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- 12 September - 31 December: 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly
The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 19 September 2017.
- 16 October - 10 November: 121st session - Human Rights Committee
At its forthcoming 121st session, the Human Rights Committee will examine the efforts of the following seven countries to implement the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Cameroon (LOIPR, Fifth report), Jordan (Fifth report), Mauritius (Fifth report), Romania (LOIPR, Fifth report), Democratic Republic of Congo (Fourth report), Australia (LOIPR, Sixth report), Dominican Republic (Sixth report).
The Committee will also adopt lists of issues on the following countries: Fourth report of Algeria, initial report of Bahrain.
The Committee will also adopt lists of issues prior to on Japan.
The Committee will also adopt lists of issues in the absence of a report on the following countries: Papua New Guinea, Samoa.
- 19 October: UNDESA DSPD Briefing for NGOs: Participation in the 56th Commission for Social Development
The fifty-sixth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 29 January to 7 February 2018. The priority theme for the 2018 policy cycle is “Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”. DSPD will be holding a briefing for all ECOSOC accredited NGOs on procedures for registration, the submission of written and oral statements, side events and more. The briefing will be held on Thursday, 19 October 2017 at UNHQ, S-2727, 2-4pm.
- 29 January - 7 February: 56th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56)
The fifty-sixth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 29 January to 7 February 2018. 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.
Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all
Review of relevant United Nations plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups:
(i) World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons;
(ii) Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities;
(iii) World Programme of Action for Youth;
(iv) Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002;
(v) Family issues, policies and programmes;
For more information on the session, please visit: http://bit.ly/un-csocd56
For more information on NGO participation, please visit: http://bit.ly/dspd-ngo-participation
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- 29 January - 7 February: 2018 Regular Session of the Committee on NGOs
The 2018 Regular Session of the Committee on NGOs will take place from 29 January to 7 February 2018. 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 23 February 2018 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 2018.
- 30 - 31 January: Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, to be held on 30-31 January 2018, will provide a platform for youth to engage in a dialogue with Member States and to discuss the policy frameworks and promote innovative, institutionalised approaches and initiatives for advancing the youth development agenda at national, regional and global levels with a view to promoting solutions to the global challenge of strengthening resilience and sustainable development. The Forum will bring youth leaders from around the world to the United Nations Headquarters in New York. It will give them the opportunity to engage with government representatives, youth delegates, policymakers and other relevant stakeholders in civil society and the private sector.
Non-governmental organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC that are working on relevant youth-related issues are invited to attend. Please register in Indico. Due to limited seating only two (2) representatives per NGOs will be able to attend. These NGOs should already have UN passes to access the UN Headquarters. For more information on the ECOSOC Youth Forum, kindly visit the following website: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/node/2641005
- 12 - 23 March: 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62)
The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018. 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.
Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls
Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women (agreed conclusions of the forty-seventh session)
For more information on the session, please visit http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw62-2018
For more information on NGO participation, please visit http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/ngo-participation
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- 9 - 13 April: 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development
As an ECOSOC functional commission, the Commission on Population and Development plays the primary role in monitoring, reviewing and assessing the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development at the national, regional and global levels, identifying reasons for success and failure, and advising the Council thereon.
The 51st session will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 13 April 2018. The special theme of the session is “Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration.” More information on this session is available at:
ECOSOC accredited NGOs are welcome to register for this event from 1 November 2017 to 16 March 2018. For more information on pre-registration please visit: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/commission/sessions/2018/ngo_online_prereg.shtml
NGOs have the opportunity to submit written statements to the Secretariat between 1 November and 1 December 2017. For more information on submitting written statements please visit: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/commission/sessions/2018/ngo_written_statements.shtml