economic justice

15th Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted by the General Assembly by its resolution 61/106 of 13 December 2006. It came into force on 3 May 2008 upon its 20th ratification. Article 40 of the Convention stipulates that “The States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties (COSP) in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention.”

The Fifteenth Session(in-person format) will take place on 14 to 16  June 2022 both virtually and onsite at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, during which an election of nine members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be conducted.

All meetings will be streamed live on UN Web TV at: https://media.un.org.

Overarching theme: Building disability-inclusive and participatory societies in the COVID context and beyond

Sub theme 1: Innovation and technology advancing disability rights
Sub theme 2: Economic empowerment and entrepreneurship of persons with disabilities
Sub theme 3: Participation of persons with disabilities in climate action, disaster risk reduction and resilience against natural disasters

Civil Society Participation

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bknotts@uua.org or bobbinassar@yahoo.com. For more information on the NGO Committee for Rare Diseases, please visit ngocommitteerarediseases.org.

Stockholm +50: A Healthy Planet for the Prosperity of All – Our Responsibility, Our Opportunity

On 2 and 3 June 2022, a crucial international environmental meeting will be held in Stockholm, Sweden. Anchored in the Decade of Action, under the theme “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity,” this high-level meeting will follow months of consultations and discussions with individuals, communities, organizations and governments around the world. A one-day preparatory meeting was held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 28 March 2022.

Stockholm+50 will commemorate the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and celebrate 50 years of global environmental action. By recognizing the importance of multilateralism in tackling the Earth’s triple planetary crisis – climate, nature, and pollution – the event aims to act as a springboard accelerate the implementation of the UN Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, including the 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement on climate change, the post-2020 global Biodiversity Framework, and encourage the adoption of green post-COVID-19 recovery plans.

Registration information for civil society: stockholm50.global/participate/accreditation-registration

For more information & the full program, please visit the event site: stockholm50.global

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

[2022 WSIS Forum] Inclusiveness, Access to Information and Knowledge for All / Bridging Digital Divides

WSIS Forum 2022

High-Level Policy Session 7:

Inclusiveness, Access to Information and Knowledge for All / Bridging Digital Divides

Register here for this 7th session of the 2022 WSIS Forum (virtual and in-person participation available): itu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkf-ysqzsuGtMorqFMzRQ1zPPF0GurUgte

About the Session:

The ability for all to access and contribute information, ideas and knowledge is essential in an inclusive Information Society.

The sharing and strengthening of global knowledge for development can be enhanced by removing barriers to equitable access to information for economic, social, political, health, cultural, educational, and scientific activities and by facilitating access to public domain information, including by universal design and the use of assistive technologies.

A rich public domain is an essential element for the growth of the Information Society, creating multiple benefits such as an educated public, new jobs, innovation, business opportunities, and the advancement of sciences. Information in the public domain should be easily accessible to support the Information Society, and protected from misappropriation. Public institutions such as libraries and archives, museums, cultural collections and other community-based access points should be strengthened so as to promote the preservation of documentary records and free and equitable access to information.

Read more about the Geneva Declaration of Principles here: itu.int/net/wsis/docs/geneva/official/dop.html

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Dr. Liberato Bautista (High-Level Track Facilitator), President, Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO), United States of America
  • Mr. Paul Donohoe (WSIS Action Line Facilitator), Digital Economy and Trade Coordinator Universal Postal Union, Switzerland
  • H.E. Mr. Mustafa Jabbar [R], Minister Posts and Telecommunications Division, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and ICT, Bangladesh
  • H.E. Mr. Toelupe Poumulinuku Onesemo, Minister, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Samoa
  • H.E. Mr. Bogdan Dumea, State Secretary, Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitalization, Romania
  • Ms. Aichatou Habibou Oumani, President, Niger Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communication and Postal Service, Niger
  • Mr. Dan Sjoblom, Director General, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority, Sweden
  • Mr. Bakhtiyar Mammadov, Deputy Head of Administration, Ministry of Digital Development and Transport, Azerbaijan
  • Dr. Caterina Berbenni-Rehm, Founder & CEO, PROMIS@Service, Italy
  • Ms. Tatyana Kanzaveli, CEO, Open Health Network, United States of America
  • Mr. Ahm Bazlur Rahman [R], Chief Executive Officer, Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio & Communication (BNNRC), Bangladesh

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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 Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Language and Languages, please email the co-chairs at fmhult@umbc.edu or tonkin@hartford.edu. 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. For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit ngosonffd.org

Understanding the Impact of SDG Investments by Refining Sustainability Reporting

2022 Financing for Development Forum side event: Understanding the impact of SDG investments by refining sustainability reporting

Thursday, 28 April, 8 am to 9 am (EST)

This event is being held as part of the programme for the SDG Investment Fair. For registration, please visit this link.

