COVID-19

[UN observance] International Day of Rural Women

The International Day of Rural Women is commemorated annually on October 15. To learn more, please explore un.org/en/observances/rural-women-day

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

Day of Indigenous Unity

Join us on October 12th for a day of storytelling, music, and discussion with Tribal Elders and Indigenous Youth Activists from around the world.

Watch the entire broadcast here: https://www.midheaven.network

October 12th, 2020 marks 528 years since Columbus first arrived on the American continent and sparked half a millennium of genocide, denial of human rights, theft and desecration of sacred land, and destruction of the natural environment. This day has been reclaimed as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the United States, raising awareness of the continued oppression of Native and Indigenous peoples in the continent, and celebrating their contributions to society and the world.

To celebrate US Indigenous Peoples’ Day in this webinar we have invited members of Indigenous Communities from around the world to talk about work as frontline defenders against climate change and the central importance of indigenous knowledge of land management in the fight to limit its effects.

This is the second webinar in our series ‘Building Back Better’ which looks forward to the world after the COVID-19 pandemic and asks what we need to do to create a more peaceful, just, and sustainable future. Alongside zoom and Facebook livestream, this webinar will be broadcast on the Midheaven network as part of their livestream for Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

More information on the Indigenous Climate Summit is available here.

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CoNGO Notes: 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 Sustainable Development, please visit ngocsd-ny.org. For more information on the Decolonization Alliance, please email President Bautista at lbautista@umcjustice.org.

[POSTPONED UNTIL 2021] Subsidiary Body for Scientific & Technological Advice (52nd session) + the Subsidiary Body for Implementation

[POSTPONED UNTIL 2021]

MESSAGE TO PARTIES, OBSERVER STATES AND OBSERVER ORGANIZATIONS:

Information regarding SB 52: Referring to the communication dated 1 April 2020 indicating that in light of the COVID-19 situation, the Bureau of the COP, CMP and CMA decided that the fifty-second session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 52) and the fifty-second session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 52) would be held from 4 to 12 October 2020.

The message further indicated that, taking into consideration the uncertainty of how the COVID-19 crisis would evolve, the Bureau would review the feasibility of convening the sessions on the new dates. On Wednesday, 17 June 2020, the Government of Germany decided to extend the ban on major events until the end of October at the earliest. Additionally, travel restrictions continue to be extended throughout the world.

Subsequently, the Bureau met on Monday 22 June 2020 to consider these new developments. Having considered the circumstances, which would preclude the secretariat’s ability to organize the subsidiary body sessions (SB 52) in an inclusive manner with the participation of all Parties, the Bureau decided to postpone SB 52 to 2021. The Bureau, in conjunction with the secretariat, will consider new dates at its next meeting. Information on dates and all relevant information will be communicated in due course. 

United Nations

Climate Change Secretariat

 

{Virtual from New York} 30th Anniversary of International Day of Older Persons

UNIDOP

IDOP 2020 Program

The NGO Committee on Ageing, in partnership with UN DESA, invites you to the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of International Day of Older Persons on 1 October 2020.  Also celebrating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, this virtual event unites UN officials and leaders in the fields of ageing and elsewhere to address the call to action for a Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Register here: https://bit.ly/2XWwLm

9:00am – 12:00pm EDT (New York)
2:00pm – 5:00pm GMT (London)

The event will be broadcast live via the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/intfedageing/). The event recording will be made available to all registered participants following the event. For additional information on programme and speakers, go to the NGO COA Website:  http://ngocoa-ny.org/

We look forward to your participation on this special day!

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO committees affiliated with CoNGO: NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org; NGO Committee on Ageing-NY, please visit ngocoa-ny.org; NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org.

OHCHR: Participation, Human Rights & the Governance Challenge Ahead

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, together with a cross-regional group of sponsoring Member States, is hosting a high-level virtual side event entitled:

Participation, Human Rights and the Governance Challenge Ahead

A high-level virtual panel discussion taking place and webcast live on 25 September 2020, 9 – 10:30am (New York time)

Civil society organizations can register for the event here: https://bit.ly/3c9E14j by 23 September

Registered CSOs will have an opportunity to submit questions in the chat box.

