Conference of NGOs (CoNGO)

{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

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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

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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.

Second Segment, 67th session of the Trade and Development Board

UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT

NOTIFICATION

Second segment, sixty-seventh session of the Trade and Development Board

7 to 9 September

Room XIX

Modalities for the second segment

The UNCTAD secretariat has the honour to transmit herewith a non-paper containing the modalities for the second segment of the sixty-seventh session of the Trade and Development Board scheduled to open on 7 September 2020 at 10 a.m, and to take place in room XIX  of the Palais des Nations.

(signed)

Miguel R. Bautista

Secretary of the Trade and Development Board

2 September 2020

Correspondence Unit

Conference Servicing and Logistics

Intergovernmental Support Services

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

 

 

{Webinar} COVID-19, Amplifying Voices:  Our Lives, Our Say

The NGO Committee on Ageing calls your attention to a webinar on “COVID-19, Amplifying Voices:  Our lives, our say” being organized by the World Blind Union (WBU) on Friday, 4 September 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. EST


The aim of the webinar is to share the findings of a study conducted by the World Blind Union (WBU)examining the extent to which COVID-19 pandemic has exposed some deep structural inequalities in society. Data gathered from the study is evidencing that persons with disabilities, older persons, and persons from lower socioeconomic status backgrounds are among those hardest hit by the pandemic. While this report puts a spotlight on the voices of blind and partially sighted persons, many of the experiences shared strongly resonate with numerous other studies that are also highlighting how marginalised groups have been affected by this crisis. Through this report, WBU hopes to raise awareness on the specifics of what those challenges have meant in reality for its constituents, as well as shed light on what have been effective resilience strategies for them. The study was made possible with the support of CBM Global.

Panellists will include:

  • Ms. Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, the UN Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility;
  • Mr. David Bainbridge, the Executive Director of CBM Global;
  • Mr. Danlami Umaru Basharu, Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD);
  • Ms. Rosario Galarza, member of the Executive Committee of Latin American Union of the Blind; and
  • Dr. Fred Schroeder,WBU President.

The webinar will be moderated by Mr. Jose Viera, Chief Executive Office, WBU.

REGISTER HERE:  https://geneva-academy-ch.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CSD5yzvFTxSBwSuFCINSKg

Accessibility: Realtime captioning and International Sign Language will be provided. The webinar will be available in English, French and Spanish.

The webinar will be broadcast live on WBU Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlindUnion

The study report is available in various accessible formats and languages  at http://www.worldblindunion.org/English/resources/Pages/General-Documents.aspx

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CoNGO Notes: CoNGO and its substantive committees are actively working on issues related to ageing, older persons and intergenerational solidarity. For more information: NGO Committee on Ageing – Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org.  NGO Committee on Ageing – New York, please visit www.ngocoa-ny.org.  NGO Committee on Ageing – Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.orgNGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, email the Chair, Rosa Perla Resnick at  rositaresnick@yahoo.com or the Vice Chair, Susanne Seperson at susanneseperson@gmail.com.

{Virtual Town Hall} COVID-19 and Older People: What It Takes to be an Advocate

Greetings,
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, global leaders in civil society have come together to address the devastating and ongoing impacts to the lives and functioning of older people. Going beyond the immediate emergency response and informing effective long-term policy frameworks will require sustained efforts and a unified voice to respond to the needs of older people. As the Chair of the NGO Committee on Ageing in Geneva, Ms. Silvia Perel-Levin shares in this IFA Virtual Town Hall good practices in advocating for the recognition of the rights of older people on the global scale.
Date and Time:
Friday 4th September 2020
7:00-8:00 am (Eastern Daylight Time)
Opening Remarks:
Ms. Silvia Perel-Levin
Chair
NGO Committee on Ageing, Geneva
For any questions or concerns please contact astancu@ifa.ngo.
Kind regards,
Andra Stancu
Project Officer
International Federation on Ageing

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CoNGO Notes: CoNGO and its substantive committees are actively working on issues related to ageing, older persons and intergenerational solidarity. For more information: NGO Committee on Ageing – Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org.  NGO Committee on Ageing – New York, please visit www.ngocoa-ny.org.  NGO Committee on Ageing – Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.orgNGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, email the Chair, Rosa Perla Resnick at  rositaresnick@yahoo.com or the Vice Chair, Susanne Seperson at susanneseperson@gmail.com.

