- 20 November: High-level meeting of the General Assembly on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. On this occasion, the General Assembly passed a resolution to organize a high-level meeting. This is a critical moment to take stock of progress, suggest ways to bridge implementation gaps and make a strong call for make the vision of the Convention a reality for all children, as well as to highlight innovative approaches that can transform the lives of children everywhere.
- 26 January-3 February: Committee on NGOs, 2015 Regular Session
The 2015 Regular Session of the Committee on NGOs 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 13 February 2015 to adopt its report of the session. This session's recommendations will be sent to the Economic and Social Council for its approval in April 2015.
- 2-13 February: Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) 8th Session
The Committee will meet in Geneva and will examine the reports of the following countries during its 8th session: Armenia, Mexico and Serbia. It will also consider lists of issues for Iraq and Montenegro.
- 4-13 February: The Fifty-Third Session of the Commission for Social Development
The Fifty-Third Session of the Commission for Social Development will take place from 4 to 13 February 2015 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Priority Theme of the session is "Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world".
On 3 February 2015, a day prior to the opening of the session, a Civil Society Forum will be convened at UN Headquarters. The Forum is hosted jointly by UNDESA-DSPD, the NGO Committee for Social Development and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Please note that the outcome of the Forum will be presented at the first plenary meeting of the Commission, immediately following the introduction of the Priority Theme.
- 9-20 March: 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59)
The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015.
The main focus of the session will be on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The Commission will undertake a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The review (Beijing+20) will also include the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly, the first five-year assessment conducted after the adoption of the Platform for Action, which highlighted further actions and initiatives.
The session will also address opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.
- 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."