For more information about the Fair, visit un.org/development/desa/financing/events/april-2022-sdg-investment-fair.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit ngosonffd.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security, please visit ngocdps.wordpress.com

Enhancing MDBs as Catalyzers of Private Finance

2022 FfD Forum side event: Enhancing MDBs as catalyzers of private finance

Wednesday, 27 April, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm (EDT)

This event is being held as part of the programme for the SDG Investment Fair. For registration, please visit this link.

For more information about the Fair, visit https://www.un.org/development/desa/financing/events/april-2022-sdg-investment-fair.

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

Financing for Universal and Crisis-Responsive Social Protection and Decent Work: Proposals of 2021 UN Inter-Agency Working Group

Join the NGO Committee on Financing for Development on Tuesday, April 26, from 8 – 9:30am EST for an official side event of the 2022 ECOSOC Financing for Development Forum on Financing for Universal and Crisis-Responsive Social Protection and Decent Work: Proposals of 2021 UN Inter-Agency Working Group

Speakers:

  • H.E. Mr. Phillippe Kridelka, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations
  • Mr. Helmut Schwarzner, Senior Social Security Specialist for the Americas, Social Protection Department, ILO Geneva
  • Mr. David Stewart, Chief of Child Strategy and Social Protection, UNICEF
  • Dr. Santosh Mehrotra, Research Fellow, IZA Institute of Labor Economics, Bonn, Germany
  • Ms. Tikhala Itaye, Director, Global Movement Building, Women in Global Health

Moderator: Dr. Barry Herman, Member Advisory Board, Social Justice in Global Development

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsfuqqrjwiHtLVutntuRo0xgsa9K_vEKxP

Co-sponsors: Vivat International, Women First International Fund, Salesian Missions, International Labour Organization, World Vision, Social Justice in Global Development

Background: Social protection refers to assuring a basic income floor and access to basic healthcare throughout the life cycle. It should be provided universally to all people in need, but that is far from current practice. While decent jobs, including self-employment, are mainly in the private economy, meeting the qualifications for most jobs usually requires education and good health, which are primarily public service functions. Thus, programs to promote social protection and decent jobs entail adequate, effective, and fair national systems of taxation, complemented by international assistance, often in the form of technical assistance but also sometimes in aid-financed budget support, as for low-income countries.

The experience of the pandemic laid bare inadequate systems to deliver cash transfers to compensate for the economic costs of the crisis and inadequate public health systems to deliver vaccines, tests, and protective equipment, along with the very limited capacity, especially in developing countries, to maintain employment during the crisis-induced economic contraction. The pandemic experience requires us to think about preparing better “shock responsive” social protection and health systems and stronger counter-cyclical policies. Preparation, in turn, requires consideration of ways to mobilize the necessary domestic and international financial resources on an ongoing basis and with the capacity to meet the higher expenditure needs at times of crisis.

While the inter-agency report concluded with 21 separate proposals, speakers in the side event will be asked to discuss one or more of the proposals. There is no expectation that all 21 proposals would be covered, nor is that necessary. What is necessary is to bring the attention of the FfD Follow-up Forum for consideration by policymakers the work of the 16 cooperating agencies in the task force and the civil society, labor, employer, and youth stakeholders that were consulted in preparing the report.

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CoNGO Notes: The NGO Committee on Financing for Development is a Substantive Committee of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations.

ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development

The ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD Forum) is an intergovernmental process with universal participation mandated to review the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (Addis Agenda) and other financing for development outcomes and the means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The event brings together heads of state and government, ministers and high-level government officials as well as senior officials of international organizations. Civil society organizations, the business sector and local authorities will also be represented.

Additional information on preparations for the Forum, including the programme, outcome, substantive background, stakeholder participation and side events, will be made available here: un.org/development/desa/financing/what-we-do/ECOSOC/financing-development-forum/FFD-forum-home

The UN does not charge a fee for registration and participation. For any questions, please contact the Financing for Sustainable Development Office at ffdforum@un.org.

