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CALL FOR WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS: Consultations of the Committee on NGOs with NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC

The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) will hold consultations with organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC to discuss questions of interest to the Committee or to the organizations relating to the relationship between the NGOs and the United Nations in line with paragraph 61 (a) of ECOSOC resolution 1996/31. The consultations will take the form of written submissions and an interactive hearing which will be held in New York on 9 December 2022 from 10:00am – 1:00pm.

As part of the consultation process, all NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC are invited to submit their contributions and views on four key questions in the Concept Note ahead of the hearing by following the instructions below: Instructions for submission of of Written Inputs

  • Use the name of your organization as the document’s name.
  • The written submission should address the four questions outlined in the Concept Note.
  • Your submission to each question should not exceed 500 words.
  • To submit your written inputs, Log in to your NGO profile and under the “Correspondence tab” click on “New Message.” Attach the document to the email, and use “2022 Consultations with NGOs in consultative status-Written Submissions” as the email title/subject, and “Event/Meeting” as the category.
  • Please note that we are not able to accept other formats such as PDF, jpeg, etc.
  • Press “send”. Please note that your submission is final; you will not be able to edit your statement submission or send multiple versions.
  • Kindly ensure that your written submission is finalized prior to sending the document.

The deadline for submitting written contributions is 31 August 2022.

Please refer to the Concept Note (in English) for further details.

Instructions on registering for participation at the Interactive Hearing will be made available in the coming weeks.

Your contribution is important!

Civil Society Mapping and Engagement Initiative

15 March 2022: Deadline for organisations to register their interest for Civil Society Mapping and Engagement Initiative

Independent Expert calls for input on the rights of older persons deprived of liberty and the right to adequate housing.

1 April 2022: Deadline: Independent Expert calls for input on the rights of older persons deprived of liberty and the right to adequate housing.

Registration to the 2022 ECOSOC Partnership Forum online event platform is now open!

The 2022 ECOSOC Partnership Forum will be held virtually on 2 February 2022 on the theme “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The ECOSOC Partnership Forum will be an opportunity for governments and multiple stakeholders to exchange new ideas, recommendations and priorities for the upcoming work of the ECOSOC and the UN high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF); and shine the spotlight on forward-looking actions and partnerships that promote a sustainable recovery from the pandemic and accelerate progress towards the SDGs.

Register here to attend the event on the online Whova event platform and access all sessions, including plenaries, thematic spotlight sessions, a Partnership Exchange and side events.

Through the Whova event platform, participants can attend the ECOSOC Partnership Forum including:

  • View the event agenda and plan your personal schedule
  • Access live stream of all sessions and use the session Q&A to ask questions of the panelists
  • Virtually connect and network with other attendees
  • Create and converse through various Discussion Topics in the Community Board
  • Receive event updates such as last minute session changes from the organizers

For more information about the 2022 ECOSOC Partnership Forum, including programme, information note and related documentation, please see here.

Call for inputs – OHCHR report on the contribution of transitional justice to sustaining peace and the realization of SDG 16

Opportunities for NGOs to address the Commission

CSW 66 – Opportunities for ECOSOC NGOs to Address the Commission

Written statements

NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) may submit written statements on the thematic issues considered by CSW66, in accordance with Council resolution 1996/31.

 

Submission of written statements for CSW66 will be open for NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC from 24 September to 15 October 2021. We are not able to accept late submissions.

 

NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) may submit one individual statement per organization and may sign on to multiple joint statements. NGOs are strongly encouraged to submit joint statements in collaboration with other NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC.

Written statements by organizations in general consultative status with ECOSOC may not exceed 2,000 words including the cover page; statements by organizations in special consultative status with ECOSOC may not exceed 1,500 words including the cover page.

Written statements may be submitted in one of the official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish) and will be published on the CSW website in the language received, closer to the session.

>>To submit a written statement, please click here for instructions and submission email.

 

Making a speech during the general discussion

Subject to time availability, oral statements may be delivered during the general discussion by a limited number of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC. Preference will be given to NGOs speaking about the priority theme or review theme, on behalf of groups of organizations, caucuses, or coalitions.

Oral statements should not exceed three minutes (approx. two pages double-spaced using font size 12). Instructions will be communicated, via e-mail, to the NGOs that will be selected.

Sign-up for NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC wishing to express interest in delivering an oral statement during the general discussion at CSW usually opens in January.

 

Intervening from the floor during an interactive dialogue

A limited number of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC will be able to make oral interventions during the interactive panels. Interventions must be focused on the theme of the panel and not on any other issues.

Interventions at interactive expert panels are NOT to be in the form of prepared statements; NGOs are therefore not required to submit copies of such interventions. These interventions must be in the form of comments or questions addressed to the panel experts. Interventions should not exceed three minutes. Instructions will be communicated via e-mail to organizations that will be selected to make an intervention.

Sign-up for NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC wishing to express interest in intervening from the floor during a dialogue or an interactive panel usually opens in January.

Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Civil Society Participation in UN High-Level Meetings and Events

COVID-19 and the public health measures put in place to protect us have had significant impact on civil society organizations’ (CSO) opportunities for in-person participation at high-level meetings and events. In an effort to provide the most meaningful CSO engagement in any environment, we’d like to learn about your experiences and use the feedback and experiences collected to better understand the impact to enhance our work together moving forward. We invite you to complete this short survey and share your thoughts.

The deadline to complete this survey is 11 October 2021.

If you have any question, please contact the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (ngls@un.org) that manages the survey.

Thank you for your participation.

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How can civil society participation in high-level UN meetings and events be more meaningful in our collective #COVID19 new normal?

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How has your organization participated in high-level UN meetings and events during the #COVID19 pandemic?

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Has access to technology and online resources during the #COVID19 pandemic changed your participation in high-level UN meetings and events?

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Short Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Civil Society Participation in UN High-Level Meetings and Events

We would like to invite you to complete a short (10 minutes) survey on the impact of COVID-19 on civil society participation in high-level UN meetings and events. The survey is conducted by the Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) in the United Nations Department of Global Communications.

The pandemic and the public health measures put in place have had significant impact on civil society organizations (CSO)’ opportunities for in-person participation at high-level meetings and events. Your response to this survey will greatly help the effort to provide the most meaningful CSO engagement in this changing environment.

Please submit your responses here: bit.ly/3lPlXSh
The deadline to complete this survey is 11 October 2021.

How to register for UNCTAD15

Call to Civil Society Youth: International Youth Day 2021, Transforming Food Systems

For International Youth Day on August 12, 2021, the United Nations Civil Society Unit is celebrating youth voices. The theme of this year Youth Day is, “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health.” The day aims to highlight the notion that the success of such a global effort will not be achieved without the meaningful participation of young people.

Everyday, young people all over the globe work towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Department of Global Communications is aiming to share these successes with our Civil Society network to celebrate youth and to encourage more youth to become involved by becoming the change they want to see in the world. Please submit TEXT and VIDEO responses (see details below) for a chance to be featured in our International Youth Day Celebration.

The deadline for submissions is 8 August 2021.

*We will try to highlight each project as comprehensively as possible. We also appreciate your patience in taking time to answer all questions. Please note that depending on the volume of responses received, we may not be able to share every submission.

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