climate governance

53rd Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

The 53rd Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals will take place on 19 and 20 October 2022 in Bonn, Germany.

Participation

The meeting is open to all members and alternate members of the Standing Committee and representatives of CMS Parties, CMS Agreements, partner organizations and other observers.

According to the Rules of Procedures, any Party or any observer admitted to the COP immediately preceding the meeting of the Committee, after advising the Secretariat of their intention to attend, can observe a meeting of the Committee. Other agencies or institutions that are not members of the Committee can participate as observers after approval of their participation by the Chair and Standing Committee members.

Registration

Please complete the online pre-registration form.

Deadlines for Submitting Documents

The deadline for submitting reports and documents to the Secretariat for the consideration of the StC53 is 20 August 2022.

View the Document Template

All documents will be posted in the three working languages by 9 September 2022, with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety kindly providing simultaneous interpretation in English, Spanish and German. 

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit congocsd.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit ngocsd-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, please visit facebook.com/NGOCoRIP. For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security, please visit ngodisarm.org

Holistic Climate Solutions Summit

From September 19-25, join Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation’s “Holistic Climate Solutions Summit” for thought-provoking panels, interactive workshops, and dialogues exploring an alternative future that is within reach. Convened in alignment with Climate Week NYC and the UN General Assembly, we’ll present solutions-focused themes that model a better tomorrow, as well as those that showcase what’s possible when optimism and action converge with respect for all sentient beings and our planet.

View the full program here: tzuchicenter.org/programs/climate-week-nyc

In-person (RSVP required): Tzu Chi Center, 229 E 60th Street, New York, NY 10022

Virtual: tzuchicenter.org/programs/climate-week-nyc#live

Each day of the Summit will be dedicated to the following themes (and their respective sessions):

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, please visit rngos.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values, and Global Concerns/NY, please visit csvgc-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, please visit facebook.com/NGOCoRIP. For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit ngosonffd.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development/Vienna, please visit csr-sustainability.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development/NY, please visit ngocsd-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email the vice chair at susanneseperson@gmail.com. 

{Virtual} UN75 Global Governance Forum (Day 2)

UN75 Global Governance Forum (Day 2)

OPENING PLENARY – 9:00am – 9:25am

Livestream Link: https://livestream.com/accounts/22723452/UN75GGForumSept17

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PARTNERSHIP TRACK – 9:25am – 10:40am

Introduction to the Partnership Track by Maureen Connolly, Forum Director

Sustainable Development Partnerships Presentations

Good Global Citizens: A Dialogue on Wealth and Responsible Tax Conduct for a Fair Post-Covid Global Economy led by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office

Cold Catch: Developing a Cold Chain Infrastructure for the Somali Fishing Industry led by Secure Fisheries, One Earth Future

The International Municipal Investment Fund-Technical Assistance Facility (IMIF-TAF) led by the United Nations Capital Development Fund

The Purpose-First Economy led by Leaders on Purpose

UNDP Accelerator Labs: accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, led by United Nations Development Program

Response by Honorary Co-Chair Gro Harlem Brundtland, Co-Chair, Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, Member of The Elders, and former Director-General of the World Health Organization and Prime Minister of Norway

Peace and Security Partnerships Presentations

Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace led by The French Foreign Ministry for European Affairs

New Alliances to Curb Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems led by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office

The Promise of Youth as Peacebuilders: Making the Case for Investment led by Search for Common Ground

Women Peace Programme led by the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies

Building a Network of Peace led by PASO Colombia, One Earth Future Foundation

Response by Honorary Co-Chair Juan Manuel Santos, Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of Colombia

Human Rights and Humanitarian Action Partnerships Presentations

Digital Identity for the Next Generation led by the Association for Computing Machinery’s Future of Computing Academy, Institute for Accountability in the Digital Age

Mental Wellness for the World’s Growing Refugees, Migrants, and Disenfranchised Peoples led by The Tesseract Group and The Epiphany Film Foundation

Accelerating Connectivity in a Post-COVID World led by the International Telecommunication Union

A Partnership to Support a UN Data Strategy led by the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining, UN University, and the Global Information Management Working Group

Enhancing Civil Society Space at the United Nations led by UN2020, TogetherFirst, and the Stimson Center

Response by Honorary Co-Chair Aya Chebbi, African Union Envoy on Youth

Climate Governance Partnerships Presentations

Climate Governance Commission: 21st Century Governance Driving Exponential Climate Action led by the Global Challenges Foundation Amazon Rainforest Investor Coalition led by the Global Governance Philanthropy Network

