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 the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, please visit rngos.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email the vice chair at susanneseperson@gmail.com. 

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

Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

In light of the situation related to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, States Parties have decided to postpone the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to a later date but no later than February 2022.

2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) was originally slated to be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 27 April to 22 May 2020. Please adjust your calendars accordingly, as civil society’s voice cannot be excluded from this critical session.

Stay apprised & register to participate here: un.org/en/conferences/npt2020

About:

The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is a landmark international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote co-operation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament. The NPT represents the only binding commitment in a multilateral treaty to the goal of disarmament by the nuclear-weapon States.

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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-NY, please visit ngosocdev.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org.

Twenty-Seventh General Assembly of CoNGO (Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations

CoNGO

27th General Assembly of CoNGO

(Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations)

November 29 and 30 and Dec. 1, 2021

Hybrid | Virtual | Physical Venue: Church Center for the United Nations, New York City

“Shaping the Future:  The UN We Need 

for the World We Want”

The General Assembly is the sovereign organ of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO). It normally meets once every three years. It meets to review the activities of the Conference since its previous session, and receives reports of its officers, its Regional Committee(s) and Committees on Substantive Issues (otherwise known as NGO Committees). The General Assembly will elect the CoNGO President and members of the CoNGO Board. It sets the strategic directions of the organization. It will also receive recommendations arising from resolutions submitted for Assembly consideration, including a proposed “Compendium of Principles for NGO Good Practice”.  A Pre-Assembly Summit on Substantive Issues scheduled to be held virtually on October 25 invites the wide membership of CoNGO to contribute to the shaping of the strategic direction of CoNGO as it moves to its 28th term (2021-2021) at which time it will also celebrate its 75th founding anniversary (2023). The pre-assembly recommendations will be submitted to the General Assembly for consideration.  For more information about what a CoNGO General Assembly is, see Rules 6 to 15 of the Rules of CoNGO).

This page will soon have a link to assembly registration. CoNGO members in good standing–members who are current with their membership dues–will be able to exercise voice and vote at the assembly. If you are not sure about your membership dues payment, please send your inquiry to Ms. Staci Alziebler-Perkins at finance@ngocongo.org.

Direct your inquiries about the General Assembly to Liberato Bautista, CoNGO President at president@ngocongo.org.

High-level meeting of the GA on the Appraisal of the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons

Special Accreditation for the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the appraisal of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons

Pursuant to General Assembly resolutions 75/283, a high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the appraisal of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons will be held from 22 to 23 November 2021, at the United Nations Headquarters, in New York.

PARTICIPATION

In accordance with General Assembly resolution 75/283, representatives of non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council will be invited to participate in the high-level meeting in accordance with the established practice of the General Assembly.

*If you are a representative of an ECOSOC accredited NGO, please contact the NGO Branch of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs for the details.

Furthermore, in accordance with the same resolution, the President of the General Assembly will draw up a list of other relevant representatives of non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions and the private sector who may attend the high-level meeting, taking into account the principles of transparency and equitable geographical representation, with due regard for the meaningful participation of women, in accordance with the established practice of the General Assembly. The President of the General Assembly will submit the list to Member States for their consideration, in accordance with General Assembly resolution  75/283. The application for special accreditation is now open until 14 October 2021.

Learn more and register here: https://indico.un.org/event/36771/

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons, please visit ngocstip.org. This committee is independent from CoNGO’s substantive committees. For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bobbinassar@gmail.com or bknotts@uua.org. 

IFA 15th Global Conference on Ageing: Rights Matter

The IFA is thrilled to announce that the 15th Global Conference on Ageing “Rights Matter” will be convened, for the first time, both virtually and in person in Niagara Falls, Canada from 10-12 November 2021, with pre-conference summits and master classes to be held on 9 November 2021.

Join together – in person or virtually – with industry leaders, speakers and engage in one-on-one interaction with other industry peers in Niagara Falls, Canada or from the comfort of a home office.

