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  • 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.

  • 3 - 14 October: 11th Session, Committee on Enforced Disappearances

    At its forthcoming 11th session on 3-14 October 2016, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances will examine the efforts of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Colombia to implement the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance:

    The Committee will also adopt lists of issues on the reports submitted by Cuba, Ecuador and Senegal.

  • 3 October: Keynote address by Dambisa Moyo at opening of the Second Committee

    The opening of the 71st session of the General Assembly's Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) will take place on 3 October 2016 (10:00 to 13:00) in Conference Room 2 (CB) at UN Headquarters in New York. A keynote address will be delivered by Ms. Dambisa Moyo, a global economist and author who analyzes the macroeconomy and international affairs whose most recent book was Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for the World. The annual keynote address to the Committee aims to bring cutting edge, independent thinking to its attention and for consideration in relation to its work. This year will broadly address the proposed theme, “Overcoming Global Imbalances: Achieving Sustainable Development for All”. The meeting will be chaired by H.E. Mr. Dian Triansyah Djani (Indonesia). Please see flyer for further information.

  • 7 October: Joint meeting of ECOSOC and the Second Committee on Globalization and Multilateralism

    A joint meeting of ECOSOC and the GA Second Committee will be held on 7 October 2016 (10:00 to 13:00) in Conference Room 2 (CB) at UN Headquarters in New York. The joint meeting will focus on "The Changing Political Economy of Globalization: Multilateral Institutions and the 2030 Agenda", and will highlight recent trends in globalization that have exposed various fault lines in responses at the national and international levels. The aim of the meeting is to facilitate an interactive discussion to propose actions for a more inclusive globalization and strengthened multilalteralism. A keynote address will be delivered by Mr. Thomas L. Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who focuses on globalization and whose new book Thank You For Being Late: How to Find a Job, Run a Country, and Keep Your Head in an Age of Acceleration will be released in fall 2016. A moderated, interactive discussion of external experts from academia, business and research will follow. Further information about this event can be found here (https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2016/joint-meeting-ecosoc-and-second-committee-changing-political-economy-globalization)

    Please also see flyer.

  • 13-14 October: High-Level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of Landlocked Developing Countries

    The High-level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of LLDCs will review the progress made by LLDCs, as well as challenges in the development and maintenance of efficient, reliable and sustainable transport systems, and the linkages between the Vienna Programme of Action for LLDCs and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the area of transport. It will identify new strategies, cooperation initiatives and policy recommendations on how to develop and further improve transit transport systems for the benefit of the LLDCs, strengthen cooperation, enhance mobilization of financing for infrastructure development and maintenance and promote sustainable transport in the LLDCs. The recommendations of the meeting are expected to contribute the perspectives of the LLDCs into the first global sustainable transport conference to be held from 26-27 November 2016 in Turkmenistan.

    The meeting will be attended by the Ministers of Transport of LLDCs. Ministers of transport of transit developing countries and selected development partners, as well as representatives of the UN system, other international, regional and sub-regional organizations and financial institutions, the private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders will also be invited to participate at senior official level.

    Pre-registration, to be done through http://bit.ly/LLDCTransport, is required and is open for NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council from 20 September - 5 October 2016. Registration is non-transferrable.

  • 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
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  • 24 October - 18 November: 65th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and pre-sessional working group for the 67th session

    65th session (24 October – 18 November 2016) and
    Pre-sessional Working Group for the 67th session (21-25 November 2016)
    Geneva, Palais des Nations, Room XVI, A Building.

    The Committee will examine the reports of the following countries during its 65th session: Antigua and Barbuda (in the absence of a report), Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bhutan, Burundi, Canada, Estonia, Honduras, Netherlands, Switzerland.

    The pre-sessional working group will convene in closed meeting and prepare lists of issues for the following States parties that are scheduled to be considered at the 67th session: Barbados, Costa Rica, Italy, Montenegro, Niger, Nigeria, Thailand.

    In addition, it will prepare a list of issues prior to reporting for Luxembourg under the new simplified reporting.

  • 26-27 November: Global Sustainable Transport Conference, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene the first-ever Global Sustainable Transport Conference from 26-27 November 2016 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

    The Conference will be held at the highest level and will bring together key stakeholders from Governments, the private sector, and civil society to engage in dialogue that emphasizes the integrated and cross-cutting nature of sustainable transport. All modes of transport - road, rail, aviation and maritime - will be addressed as well as transport both in urban and rural areas, energy and transport, public transport, countries in special situations, road safety, and financing for sustainable transport, as well as finding a new paradigm for transport sustainability.

    NGO representatives will be able to attend conference plenaries, intervene in the round tables, subject to the availability of time, and organise side events.
    Pre-registration is required and will be open for NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council from 19 September - 31 October 2016. Registration is non-transferrable.

    To register: http://bit.ly/SustainableTransportConf

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