Conference of NGOs (CoNGO)

Twenty-First Session of the Working Group on the Right to Development


Development is a Human Right: The twenty-first session of the Working Group on the Right to Development

3-7 May 2021, Ariana 1, Palais des Nations, Geneva, due to the COVID-19 pandemic

At this session, the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Development will continue to review progress made in the implementation of the right to development.

It will hold an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to development and consider contributions made by States and stakeholders to the implementation of the right to development.

The Working Group will also commence the elaboration of a draft legally binding instrument on the right to development.

Accreditation

UN Member and Observer States, specialized agencies and other international organizations, national human rights institutions with “A status” accreditation, and NGOs with ECOSOC consultative status may participate in the Working Group.

All participants are required to register using the registration form for the 21st session of the Working Group.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, visit ngocsdvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-New York, please visit http://ngocsd-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit ngosonffd.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Rare Diseases, please visit ngocommitteerarediseases.org.

15th UNCTAD Quadrennial Conference

 

The 15th UNCTAD quadrennial conference (UNCTAD15) will be held in Barbados from 25 to 30 April 2021, with pre-conference events starting on 23 April.

The conference is the highest decision-making body of UNCTAD at which member states assess current trade and development issues and formulate global policy responses. It also sets the organization’s work priorities for the next four years.

The conference presents an opportunity to rethink development solutions and build a new solidarity among nations.

 

 

SDG Global Festival of Action

PRE-REGISTER HERE

The SDG Action global community’s annual meeting place is returning, bigger and bolder than ever from 25-26 March 2021! No longer confined by a physical location, the SDG Global Festival of Action will meet you wherever you are in a new virtual space.

The 2021 edition will

Once more the SDG Global Festival of Action will be designed BY and FOR the SDG Action Community.

We listen to our community and we’ve been impressed and inspired by the incredible ideas and solutions that we’ve learned about through various open calls and campaign initiatives.

Rather than conducting a new open call, the 2021 SDG Global Festival of Action will be curated from some of the most relevant, impactful and bold proposals we’ve seen so far that align with the current context. We see the 2021 edition as the opportunity to elevate the most transformative and timely work that has been building from across the global SDG Action community to together, continue to mobilize, connect and inspire action for people and for the planet.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and the Climate Emergency: ‘Flatten the Curve for Climate Change’

Join UNESCO for a global series of online workshops on how to transform society through learning with Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), launching in September 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tragic impact on human life around the world: killing hundreds of thousands of people, causing global economic decline and school closures in over 180 countries. ESD reassesses what we learn, where we learn and how we learn to ensure we develop the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that enable us to make informed decisions and actions on global problems such as the climate crisis and the COVID-19 crisis.

Transforming learning to transform societies towards sustainability is the aim of the ESD for 2030 framework. This roadmap for ESD in 2020-2030 will be officially launched at the UNESCO World Conference on ESD taking place on 17-19 May 2021, in Berlin, Germany. In the lead-up to the World Conference, UNESCO invite you to a series of ESD online workshops in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany, and with the German Commission for UNESCO as advisory partner. The discussions and results from the series of online workshops will be used to further develop the conference program and help shape the agenda in Berlin next year.

Feb. 10, 2021, will be the 5th session in the series. The theme will be “ESD and Climate Emergency: Bend the curve for climate change”

This online workshop will raise the parallels between the pandemic and climate emergency and discuss how the lessons learned from the public response to the Covid-19 crisis can help ‘flatten the curve of climate change,’ in particular through ESD’s contribution.

Register & learn more: https://en.unesco.org/themes/education-sustainable-development/ESDfor2030-workshops

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Education, Learning, and Literacy, please visit facebook.com/NGOCELLatUN. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.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

[UN Observance] International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Each year on February 6, the United Nations Commemorates the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

Over 200 million girls and women alive today have experienced FGM. In 2019, an estimated 4.1 million girls were at risk of being cut. In 25 countries where FGM is routinely practiced and data are available, an estimated 68 million girls will be cut between 2015 and 2030 unless concerted and accelerated action is taken.

To learn more about UNFPA & UNICEF’s Joint Programme to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation, currently in Phase III, click here.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-NY, please visit ngocsw.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva, please visit ngocsw-geneva.ch. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Vienna, please visit ngocswvienna.org.

Civil Society Forum at the 59th Session of the UN Commission on Social Development

The NGO Committee on Social Development is pleased to announce that registration to the Civil Society Forum at the 59th Session of the UN Commission on Social Development is now open. See CSF21 for detailed information on schedule and registration.

[UN Observance] International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust

Each year on January 27, the United Nations officially recognizes the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. The UN Charter endeavors that the human rights violations that occurred throughout World War II and the Holocaust must never be repeated, yet we know that they continue to be perpetrated today all over the world. Stay apprised of 2021 events to join us in honoring the memory of victims lost to the Holocaust and lifting up the critical message of peace, security, and human rights for all people here.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Education, Learning, and Literacy, please visit  facebook.com/NGOCELLatUN. 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 Freedom of Religion or Belief, please visit unforb.org.

[UN Observance] International Day of Education

Every year on January 24, the United Nations commemorates International Day of Education. To stay apprised of this year’s events and how to participate, check out https://www.un.org/en/observances/education-day.

View UNESCO’s video explaining the 10 targets of SDG #4: Quality Education for All here:

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Education, Learning, and Literacy, please visit  facebook.com/NGOCELLatUN. For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email the vice chair at susanneseperson@gmail.com. 

NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Monthly Meeting

The NGO  Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a substantive committee of the Conference of

NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO), invites you to its monthly meeting.

January 21, 2020   1:00pm-3:00pm EST

VIRTUAL LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2028703180?pwd=TVp4MWhJOWoyc2VJcyt1OUk2L3o0QT09

AGENDA

  1. Moment of Silence in Honor of the Lands we are on and the Native Peoples of this land
  2. Welcome and Introductions
  3. Approval of Agenda
  4. Minutes – December 17, 2020 meeting
  5. Executive Committee Report
  6. Treasurer Report, Dues for 2021
  7. Speakers–Indigenous Secretariat:Arturo Requesens, Melissa Martin, and Udy Bell
    • Plans for 2021
    • Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: April 19-30, 2021
  1. Other announcements

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, please visit facebook.com/NGOCoRIP.

GFMD Civil Society Preparatory Meeting {Live}

Invitation: follow the opening of the GFMD Civil Society Preparatory Meeting LIVE  

Throughout 2020, civil society has been actively engaging in all GFMD activities, by participating in the GFMD regional consultations and also by consulting and preparing for them with a large number of civil society representatives from different regions.

As civil society delegates meet in a Civil Society Preparatory Meeting to prepare to engage in the 2020 GFMD Summit hosted by the United Arab Emirates, we invite you to join us for the Opening Plenary, which will take place on 7 January 2021 at 2 different time slots: 10:00 and 17:00 (CET). All participants are invited to attend one session only.

To watch the live stream of the Civil Society Preparatory Meeting Opening Plenary, click on the button below (no registration required).

Watch the Opening Plenary live stream
The opening of the Civil Society Preparatory Meeting will be livestreamed on the GFMD Civil Society website main page.
It will start automatically at 10:00 and 17:00 CET on Thursday, 7 January 2021.
7 January 2021

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