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  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 UN General Assembly will host a High-level Meeting at UN Headquarters in New York to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach. UN Member State consultations are underway to finalize the organizational arrangements, including on a possible outcome, for this High-level Meeting of the General Assembly.

    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 informal hearings between stakeholders and UN Member States on 18 July.

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

    DEADLINES
    24 May: Apply for civil society Steering Committee
    11 June: Apply for the 18 July informal hearings
    31 July: Apply for the 19 September high-level meeting

  • 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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