Countering Future Ecological Threats: A Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Built around the Ecological Threat Register led by the Institute for Economics and Peace

One Earth System, One Common Heritage, One Global Pact led by the Common Home for Humanity

Shifting Power: Transitioning to Renewable Energy in United Nations Field Missions led by the Stimson Center and Energy Peace Partners

Response by Honorary Co-Chair Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders and former President of Ireland, UN Envoy on Climate Change, and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Musical Performance by Yagull

The Roadmap to the Future We Want, the UN We Need  – 10:40am – 11:00am

Distinguished Leaders session presided over by Maryam Nemazee, Al Jazeera Newshour Anchor, Opening Plenary Moderator

Statements of appreciation for the Forum’s “Roadmap for the Future We Want & UN We Need: A Vision 20/20 for UN75 & Beyond” from Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly and Ibrahim Gambari, former Nigerian Foreign Minister, Ambassador to the UN, and Co-Chair, Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance Q&A with Audience

Closing Plenary Session: Bringing it All Together – 11:00am – 12:45pm

Introductory Video: “UN75 Exchange”between Fabrizio Hochschild, UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General for the Commemoration of the United Nations 75th Anniversary, and three of the forum’s participants from Brazil, India, and Germany Panelists: Fabrizio Hochschild, UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General for the Commemoration of the United Nations 75 th Anniversary Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Cho Hyun, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations Segment 1 Speakers: Innovation Track: Maiara Folly, Co-Founder and Program Director of CIPO, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Partnership Track: Juan Fernando Lucia, Director, PASO Colombia, One Earth Future Roadmap: Anja Olin-Pape, Expert on Youth Policy, Global Challenges Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden Segment 2 Speakers: Doreen Bogdan, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau Mandeep Tiwana, Chief Programmes Officer, CIVICUS Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary, Public Services International Moderator: Conor Seyle, Senior Strategic Advisor, One Earth Future Foundation Q&A with Audience

Community-Driven Sessions – 3:00pm – 6:00pm

 

3:00pm – 4:20pm

Act of Creation: The Story of the UN’s Founding

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82023963825

Speakers: Stephen Schlesinger, Fellow at the Century Foundation in New York City, fmr. Director for the World Policy Institute William Durch, Distinguished Fellow, Just Security 2020 Program, Stimson Center Megan Roberts, Deputy Director of Policy Planning, United Nations Foundation Joris Larik, Professor of International Law at Leiden University and Senior Advisor and Nonresident Fellow, Just Security 2020 Program, Stimson Center

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Global Cooperation in the face of increasing ecological threats: Presentation and discussion on key findings from the Ecological Threat Register – Institute of Economic & Peace

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89966884513

Speakers: Steve Killelea, Founder and Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace Michael Collins, Executive Director (Americas), Institute for Economics and Peace Sharon Burke, Senior Advisor, International Security Program and Resource Security Program, New America Herman Rosa Chávez, Consultant and Researcher, Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources Claudia Martinez, Executive Director of Economia, Ecología y Ética Asesorías

{Virtual} UN75 Global Governance Forum (Day 1)

OPENING PLENARY

9:00am – 10:30am

Livestream Link: https://livestream.com/accounts/22723452/UN75GGForumSept16

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CONCURRENT DIALOGUES

Post-COVID Recovery and the Future of Global Economic and Social Governance
Day and time: Day 1, September 16, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm EST

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The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center has tracked more than 25 million confirmed cases of the virus globally, already causing nearly 850 thousand deaths (by 1 September 2020). The remarkable speed, global reach, and ease by which the virus crossed borders and is being transmitted between people have sent stock markets tumbling worldwide, with the World Bank projecting the deepest global recession since World War II (an estimated 5.2 percent contraction in global GDP in 2020). This excessive volatility, the sudden drop in confidence by consumers, and severe knock-on economic and social effects have resulted in a swift overnight contraction in cross-border finance, trade, air travel, and other sectors of our hyperconnected global economy, as well as millions of job losses. This session will examine measures to overhaul our system of global economic and social governance, both to respond to the immediate challenge of recovery from COVID-19 and redouble efforts to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Rethinking the World’s System of Collective Security 75 Years After San Francisco
Day and time: Day 1, September 16, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm EST

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89314705291 Translation Link: https://attend.wordly.ai/join/JJUP-0643