The event can also be followed live on http://webtv.un.org

Questions addressed will include:

• What is meaningful participation and how does it facilitate governance?
• What are the obstacles to participation, including as regards youth, gender, those in extreme
poverty and indigenous persons, and as regards evolving technology, including online?
• How can governments and multilateral entities use human rights to support participation?

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit ngocsd-ny.org.

IFA Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 & Older People: Demographic Resilience in Times of Crisis

IFA Virtual Town Hall | COVID-19 and Older People: Demographic Resilience in Times of Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly demonstrated that combating age-based discrimination requires a shift in the narrative on the human rights of older persons and healthy ageing. Throughout the last several months of unprecedented hardships there have been extraordinary instances of resilience, perseverance and support among individuals and organizations working for and alongside older people. In the upcoming IFA Town Hall, the United Nations Populations Fund in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (UNFPA EECA) explores opportunities to shift the narrative by highlighting collaborative initiatives to mitigate risks for older people during the ongoing pandemic, and promote health and social programs in the context of demographic shifts which are built upon participatory and enabling environments for older people.

This town hall takes place at 07:00 am (Eastern Daylight Time) on Friday 25 September 2020 (additional time zones below):

Sao Paulo, Brazil: 08:00
Rome, Italy: 13:00
New Delhi, India: 16:30
Perth, Australia: 19:00

Register here!

Please note that this town hall will be recorded and streamed live on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/intfedageing/

Should you be unable to participate in this meeting, a recording and resources will be available at: https://ifa.ngo/ifa-virtual-town-hall-resources/

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-NY, please visit ngocoa-ny.org.

Launch of FACTI Panel Interim Report

Launch of the Interim Report of the High-Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity for Achieving the 2030 Agenda

High-Level Launch Event and Panel Discussion
24 September 2020, 12.00 – 14.30 (UTC) / 8.00 – 10.30 (EDT)

The event is being convened to present the interim report of the FACTI Panel, which identifies the major gaps in implementation and the systemic shortcomings of the existing international frameworks for tax cooperation, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering. It will provide a high-level forum for discussing the priority actions for addressing the identified challenges, particularly in light of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on progress toward the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The event will bring the FACTI Panel chairs together with high-level representatives from Member States. It will also foster a discussion amongst civil society, international institutions, academia and the business sector to explore the issues highlighted in the FACTI Panel’s interim report.

The event will consist of two parts: a high-level segment and a moderated panel discussion among invited speakers with a brief interactive dialogue.

*Registration is required. Please register here to receive the connections details.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit ngosonffd.org

Gender Equality & Human Rights in a time of COVID-19 & Climate Change

Event: Gender Equality and Human Rights in a time of COVID-19 and Climate Change

Date: Tuesday, 22 September

Time:  09:00-10:00 EDT [9am New York | 4pm Nairobi | 10am Buenos Aires | 3pm Geneva]

Registration & more informationhttps://ungaguide.com/event/gender-equality-and-human-rights-in-a-time-of-covid-19-and-climate-change/

Hosts: ACT Alliance, Church World Service, World Student Christian Federation

We are thrilled to be joined by Speakers from CWS Africa, Koinonia Brazil and the Women’s Environment and Development Organization!

Please share with your contacts and register if you are interested in attending!  For your information, we will have Spanish interpretation available via Zoom.

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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 Sustainable Development-New York, please visit ngocsd-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org.

{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

Translation Link: https://attend.wordly.ai/join/REUF-0065

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

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86964411976  Translation Link: https://attend.wordly.ai/join/BBWD-3967

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

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84866014310 Translation Link: https://attend.wordly.ai/join/XXTS-2744

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

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86051900433 Translation Link: https://attend.wordly.ai/join/XVKP-4679

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

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84617435437 Translation Link: https://attend.wordly.ai/join/MHTX-2168

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.

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