleration will be released in fall 2016. A moderated, interactive discussion of external experts from academia, business and research will follow. Further information about this event can be found here (https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2016/joint-meeting-ecosoc-and-second-committee-changing-political-economy-globalization)
13 - 14 October: High-Level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of Landlocked Developing Countries
The High-level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of LLDCs will review the progress made by LLDCs, as well as challenges in the development and maintenance of efficient, reliable and sustainable transport systems, and the linkages between the Vienna Programme of Action for LLDCs and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the area of transport. It will identify new strategies, cooperation initiatives and policy recommendations on how to develop and further improve transit transport systems for the benefit of the LLDCs, strengthen cooperation, enhance mobilization of financing for infrastructure development and maintenance and promote sustainable transport in the LLDCs. The recommendations of the meeting are expected to contribute the perspectives of the LLDCs into the first global sustainable transport conference to be held from 26-27 November 2016 in Turkmenistan.
The meeting will be attended by the Ministers of Transport of LLDCs. Ministers of transport of transit developing countries and selected development partners, as well as representatives of the UN system, other international, regional and sub-regional organizations and financial institutions, the private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders will also be invited to participate at senior official level.
Pre-registration, to be done through http://bit.ly/LLDCTransport, is required and is open for NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council from 20 September - 5 October 2016. Registration is non-transferrable.
More information: http://unohrlls.org/event/high-level-meeting-sustainable-transport-landlocked-developing-countries/
17 - 20 October: United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)
Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, taking place in Quito, Ecuador, 17–20 October 2016.
In Resolution 66/207 and in line with the bi-decennial cycle (1976, 1996 and 2016), the United Nations General Assembly decided to convene the Habitat III Conference to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization, to focus on the implementation of a New Urban Agenda, building on the Habitat Agenda of Istanbul in 1996. Member States of the General Assembly, decided that the objectives of the Conference are to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable urban development, assess accomplishments to date, address poverty, and identify and address new and emerging challenges. The Conference will result in a concise, focused, forward-looking, and action-oriented outcome document.
The Conference welcomes the participation and contributions of all Member States and relevant stakeholders, including parliamentarians, civil society organizations, regional and local government and municipality representatives, professionals and researchers, academia, foundations, women and youth groups, trade unions, and the private sector, as well as organizations of the United Nations system and intergovernmental organizations.
17 October - 4 November: Human Rights Committee (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights), 118th Session
The Committee will consider the following State reports during the session: Azerbaijan, Colombia, Morocco, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Slovakia
Country Report Task Forces will consider and adopt list of issues on the following countries: Honduras, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Mongolia, Pakistan
Task Forces will consider and adopt list of issues on reports submitted by the countries listed below (Optional Reporting Procedure - focused reports based on replies to lists of issues prior to reporting): Paraguay, Togo
24 October - 18 November: 65th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and pre-sessional working group for the 67th session
65th session (24 October – 18 November 2016) and
Pre-sessional Working Group for the 67th session (21-25 November 2016)
Geneva, Palais des Nations, Room XVI, A Building.
The Committee will examine the reports of the following countries during its 65th session: Antigua and Barbuda (in the absence of a report), Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bhutan, Burundi, Canada, Estonia, Honduras, Netherlands, Switzerland.
The pre-sessional working group will convene in closed meeting and prepare lists of issues for the following States parties that are scheduled to be considered at the 67th session: Barbados, Costa Rica, Italy, Montenegro, Niger, Nigeria, Thailand.
In addition, it will prepare a list of issues prior to reporting for Luxembourg under the new simplified reporting.
26 - 27 November: Global Sustainable Transport Conference, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene the first-ever Global Sustainable Transport Conference from 26-27 November 2016 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
The Conference will be held at the highest level and will bring together key stakeholders from Governments, the private sector, and civil society to engage in dialogue that emphasizes the integrated and cross-cutting nature of sustainable transport. All modes of transport - road, rail, aviation and maritime - will be addressed as well as transport both in urban and rural areas, energy and transport, public transport, countries in special situations, road safety, and financing for sustainable transport, as well as finding a new paradigm for transport sustainability.
NGO representatives will be able to attend conference plenaries, intervene in the round tables, subject to the availability of time, and organise side events.
Pre-registration is required and will be open for NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council from 19 September - 31 October 2016. Registration is non-transferrable.
To register: http://bit.ly/SustainableTransportConf
More information: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/Global-Sustainable-Transport-Conference-2016
Passes for NGOs during the United Nations General Assembly
The usual procedures for Grounds Passes will be reinstated as of 3 October 2016. For more information on grounds passes visit: http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=86
Submission of written statements for CSW61 now open through CSO Net
The submission of written statements for the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) is now open through CSO Net. Please find the link to the online submission and related guidelines on the CSW NGO participation website at http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/ngo-participation/written-and-oral-statements The deadline for submission is 17 October 2016. Statements sent by e-mail cannot be accepted.
