- 3 February-16 March: E-discussion: Addressing challenges for meeting the MDGs in 2015
Addressing challenges for meeting the MDGs in 2015 and for sustaining development gains in the future
The E-discussion is organized by OESC/DESA and UNDP, in close cooperation with other UN system partners, will engage experts, practitioners and policy-makers from various regions and stakeholder groups in a global dialogue on the theme of the 2014 ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) through the mechanism of an electronic discussion. Contributions made by e-discussion participants will be channeled into various parts of the AMR, particularly the Report of the Secretary-General on the AMR theme, but also through the regional preparatory meetings and the National Voluntary Presentations.
- Request for Input: Draft Report of Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Civil society representative are invited to submit comments on the new Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) draft report "Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals," - a framework of 100 indicators for post-2015, based on the ten goals and 30 targets presented in the SDSN Action Agenda for Sustainable Development that was released in June 2013.
Deadline for submission is 14 March.
- 6-7 March: High-Level Event - Contributions of Women, the Young and Civil Society to the Post-2015 Development Agenda
The High‐Level Event will address issues relevant to women and the young, across differing national circumstances and developmental stages, such as violence against women and girls; access to quality education, skills and training; health; decent work; social protection; and financial and economic inclusion, including women’s access to and control over productive resources.
The event will also provide an opportunity to address the role of civil society, while taking into account the issues of transparency and inclusiveness in the definition of the Post‐2015 Development Agenda.
- 10-21 March: Commission on the Status of Women, 58th session
The fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 - 21 March 2014 (tentative date). Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world can attend the session.
The priority theme will be: "Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls." The review theme will be: "Access and Participation of Women and Girls to Education, Training, Science and Technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work (as per the agreed conclusions from the Fifty-fifth session).
The deadline for submitting written statements for CSW58 is 25 October 2013. The submission of written statements for CSW58 is now open through CSO Net. Statements sent by e-mail cannot be accepted.
- 7-11 April: Commission on Population and Development, 47th session
The theme of the 47th session of the Commission will be "Assessment of the status of implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development."
- 9-10 April: GA and ECOSOC Joint Event - The role of partnerships in the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda
The joint thematic debate is to provide a platform for Member States to address how strengthened global partnerships for sustainable development including multi‐stakeholders partnerships can contribute to the implementation of the post
2015 development agenda.
The event will promote the scaling‐up of the impact of all forms of cooperation in the post-2015 development agenda, and promote the urgent implementation of existing commitments under the global partnership for development while also addressing the emerging role of innovative multi‐stakeholder partnerships.
- 14-15 April: Global Dialogue on Financing for Development
The meeting will be chair by Mr. Martin Sajdik, President of ECOSOC. More information to follow.
- 24-25 April: GA Thematic Debate - Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies
The thematic debate will provide a platform for Member States to reflect, deliberate on this theme with a view to make concrete proposals and contributions to the ongoing process of developing sustainable development goals in the context of the post‐2015 development agenda.
The debate will consist of an opening segment in the morning and three
consecutive, interactive, multi‐stakeholder panel discussions and a brief closing segment. The outcome ofthe thematic debate will be a President’ssummary.
- 12-23 May: Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 13th session
The special theme of the session will be: “Principles of Good Governance Consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Articles 3 to 6 and 46 (3)”.
- 19-28 May: Committee on NGOs, 2014 resumed session
The Committee will review new and deferred applications. It is scheduled to adopt its report on 6 June 2014.
- 20-21 May: High-Level Event - Contributions of North-South, South-South, Triangular Cooperation, and ICT
The event will promote the scaling‐up of the impact of all forms of cooperation in the post-2015 Development Agenda and promote the urgent implementation of commitments under the global partnership for development. The event will be guided by the notion that, as a complement to traditional forms of cooperation, South‐South and triangular cooperation can also contribute towards the post‐2015 development agenda.
The event will also contribute to identify how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can be best used to bridge technology divides amongst countries, bearing in mind also the necessity of involving women, girls and young people and other affected groups in decisions relating to technology development and deployment.
- 27-29 May: ECOSOC Integration Segment - Sustainable Urbanization
The Integration Segment will serve as a platform to:
- consolidate the inputs of Member States, the subsidiary bodies of the Council, the United Nations system and other relevant stakeholders;
- promote the balanced integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development by engaging policy makers from various ministries;
- bring together the key messages from the Council system on the main theme and develop action-oriented recommendations for follow up.
The outcome will be a summary by the ECOSOC Vice-President highlighting the main policy recommendations arising from the discussions and providing guidance on integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development.
Please see link below for a background note on this year's meeting.
- 2-3 June: ECOSOC Youth Forum
In accordance with General Assembly resolution 68/1, ECOSOC will promote the integration of youth into its deliberations, building on the past positive experiences of informal youth forums.
More information to follow.
- 9-13 June: United Nations Summer Academy
The 2014 session of the UN Summer Academy will take place at United Nations Headquarters. The curriculum for this session is focused on "New challenges, new actors, new UN approaches?", with a particular emphasis on innovation and leadership. Participation in the 2014 session will provide an ideal opportunity to interact with peers and faculty, participate in solution oriented practical clinics, and strengthen knowledge and skills on issues of relevance to the work of the United Nations and its partners.
The UN Summer Academy offers executive education, learning and knowledge exchange to those working for the United Nations and those who actively engage with the UN system in their daily lives. It combines academic rigour with cutting edge thinking, builds on a renowned faculty and is one of the few UN learning events open to UN staff, diplomats and civil society representatives alike.
- 17-18 June: High Level Event - Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
The high‐level event will examine how human rights, including the right to development, and the rule of law at the national and international levels, can support an inclusive, people centered development agenda.
- 23-25 June: ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment
The segment will be chaired by Mr. Ibrahim Dabbashi, Vice-President of ECOSOC. More information to follow
- 30 June - 9 July: High-Level Political Forum
One critical outcome of the Rio+20 Conference was the decision to establish a universal intergovernmental high-level political forum on sustainable development. Details to be announced in the near future.
- 7-11 July: ECOSOC High-Level Segment
The High-level Segment will focus on a broad range of issues at the heart of the UN development agenda. More details to follow.
- 21-22 July: ECOSOC Organizational Session for 2014-15 programme of work
The session will be chaired by Mr. Martin Sajdik, President of ECOSOC. More information to follow.
- 28 August - 4 September: UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, Apia, Samoa
The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States will be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa, to be preceded by activities related to the conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia, Samoa. The conference will focus the world’s attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.
- 22 September: Special Session of the General Assembly on ICPD Beyond 2014
The Review will identify progress and achievements towards the goals set out in the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), when 179 governments committed to a 20 year Programme of Action to deliver human rights based development. The Beyond 2014 Review process will engage world leaders from governments and civil society and create a renewed consensus and global commitment to create a more equal and more sustainable world.
- 22-23 September: World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
The high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), assembles on Monday, September 22 and Tuesday, September 23, 2014, in New York.