WHO Digital Health virtual Round Table with Civil Societies & NGOs

WHO Digital Health virtual Round Table with Civil Societies & NGOs

Date: 3 September 2020
Time: 2 – 4:30 p.m. CEST
To apply for participation, please fill out this registration form

WHO would like to invite partners and potential investors to an engaging virtual round table to learn, collaborate, invest, and commit to the future in Digital Health.

This event, which is a series of round table scheduled to be held this year, is an opportunity to:

  • Present the WHO vision for digital health by building the Global Digital Health Community together with key stakeholders including the Member States
  • Bring together a global digital health community to work together in the prioritization, adoption and acceleration of digital health technologies
  • Commit to a global effort to contribute to and invest in the Global Digital Health Ecosystem

For more information and contact details, please visit WHO webpage

Virtual Townhall Meeting of Civil Society and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

Virtual Townhall Meeting of Civil Society and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

 31 August 2020
10:00am – 11:15am EST

Dear Friends,

As in all crises, women’s civil society organizations have been at the front line of response to the COVID-19 pandemic, promoting life-saving information and public health messaging, building institutional trust and community resilience, and helping inform and engage marginalised communities. Hearing their perspectives is critical to informing effective response and recovery. Young women are particularly impacted – from education to job opportunities. They have also been those at the forefront of calling for a recovery that is more inclusive, equal, climate just, and resilient.

Owing to the cancellation of the Commission on the Status of Women earlier this year, the Secretary-General’s annual consultation with women’s civil society was postponed. The virtual townhall will provide an opportunity in this moment for women’s civil society organization to engage with the Secretary-General on the issue of the COVID-19 crisis, sharing their experiences of the impact of the pandemic and their recommendations to the UN in addressing the crisis and rebuilding a more sustainable and inclusive future, as well as its role in protecting and promoting women’s rights and agency  within this new context.

We welcome you to view the live webcast moderated by UN Women Executive Director,
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at http://webtv.un.org/

You may find the concept note here and the official invitation here.

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CoNGO Notes:

West Africa: Youth Silencing The Guns Inter-generational Dialogue

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West Africa: Youth Silencing The Guns Inter-generational Dialogue

As part of Youth Silencing the Guns Campaign launched by the African Union (AU) on 24th July 2020, the African Union Office of the Youth Envoy (OYE) will convene 6 regional Intergenerational Dialogues. The outcomes of OYE engagements will feed into the youth declaration on the AU Theme of the Year and AU Youth Envoy briefings to the both AU Peace and security Council and UN Security Council.

The Convenings will also roll out the IGD Brochure & Toolkit for Intergenerational Co-Leadership.

Special guest:
H.E. Cessouma Minata Samate, African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs

Speakers:
Mr. Edward Mulbah, Executive Director, Liberia Peacebuilding Office
Ms. Mfrekeobong Ukpanah, AU Peace and Security Department
Ms. Dolapo Lawal – African Youth Front on Coronavirus

Performances:
Barhama – Artist (The Gambia)
Maryam Bukar Hassan – Poet (Nigeria)
Michael Olatuja – Musician (Nigeria)

Session Moderators:
Mr. Moctar Kane, African Youth Ambassador for Peace (Mali)
Ms. Feranmi Adeola, West Africa Anti-corruption Youth Ambassador (Nigeria)
Mr. Amos Williams, Federation of Liberian Youth (Liberia)
Mr. Serigne NDIAYE, AU Youth Advisory Council (Senegal)
Ms. Grace Simon, Africa Youth Advisory Board on Disaster Risk Reduction (Nigeria)
Aug 27, 2020 04:00 PM in Nairobi

African Union Office of the Youth Envoy (OYE) is releasing the Intergenerational Dialogues Brochure and Toolkit for Co-Leadership.

In 2020, the average age of the African leadership is 64 years old and the average age of the population is about 20. Conflict on the continent is aggravated by the lack of communication and collaboration between generations. The generation that fought for independence; the generation that built the African nation and the current youthful population that navigates a world of continued violence and inequality. However, Young people are connected, better educated, tech-savvy, full of potential and ready to CO-LEAD!

