Also of Interest...
- 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.
- 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 Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is one of the largest and most diverse disability-related meetings in the world. Over 1200 high-level Government ministerial delegates and representatives of UN agencies and civil society organizations attend the three-day Conference at UN Headquarters in New York.
The following deadlines are on 5 MAY 2017:
(Only open to Governments, UN agencies, and ECOSOC and COSP accredited civil society organizations)
1. APPLICATION FOR NEW NGO ACCREDITATION: DEADLINE - 5 MAY
Only NGOs accredited by the Conference of States Parties can participate in the sessions of the Conference of States Parties. http://bit.ly/cosp_new_ngo_accreditation
2. APPLICATION FOR SIDE-EVENTS: DEADLINE - 5 MAY
Governments, UN agencies and accredited civil society organizations (CSOs) must submit an application form to conduct side-events at the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD. http://bit.ly/cosp10_side-events
3. APPLICATION FOR EXHIBIT SPACE: DEADLINE - 5 MAY
Governments, UN agencies and accredited civil society organizations (CSOs) must submit an application form to reserve exhibit table space at the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD. http://bit.ly/cosp10_exhibition
More information on the 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD: http://bit.ly/crpd_cosp10
Online COSP10 NGO registration for ECOSOC and COSP accredited NGOs only: http://bit.ly/UNCOSP10-register (closes on 2 June)
- 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.
- 10 - 19 July: High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development
Registration for the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is now open to major groups and other stakeholders (MGoS). The HLPF will take place on 10 - 19 July 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. In accordance with General Assembly resolution 67/270, registration is open for two categories of NGOs to participate in the HLPF: (1) Organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC; and (2) organizations on the CSD Roster. The deadline for registration is 11 June 2017.
For more information or to register, please visit the following website: http://bit.ly/HLPF2017
- 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