- 30 March-1 April: ECOSOC Integration Segment
The 2015 Integration Segment, chaired by His Excellency Vladimir Drobnjak, P. R. of the Republic of Croatia to the United Nations and Vice-President of ECOSOC, will bring together Heads of States and Governments, ministers, governors, mayors, the United Nations system, the tripartite constituents of the International Labour Organization, civil society, academia and the private sector. The segment will focus on “achieving sustainable development through employment creation and decent work for all.”
- 7-13 April: 48th Session of the Commission on Population and Development
The 48th session of the Commission on Population and Development will take place from 13 to 17 April 2015 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Priority Theme of the session is "Realizing the future we want: integrating population issues into sustainable development, including the post-2015 development agenda."
- 14-16 April: Second Preparatory Committee of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)
The second session of the preparatory committee meeting of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will be held from Tuesday, 14 April to Thursday, 16 April 2015, at the United Nations Office at Nairobi.
The General Assembly, in resolution 67/216, encouraged effective contributions from and the active participation of all relevant stakeholders, including major groups as identified in Agenda 21, at all stages of the preparatory process for the Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) and at the Conference itself. In its resolution 69/226, the General Assembly emphasized the importance on wide participation of all relevant stakeholders, including local authorities, in the promotion of sustainable urbanization and settlements.
- 20 April-1 May: 14th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
The fourteenth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will be held in UN Headquarters, New York from 20 April to 1 May 2015.
This event is ONLY open to NGOs with ECOSOC Status, Accredited Indigenous Peoples Organizations (IPOs) and Academics to the Forum.
- 14th Session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA)
The 14th Session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will be held from 20 to 24 April 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters, in New York, United States of America. As approved by ECOSOC, the main issue for discussion will be “Building trust in government in pursuit of the sustainable development goals, what will it take?” The three sub-issues will be:
1. Redefining relationships and responsibilities to support participatory governance and responsive public service delivery, including through e-solutions;
2. Strengthening innovation, prioritization, informed decision-making and integration of policy development processes for enhanced impact; and
3. Promoting accountable institutions, ethical leadership and integrity to enhance confidence in efforts to deliver sustainable development.
Live and on-demand webcast coverage of this event will be available in six languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) at http://webtv.un.org
- 27 April-22 May: 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)
The NPT is a landmark international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament. The NPT represents the only binding commitment in a multilateral treaty to the goal of disarmament by the nuclear-weapon States.
Conferences to review the operation of the Treaty have been held at five-year intervals since the Treaty went into effect in 1970. Each conference has sought to find agreement on a final declaration that would assess the implementation of the Treaty’s provisions and make recommendations on measures to further strengthen it.
- 4-15 May: 11th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF11)
According to resolution E/2000/35 that established the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), the Forum is open to all States and operates in a transparent and participatory manner. The participation of a wide range of forest-related stakeholders is considered a key component of sustainable forest management. For this reason, the Forum welcomes the participation of the nine major groups as identified in Chapter 23 of Agenda 21. Major groups organizations that are accredited with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) are encourage to participate in Forum Sessions.
The main theme of UNFF11 is entitled " Forests: progress, challenges and the way forward for the international arrangement on forests: (a) Reviewing the effectiveness of the international arrangement on forests (IAF) and consideration of all future options; (b) Reviewing the progress towards the achievement of the Global Objectives on Forests (GOFs) and the implementation of the non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests; (c) Reviewing the contribution of forests and the IAF, including the non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests, to the internationally agreed development goals.
As part of UNFF11, a Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue (MSD) will be held on Tuesday, 4 May 2015. This Dialogue will provide an opportunity for dialogue between member States of the Forum and representatives of major groups on the theme of UNFF11.