DESA NGO News — 2 October 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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2 October: Opening of the Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly
The Second Committee will open its general debate with a keynote address by Professor Arvind Panagariya, Professor of Economics and the Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

The Committee will also hold side events and a joint meeting with the Economic and Social Council as part of its programme of work:
•   4 October, 3 pm: “The Future of Work: Making Decent Work a Reality”
•   11 October, 10 am: “The Future of Everything – Sustainable Development in the Age of Rapid Technological Change”
•   12 October, 3 pm: “Science, technology and innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals: harnessing inclusive innovation to leave no one behind”
•   18 October, 3 pm: “Towards a sustainable future for all women and girls: combatting poverty and promoting gender equality - a data and policy perspective”

More information available at: 72nd session of the UN General Assembly
Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee)
Economic and Social Council
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5 October: United Nations International Day of Older Persons
This year, older persons around the world are celebrating the United Nations International Day of Older Persons by looking to the future and underscoring their vital role in it.

This year’s theme “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society” is about enabling and expanding the contributions of older people in various aspects of social, cultural, economic and civic and political life, in accordance with older persons’ basic rights, needs and preferences.

The official commemorative event will take place at the UN Headquarters in New York on 5 October 2017 and is organized by the NGO Committee on Ageing in partnership with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Focal Point on Ageing, and sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Argentina. The event will include a panel discussion to showcase cutting-edge research, age-related technological innovations, and models of civic involvement and entrepreneurship of older persons. It will also feature the official launch of Highlights of the 2017 World Population Ageing report.

The commemoration will be broadcasted live via UN Web TV. To follow the conversation via social media, the online audience is encouraged to use the hashtags #UNIDOP and #60Plus.
Online registration is required at www.ngocoa-ny.org
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6 October: One on One with the President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák
DPI/NGO Relations is holding a dialogue with H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák on his agenda for the seventy-second session of the UN General Assembly and civil society engagement. The dialogue will take place on from 11am - 12pm in the ECOSOC Chamber. Register by 4 October here.
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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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17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2017
The official commemorative event to celebrate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2017 will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 17 October. The theme is “Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies”. This year’s event is organized in partnership with the International Movement ATD Fourth World, the NGO Committee for Social Development and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, supported by the Missions of France and Burkina Faso to the United Nations. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the declaration by the General Assembly, in its resolution 47/196 of 22 December 1992, of 17 October as the International Day. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the Call to Action by Father Joseph Wresinski—which inspired the observance of October 17 as the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty—and the recognition by the United Nations of the day as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Those unable to attend can watch and follow the event live at http://webtv.un.org. For more information about the event and this year’s theme, please visit: http://bit.ly/2017idep.
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19 October: UNDESA DSPD Briefing for NGOs: Participation in the 56th Commission for Social Development
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. The priority theme for the 2018 policy cycle is “Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”. DSPD will be holding a briefing for all ECOSOC accredited NGOs on procedures for registration, the submission of written and oral statements, side events and more. The briefing will be held on Thursday, 19 October 2017 at UNHQ, S-2727, 2-4pm.
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NEWS

Introducing Indico - a new registration platform for events at UNHQ
Soon we will be launching a new platform for managing NGO registration to meetings and events at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The platform is called Indico, and it will be replacing 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.

Indico is user-friendly, secure, robust and flexible. Its features include:
•   A user-friendly system that allows participants to manage their own registrations to multiple events
•   A flexible event organization workflow that fits lectures, meetings, workshops and conferences
•   Easy upload and retrieval of presentations, papers and other documents
•   The ability for designated NGO Conference Focal Points to review the registrations of participants from their organization
•   Enhancements to make the accreditation process more secure and efficient, saving time for participants and conference organizers
You can find more information about Indico here: ttps://reg.unog.ch/about
We will be communicating shortly about the next steps in the migration to Indico, as well as sending out materials to help you get acquainted with the system, create your account and register for your next event.

Submission of written statements for CSW62 now open through CSO Net
The submission of written statements for the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) 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 2017. Statements sent by e-mail cannot be accepted.

For more information on NGO participation in CSW62, visit: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/ngo-participation
For more information on CSW62, visit: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw62-2018

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.

DESA PUBLICATIONS

Report on Side Events: Key Messages and Recommendations for Social Development
The Report on Side Events: Key Messages and Recommendations for Social Development puts together an account of the thought-provoking discussions and lessons learned during 49 side events held at the 55th Commission for Social Development (CSocD55), at UNHQ from 1-10 February 2017. CSocD provides vital contributions to the implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development, the Programme of Action of the World Summit for Social Development and the 2030 Agenda. Under the theme “‘Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”, CSocD adopted two draft resolutions recommended for adoption by ECOSOC. These are “Social dimensions of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development” and “Promoting the rights of persons with disabilities and strengthening the mainstreaming of disability in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Each year, many side events are held coinciding with the Commission. They provide valuable platforms for Member States, civil society, academia and the private sector to share experiences, discuss best practices and debate effective strategies. During CSocD55, 49 side events were held on topics linked to social development: access to mental health services, sustainable transport, youth empowerment, family orientated policies and programmes, etc. All linked to the overarching topic of poverty eradication, featuring policy recommendations to achieve this key component of the 2030 Agenda. Download the full report here: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/csocd/2017/csocd55-events-report.pdf.

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