Conference of NGOs (CoNGO)

20th YMCA World Council: “Ignite”

On 3 July 2022, the 20th YMCA World Council will begin. For the first time ever, it’s going to be a hybrid event. We will meet in person in Aarhus, Denmark, and online. We continue to monitor the COVID situation, and try and do the right thing. The priority is for as many as possible to meet, one way or the other, at another vital moment for the global YMCA Movement. Why?

Because our world and our YMCA has been turned on its head by this pandemic, and we need to reconnect: we’ve missed each other. We’re ready to respond to new learning, new imperatives, new roles, and new methods in supporting young people and their communities.

Which is why the World Council theme in 2022 is simply ‘IGNITE.’ It’s a moment to provide the spark and light the flame to take us forward. Specifically, we’ll be igniting our vision, our collaboration, and our solutions. The World Council itself is the global YMCA Movement’s highest decision-making body, bringing together all 120 National YMCA Movements. More than that, it’s the biggest and most important shared space we have.

What do we hope to achieve? At least four things:

First, agreeing and adopting a new Movement-wide strategy, as we look towards a 2030 horizon. Imagine: wherever we are in the world, we all agree on a common vision, mission and goals. Our ‘North Star.’

Second, showcasing ‘solutions’, and specifically ‘youth-led solutions, sharing what we’ve done in identifying, supporting and seed-funding young people’s responses to their own challenges in their own communities, in areas like climate, jobs and mental health and working together – ‘collaborating’ in ‘co-labs’ across the generations – to develop and launch new youth solutions in line with Vision 2030.

Third, strengthening our governance as we elect new officers.

And fourth, just enjoying ‘family’ and fun, as we celebrate and enjoy who we are and where we’re from. Imagine: the ‘great global good’ of the YMCA at play. We really do refuel at World Council….before we ‘IGNITE.’

In person, we’ll do all this in Aarhus, Denmark’s second city. A green and beautiful place, an old city with a young population, a port city with a view on the world, and the stunning conference facilities of the city’s world-famous Concert Hall. We’ll keep you posted about all the practical details. Register from 1st November here.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on CoNGO–the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations, visit www.ngocongo.org. For specific information about how CoNGO and its substantive committees (also known as NGO Committees) work on matters related to the subject of the event on this page, visit NGO Committees

7th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Seventh Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2022)

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is the main global forum to assess and discuss progress on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The seventh session of the Global Platform (GP2022) will be organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) from 23 to 28 May 2022, in Bali, Indonesia, hosted by the Government of Indonesia. The event will be co-chaired by the Government of Indonesia and UNDRR.

The Global Platform takes place at a critical time: seven years from the adoption of the Sendai Framework and just over two years since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exposed how underlying vulnerabilities and inequities have catastrophic consequences for the most exposed across the world. The pandemic has demonstrated just how essential prevention and the risk reduction agenda is if we are to achieve a sustainable future for all. The 2022 Global Platform will provide a unique and timely opportunity to showcase the importance of international solidarity and cooperation, as well as to discuss ways to tackle underlying risk drivers both locally and globally. Additionally, it will explore how to strengthen disaster risk governance and how to build stronger systems for managing all types of risks. GP2022 offers a chance for all stakeholders to recommit, with urgency, to accelerate progress on disaster risk reduction towards the achievement of sustainable development.

How to apply:

Please refer to the GP2022 concept note and GP2022 list of sessions for information on the Global Platform focus and sessions. For information on the Organizing Teams, please refer to the Terms of Reference.

To apply to join an Organizing Team, please fill in the online form by 23 June, 2021. In the form, please indicate if your participation in an Organizing Team requires the provision of disability-related accommodation. For any questions, please reach out to the Global Platform team on globalplatform@un.org

Stakeholder coordination:

The GP2022 will be organized in an inclusive, consultative, and open manner. Wide stakeholder consultation and participation in the Global Platform will be encouraged, ensuring inclusivity and accessibility by all groups. The engagement of stakeholder groups in the GP2022 will be facilitated through the UNDRR Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism, with stakeholder representatives invited to contact their relevant stakeholder focal points for more information.

GP2022 format:

The official programme of the GP2022 will be conducted in all six official UN languages. Additional information on the format of, and participation in, the GP2022 will be made available on a dedicated website as planning progresses and the current global context evolves.

For further information on the GP2022, please contact globalplatform@un.org.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security, please visit  ngocdps.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org. For more information on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, please visit facebook.com/NGOCoRIP. For more information on the NGO Committee on the NGO Committee on Education, Learning, and Literacy, please visit facebook.com/NGOCELLatUN

Twenty-fifth Session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development

Twenty-fifth Session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development
28 March – 01 April 2022
Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland

The Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) is a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the United Nations focal point for science, technology and innovation (STI) for development, in analyzing how STI, including information and communications technologies (ICTs), serve as enablers of the 2030 Agenda.

