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  • 24 - 28 April: The 16th session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA)

    The 16th session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will be held from 24 to 28 April 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters, in New York.

    The main issue for discussion will be “Ensuring effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals: leadership, action and means.” The five sub-issues will be:

    1. Understanding the needs of local authorities and communities and supporting and equipping them for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals;
    2. Institutional leadership and the Sustainable Development Goals;
    3. Institutional arrangements for the Sustainable Development Goals;
    4. Development of principles of effective governance;
    5. Strategies for integrated action to achieve poverty eradication: implications for public institutions

    To register for this meeting please click here: http://bit.ly/CEPA16. For more information on the event please visit https://publicadministration.un.org/en/CEPA.

    Live webcast will be available.

  • 24 April - 5 May: 16th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII16)

    The 16th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII16) will take place at UN Headquarters in New York from 24 April to 5 May 2017. More than 1,000 indigenous participants are expected to attend the Session, making it not only one of the most culturally diverse United Nations meetings, but also one of the largest public gatherings at the United Nations Head Quarters every year. The Special Theme this year is: “Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: measures taken to implement the Declaration”. The Declaration, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 September 2007, was a historical achievement after more than 25 years of negotiations. To learn more about UNPFII16 and on how to participate, please visit: http://bit.ly/unpfii16

  • 24 April - 12 May: 92nd Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

    The 92nd Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) will be taking place from 24 April to 12 May 2017 at Palais Wilson, Geneva. The Committee will consider the below mentioned State parties reports during its 92nd session: Armenia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, Kenya, Republic of Moldova.

  • 1 - 5 May: Twelfth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF12)

    The Twelfth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF12) will be held in New York, from 1-5 May 2017. The Forum welcomes the participation of the nine major groups as identified in Chapter 23 of Agenda 21, including: women, children and youth, indigenous people, non-governmental organizations, local authorities, workers and trade unions, business and industry, scientific and technological communities, farmers and small forest landowners.

    Major groups organizations that are accredited with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and the former Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) are encouraged to participate in sessions of the Forum. Please register here: http://bit.ly/UNFF12_Reg

    Organizations that are NOT accredited to ECOSOC or CSD may attend as part of the delegation of their country or as part of the delegation of an accredited organization. Please consult our FAQs for further information in this case. For more information see: https://www.un.org/esa/forests/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/UNFF12_Info_Note.pdf

  • 2 - 12 May: Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)

    The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will hold its first session from 2 to 12 May 2017 at the Vienna International Centre. This meeting is the first of three sessions that will be held prior to the 2020 Review Conference.

  • 5 May: Webinar on ECOSOC Consultative Status (11:00a.m. to 12:30p.m. NY Time)

    In preparation for the 1 June deadline to apply for consultative status with ECOSOC, the NGO Branch is pleased to invite interested NGOs to an informational session about the application process. The event will be held on-line on 5 May 2017 at 11:00am to 12:30pm (NY Time) and will be conducted in English.

    The meeting will provide answers to the following questions:
    - What is consultative status, which organizations are eligible and what are its benefits
    - How the entire application process works starting when the application is submitted to the NGO Branch until ECOSOC makes its final decision
    - The main components of the application package

    After the presentation, the floor will be open to answer questions from participants. Such questions may be raised either by chat or by requesting the floor using the “Raise my Hand” option.

    In order to attend to the webinar kindly click here and fill out the registration form; a confirmation e-mail will follow with the instructions on how to log into the event.

  • 8 - 10 May: 2017 Integration Segment of ECOSOC

    The 2017 Integration Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will take place from 8 to 10 May 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Segment will be chaired by His Excellency Mr. Nabeel Munir, Vice-President of ECOSOC (Pakistan). The Segment will address the theme “Making eradication of poverty an integral objective of all policies: what will it take?”

    The 2017 ECOSOC Integration Segment will serve as a platform for key stakeholders to identify and discuss opportunities and challenges in developing integrated approaches to tackle poverty in a sustained, inclusive and sustainable manner. The meeting will consider best practices, lessons learned and recommendations at the national, regional and international levels, with a view to extract policy recommendations to guide integrated policymaking for poverty eradication as an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Its proceedings will be available for consideration by Member States in the 2017 ECOSOC High-level Segment and the 2017 High-level political forum under the auspices of ECOSOC, to take place in July 2017. Relevant policy recommendations may be reflected in the Ministerial Declaration as the main outcome document at the culmination of the ECOSOC cycle.

    For more information, please visit the 2017 Integration Segment website: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/node/984039.

  • 8 - 9 May: First Thematic Session of the United Nations General Assembly Preparatory Process for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

    In accordance with United Nations General Assembly resolution 71/1, the "New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants," a preparatory process will soon begin for the intergovernmental negotiations of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, to be adopted at an intergovernmental conference on international migration in 2018.

    As part of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, the President of the General Assembly (PGA) will organize a series of informal thematic sessions between April 2017 and November 2017, as well as four days of informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings between April 2017 and June 2018.

