Also of Interest...
- Request for Input: UNDP’s Draft Social and Environmental Standards
UNDP is pleased to invite comments on its draft Social and Environmental Standards (French and Spanish versions will be posted here) by 18 April 2014. The objectives of the standards are to: (i) strengthen the social and environmental outcomes of UNDP’s programmes and projects; (ii) avoid adverse impacts to people and the environment; (iii) minimize, mitigate, and manage adverse impacts where avoidance is not possible; and (iv) strengthen capacities for managing social and environmental risks.
Inputs should help to ensure that the proposed standards respond to the needs of those UNDP aim to help; are relevant and practical within the context of UNDP works within; and are consistent with best practices.
Inputs will be taken into consideration in a revised version that will be presented to UNDP’s senior management for endorsement.
- Request for Input: Nominations for SIDS Civil Society Steering Committee
A forum for the Major groups and other stakeholders will take place on Thursday, 28 August, ahead of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS 2014) from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa.
This forum will be organized by the Division of Sustainable Development (DSD) in DESA in collaboration with a steering committee composed of 18 members: one representative from each of the 9 Major Groups, plus 9 representatives from SIDS-based civil society organizations - 3 from each of the SIDS regions (the Caribbean, the Pacific and AIMS - Africa, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea).
DSD will facilitate a three-week process with SIDS-based civil society organizations to determine which SIDS representatives will serve on the steering committee. Each Major Group will conduct its own process to determine its representative.
The mandate of the steering committee will be to:
- provide guidance in the organization of the Pre-Conference Major Groups and Other Stakeholders Forum to be held on 28 August in Samoa, including nomination of speakers and plan of work;
- facilitate outreach in each of the SIDS regions in addition to all nine major groups constituencies;
- facilitate engagement in the Preparatory meetings and the Conference;
- help facilitate joint advocacy and development of positions
This nomination process is open to all civil society organizations based in a SIDS country. Please submit nominations by 14 April .
- 7-11 April: Commission on Population and Development, 47th session
The theme of the 47th session of the Commission will be "Assessment of the status of implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development." The Commission will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York in Conference Room 1.
- 9-10 April: GA and ECOSOC Joint Event - The role of partnerships in the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda
The joint thematic debate is to provide a platform for Member States to address how strengthened global partnerships for sustainable development including multi‐stakeholders partnerships can contribute to the implementation of the post
2015 development agenda.
The event will promote the scaling‐up of the impact of all forms of cooperation in the post-2015 development agenda, and promote the urgent implementation of existing commitments under the global partnership for development while also addressing the emerging role of innovative multi‐stakeholder partnerships.
- 14-15 April: Global Dialogue on Financing for Development
The overall theme of the meeting will be “Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of financing for sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda”. The morning session on 14 April will feature a High-level Panel of Ministers on “World economic situation and prospects”. The meeting will also include thematic debates on: (a) Mobilization of financial resources and their effective use for sustainable development; and (b) Global partnership for development in the context of post-2015 development agenda.
- 24-25 April: GA Thematic Debate - Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies
The thematic debate will provide a platform for Member States to reflect, deliberate on this theme with a view to make concrete proposals and contributions to the ongoing process of developing sustainable development goals in the context of the post‐2015 development agenda.
The debate will consist of an opening segment in the morning and three
consecutive, interactive, multi‐stakeholder panel discussions and a brief closing segment. The outcome ofthe thematic debate will be a President’ssummary.
- 30 April- 2 May: 4th Meeting of the Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation
The Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CTSD) will hold its fourth meeting in Geneva from 30 April to 2 May 2014.
This will be the fourth in a series of meetings intended for an exchange of views among stakeholders and an outcome report of those meetings to the Commission. The meeting will take place in room XXV in Building E of the Palais des Nations.
Please email the name and contact details of your delegation's focal point to WSIS Coordinator no later than 20 April.
- 12-23 May: Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 13th session
The special theme of the session will be: “Principles of Good Governance Consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Articles 3 to 6 and 46 (3)”.
- 19-28 May: Committee on NGOs, 2014 resumed session
The Committee will review new and deferred applications. It is scheduled to adopt its report on 6 June 2014.
