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Opportunities for NGOs to address the Commission

CSW 66 – Opportunities for ECOSOC NGOs to Address the Commission

Written statements

NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) may submit written statements on the thematic issues considered by CSW66, in accordance with Council resolution 1996/31.

 

Submission of written statements for CSW66 will be open for NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC from 24 September to 15 October 2021. We are not able to accept late submissions.

 

NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) may submit one individual statement per organization and may sign on to multiple joint statements. NGOs are strongly encouraged to submit joint statements in collaboration with other NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC.

Written statements by organizations in general consultative status with ECOSOC may not exceed 2,000 words including the cover page; statements by organizations in special consultative status with ECOSOC may not exceed 1,500 words including the cover page.

Written statements may be submitted in one of the official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish) and will be published on the CSW website in the language received, closer to the session.

>>To submit a written statement, please click here for instructions and submission email.

 

Making a speech during the general discussion

Subject to time availability, oral statements may be delivered during the general discussion by a limited number of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC. Preference will be given to NGOs speaking about the priority theme or review theme, on behalf of groups of organizations, caucuses, or coalitions.

Oral statements should not exceed three minutes (approx. two pages double-spaced using font size 12). Instructions will be communicated, via e-mail, to the NGOs that will be selected.

Sign-up for NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC wishing to express interest in delivering an oral statement during the general discussion at CSW usually opens in January.

 

Intervening from the floor during an interactive dialogue

A limited number of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC will be able to make oral interventions during the interactive panels. Interventions must be focused on the theme of the panel and not on any other issues.

Interventions at interactive expert panels are NOT to be in the form of prepared statements; NGOs are therefore not required to submit copies of such interventions. These interventions must be in the form of comments or questions addressed to the panel experts. Interventions should not exceed three minutes. Instructions will be communicated via e-mail to organizations that will be selected to make an intervention.

Sign-up for NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC wishing to express interest in intervening from the floor during a dialogue or an interactive panel usually opens in January.

Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Civil Society Participation in UN High-Level Meetings and Events

COVID-19 and the public health measures put in place to protect us have had significant impact on civil society organizations’ (CSO) opportunities for in-person participation at high-level meetings and events. In an effort to provide the most meaningful CSO engagement in any environment, we’d like to learn about your experiences and use the feedback and experiences collected to better understand the impact to enhance our work together moving forward. We invite you to complete this short survey and share your thoughts.

The deadline to complete this survey is 11 October 2021.

If you have any question, please contact the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (ngls@un.org) that manages the survey.

Thank you for your participation.

Social Media Posts: 

Message 1 

How has #COVID19 impacted your participation in UN high level meetings and events? We want to hear from you!

Share with us your experience here: bit.ly/3lPlXSh

#UNwithCivilSociety

 

Message 2 

How can civil society participation in high-level UN meetings and events be more meaningful in our collective #COVID19 new normal?

Share with us your experience: bit.ly/3lPlXSh

#UNwithCivilSociety

 

Message 3 

Call for Civil Society 📢

How has your organization participated in high-level UN meetings and events during the #COVID19 pandemic?

Share with us your experience: bit.ly/3lPlXSh

#UNwithCivilSociety

 

Message 4  

Has access to technology and online resources during the #COVID19 pandemic changed your participation in high-level UN meetings and events?

Share with us your experience: bit.ly/3lPlXSh

#UNwithCivilSociety

Short Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Civil Society Participation in UN High-Level Meetings and Events

We would like to invite you to complete a short (10 minutes) survey on the impact of COVID-19 on civil society participation in high-level UN meetings and events. The survey is conducted by the Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) in the United Nations Department of Global Communications.

The pandemic and the public health measures put in place have had significant impact on civil society organizations (CSO)’ opportunities for in-person participation at high-level meetings and events. Your response to this survey will greatly help the effort to provide the most meaningful CSO engagement in this changing environment.

Please submit your responses here: bit.ly/3lPlXSh
The deadline to complete this survey is 11 October 2021.

How to register for UNCTAD15

Call to Civil Society Youth: International Youth Day 2021, Transforming Food Systems

For International Youth Day on August 12, 2021, the United Nations Civil Society Unit is celebrating youth voices. The theme of this year Youth Day is, “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health.” The day aims to highlight the notion that the success of such a global effort will not be achieved without the meaningful participation of young people.

Everyday, young people all over the globe work towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Department of Global Communications is aiming to share these successes with our Civil Society network to celebrate youth and to encourage more youth to become involved by becoming the change they want to see in the world. Please submit TEXT and VIDEO responses (see details below) for a chance to be featured in our International Youth Day Celebration.

The deadline for submissions is 8 August 2021.

*We will try to highlight each project as comprehensively as possible. We also appreciate your patience in taking time to answer all questions. Please note that depending on the volume of responses received, we may not be able to share every submission.

UNESCO Clubs 2021 Worldwide Youth Multimedia Competition

USFUCA, UNESCO Center for Peace and World Genesis Foundation invite youth around the world to take part in this year’s Multimedia Competition.  Unparalleled connectivity put youth in one of the greatest positions to bring much needed change to the world.

UNESCO’s mission is to mobilize the optimism of youth to respond to an acute world problem to serve others now.    Last year, motivated participants from over 65 countries submitted over 600 projects in this highly rewarding contest.

Webinar on applying for ECOSOC consultative status (5 May 2021, 11:00am – 12:30pm New York Time)

Dear NGO Representatives,

The Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) NGO Branch will be conducting a Webinar on “Applying for ECOSOC Consultative Status” for NGOs on 5 May 2021, 11am – 12:30pm (NYT). Please feel free to share this message with your networks.

The meeting will provide answers to the following questions:

  • What is Consultative Status, which organizations are eligible and what are its benefits?
  • How the entire application process works since the application is submitted to the NGO Branch until ECOSOC makes its decision?
  • What are the main components of the application package?

Register at: http://bit.ly/DESANGORegister
Webinar flyer: http://bit.ly/DESAflyer
More information here: https://bit.ly/2PqdHfc
Tweet: https://twitter.com/UN_NGO/status/1377636248513355782?s=20

Open Ended Working Group on Ageing

URGENT CALL TO MEMBERS WITH ECOSOC STATUS AND THOSE ACCREDITED (OEWG-accredited NGO) TO THE OPEN-ENDED WORKING GROUP ON AGEING :

Even though you can only watch the meeting on UN Web TV (http://webtv.un.org/) from 29 March to 1 April, there is an opportunity for you to submit written statements !!

They can be submitted to estatements@un.org. preferably before the session starts but can be submitted up to 2 hours before it ends.

We want as many written statements submitted as possible, on any or all of the focus areas (in separate written statements) as a testimony of the concerns from hundreds of NGOs about the lack of decision-making to start drafting an international legal document to protect and promote the rights of older persons. Member States must be made aware of the wide support for a convention.

Attached are some suggestions here that you may wish to include in your statements, which should not be more that 500 words per statement.

We need to inundate the UN with hundreds of written statements. Strength in numbers!

Please join in this effort !!

NOTIFICATION UNCTAD survey on creative economy institutional framework and legislation Creative industries national methodology, institutions and legislation

Please find attached a notification together with the Survey in French and Spanish on the above-mentioned subject. The English version sent on 27 November 2020 is also attached for ease of reference.

Kindly note that the new deadline to reply to the survey has been extended to 30 April 2021

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