The IFA greatly looks forward to discussing, learning and connecting at the 15th Global Conference on Ageing regarding policies and practices that create an environment that will enable older people to do what they have reason to value.

Register now to join the community at the IFA 15th Global Conference on Ageing in 2021.

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CoNGO Notes: 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. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org.

COP26: Glasgow Climate Change Conference

The COP26 UN climate change conference set to take place in Glasgow in November 2020 has been postponed due to COVID-19.  This decision has been taken by the COP Bureau of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), with the UK and its Italian partners.

Dates for a rescheduled conference in 2021, hosted in Glasgow by the UK in partnership with Italy, have been set to 1-12 November 2021.

In light of the ongoing, worldwide effects of COVID-19, holding an ambitious, inclusive COP26 in November 2020 was no longer possible. Rescheduling will ensure all parties can focus on the issues to be discussed at this vital conference and allow more time for the necessary preparations to take place. We will continue to work with all involved to increase climate ambition, build resilience and lower emissions.

COP 26 side events/exhibits – organizations with admission status in the UNFCCC process and Parties partnering with an admitted organization(s) are eligible to apply for a side event and/or an exhibit, using the side events and exhibits online application system (SEORS) managed by the UNFCCC secretariat. The schedule for its opening for COP 26 will be announced on this site. Eligibility, selection and allocation criteria are available on this webpage.

More COP26 info from the host country provided here: ukcop26.org

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit ngocsd-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit ngosonffd.org

Geneva Peace Week 2021 “From seeds to systems of peace: Weathering today’s challenges”

Dear Colleagues,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the eighth edition of Geneva Peace Week that will take place online from 1 to 5 November 2021. The Week is jointly organized by the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. The theme of this year’s Geneva Peace Week is: “From seeds to systems of peace: Weathering today’s challenges.”

Geneva Peace Week 2021 (GPW21) aims to galvanize leadership, build trust and contribute to transforming international cooperation. Over five days, Geneva Peace Week will be the umbrella for 30 Online Workshops and a Digital Series (podcasts and videos), brought together by over 100 partner organizations.

Topics for discussions will include:

  • Creating a climate for collaboration: Ways forward for environment, climate change, and peace
  • Moving beyond securitization: What risks (and new horizons) for peacebuilding?
  • Harnessing the digital sphere for peace
  • Confronting inequalities and advancing inclusion, peace, and SDG16

The full programme of Geneva Peace Week is available at genevapeaceweek.ch and attendees must register to participate. We would also like to invite you to three main sessions which will take place in-person (Maison de la Paix) and online:

  • The Opening Ceremony on 1 November at 4:00 p.m.
  • The Kofi Annan Geneva Peace Address on 4 November at 6:00 p.m.
  • The Closing Ceremony on 5 November at 1:30 p.m.

Geneva Peace Week provides a common framework for peace-related workshops for which the respective organizers retain full ownership. Please note that Geneva Peace Week events do not necessarily reflect the views of UNOG, the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform or the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. We encourage you to share information widely and look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues to Geneva Peace Week 2021.

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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 Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit congocsd.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit ngocsd-ny.org.

CoNGO Pre-Assembly Summit on Substantive Issues

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SUMMIT ON SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES

Shaping the Future: The UN We Need for the World We Want

(October 25, 2021, Monday, Virtual, 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM, EDT, New York)

About the Summit

The Summit on Substantive Issues is focused on 1) identifying the issues and concerns we as NGOs are addressing and must address today, and 2) on examining if our responses to these issues and concerns are adequate and relevant—both for the present context and the future.

What must we anticipate that future(s) to be, and how can we prepare ourselves and our communities for such future(s)? If we are to be relevant actors in shaping that future, what values must we engender and what actions must we take to shape that future and build that world we want? What are happening on the ground and what actions must we take to address them in ways that respond to current needs and anticipates future expectations?

What would it take for the UN to be effective, efficient and relevant for the world and the future we want? What innovations are required for multilateral action to be effective, efficient and relevant? What must we assert as roles and offer as contributions  as “We, the peoples”—as NGOs, CSOs and social movements—in shaping that future we envision? What do you recommend “We, the peoples” should do in general, and CoNGO in particular?

