- 9-13 December: Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, 6th session
The sixth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals will contemplate: Means of implementation(science and technology, knowledge-sharing and capacity building); Global partnership for achieving sustainable development (2 days); and Needs of countries in special situations, African countries, LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDS as well as specific challenges facing the middle-income countries (2 days)
- 16 December: ECOSOC Special Meeting: Response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
The Economic and Social Council is convening a Special Meeting on “Response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines” on 16 December, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the United Nations Headquarters. The Meeting, which is being organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs in collaboration with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), seeks to draw attention to the response to Typhoon Haiyan and explore ways to enhance coordination in response, delivery, rehabilitation, reconstruction and development efforts in its aftermath. The Council will review how the United Nations system is being mobilized, assess the preparedness for this disaster at the national and global levels, and determine what further actions are needed to meet the immediate needs in an effective and efficient manner, and to ensure a smooth transition from managing the consequences of disasters to development.
Download a flyer on the event here.
- 6-10 January 2014: Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, 7th session
This session will review: Sustainable cities and human settlements, sustainable transport (2 days); Sustainable consumption and production (including chemicals and waste) (1.5 days); and Climate change and disaster risk reduction (1.5 days).
- 21-30 January 2014: Committee on NGOs, 2014 regular session
The 2014 regular session of the Committee on NGOs will take place from 21 to 30 January 2014. The session is expected to consider new applications for status by NGOs as well as applications deferred from earlier sessions. It will also review quadrennial reports of NGOs in general or special consultative status. The Committee is expected to meet again on 7 February 2014 to adopt its report of the session. The session's recommendations will be sent to the Economic and Social Council for its approval in July of 2014.
Organizations already in consultative status with ECOSOC can attend the session by making use of their annual grounds pass, and will not need to register. Organizations with new or deferred applications before the Committee can register here: http://bit.ly/1iN8UY7
- 3-7 February 2014: Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, 8th session
Topics to review will include: Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity (2 days); Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment (1.5 days); and Conflict prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding and the promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance (1.5 days).
- 11-21 February 2014: 52nd Session, Commission for Social Development
The Commission will meet at UN Headquarters in New York under the priority theme is "Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all". This year will be devoted to the policy segment of the cycle. NGOs in General and Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC interested in issuing written statements should email them to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 November 2013 . For more information on the procedure for submitting a statement click here.
- 10-21 March 2014: 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 2014: 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."
- 12-23 May 2014: 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 2014: 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.
- July 2014: High-Level Political Forum and High-Level Segment, ECOSOC
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.
- 28 August - 4 September 2014: 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 2014: 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 2014: 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.
- Request for Participation: 2013 Global NGO Survey
One of our NGO colleagues is working on an independent research project on understanding current developments in competition and financing, strategic options of cooperation and best practices in the NGO sector.
Dr. Daniel Schwenger has contributed to the University of Geneva his expertise on non-profit management, empirical NGO research and social media.
NGO leaders and experienced staff members are invited to participate in the online survey through 31 December 2013 . The data will be aggregated into anonymous groups and shared with participants.
To participate in the 2013 Global NGO Survey and for background information please see the link below.