Today we make available IGD Toolkit for youth to self-organize as part of 100 Intergenerational Dialogues #100IGD across and beyond Africa to bridge social, cultural and political differences between generations and thereby address both current and emerging conflict patterns.

Our Theory of Change is Intergenerational Co-Leadership, Join Us!

The initiative inculcates Agenda 2063’s emphasis on social dialogues for peace and sustains OYE’s Strategic Action Plan to build bridges and address barriers to youth leadership.

IGD Brochure and toolkit is available here.

Watch IGD on Africa Day 

Read more about the Youth Silencing the Guns Campaign activities;

  • Six Virtual Regional Intergenerational Dialogues

  • Youth Silencing the Guns Awards

  • Trainings and Capacity Development

Join the African Union Office of the Youth Envoy, 6 Regional Intergenerational Dialogues as part of  “Youth Silencing the Guns Campaign”taking place from 27 August to 11 September 2020

Themes to be discussed include; Free- conflict Africa, Silencing Poverty & Hunger, Silencing Gender Based Violence, Silencing Youth Unemployment, Silencing Corruption and Silencing Climate Crisis.

Save dates for Intergenerational Dialogues (IGDs)

27 August, 2020 –  West Africa Youth Silencing the Guns IGD

01 September, 2020 – East Africa Silencing the Guns IGD

03 September, 2020 – Central Africa Silencing the Guns IGD

08 September, 2020 – North Africa Silencing the Guns IGD

10 September, 2020 – Southern Africa Silencing the Guns IGD

11 September, 2020 – Diaspora Silencing the Guns IGD

{Virtual Town Hall Meeting} COVID-19 and Older People: Humanitarian Responses in the Middle East

 

 

The NGO Committee on Ageing draws your attention to a Virtual Town Hall meeting organized by the International Federation on Ageing on Thursday, 27 August 2020, at 7:00 to 8:00 am (New York time) on Covid-19 and Older People: Humanitarian Responses in the Middle East. REGISTRATION is required. Please see below.


 

Greetings,

The unprecedented global impact of COVID-19 on the lives and functioning of older adults has been well articulated around the world. Compounding the higher risk of COVID-19 on older people and those with underlying health conditions is the recent humanitarian tragedy in Beirut, Lebanon. In this town hall, Ms. Sameena Gul, Regional Head of Programmes, Eurasia and Middle East at HelpAge International discusses the tragic explosion and humanitarian response, the interplay with COVID-19 and the impact on older people in the region.

Date and Time: Thursday 27 August 2020 at 7:00-8:00 am (Eastern Daylight Time)
Opening Remarks: Ms. Sameena Gul, Regional Head of Programmes, Eurasia and Middle East HelpAge International

For any questions or concerns please contact astancu@ifa.ngo.

Kind regards,

Andra Stancu
Project Officer
International Federation on Ageing

Register and download Flyer here… (PDF 139 KB)

{Virtual} International Day Against Nuclear Tests 

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SAVE THE DATE: International Day Against Nuclear Tests
Virtual Event

Organized by the President of the General Assembly with support from the Office for Disarmament Affairs

Date: 26 August 2020
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Watch online at http://webtv.un.org
More infowww.un.org/en/observances/end-nuclear-tests-day
Established to commemorate the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site on 29 August 1991, the International Day Against Nuclear Tests is marked around the world each year with events highlighting the effects of nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world.

Photo: Licorne test, 1971, French Polynesia. The Official CTBTO Photostream

High-Level Political Forum 2020

HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM 2020 (HLPF 2020) UNDER THE AUSPICES OF ECOSOC

The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2020 will be held from Tuesday, 7 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. This will include the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Tuesday, 14 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020. .

The theme will be “Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development “.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and expected limitations on in-person meetings and international travel, the ECOSOC Bureau is planning to make adjustments to the format and programme of HLPF 2020. Available technological solutions for virtual sessions and interaction are being explored – including for presentations of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). Any potential physical participation will have to be limited to New York based delegates only. All side-events will be virtual. The final format and programme of HLPF will follow the recommendations of the UN Medical Director regarding the convening of in-person meetings. More information will follow as soon as there is more guidance on the situation.

For more information, visit https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2020

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