75 years after its inception, the United Nations faces daunting challenges regarding one of its main tasks: the maintenance of international peace and security. Multiple, concurrent, and recurring intrastate conflicts, exploited by international state and non-state actors, have reversed the declining global trends in political violence witnessed since the end of the Cold War, fueling refugee movements and human suffering, particularly in the fragile and less developed countries. Moreover, the modernization of nuclear weapons arsenals and the collapse of the existing control and disarmament regimes are adding to the global threat scenario. At the same time, the growing roles of women, civil society organizations, and businesses, whose voices are amplified through modern communications technologies, offer new opportunities for effective peacebuilding and governance reform and renewal while more research illustrates the effectiveness of organizing and nonmilitary approaches to security. The complexity of the 21st-century challenges to global peace and security requires a far-reaching overhaul of a peace and security architecture with the United Nations at its core. This discussion, therefore, takes off with a set of proposed reforms to the peace and security architecture of the United Nations that were developed in expert discussions prior to the September 2020 Forum.

Reimagining the Global Human Rights and Humanitarian Architecture
Day and time: Day 1, September 16, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm EST

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Though a latecomer to the United Nations system’s informal “pillar structure” (and despite fears of backsliding in recent years), human rights has assumed over the past two decades a central space on the United Nations Agenda, alongside more traditional concerns with peace and security and sustainable development. Similarly, with the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, the worst refugee crisis worldwide since the Second World War, and proliferation of urgent human needs accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, the viability and design of the global humanitarian system has also moved to the forefront of international policy-making. This session will explore steps to reimagine and improve the global human rights and humanitarian architecture, leveraging the United Nations’ 75th Anniversary Commemoration and Declaration in novel ways to ensure that “We The Peoples” drive deliberations on the future of global governance.

Climate Governance: The Paris Agreement and Beyond
Day and time: Day 1, September 16, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm EST

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The currently inadequate global governance mechanisms leave humanity exposed to unacceptable levels of risk. Climate and ecological related risks are also interwoven with knock-on effects across other sectors. The window for action is narrowing for the international community, and the current situation calls for unprecedented levels of international cooperation and exponential action across every region of the world, and across the global economy. In response to these catastrophic risks, a number of new business models and technical solutions have been developed and are increasingly being accepted and implemented. However, a truly transformational shift away from a fossil fuel dependency will require global governance solutions that facilitate existing and new ways of delivering on policy goals as described in the Paris Agreement and beyond. This session will explore the leverage points in global climate governance which may allow for solutions to scale and to catalyze the necessary transformation.

A Global Civic Ethic, Countering Rising Nationalism, and The Future of Global Governance
Day and time: Day 1, September 16, 12:00 – 1:30 pm EST

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Especially in an age of rising nationalism, modernizing and making more inclusive our institutions of global governance requires more than creative, often technocratic proposals recommending new tools and structural change. True global governance transformation must be underpinned by a moral and ethical vision for a more just, inclusive, sustainable, and peaceful world. Drawing insights and teachings from major world religions, philosophers, public intellectuals, and other global civil society actors, this session will speak to the moral and ethical principles associated with growing emergence of a Global Civic Ethics and the accompanying notions of global responsibility and citizenship. The roots of — and effective strategies for countering — exclusive forms of nationalism (which undermine and erode efforts to strengthen global cooperation and responsibility) will also be explored.

The Future of Philanthropy in Global Governance
Day and time: Day 1, September 16, 12:00 – 1:30 pm EST

Livestream Webinar Link: https://livestream.com/accounts/22723452/UN75GGForumFOP                                                       Translation Link: https://attend.wordly.ai/join/YYTU-3866

This lively and interactive session will feature leading voices in the philanthropic sector working, in partnership with civil society, the private sector, governments, and the UN system, to build a more inclusive, effective, and just system of global governance. The dialogue will be framed around the past and present advances in global governance philanthropy, as well as future considerations for philanthropy and global governance systems. It will consider how philanthropic institutions worldwide can best empower and catalyze other partners seeking to achieve progressive changes in the global governance architecture, to better address issues of equitable sustainable development, human rights, and peace and security.

Technology, Financing and Global Governance Partnerships for Good Global Citizenship
Day and time: Day 1, Sept. 16, 12:00 – 1:30pm EST

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89808827586 Translation Link: https://attend.wordly.ai/join/FJZN-0000

In this challenging time, the need for universal connectivity and inclusive finance is greater than ever before. With the backdrop of the United Nations’ 75th anniversary, this session will explore how rapid advances in technology for digital cooperation and new perspectives of global citizens (private and corporate, national and multinational) can advance a more fair global economy for the better. The speakers include thought leaders who are innovating how global collective action problems can be addressed in our hyperconnected global economy. This interactive dialogue will give special attention to transformative approaches for fostering a more secure, just, equitable, and environmentally sustainable recovery to the COVID-19 crisis.