It acts as a forum for strategic planning, sharing lessons learned and best practices, providing foresight about critical trends in STI in key sectors of the economy, the environment and society, and drawing attention to emerging and disruptive technologies.

Every year, the commission has two priority themes. For the twenty-fifth session, these are:

  1. Industry 4.0 for inclusive development.
  2. Science, technology and innovation for sustainable urban development in a post-pandemic world.

The Commission will also review the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society at the regional and international levels; and hear presentations on ongoing science, technology and innovation policy reviews.

Participants will include representatives of Governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector.

Programme

28 March
  • Opening ceremony, followed by a dialogue between eminent economists and scientists on the opportunities of and challenges in scientific breakthroughs for sustainable development.
  • High-level round table on the role of science, technology and innovation in a sustainable and resilient recovery from the current pandemic. Held as a contribution to the Economic and Social Council and the high-level political forum on sustainable development, whilst at the same time advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
29 March
  • High-level session on Industry 4.0 for inclusive development.
30 March
  • High-level session on Science, technology and innovation for sustainable urban development in a post-pandemic world.
31 March
  • High-level session to review the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society at the regional and international levels.
1 April
  • Science, technology and innovation policy reviews.
  • Gender dimension in science, technology and innovation policies.

Logistics

The session will be held with physical participation at the Palais des Nations and remote participation through a simultaneous interpretation platform in the six official languages of the United Nations.

A link to the formal virtual meeting will be sent to registered participants, at the email address used for registration, one day in advance of the start of the session.

Advocacy-Education-Legislation: Tools to Address Violence AgainstOlder Women/Widows

Advocacy-Education-Legislation: Tools to Address Violence Against Older Women/Widows

Thursday 24 March 15:00 Geneva 

https://ngocsw66forum.us2.pathable.com/meetings/pzRLY8BADHeYM9pv9

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CoNGO Notes: For information about collaborative work of NGOs on the issues above and related matters, visit the substantive committees related to CoNGO. Visit here for specific information about the NGO Committee on Ageing New York and the NGO Committee on Ageing Vienna. For information about the event organizer, visit INPEA.

Climate Change and Migration: The Intersection of Climate Change, Migration and Gender

CoNGO Notes: For information about collaborative work of NGOs on the issues above and related matters, visit the substantive committees related to CoNGO. For information about the event organizer, visit PPSEAWA International. Click here for the NGO CSW66 Virtual Forum to access events similar to this. Click here for information about the UN CSW 66th Session. Visit here for specific information about the NGO Committee on Status of Women/New York, the NGO Committee on Status of Women Vienna, and the NGO Committee on Status of Women Geneva

Sustainable, Socially Inclusive and Economically Positive Social Security Systems: Towards Eliminating Extreme Poverty Among Older Women by 2030

ZOOM link:  https://zoom.us/j/99053961278?pwd=ZGwzWFpwOG8zc1JUL01zNHNkeTNpZz09

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CoNGO Notes: For information about collaborative work of NGOs on the issues above and related matters, visit the substantive committees related to CoNGO. For information about the event organizers, email Prof. Kevin Brabazon for Generations United at kevin.brabazon@stern.nyu.edu and for the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, email its Vice Chairperson–Dr. Susan Seperson–at susanneseperson@gmail.com. For more information about CSW66 and NGO activities, visit the NGO Committee on Status of Women/New YorkNGO Committee on Status of Women Vienna, and the NGO Committee on Status of Women Geneva

New Paradigm for Women: Dignity Through Decent Work

New Paradigm for Women: Dignity Through Decent Work

March 18, 2022, 1:00 -2:30 EDT (New York)

Register in advance for this meeting: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vd-qoqj8qHdKshLfSFs0FWgJCdP9ufXOg

This side event will focus on training and reforms that can make the World of Work more fair, safe, and inclusive, allowing all workers to be valued for their contributions to society: the elimination of all kinds of violence and harassment in the work realm, The Future of Work will depend on decisions taken today by policymakers, employers, and workers themselves. If those are informed by the values of fairness, equity, and social justice, then we will certainly be building forward better. 

Opening – H.E. Maria del Carmen Squeff, Permanent Representative of Argentina

Moderator – Maria Fornella Oehninger, Soroptimist International UN Representative

Women’s Empowerment and Financial Inclusion – Andrea Grobocopatel, President, FLOR Foundation 

Closing the Gender Pay Gap – Siobhán Vipond, Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), and Chair of the ITUC Women’s Committee

ILO C190 Ending Violence in the Workplace and Promoting Decent Work – Ms Beate Andrees, ILO Special Representative to the UN, and Director of the ILO at the UN 

Dream It Be It, Career Support and Mentoring for Girls – Beverly Bucur, Soroptimist International Advisor, Education Specialist 

Why STEM? Elena Pinetti, Scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (USA).

