Also of Interest...
- 13 - 24 March: Sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61)
The sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session.
Priority theme: Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work
Review theme: Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls (agreed conclusions of the fifty-eighth session)
Emerging issue/Focus area: The empowerment of indigenous women
- 20 March - 12 April: 2017 ECOSOC e-Discussion
The e-Discussion will address the 2017 theme of the Economic and Social Council, “Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions through promoting sustainable development, expanding opportunities and addressing related challenges”. Stakeholders, experts, practitioners and policy-makers from all over the world are invited to engage in this global dialogue. It is co-organized by UN DESA and UNDP.
Join the discussion at: https://www.globaldevhub.org/ECOSOC-2017
- 27 - 31 March, 15 June - 7 July: United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination
By resolution 71/258, the General Assembly decided to convene in 2017 a United Nations Conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. The Assembly encouraged all Member States to participate in the Conference and decided that it shall convene in New York with the participation and contribution of international organizations and civil society representatives. The Conference will be held in New York from 27 to 31 March and from 15 June to 7 July.
- 3 - 7 April: 50th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD50)
The 50th session of the Commission on Population and Development will take place from 3 to 7 April 2017 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Priority Theme of the session is “Changing population age structures and sustainable development”.
NGOs can register from November 2016 to March 2017. The registration approval process will start by mid-December 2016. Kindly note that due to the space constraints, a maximum of 5 representatives of each organization is permitted.
- 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.
- 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. 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”. UNPFII is is a high- level advisory body to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It provides expert advice and recommendations on indigenous issues to the Council, as well as to programmes, funds and agencies of the United Nations, through ECOSOC. 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.
- 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.
- 8 - 10 May: 2017 Integration Segment of ECOSOC
The 2017 Integration Segment of ECOSOC will be chaired by H.E. Mr. Nabeel Munir, Vice-President of the Council (Pakistan), and will be held 8 to 10 May 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York.
On an annual basis, the Integration Segment convenes a diverse group of stakeholders to promote the integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development, providing a unifying platform for dialogue and exchange of views on lessons learned and recommendations for ways forward in policy integration to guide the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Additional information on the 2017 Integration Segment is forthcoming. Information on the 2016 Integration Segment can be found here.
- 22 - 31 May: 2017 Resumed Session of the Commitee on NGOs
The 2017 Resumed 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 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.
- 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