- 20-21 May: High-Level Event - Contributions of North-South, South-South, Triangular Cooperation, and ICT
The event will promote the scaling‐up of the impact of all forms of cooperation in the post-2015 Development Agenda and promote the urgent implementation of commitments under the global partnership for development. The event will be guided by the notion that, as a complement to traditional forms of cooperation, South‐South and triangular cooperation can also contribute towards the post‐2015 development agenda.
The event will also contribute to identify how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can be best used to bridge technology divides amongst countries, bearing in mind also the necessity of involving women, girls and young people and other affected groups in decisions relating to technology development and deployment.
- 27-29 May: ECOSOC Integration Segment - Sustainable Urbanization
By 2050, about 70 per cent of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas, and over 60 per cent of the land projected to become urban by 2030 is yet to be built. “Sustainable urbanization” will be the focus of the Integration Segment of the Economic and Social Council at United Nations Headquarters.
The primary objective will be to provide a multi-stakeholder platform to show how urbanization can be an effective tool for the integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
- 30 May - 1 June: Istanbul Summit on Women's Perspectives on UN Post-2015 Development Agenda
The Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) will host an international summit "Women’s Perspective on the Post-2015 Development Agenda” in Istanbul, Turkey from 30 May to 1 June 2014 .
The purpose of the summit is to contribute to the post-2015 development agenda by creating awareness across societies and establishing a worldwide network to facilitate cooperative activities. The summit will provide opportunities for NGOs to express their views, policies and ideas on future joint activities. It also will explore women’s perspectives and opinions on the proposed sustainable development goals by bringing together approximately 600 women participants from around the world.
JWF is a Turkish NGO in consultative status with ECOSOC since 2012.
- 2-3 June: ECOSOC Youth Forum
In accordance with General Assembly resolution 68/1, ECOSOC will promote the integration of youth into its deliberations, building on the past positive experiences of informal youth forums.
More information to follow.
- 9-13 June: United Nations Summer Academy
The 2014 session of the UN Summer Academy will take place at United Nations Headquarters. The curriculum for this session is focused on "New challenges, new actors, new UN approaches?", with a particular emphasis on innovation and leadership. Participation in the 2014 session will provide an ideal opportunity to interact with peers and faculty, participate in solution oriented practical clinics, and strengthen knowledge and skills on issues of relevance to the work of the United Nations and its partners.
The UN Summer Academy offers executive education, learning and knowledge exchange to those working for the United Nations and those who actively engage with the UN system in their daily lives. It combines academic rigour with cutting edge thinking, builds on a renowned faculty and is one of the few UN learning events open to UN staff, diplomats and civil society representatives alike.
- 17-18 June: High Level Event - Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
The high‐level event will examine how human rights, including the right to development, and the rule of law at the national and international levels, can support an inclusive, people centered development agenda.
- 23-25 June: ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment
The segment will be chaired by Mr. Ibrahim Dabbashi, Vice-President of ECOSOC. More information to follow
- 30 June - 9 July: High-Level Political Forum
One critical outcome of the Rio+20 Conference was the decision to establish a universal intergovernmental high-level political forum on sustainable development. Details to be announced in the near future.
- 7-11 July: ECOSOC High-Level Segment
The High-level Segment will focus on a broad range of issues at the heart of the UN development agenda. More details to follow.
- 21-22 July: ECOSOC Organizational Session for 2014-15 programme of work
The session will be chaired by Mr. Martin Sajdik, President of ECOSOC. More information to follow.
- 28 August - 4 September: UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, Apia, Samoa
The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States will be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa, to be preceded by activities related to the conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia, Samoa. The conference will focus the world’s attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.
- 22 September: Special Session of the General Assembly on ICPD Beyond 2014
The Review will identify progress and achievements towards the goals set out in the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), when 179 governments committed to a 20 year Programme of Action to deliver human rights based development. The Beyond 2014 Review process will engage world leaders from governments and civil society and create a renewed consensus and global commitment to create a more equal and more sustainable world.
- 22-23 September: World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
The high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), assembles on Monday, September 22 and Tuesday, September 23, 2014, in New York.