Conclusion and Questions

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CoNGO Notes: For information about collaborative work of NGOs on the issues above and related matters, visit the substantive committees related to CoNGO. Visit here for specific information about the NGO Committee on Status of Women/New YorkNGO Committee on Status of Women Vienna, and the NGO Committee on Status of Women Geneva. For information about the event organizer, visit Soroptimist International.

Sixty-fifth Session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Sixty-fifth session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Vienna, Austria, 14-18 March 2022

PLENARY PROCEEDINGS

Statements
In-session draft reports
Webcast
Photos

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

Draft proposals
General information on draft resolutions and draft decisions

HIGH-LEVEL EVENT

Programme

SIDE EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS

Programme of CND side events
Side events report
Virtual exhibitions

DOCUMENTATION

Please click here for documentation for the 65th session of the CND.

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CoNGO Notes: For collaborative work among NGOs related to the agenda of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, visit Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs and New York NGO Committee on Drugs. For more information about CoNGO-related NGO Committees, view Substantive Committees.

The geopolitical context of the Ukraine Crisis!

NGO COMMITTEE ON PEACE – VIENNA

INVITATION
to an
ONLINE INFORMATION AND
DISCUSSION MEETING
on

“The geopolitical context of the Ukraine Crisis!”


Date: 
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022
Time: 15:00 hours (3:00 PM CET); Login from 14:45 hours (2:45 PM CET)
Venue: Zoom video conference – link will be sent to registered participants*


Speaker:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heinz Gärtner

Prof. Dr. Heinz Gärtner is lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna and at the Danube University in Krems. He was academic director of the Austrian Institute for International Affairs. He has held various Fulbright Fellowships and the Austrian Chair at Stanford University. He was Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC. Among other things, he chairs the advisory board of the International Institute for Peace in Vienna and of the commission Strategy and Security of the Austrian Armed Forces. He published widely on issues of international security, transatlantic relations and the Middle East. Heinz Gärtner received the Bruno Kreisky (legendary former Austrian Chancellor) Award for most outstanding Political Books.

*Registration:
Recipients of this invitation, or their guests, who wish to attend the video conference, are kindly requested to register by sending an email with:
1) Title: Mr. or Ms.;
2) Separate indication of their family name and given name; and
3) their email address

to 
pavlovsky@oesgi.org

Registration will close at 11:00 on Monday, February 21st, 2022
Registered participants will receive a link to join the meeting shortly thereafter.

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CoNGO Notes: For information about CoNGO–the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations, visit www.ngocongo.org. For more information about how CoNGO and its substantive committees (also known as NGO Committees) work on matters related to the subject of the event on this page, visit NGO Committees. For specific information about the work of the NGO Committee on Peace in Vienna, contact its chair, Helga Kerschbaum (Pax Romana) at helga.kerschbaum@aon.at.

The Second PyeongChang Youth Peace Challenge (YPC) | CoNGO – A Partner Organization

Dear Friends,

Greetings of peace from PyeongChang on the Korean peninsula!

We are pleased to announce that youths interested in promoting and building peace are warmly invited to “The 2nd PyeongChang Youth Peace Challenge (YPC)”Secon

The YPC 2022 is the peace and global citizenship education program in the form of essays and group debates for youths. It is organized in the context of the UN Decade of Action to deliver the SDGs by 2030 and the UN Declaration on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the UN in 2020 in accordance with the PyeongChang Peace Spirit born out of the historical PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. 

THEME

How to implement the proposals contained in the Our Common Agenda report of the UN Secretary-General (Sep. 2021) from the peace perspective as a youth in your country and/or internationally. https://www.un.org/en/un75/common-agenda   

Pre-register online by 20th December 2021 at https://forms.gle/FsvHYpoK97HsdGwF7. Orientation for early applicants at 4-6 PM on Tuesday, 21 December 2021.

Submission of the essay is due by 15 January 2022. More detailed guidelines about the essay and group debate will be sent to registered applicants by email.

For any inquiries about YPC 2022 please contact us through PyeongChangYPC2022@gmail.com. More details about the PyeongChang Peace Forum (PPF) are available at http://ppf.or.kr/en/. Summary Report (English) of the PPF 2021 is available at http://ppf.or.kr/en/board/board_view.asp?BoardID=Notice&LangType=ENG&searchtext=&page=1&SNO=615. We look forward to welcoming your participation.

In peace and solidarity,  

PyeongChang YPC 2022 Organizing Team 

 

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