- 26 October - 20 November: 62nd session - Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
Geneva The Committee will examine the reports of the following countries during its 62nd session: Lebanon, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Portugal, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Timor Leste, United Arab Emirates, and Uzbekistan.
- 24 November: Open Meeting on "Foreign Terrorist Fighters" from UN CTC and CTED's Global Counter-Terrorism Research Network
The upcoming Open Meeting of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) and the Global Counter-Terrorism Research Network on "Foreign Terrorist Fighters" will be held at the UN Secretariat Building, conference room 4, on 24 November, 2015 at 10am.
The meeting will consist of two main sessions: "The motivations and backgrounds of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs)” and "Rehabilitation and reintegration strategies for returning FTFs." Panellists will cover these topics in relation to terrorist groups in the Middle East, North-East and Central Asia, West Africa, Europe and America. To facilitate an in-depth and fully participatory conversation, presentations will be followed by an interactive discussion.
The event is open to NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC.
- 15 - 16 December: General Assembly High-level Meeting to review the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10)
In December of 2003, the world came together in Geneva at the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) to declare a “common desire and commitment to build a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society”, and thereby ushered in an era of harnessing the power of information and communication technology (ICT) to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The resulting Geneva Plan of Action established targets and the eleven action lines, which guide development in specific areas.
The second phase of WSIS, conducted in Tunis in 2005, built upon the achievements of the Geneva Plan, with the resulting Tunis Agenda addressing additional issues, such as financing and internet governance. It also requested the Secretary-General, in consultation with the Chief Executive Board for Coordination (CEB) to establish within the CEB, a United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS), consisting of the relevant UN organizations with the mandate to facilitate the implementation of the WSIS outcomes.
Paragraph 111 of the Tunis Agenda, endorsed by the General Assembly in resolution 60/252 , requested the General Assembly to undertake the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society in 2015. In response, the General Assembly in resolution 68/302 , decided that the overall review will be concluded by a two-day high-level meeting of the General Assembly, to be preceded by an intergovernmental process that also takes into account inputs from all relevant stakeholders of the World Summit on the Information Society.
- 7 - 18 March: 10th Session, Committee on Enforced Disappearances
At its forthcoming 10th session in March 2016, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances will examine the efforts of Burkina Faso, Kazakhstan and Tunisia to implement the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
The Committee will also adopt lists of issues on the reports submitted by Bosnia and Herzegovina and Colombia.
- 14 - 24 March: Sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60)
The sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 14 to 24 March 2016. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world will attend the session. The priority theme of the session will be: Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development. The review theme will be: The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls (agreed conclusions from the fifty-seventh session).