DESA NGO News - September 2012

17 September 2012 


Important Information on the September Meetings of the General Assembly
Due to security measures required to accommodate the high number of Heads of State and Government participating in the opening meetings of the 67th 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 grounds from 24 September to 4 October 2012. No requests for temporary passes can be made until 4 October; no requests for annual passes can be made between 24 September and 4 October 2012.

New Procedures for Requesting UN Grounds Pass
The DESA NGO Branch has moved to the main Secretariat building and is no longer located in DC-1. Therefore, the application process for UN grounds passes for NGOs in ECOSOC consultative status has changed. You will no longer be required to visit the DESA NGO Branch for issuance of UN Grounds Passes. Instead, you will be required to pre-register your request online. As before, you will need a letter from your organization (on the organization’s letterhead) in order to obtain a pass. You will then apply for the pass, with all the necessary documentation, in person, at the UN Pass and ID office. Registrations submitted online before 4 pm New York time will be endorsed the next business day by the UN Pass & ID office. Read the full instructions on the page below.

12-24 September: Online Forum: Building The Future WE Want
Following up on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) which took place in June, the United Nations is continuing its efforts to promote sustainable development and to prepare a new development agenda that will take us beyond 2015. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Department of Public Information (DPI) invite you to participate in an online global forum, “Building the Future We Want” from 12 to 24 September. The campaign will close wiith a special ECOSOC meeting at the ministerial level on 24 September. Visit the campaign page on Facebook. You can also post questions on Twitter using the hashtags #futureWEwant or #beyond2015. If you want to help publish the campaign, downloadable visuals are available here. On 24 September, watch live responses to your questions on UN Webcast.

12 September: Seeking to advance rights of people with disabilities, UN treaty review starts
Hundreds of advocates and experts on disability, as well as Government delegates, have gathered at UN Headquarters for the start of the Fifth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which will have a special focus on women and children.“It is our responsibility as members of the international community and citizens of our own countries to bring about changes to more than one billion persons with disabilities worldwide,” the UN Under Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo, said in a news release.

10 September: The 21st session of the Human Rights Council opens in Geneva
The Human Rights Council opened its 21st session today in Geneva, with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commending the actions of the Council on Libya and Syria and stressing that “we must use all our tools to shine the light of human rights everywhere. We need to do more to ensure that the output of this Council and other United Nations human rights mechanisms shapes policy making across the United Nations,” he said. “I remain strongly committed to mainstreaming human rights throughout the Organization.” In his speech, the Secretary-General reminded States of the responsibility to protect those who “courageously advocate and risk their lives to defend human rights and the values of the Charter,” and commended the progress made by the Council in various thematic areas and stressed the need to fight for the rights of women, including “their reproductive rights and their political, social and economic empowerment.”

6 September: Report on Accelerating progress towards the MDGs
A report by the Secretary-General on "Accelerating progress towards the MDGs" is now available. The report will be considered by the General Assembly this fall, under agenda item 114 on Follow-up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit. Particularly relevant is section V, which includes an update on the post-2015 process.

31 July: Members of High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda announced

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the members of a High-level Panel to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Three co-chairs were appointed: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia; President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia; and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom. “I have asked my High-level Panel to prepare a bold yet practical development vision to present to Member States next year,” said the UN chief. “I look forward to the Panel’s recommendations on a global post-2015 agenda with shared responsibilities for all countries and with the fight against poverty and sustainable development at its core.” The full list of Panel members is available on the link below.


17 September-5 October, Committee on the Rights of the Child, 61st session, Geneva
The Committee will consider the following State reports during the session: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Liberia and Namibia.

18 September: Opening of the 67th session of the General Assembly
The sixty-seventh session of the General Asembly will convene at United Nations Headquarters on Tuesday, 18 September 2012, at 3 p.m., and the general debate will open on Tuesday, 25 September. The high-level meeting on the rule of law at the national and international levels will be held on Monday, 24 September. The preliminary list of items to be included in the provisional agenda and its annotations can be found on the page below.

24 September: High-Level GA Meeting on the Rule of Law
The High-Level Meeting of the 67th Session of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 24 September 2012. This is a unique occasion for all Member States, NGOs and civil society represented at the highest level, to discuss and agree a forward-looking agenda on strengthening the rule of law. The President of the General Assembly is compiling a list of NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, as well as a list of civil society organizations, active in the field of the rule of law, who wish to participate in the high-level meeting. In addition, a limited number of representatives of NGOs active in the field of rule of law will be invited to speak.Civil society organizations, active in the field of the rule of law, will participate and speak at the event..

8 October: Second and Third Committee start work
The Second and Third Committee of the General Assembly are scheduled to start work on Monday, 8 October 2012. For the latest information, see the UN Journal.

15 October-2 November: Human Rights Committee, 106th session, Geneva
At its forthcoming 106th session, the Human Rights Committee will examine the efforts of the following six countries to implement the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Philippines, Turkey, Portugal, Germany, Ivory Coast (in absence of report). The Committee will also adopt lists of issues on the following countries: Albania, Finland, China/Hong Kong, Ukraine, and Belize (in absence of a report), and Australia.

21-22 October: Post-Rio to Post-2015: Planning international stakeholder engagement
The two-day meeting, organised by UNEP in partnership with UNDESA, Stakeholder Forum and The Green Economy Coalition will provide an opportunity for Major Groups and Stakeholders from across the globe to come together to discuss the outcomes of Rio+20, agree on action items to accelerate these outcomes, and address areas where no progress or agreement was made. For questions please email


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