For more information on NGO participation in CSW61, visit: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/ngo-participation For more information on CSW61, visit: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw61-2017
Upcoming events on sustainable transport
High-Level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of LLDCs, Bolivia
The High-Level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of LLDCs will review the progress made by LLDCs, as well as challenges, in the development and maintenance of efficient, reliable and sustainable transport systems and the linkages between the Vienna Programme of Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the area of transport. The meeting will be held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia from 13-14 October, 2016.
The meeting will be attended by Ministers of transport of transit developing countries and selected development partners, as well as representatives of the UN system, other international, regional and sub-regional organizations, financial institutions and the private sector. The recommendations of the meeting are expected to contribute the perspectives of the LLDCs into the first global sustainable transport conference to be held from 26-27 November 2016 in Turkmenistan.
Pre-registration is required and is open for NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC from 20 September - 5 October 2016. For NGO registration please follow this link: http://bit.ly/LLDCTransport More information about the event, including a Concept Note and Preliminary Programme, can be found on the following website: http://unohrlls.org/event/high-level-meeting-sustainable-transport-landlocked-developing-countries
Global Sustainable Transport Conference, Turkmenistan
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene the first-ever Global Sustainable Transport Conference from 26-27 November 2016 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The Conference will be held at the highest level and will bring together key stakeholders from Governments, the private sector, and civil society to engage in dialogue that emphasizes the integrated and cross-cutting nature of sustainable transport. All modes of transport - road, rail, aviation and maritime - will be addressed as well as transport both in urban and rural areas, energy and transport, public transport, countries in special situations, road safety, and financing for sustainable transport, as well as finding a new paradigm for transport sustainability. The concerns of developing countries, including least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States, will receive particular attention.
Pre-registration will be open and is required for interested representatives of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC and the private sector from 19 September - 31 October 2016. For more information including how to pre-register please visit the conference website at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/Global-Sustainable-Transport-Conference-2016
Workshops on Action Planning for Open Government Data for Sustainable Development in Latin America and Asia
The workshops, held in Santiago, Chile from 26 to 28 September and Bangkok, Thailand from 3 to 6 October, promote exchange of information on Open Government Data (OGD) National Strategies and National Action Plans in support of access to information to support sustainable development policies.
The workshops are organized as part of the DPADM project on “Strengthening of Capacities of Developing Countries to Provide Access to Information for Sustainable Development through Open Government Data”. The project aims at developing a strategy for creating and utilising open data, particularly in thematic areas relevant to the 2030 Agenda. Through the sharing of experiences and lessons learned, participants enhance their capacities of developing an OGD Action Plan for successful implementation of the SDGs. The workshops also provide an opportunity to review OGD strategies in collaboration with regional peers and experts.
The effects of OGD utilization are potentially far reaching for sustainable development with positive impact on innovation, transparency, accountability, participatory governance as well as economic growth and social progress. By opening data, people are more directly informed and engaged in decision-making. Governments can enhance transparency and accountability not only through better access, but also through the proactive sharing and reuse of public information.
The workshop in Chile is organized by DPADM/DESA and ECLAC, whilst the workshop in Bangkok is organized by DPADM/DESA and ESCAP.
Role of Governance and All Stakeholders in Mobilizing ICTs for Sustainable Development
DPADM/DESA is organizing a side-event of the Second Committee on "The Role of Governments and All Stakeholders in Mobilizing ICTs for Sustainable Development" on 13 October in New York. This event will serve as a platform for participants to (i) reflect on how to mobilize all actors to put ICT in the service of the poor; (ii) exchange experiences and lessons on how Governments and other actors can mobilize ICT for realizing the SDGs; (iii) identify priority actions and possible approaches for the implementation of the outcome of WSIS+10 and the 2030 Agenda; (iv) exchange ideas on how to maximize the role and impact of public authorities in putting ICTs at the service of sustainable development. Participants will include delegations from Member States of the United Nations as well as representatives of civil society, the private sector and international organizations.
Partnerships on Small Island Developing States 2016
The first annual Global Multi-stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue was held on 22 September 2016 during the 71st session of the General Assembly as a High-level Breakfast Event, focusing on the launch of new partnerships devoted to SIDS, and the announcement of new commitments from existing SIDS partnerships.
The Dialogue is an integral of the SIDS Partnership Framework which was launched by the General Assembly in 2016 as a follow-up to the SIDS Conference, held in Samoa in 2014. The Framework is one of a kind at the United Nations in following up and monitoring progress of voluntary commitments from multi-stakeholder partnerships aimed at driving sustainable development in Small Island Developing States.
The event was hosted by H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives and H.E. Mr. Vincenzo Amendola, Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Italy, represented by H.E. Mr. Sebastiano Cardi, Permanent Representative of Italy, in collaboration with UN-DESA and UN-OHRLLS, and was attended by over 100 participants from governments, UN entities, civil society representatives, and focal points of SIDS partnerships from all regions of SIDS.
On the occasion of the event, Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs launched a publication on Partnerships for SIDS, which was the result of a review of 40 partnerships devoted to the sustainable development in SIDS. Mr. Wu noted that the follow-up of the SAMOA Pathway is also an integral part of the High-level Political Forum, which is the central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS), moderated the interactive dialogue of the meeting, which included the launch of several SIDS partnerships and commitments.
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