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  • 10 July: Pre-HLPF preparatory meeting for Major Groups and other Stakeholders

    The Division for Sustainable Development of DESA, in partnership with the Major Groups and other Stakeholders HLPF Coordination Mechanism, will be hosting a pre-HLPF MGoS preparatory meeting on 10 July 2016. This meeting will be an opportunity for stakeholder coordination, information and networking ahead of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. Registration information will be available very soon on https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/majorgroups/hlpf

  • 11 - 20 July: 2016 High-level political forum on sustainable development, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council

    The 2016 high-level political forum on sustainable development, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, will be held from Monday, 11 July, to Wednesday, 20 July 2016. The three-day ministerial meeting of the forum will be held from Monday, 18 July, to Wednesday, 20 July 2016.

    The theme of the forum for 2016 is “Ensuring that no one is left behind”. For more information on the forum please see the following website: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf

    Registration is open for two categories of NGOs:
    • Organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC; and
    • Organizations on the CSD Roster.

  • 12 - 13 July: President of the UN General Assembly's High-level Thematic Debate on Human Rights

    The President of the United Nations General Assembly will convene, on 12-13 July 2016, a High-level Thematic Debate (HLTD) on Human Rights. In light of the 50th anniversary of the international human rights covenants and the process to select and appoint the next United Nations Secretary-General, the HLTD will be an opportunity to: take an overarching view of the current human rights situation in our world today; consider the foundations for human rights and identify what actions are needed to unleash rapid improvement in the promotion and protection of human rights globally; and highlight the United Nations' role in this area and how action to realize human rights can contribute to progress on peace and security and sustainable development.

    The main areas of focus of the Thematic Debate will be: Combatting discrimination and inequalities; Strengthening governance, the rule of law and access to justice; and
    Enabling active participation in society.

    To apply to speak at or attend this event: http://bit.ly/12-13July-Human-Rights
    To apply for the civil society Selection Committee for this event: http://bit.ly/12-13July-HumanRights-CSO-SC

  • 18 July: Informal Multi-stakeholder Hearings for the UN General Assembly High-level Meeting to Address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants

    In preparation for the 19 September 2016 high-level meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants, the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA) will host an informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearing on 18 July 2016. The hearing will provide the opportunity for stakeholders to engage with UN Member States on this important topic. The outcome of the hearing will be a President’s summary.

    Non-governmental organizations that are in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with relevant expertise are invited to apply to register for the 18 July informal hearing and/or the 19 September high-level meeting. Non-governmental organizations that are not accredited to ECOSOC are invited to apply for special accreditation.

    At the request of the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (OPGA), the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) are facilitating an open and participatory process to identify attendees and speakers for this event, as well as for the 19 September High-level meeting.

    Travel funding will be available for several of the speakers selected through this process, for both the 18 July and 19 September events.

    DEADLINES
    26 June: Apply for the 18 July informal stakeholder hearings
    21 July: Apply for the 19 September high-level meeting

  • 18 July: Partnership Exchange event to enhance global partnership for sustainable development

    The Division for Sustainable Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), is organizing the first 2016 Partnership Exchange event on 18 July 2016, Conference Room 1, United Nations Headquarters, New York on the occasion of the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

    The Partnership Exchange event will serve as a forum to enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, providing a platform for multi-stakeholder partnerships, government officials, United Nations, major groups and other stakeholders to share knowledge and expertise to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The theme for the 2016 Partnership Exchange is "Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals through multi-stakeholder partnerships - ensuring that no one is left behind", in line with the theme of the High-level Political Forum in 2016.

    Programme: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/PartnershipExchange

    Participate
    The Partnership Exchange special event is open to all registered HLPF participants. Registration is not required for NGOs with valid UN Grounds Passes.

    If you are not accredited to HLPF, please click below to register if you wish to attend the Partnership Exchange special event. Special event tickets will be provided to attend the Partnership Exchange event on 18 July 2016 on a first-come first-served basis. Deadline for registration is 11 July 2016.

    Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cIOlpitByTItu4OufifgydWuHz2OH7nnNh8xPdN0uG0/viewform

  • 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.

  • 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

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