Also of Interest...
- 20 April-1 May: 14th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
The fourteenth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will be held in UN Headquarters, New York from 20 April to 1 May 2015.
This event is ONLY open to NGOs with ECOSOC Status, Accredited Indigenous Peoples Organizations (IPOs) and Academics to the Forum.
- 20-24 April: 14th Session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA)
The 14th Session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will be held from 20 to 24 April 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters, in New York, United States of America. As approved by ECOSOC, the main issue for discussion will be “Building trust in government in pursuit of the sustainable development goals, what will it take?” The three sub-issues will be:
1. Redefining relationships and responsibilities to support participatory governance and responsive public service delivery, including through e-solutions;
2. Strengthening innovation, prioritization, informed decision-making and integration of policy development processes for enhanced impact; and
3. Promoting accountable institutions, ethical leadership and integrity to enhance confidence in efforts to deliver sustainable development.
Live and on-demand webcast coverage of this event will be available in six languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) at http://webtv.un.org
- 27 April-22 May: 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)
The NPT is a landmark international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament. The NPT represents the only binding commitment in a multilateral treaty to the goal of disarmament by the nuclear-weapon States.
Conferences to review the operation of the Treaty have been held at five-year intervals since the Treaty went into effect in 1970. Each conference has sought to find agreement on a final declaration that would assess the implementation of the Treaty’s provisions and make recommendations on measures to further strengthen it.
- 28 April: ECOSOC civil society hearing on the longer-term positioning of the United Nations development system
The Economic and Social Council, pursuant to its resolution 2014/14 will convene a civil society hearing, with the participation of the representatives of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC, on the topic of “Longer-term positioning of the United Nations development system”. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, 28 April 2015, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., in Conference Room 3, at the United Nations Headquarters.
The hearing will provide representatives of civil society an opportunity to contribute to the ongoing ECOSOC dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the United Nations development system, taking into account the post-2015 development agenda, including the interlinkages between the alignment of functions, funding practices, governance structures, capacity and impact of the United Nations development system, partnership approaches and organizational arrangements.
The ECOSOC Dialogue process consisting of both formal and informal sessions held over an 18-month period, will serve as key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review (QCPR) of the General Assembly of operational activities of the UN system in 2016.
The programme will be made available shortly on ECOSOC QCPR website. For additional information on the ongoing ECOSOC Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the United Nations development system, please click here.
- 4-15 May: 11th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF11)
According to resolution E/2000/35 that established the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), the Forum is open to all States and operates in a transparent and participatory manner. The participation of a wide range of forest-related stakeholders is considered a key component of sustainable forest management. For this reason, the Forum welcomes the participation of the nine major groups as identified in Chapter 23 of Agenda 21. Major groups organizations that are accredited with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) are encourage to participate in Forum Sessions.
The main theme of UNFF11 is entitled " Forests: progress, challenges and the way forward for the international arrangement on forests: (a) Reviewing the effectiveness of the international arrangement on forests (IAF) and consideration of all future options; (b) Reviewing the progress towards the achievement of the Global Objectives on Forests (GOFs) and the implementation of the non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests; (c) Reviewing the contribution of forests and the IAF, including the non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests, to the internationally agreed development goals.
As part of UNFF11, a Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue (MSD) will be held on Tuesday, 4 May 2015. This Dialogue will provide an opportunity for dialogue between member States of the Forum and representatives of major groups on the theme of UNFF11.
- 26 May-3 June: Committee on NGOs, 2015 Resumed Session
The 2015 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 12 June 2015 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 2015.