As a pre-assembly event leading to the 27th general assembly of CoNGO, this summit invites civil society representatives around the world to join representatives of CoNGO member organizations and members of its NGO Committees in shaping the strategic directions of CoNGO as it moves into its 28th term (2021-2024). The product of the thematic panels will be submitted for consideration by CoNGO when it meets for its 27th General Assembly.

 

BACKGROUND READINGS FOR THE PRE-ASSEMBLY SUMMIT

UN Secretary General’s Report: Our Common Agenda

Declaration of CoNGO on the Occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the UN

A Statement of CoNGO: NGO Access to and at the United Nations in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic

CoNGO President’s Statement on NGO Access

OPENING PANEL:  KEYNOTES ON THE FUTURE IN THE PRESENT TENSE

9:00AM-10:15AM EDT

Irina Bokova*

Radhika  Coomaraswamy*

Garry Jacobs*

Francis Hult*

Lead Chair: Liberato Bautista*

Lead Rapporteurs: Cyril Ritchie,* Martina Gredler* and Humphrey Tonkin* 

THEMATIC PANELS

1. Human Dignity and Human Rights

10:20AM-11:15 EDT

Chair (Bobbi Nassar*)

Panelists: (Craig Mokhiber*, Saionara Koenig-Reis)

Rapporteurs (Scott Stearman*, Bruce Knotts)

2. Agenda 2030: Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action

11:20AM-12:15AM EDT

Chair (Ingeborg Geyer*)

Panelists: (Richard Amalvy,* Rudelmar Bueno de Faria*, Helen Wangusa)

Rapporteurs (Anita Thomas*, Ivy Koek*)

3. Peace and Threats to Security of People and the Planet

12:20PM-1:15PM EDT

Chair (Hiro Sakurai*)

Panelists: (Njoki Rahab Kinyanjui, PL de Silva*, Christopher Ferguson*)

Rapporteurs (Bani Dugal, Helga Kerschbaum*)

4.  Social Justice: Migration, Racism, and Health

1:20PM-2:15PM EDT

Chair: Dorothy Davis*

Panelists: (Saths Cooper*, Eni Lestari*, Manjit Dosanj*)

Rapporteurs (Robert Hejdenberg*, Chris Hanway*)

5.  Gender Justice, Youth and Intergenerational Solidarity

2:20PM-3:15PM EDT 

Chair (Houry Geudelikian*)

Panelists: (Kehkashian Basu,* Majandra Rodriguez Acha, Myriam Sfeir)

Rapporteurs (Laurie Richardson*, Beverly Bucur*)

6.  UN-NGO Relations: Enhancing Multilateralism, Ensuring Access, Protecting Civic Space and Discourse

3:20PM-4:30PM EDT

Chair (Maria Victoria Espada*)

Panelists: (Mandeep Tiwana*, Eleanor Openshaw*)

Rapporteurs (Jacqueline Stark*, Holly Shaw*)

CLOSING REMARKS: Liberato Bautista*, CoNGO President

The impact of the pandemic on the mental health of children & youth

The NGO Committee on Children’s Rights invites you to our October meeting in recognition of UN World Mental Health month. Register here!

Invited panel of experts:

  • Kira Herbert, Educator, Croton-Harmon UFSD, BS Education, MS Education, NYS Teacher of Excellence
  • Erlanger A. Turner, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist Pepperdine University

Moderator: Professor Roseanne Flores, Ph.D Dept. Psychology at Hunter College, NY & ECOSOC Representative, American Psychological Association (APA)

We’ll also hear the voices of school children and youth expressing their experiences during the pandemic. For questions or more information, please contact the Committee Secretary at marlena2173@gmail.com.

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CoNGO Notes: The NGO Committee on Children’s Rights-NY is a Substantive Committee of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations. For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email the vice chair at susanneseperson@gmail.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org.

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