Register here: un.org/development/desa/financing/what-we-do/ECOSOC/financing-development-forum/registration

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

UN Commission on Population and Development

2022 theme: Population and sustainable development, in particular sustained, inclusive economic growth

For full program, background information, and related links, please visit  https://www.un.org/development/desa/pd/events/CPD55.

Bureau members (fifty-fifth session/2022):

  • H.E. Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo (Republic of the Philippines) – Asia-Pacific Group (Chair)
  • Mr. Andrei Nicolenco (Republic of Moldova) – Eastern European Group (Vice-Chair)
  • Ms. Sara Offermans (Netherlands) – Western European and Others Group (WEOG) (Vice-Chair-designate)
  • Ms. Mayra Lisseth Sorto (El Salvador) – Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) (Vice-Chair-designate)
  • Mr. Antonin Bieke (Côte d’Ivoire) – African Group (AG) (Vice-Chair-designate)

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

Feminist Action Nexus for Economic and Climate Justice: Global Kickoff 

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The Feminist Action Nexus on Climate and Economic Justice

invites you to join us for our Global Kickoff

Tuesday, 12 April 2022 from 12:00 to 15:00 UTC (convert to your time zone here).

To register to join us, please click here.  

Emerging out of the Generation Equality Forum, the Action Nexus is co-convened by the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), the Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development (WWG on FfD), and the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO). Together with dynamic global South-based activist-intellectuals, these four organizations have begun to outline a conceptual framework that unpacks the connections between neoliberalism, patriarchy, white supremacy, and colonialism.

We invite you to join us as we outline a collective advocacy agenda to advance a vision for a feminist and decolonial global green new deal, grounded in a blueprint for a feminist agenda for people and planet. This three-hour global kickoff meeting will draw connections between the emerging work of the Action Nexus and the advocacy and activism of feminist movements across the world, particularly in the global/economic South.

Beginning with a grounding in the conceptual framework of the Action Nexus, this action-oriented strategy session will include breakout groups across regions and issue areas. As outcomes, the event will collectively produce a policy map of upcoming events and processes and a draft advocacy strategy for the Action Nexus, including the publication of advocacy briefs and an accountability mechanism before the end of 2022.

Event: Feminist Action Nexus for Economic and Climate Justice: Global Kickoff

Date: Tuesday, 12 April, 2022

Time: 7AM-10AM Mexico DF; 8AM-11AM New York; 3-6PM East Africa; 5:30-8:30PM New Delhi; 7PM-10PM Bangkok; convert to your time zone here

Where: Zoom (Register here)

Accessibility: Simultaneous interpretation will be provided across English, French and Spanish. Other accessibility needs, please email Andrea Vega Troncoso at andrea@wedo.org.

Co-Conveners: FEMNET, WEDO, PACJA, Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development

Please feel free to forward this invitation to interested colleagues and/or friends. We are hoping for as broad participation as possible, especially from the global/economic South. Questions can be directed to Katie Tobin at katie@wedo.org.

In solidarity,

Feminist Action Nexus for Economic and Climate Justice

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Estimades colegas,

El Nexo de Acción Feminista para la Justicia Económica y Climática le invita a unirse a nosotres en nuestro Lanzamiento Global, el martes 12 de abril de 2022 de 12:00 a 15:00 UTC (vea su zona horaria aquí). Para registrarse y unirse a nosotres, por favor haga clic aquí. Habrá interpretación simultánea en inglés, francés y español.

Surgido del Foro Generación Igualdad, el Nexo de Acción Feminista es co-convocado por la Red de Comunicación y Desarrollo de Mujeres Africanas (FEMNET), la Alianza Panafricana por la Justicia Climática (PACJA), el Grupo de Trabajo de Mujeres sobre Financiamiento para el Desarrollo (WWG on FfD) y la Organización de Mujeres para el Medio Ambiente y el Desarrollo (WEDO). Junto con un grupo dinámico de activistas-académicas  del Sur global, estas cuatro organizaciones han comenzado a esbozar un marco conceptual que revela las conexiones entre el neoliberalismo, el patriarcado, la supremacía blanca y el colonialismo.

Le invitamos a unirse a nosotres mientras delineamos una agenda de incidencia colectiva para promover una visión de un nuevo acuerdo verde global, feminista y decolonial, basado en un plan para una agenda feminista para las personas y el planeta. Esta reunión de lanzamiento mundial de tres horas establecerá conexiones entre el trabajo emergente del Nexo de Acción Feminista y la incidencia y el activismo de los movimientos feministas en todo el mundo, particularmente en el Sur global/económico.

