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  • 25 - 27 July: Habitat III - PrepCom3 in Surabaya, Indonesia

    Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, taking place in Quito, Ecuador, 17–20 October 2016.

    The United Nations General Assembly, in Resolution 67/216, decided to establish a preparatory committee to carry out the preparations for the conference. The third session of the Preparatory Committee of the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) - PrepCom3 - will be held in Surabaya, Indonesia, from Monday, 25 July to Wednesday, 27 July 2016.

    Register to attend PrepCom3 by 15 July 2016.
    Open call for side events at PrepCom3: apply by 15 June 2016.
    Open call to participate at the exhibition at PrepCom3: apply by 15 June 2016.

  • 19 September: UN General Assembly High-level Meeting to Address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants

    On 19 September 2016, the General Assembly will hold a high-level meeting to respond to large movements of refugees and migrants.

    The Secretary General’s report In Safety and Dignity: Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants (A70/59) provides a set of recommendations to improve the safety and dignity in large movements of both refugees and migrants, to adopt a global compact on responsibility-sharing for refugees, and to develop a global compact for safe, regular and orderly migration. Under each of the three “pillars”, the report spells out concrete actions to address the root causes of large-scale movements, to protect people on-the-move, and to facilitate safe, regular, orderly and responsible migration. The report also announces the launch of a global campaign to counter xenophobia.

    At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, the Non-Governmental Liaison Service and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs are facilitating a process to identify civil society attendees and speakers for the 19 September meeting and for the 18 July informal multi-stakeholder hearings.

    Civil society representatives may apply through the following link: http://bit.ly/UN-HLM-Refugees-Migrants-CSO-Apply-to-Speak-or-Attend

    Application deadlines: 26 June for the 18 July informal stakeholder hearings and 21 July for the 19 September high-level meeting. Limited funding will be available for participation in both events.

  • 3 - 14 October: 11th Session, Committee on Enforced Disappearances

    At its forthcoming 11th session on 3-14 October 2016, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances will examine the efforts of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Colombia 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 Cuba, Ecuador and Senegal.

  • 17 - 20 October: United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)

    Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, taking place in Quito, Ecuador, 17–20 October 2016.

    In Resolution 66/207 and in line with the bi-decennial cycle (1976, 1996 and 2016), the United Nations General Assembly decided to convene the Habitat III Conference to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization, to focus on the implementation of a New Urban Agenda, building on the Habitat Agenda of Istanbul in 1996. Member States of the General Assembly, decided that the objectives of the Conference are to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable urban development, assess accomplishments to date, address poverty, and identify and address new and emerging challenges. The Conference will result in a concise, focused, forward-looking, and action-oriented outcome document.

    The Conference welcomes the participation and contributions of all Member States and relevant stakeholders, including parliamentarians, civil society organizations, regional and local government and municipality representatives, professionals and researchers, academia, foundations, women and youth groups, trade unions, and the private sector, as well as organizations of the United Nations system and intergovernmental organizations.

    Apply for side events. Deadine 30 May 2016
    Apply for networking events. Deadine 30 May 2016
    Apply as an exhibitor. Deadine 5 August 2016

  • 24 October - 18 November: 65th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and pre-sessional working group for the 67th session

    65th session (24 October – 18 November 2016) and
    Pre-sessional Working Group for the 67th session (21-25 November 2016)
    Geneva, Palais des Nations, Room XVI, A Building.

    The Committee will examine the reports of the following countries during its 65th session: Antigua and Barbuda (in the absence of a report), Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bhutan, Burundi, Canada, Estonia, Honduras, Netherlands, Switzerland.

    The pre-sessional working group will convene in closed meeting and prepare lists of issues for the following States parties that are scheduled to be considered at the 67th session: Barbados, Costa Rica, Italy, Montenegro, Niger, Nigeria, Thailand.

    In addition, it will prepare a list of issues prior to reporting for Luxembourg under the new simplified reporting.

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