Schedule and agenda of the General Assembly

DATE AND SCHEDULE OF THE 27th CoNGO GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Schedules as listed below are based on New York EST. Please check the timezone of your location.

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The General Assembly convenes on November 29, 2021 and adjourns on December 1, 2021.

DAILY SCHEDULE (as of 24 November 2021)

November 29, Monday

09:00 AM to 12:00 PM                      PLENARY 1

  • HIGH LEVEL OPENING OF THE 27TH CoNGO GENERAL ASSEMBLY: KEYNOTE ADDRESSES
    • H. E. Antonio Guterres (United Nations Secretary-General)
    • H. E. Mr. Abdulla Shahid (President, 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly)
    • H. E. Ambassador Collen Vixen Kolepile (President of the UN Economic and Social Council)
    • H.E. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield (Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN)
    • Musical Interlude: Cecelia Stearman, mezzo-soprano
    • Dr. Liberato C. Bautista (President, Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the UN)
  • Business Session 1
    • Roll Call
    • Approval of the Minutes of the 26th General Assembly Geneva, 2018)
    • Statutory Action
      • Amendment to the Rules of CoNGO
    • Reports of the Global Leadership of CoNGO
      • Report of the President: Liberato Bautista
      • Report of the First Vice President: Cyril Ritchie
      • Report of the Second Vice President: Martina Gredler

12:00 PM to 12:45 PM                        Break

12:45 PM to 03:00 PM                        PLENARY II

  • Business Session 2
    • First Report of the Nominations Committee
      • Deadline of nominations for CoNGO Board is 12:00AM EST (Midnight of Nov. 29, New York time)
      • Orientation to the electronic voting platform for the election of CoNGO President and Board members
    • Finance Report
    • Presentation of the Proposed Compendium of Principles for NGO Good Practice

November 30, Tuesday

09:00 AM to 12:00 PM                       PLENARY III

  • DISTINGUISHED ADDRESS
    • Ms. Tatiana Valovaya (Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva)
  • PROFILE IN NGO LEADERSHIP AND CIVIL SOCIETY ACTIVISM
    • Ms. Edith Ballantyne (Former CoNGO President, 1976-1982) , in conversations with Liberato Bautista, Cyril Ritchie, Jan Lönn, and Manjit Dosanjh
  • MUSICAL INTERLUDE
  • MEMORIALS 
    • Ms. Rosalind (Ross) Harris (ISS, Former CoNGO President, 1972-1976 and 1991-1994)
    • Col. Robert Bateman (OSMTH, CoNGO Board Member, 2018-2021)
    • Ms. Clarissa Starey (Pan Pacific South East Asia Women’s Association)
    • Ms. Virginia Maynard (AAUW, VGIF, CoNGO Treasurer, 1919)
    • {Please email the CoNGO President at president@ngocongo.org if you know someone who has served the CoNGO Board as officer or board member within the period from 2018 to the latest so that they can be included in the memorial}.
  • Business Session 3
    • Presentation of the Synthesis Report of the Civil Society Summit on Substantive Issues
    • Deadline of nominations for CoNGO President is 12:00PM EST (noon of Nov. 30 New York time)

12:00 PM to 12:45 PM                        Break

12:45 PM to 03:00 PM                        PLENARY IV

  • Business Session 4
    • Final report of the Nominations Committee

December 1, Wednesday

09:00 AM to 12:00 PM                       PLENARY V

    • Electronic voting for the election of CoNGO President and CoNGO Board will be held in the morning of December 1, details subject to approval by the Assembly based on its actions in the afternoon plenary (Business Session 4) of Nov. 30. Registered participants designated by their organization as voting delegates will receive instructions on the electronic voting.
  • ROUNDTABLE CONVERSATIONS ON UN-NGO RELATIONS
    • Mr. Marc-André Dorel (Acting Chief, NGO Branch, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs)
    • Ms. Lidiya Grigoreva (Head, NGO Liaison Unit, Office of the Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva)
    • Ms. Mirella Dumar Frahi (Chief, Civil Society Unit, Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)
  • Business Session 5
    • Election of CoNGO President
    • Election of Members of the CoNGO Board

12:00 PM to 12:45 PM                        Break

12:45 PM to 03:00 PM                        PLENARY VI

  • Business Session 6
  • Adjournment

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03:45 PM to 4:45 PM                      CoNGO Board Meeting

The Newly Elected CoNGO Board meets to elect from among its membership the other officers of CoNGO and to set the date of its first meeting in 2022.

  • Election of the following officers: First Vice President, Second Vice President, 2 Vice Presidents-at-Large, Secretary and Treasurer.