    The first thematic session on "Human rights of all migrants" will be held in Geneva on 8-9 May 2017. This thematic session will focus on the human rights of all migrants, social inclusion, cohesion, and all forms of discrimination, including racism, xenophobia and intolerance. Registration for the thematic session for representatives of organizations accredited through the special accreditation process and of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC is now open. Please visit http://bit.ly/GCM-Prep-Process-ThematicSession-Apply to register. The deadline is 2 May 2017. You may also apply to participate in the stakeholder steering committee: http://bit.ly/Global-Compact-Migration-Prep-Process-Apply-SC

  • 15 - 16 May: Second Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs

    The second annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on May 15 and 16, 2017. The following topic may be considered for the STI Forum 2017: "Science, Technology and Innovation for a Changing World - Focus on SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, and 14". All representatives of Major Groups and other Stakeholders who wish to attend the Forum must register by completing a dedicated registration form at: https://goo.gl/UFU7CW (Deadline: 14 April 2017).
    More information about registration is available at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/TFM/STIForum/Registration

  • 22 - 31 May: 2017 Resumed Session of the Commitee on NGOs

    At its 2017 Resumed Session, the Committee on NGOs will 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 12 June 2017 to adopt its report of the session. This session's recommendations will be sent to the Economic and Social Council for its approval in July 2017.

  • 22 - 25 May: 2017 Financing for Development (FfD) Forum

    The second FfD Forum will be convened by the President of ECOSOC from 22 to 25 May 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

    Building on the inaugural FfD Forum, which devoted particular attention to setting up the monitoring framework for the follow-up to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (Addis Agenda), the 2017 Forum is expected to provide impetus for the implementation of FfD outcomes and the delivery of means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  • 31 May: 2017 Special Meeting of ECOSOC on "Innovations in Infrastructure Development and Promoting Sustainable Industrialization"

    The President of ECOSOC will highlight the relevance of industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG-9) to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda by convening a Special Meeting of the Council on 31 May 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. Resilient infrastructure and sustainable industrialization are key enablers of poverty eradication and can promote inclusion, connectivity and equality within societies. However, it can be complex and expensive to develop, especially in countries in Africa and countries in special situations.

    The Special Meeting will aim to bring the challenges involved to the attention of national, regional and international actors, and to forge solutions to bridge the gaps in infrastructure and industrialization across countries. This is an initiative supported by a range of UN entities including FAO, OHRLLS, OSAA, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNECA, UNHABITAT, UNIDO and WIPO, and engaging other organizations such as the African Development Bank, the Africa Union, NEPAD and representatives from academia, civil society and the private sector.

  • 5 - 9 June: United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

    A high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened in New York, from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The Conference will be co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden.

    The Conference shall comprise plenary meetings, partnership dialogues and a special event commemorating World Oceans Day. The Conference shall adopt by consensus a concise, focused, intergovernmentally agreed declaration in the form of a "Call for Action" to support the implementation of Goal 14 and a report containing the co-chairs’ summaries of the partnership dialogues, as well as a list of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Goal 14, to be announced at the Conference.

    Pre-registration is open from 27 March - 8 May 2017 online at http://bit.ly/OceanConference for organizations belonging to the following categories:
    - organizations that are in consultative status with ECOSOC;
    - organizations that were accredited to the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and to previous United Nations conferences on sustainable development of small island developing States, held in Barbados, Mauritius and Samoa;
    - organizations that have received special accreditation by Member States to participate in the Conference and the preparatory meeting. For list please see: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08/8-Feb-approved-stakeholders-for-the-ocean-conference.pdf. (Please note that the deadline for submitting applications for special accreditation was 22 January 2017 and that applications are no longer accepted).

    For more information: https://oceanconference.un.org

  • 13 - 15 June: 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    The 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP10) will take place from 13 to 15 June 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. The COSP has grown to be one of the world's largest and most diverse disability meetings. The main theme of COSP10 is: “The Second Decade of the CRPD: Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the implementation of the Convention” along with three sub-themes.

    A day prior to the opening of the main Conference, a Civil Society Forum will be organized by NGOs. Online registration for NGOs in Consultative Status with ECOSOC and for NGOs Accredited to the COSP is currently open (15 March to 2 June). Accreditation for new NGOs (1 April to 5 May) and the application for side-events (1 April to 15 May) is now also open. This year, opportunities for a free exhibit table will be available for Accredited NGOs and other stakeholders. More information is available on the UN Enable website at: http://bit.ly/crpd_cosp10.

    Please note that due to logistical and other considerations, the approval of NGO participant registrations may be limited to those whose work is directly linked to the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for persons with disabilities. Email: enable@un.org.

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  • 4 - 15 September: 13th Session, Committee on Enforced Disappearances, Geneva

    At its forthcoming 13th session in September 2017 in Geneva, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances will examine the efforts of the following countries to implement the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance: Gabon and Lithuania.

    The Committee will also adopt lists of issues on the reports submitted by Albania, Austria and Honduras. To attend, please register here: http://bit.ly/CED13

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