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  • 26 April: Civil Society Briefing on Phase 2 of ECOSOC Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the 2030 Agenda

    As part of phase two of the Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the United Nations development system in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, based on ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, the Vice-President of ECOSOC, H.E. Mr. Alejandro Palma Cerna, will convene an informal civil society briefing on 26 April 2016, at UN Headquarters in New York, in Conference Room 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    The second phase of the Dialogue, which started at the end of 2015 and will end in mid-2016, is expected to result in the development of concrete proposals and options for strengthening the UN development system in response to the requirements of the 2030 Agenda. To support the deliberations of Member States, the ECOSOC Bureau appointed an Independent Team of Advisors to assist in analysing, prioritizing and concretizing options for strengthening the work of the UN development system. The Team is composed of fourteen members from all regions with complementary expertise and from both developing and developed countries. The team also includes non-governmental representatives through the participation of leaders of several think tank organizations. The outcome of the Dialogue will inform intergovernmental deliberations on operational activities of the UN system to be undertaken by the General Assembly in the second half of 2016.

  • 2 - 4 May: 2016 ECOSOC Integration Segment

    The 2016 Integration Segment of the Economic and Social Council, to be held from 2 to 4 May 2016, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, will be chaired by His Excellency Sven Jürgenson, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Estonia to the United Nations and Vice-President of ECOSOC, and will address the theme "Implementing the 2030 Agenda through Policy Innovation and Integration". The Integration Segment will bring together high-level representatives of the Member States, including Heads of State and Government, ministers and mayors, agencies of the United Nations system and civil society actors, including non-governmental organizations, academia and the private sector. The meeting will feature various interactive panel discussions and dialogues, providing a platform to identify opportunities and challenges in developing integrated and innovative policy tools to implement the 2030 Agenda. The Segment will consider lessons learned and recommendations for the way forward at the national, regional and international levels, including specific contribution from the UN system.

  • 6 May: ECOSOC Special Meeting on on "Impacts of the 2015/16 El Niño phenomenon: Reducing risks and capturing opportunities"

    The ECOSOC Special Meeting on "Impacts of the 2015/16 El Niño phenomenon: Reducing risks and capturing opportunities" that will take place on 6 May 2016 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the UN Headquarters in New York. The meeting will draw on the experiences of affected countries and the UN system to identify lessons learned and recommendations for addressing the economic, social and environmental dimensions of the El Niño phenomenon. The meeting, organized by UN-DESA in collaboration with UNISDR and WMO, is being convened at the request of the General Assembly (A/RES/70/110). For the concept note and latest programme, please visit http://bit.ly/1p4VMr7. Attendees that do not hold a valid UN pass must pre-register in advance at http://bit.ly/1WDulSN.

  • 9 - 20 May: 15th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII15)

    The 15th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII15) will be held at UN Headquarters, New York from 9-20 May 2016. This event is ONLY open to NGOs in Consultative Status with ECOSOC, Accredited Indigenous Peoples Organizations (IPOs) and Academics to the UNPFII. Please note that the registration deadline is: 26 April 2016.

  • 10 - 11 May: High-level Thematic Debate on UN, Peace and Security

    The President of the United Nations General Assembly will convene a High-Level Thematic Debate of the UN General Assembly focused on UN, Peace and Security on 10-11 May 2016. This event will be a platform to identify key threats and engage in a strategic reflection about today’s challenges to international peace and security. Furthermore, it will allow for a consideration about the means, tools and instruments available within a UN-context to tackle these challenges as well as the responsibilities and institutions required for an effective, collective security architecture.

    Member States have been invited to participate at the highest possible level. Observers, UN entities, civil society, research institutions with global and regional reach, media, and other stakeholders also have an opportunity to attend.
    Registration is now open for representatives of organizations and other stakeholders actively working in the area of peace and security from ECOSOC and non-ECOSOC accredited NGOs, civil society, the research, scientific and academic communities, youth groups and other relevant stakeholders.

    All organizations wishing to attend the High-level Thematic Debate will need to register by applying here. Applications for general registration are being accepted from 31 March - 12 April 2016.

  • 23 May - 1 June: 2016 Resumed Session of the Committee on NGOs

    The 2016 Resumed 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 10 June 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 July 2016.

  • 27 - 29 May: High-level Mid-Term Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action for Least Developed Countries

    The High-level Mid-Term Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action for Least Developed Countries will take place in Antalya, Turkey from 27-29 May.

    Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) wishing to participate at the Midterm Review are invited to apply as follows:

    - NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC and non-governmental organizations that were accredited to the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV) in 2011 wishing to attend the Mid-Term Review should register through the form at the link below no later than 15 May 2016.

    - NGOs that are not accredited to ECOSOC and that were not accredited to LDC-IV should apply for special accreditation through the form at the link below no later than 29 April 2016.

    You may apply for registration or special accreditation to the Mid-Term Review using this same form, which will require different information depending on your organization's status:
    http://www.unngls.org/index.php/ldc-mid-term-review/registration

  • 30 May - 1 June: 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference, "Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together"

    Organized in cooperation with the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, the NGO community, the Government of the Republic of Korea and the National Organizing Committee of Korea, the 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference will be held under the theme "Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together", in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea.

    The purpose of this Conference, rooted in Sustainable Development Goal number 4, is to harness strategies, expertise and resources across the widest spectrum of civil society to unleash a range of education initiatives that ensure inclusive, safe and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

    In this 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference, NGOs are encouraged to support participation by their own representatives, including youth representatives, and also to support the participation of NGO representatives and voices from vulnerable communities most affected by poverty, inequality, injustice and climate change to contribute to and benefit from the gathering.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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