Also of Interest...
- 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.
- 13-14 October: High-Level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of Landlocked Developing Countries
The High-level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of LLDCs will review the progress made by LLDCs, as well as challenges in the development and maintenance of efficient, reliable and sustainable transport systems, and the linkages between the Vienna Programme of Action for LLDCs and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the area of transport. It will identify new strategies, cooperation initiatives and policy recommendations on how to develop and further improve transit transport systems for the benefit of the LLDCs, strengthen cooperation, enhance mobilization of financing for infrastructure development and maintenance and promote sustainable transport in the LLDCs. The recommendations of the meeting are expected to contribute the perspectives of the LLDCs into the first global sustainable transport conference to be held from 26-27 November 2016 in Turkmenistan.
The meeting will be attended by the Ministers of Transport of LLDCs. Ministers of transport of transit developing countries and selected development partners, as well as representatives of the UN system, other international, regional and sub-regional organizations and financial institutions, the private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders will also be invited to participate at senior official level.
Pre-registration, to be done through http://bit.ly/LLDCTransport, is required and is open for NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council from 20 September - 5 October 2016. Registration is non-transferrable.
- 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.
- 17 October - 4 November: Human Rights Committee (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights), 118th Session
The Committee will consider the following State reports during the session: Azerbaijan, Colombia, Morocco, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Slovakia.
Country Report Task Forces will consider and adopt list of issues on the following countries: Honduras, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Mongolia, Pakistan.
Task Forces will consider and adopt list of issues on reports submitted by the following countries (Optional Reporting Procedure - focused reports based on replies to lists of issues prior to reporting): Paraguay, Togo.
- 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.
- 26-27 November: Global Sustainable Transport Conference, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene the first-ever Global Sustainable Transport Conference from 26-27 November 2016 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
The Conference will be held at the highest level and will bring together key stakeholders from Governments, the private sector, and civil society to engage in dialogue that emphasizes the integrated and cross-cutting nature of sustainable transport. All modes of transport - road, rail, aviation and maritime - will be addressed as well as transport both in urban and rural areas, energy and transport, public transport, countries in special situations, road safety, and financing for sustainable transport, as well as finding a new paradigm for transport sustainability.
NGO representatives will be able to attend conference plenaries, intervene in the round tables, subject to the availability of time, and organise side events.
Pre-registration is required and will be open for NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council from 19 September - 31 October 2016. Registration is non-transferrable.
To register: http://bit.ly/SustainableTransportConf
- 15-18 January: UN World Data Forum, Cape Town, South Africa
The first UN World Data Forum will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 15-18 January 2017, hosted by the Government of South Africa and Statistics South Africa. The Forum will bring together key experts from governments, businesses, civil society and the scientific and academic communities to discuss opportunities and challenges and showcase the latest innovations to improve data and statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Information on the Forum is now available at http://undataforum.org. You can also follow updates and information via the twitter handle @UNDataForum. Pre-registration for the Forum can be accessed here: undataforum.org/WorldDataForum/registration. The deadline to pre-register is 2 December 2016.