Also of Interest...
- 25 January - 3 February: Committee on NGOs, 2016 Regular Session
The 2016 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 16 February 2016 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 2016.
- 1 - 2 February: Civil Society Forum on 'Inequalities and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'
The Civil Society Forum is hosted jointly by UNDESA-DSPD, the NGO Committee for Social Development and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, New York Office. The Forum prepares civil society participants to engage at the 54th Session of the Commission for Social Development (3-12 February, 2016 at UNHQ in New York) as well as in ongoing discussions related to the application and evaluation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
- 3 - 12 February: 54th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD54)
The 54th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD54) will take place in New York from 3 to 12 February 2016 at United Nations Headquarters in New York under the priority theme "Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world". The CSocD54 is an opportunity for sharing perspectives and best practices to promote social development in the new context of the sustainable development goals contained in the 2030 Agenda.
- 10 February: Informal Interactive Stakeholder Consultation for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016)
There will be an Informal Interactive Stakeholder Consultation for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016) on 10 February 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Consultation is an opportunity for all relevant stakeholders to contribute further to the ongoing preparatory process for UNGASS 2016 by sharing practical expertise and experiences from their work on the ground as an input for consideration by Member States in the negotiations of the outcome document. It presents also an opportunity for stakeholders to prepare for their contributions to the interactive multi-stakeholder round tables at UNGASS.
All organizations wishing to attend the one-day Consultation will need to register by applying here. Applications for general registration for the Consultation are being accepted from 17 December 2015 - 13 January 2016.
The one-day Consultation features an Opening Segment, two interactive-round tables and a closing segment. A Moderator will facilitate each of the two round tables that are a feature of the Consultation. To be considered for the Moderator role, applicants should be knowledgeable about the subject matter, generally good at including as many voices as possible in the discussion and able to steer the discussion. Please use the form at this link to apply to be a Moderator. Applications will be accepted from 17 – 31 December 2015.
Stakeholders are invited to apply to speak at the Consultation, by completing the form available here. Applications will be accepted from 17 – 31 December 2015.
- 15 February - 11 March: 63rd session - Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
The Committee will examine the reports of the following countries during its 63rd session in Geneva: Czech Republic, Haiti, Iceland, Japan, Mongolia, Sweden, Tanzania, Vanuatu.
Registration is now open: http://bit.ly/CEDAW63
- 16 February: Briefing on Zika Virus
The President of the Economic and Social Council (Republic of Korea) will convene a briefing on the Zika virus. The briefing will be held on Tuesday, 16 February 2016, from 15:00 to 17:00, in the Economic and Social Council Chamber. The Council will be briefed by the World Health Organization Office (WHO) at the UN, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control, followed by an interactive discussion. All are invited to attend. For more information, please visit the ECOSOC website.
- 7 - 18 March: 10th Session, Committee on Enforced Disappearances
At its forthcoming 10th session in March 2016, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances will examine the efforts of Burkina Faso, Kazakhstan and Tunisia 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 Bosnia and Herzegovina and Colombia.
- 14 - 24 March: Sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60)
The sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 14 to 24 March 2016. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world will attend the session. The priority theme of the session will be: Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development. The review theme will be: The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls (agreed conclusions from the fifty-seventh session).
Online pre-registration for the sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will close on 27 January 2016 at 6 pm EST; no extensions will be granted. Online pre-registration via United Nations CSO Net is mandatory for all participants.
For more information on CSW60 registration, including a video tutorial on how to pre-register, please visit the CSW60 website at http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/ngo-participation/registration
- 18 - 22 April: 15th Session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA)
The 15th session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will be held from 18 to 22 April 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters, in New York, United States of America.
As approved by ECOSOC, the main issue for discussion will be “Moving from commitments to results: transforming public institutions to facilitate inclusive policy formulation and integration in the implementation and monitoring of the sustainable development goals” The five sub-issues will be:
1. Ensuring prioritization and decision-making that is fair, responsive, inclusive, participatory and accountable at all levels;
2. Improving engagement and communication between Governments and stakeholders, including through access to information, open government and electronic and mobile solutions;
3. Ensuring effective and innovative implementation, monitoring and impact evaluation of the policies identified in support of the sustainable development goals;
4. Strengthening the confidence of citizens in the effectiveness, validity and integrity of public administration through enhanced, targeted efforts to use good governance to prevent, expose and deal with corruption;
5. Developing transformative leadership and enhancing relevant competencies of public servants.
Registration and online submission of statements is now open. For those unable to attend in person, live and on-demand webcast coverage of this event will be available in six languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) at http://webtv.un.org
- 19 - 21 April: Special Session of the General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016)
The General Assembly, in its resolution 70/181 of 17 December 2015, decided that the special session of the General Assembly on the world drug problem shall be convened for three days, from 19 to 21 April 2016, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, following the fifty-ninth session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, scheduled to be held in March 2016.
Furthermore, the General Assembly decided that representatives of non-governmental organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC are invited to participate in the special session and representatives of civil society and the scientific community, academia, youth groups and other relevant stakeholders may participate in the special session, in accordance with the rules of procedure and established practice of the General Assembly.
To that end, registration is now open for representatives of organizations actively working on drug-related matters from ECOSOC and non-ECOSOC accredited NGOs, civil society, the scientific and academic communities, youth groups and other relevant stakeholders.
All organizations wishing to attend UNGASS 2016 will need to register by applying here: http://bit.ly/UNGASS-2016. Applications for general registration are being accepted from 1 February – 28 March 2016.
- 21 April: High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The President of the United Nations General Assembly will convene, on 21 April 2016, a High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event will bring together political, business and civil society leaders to focus on kick-starting SDGs implementation.
Registration is now open for all relevant stakeholders, including civil society, private sector and academia from the following categories:
• Non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council
• Organizations accredited to the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015
• Organizations accredited to the Financing for Development (FfD) process
All organizations wishing to attend the High-level Thematic Debate will need to register by applying here: http://bit.ly/HLTD-SDGs. Applications for general registration are being accepted from 1 February – 28 March 2016.
- 14 - 16 June: Ninth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted by the General Assembly by its resolution 61/106 of 13 December 2006. It came into force on 3 May 2008 upon the 20th ratification. Article 40 of the Convention stipulates that "The States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention." Since 2008, eight sessions of the Conference of States Parties have been held at United Nations Headquarters, New York.
The 9th session will take place at the United Nations Headquarters from 14 to 16 June 2016. This year’s session will include Elections for nine members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.