Comenzando con una base en el marco conceptual del Nexo de Acción Feminista, esta sesión de estrategia incluirá grupos de trabajo de todas las regiones y áreas temáticas. Como resultados, el evento producirá colectivamente un mapeo políticos de los próximos eventos y procesos y un borrador de estrategia de promoción para el Nexo de Acción Feminista, incluida la publicación de informes de incidencia y un mecanismo de rendición de cuentas antes de finales del 2022.

Evento: Nexo de Acción Feminista para la Justicia Económica y Climática: Lanzamiento Global

Fecha: martes, 12 abril, 2022

Hora: 7AM-10AM México DF; 8AM-11AM Nueva York; 15:00-18:00 East Africa; 17:30-20:30 New Delhi; 19:00-22:00 Bangkok; vea su zona horaria aquí.

Dónde: Zoom (Regístrese aquí)

Accesibilidad: Habrá interpretación simultánea en inglés, francés y español. Si tiene otras necesidades de accesibilidad, envíe un correo electrónico a Andrea Vega Troncoso a andrea@wedo.org.

Co-Convocantes: FEMNET, WEDO, PACJA, Grupo de Trabajo de Mujeres sobre Financiamiento para el Desarrollo

Por favor reenvíe esta invitación a colegas y/o amigues interesades. Esperamos contar con una participación amplia y diversa, especialmente del Sur global/económico. Si tienen preguntas pueden dirigirse a Katie Tobin a katie@wedo.org.

En solidaridad,

Nexo de Acción Feminista por la Justicia Económica y Climática

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Chers collègues,

Le Nexus d’action féministe pour la justice économique et climatique vous invite à nous rejoindre pour notre lancement mondial, le mardi 12 avril 2022 de 12h00 à 15h00 UTC (convertir en votre fuseau horaire ici). Pour vous inscrire pour nous rejoindre, veuillez cliquer ici. L’interprétation simultanée sera assurée en anglais, français et espagnol.

Issu du Forum Génération Égalité, le Nexus d’action est co-organisé par le Réseau de communication et de développement des femmes africaines (FEMNET), l’Alliance panafricaine pour la justice climatique (PACJA), le Groupe de travail des femmes sur le financement du développement (WWG on FfD) et l’Organisation des femmes pour l’environnement et le développement (WEDO). En collaboration avec des activistes-intellectuels dynamiques basés dans le Sud, ces quatre organisations ont commencé à définir un cadre conceptuel qui dévoile les liens entre le néolibéralisme, le patriarcat, la suprématie blanche et le colonialisme.

Nous vous invitons à nous rejoindre alors que nous décrivons un programme de plaidoyer collectif pour faire avancer une vision d’un nouveau pacte vert mondial féministe et décolonial, fondé sur un plan pour un programme féministe pour les personnes et la planète. Cette réunion mondiale de lancement de trois heures établira des liens entre le travail émergent du Nexus d’action et le plaidoyer et l’activisme des mouvements féministes à travers le monde, en particulier dans le Sud global/économique.

Commençant par une mise à la terre dans le cadre conceptuel du Nexus d’action, cette séance de stratégie axée sur l’action comprendra des groupes de discussion dans les régions et les domaines d’intérêt. Comme résultats, l’événement produira collectivement une carte politique des événements et processus à venir et un projet de stratégie de plaidoyer pour le Nexus d’action, y compris la publication de notes de plaidoyer et un mécanisme de responsabilisation avant la fin de 2022.

Événement : Le nexus d’action féministe pour la justice économique et climatique : lancement mondial

Date : mardi 12 avril 2022

Heure : 7h-10h Mexico DF ; 8h-11h New York ; 15h-18h Afrique de l’Est ; 17h30-20h30 New Delhi ; 19h-22h Bangkok ; convertir en votre fuseau horaire ici

Où : Zoom (Inscrivez-vous ici)

Accessibilité : L’interprétation simultanée sera assurée en anglais, français et espagnol. Autres besoins d’accessibilité, veuillez envoyer un courriel à Andrea Vega Troncoso à andrea@wedo.org.

Co-animatrices : FEMNET, WEDO, PACJA, Groupe de travail des femmes sur le financement du développement

N’hésitez pas à transmettre cette invitation à vos collègues et/ou amis intéressés. Nous espérons une participation aussi large que possible, en particulier du Sud global/économique. Les questions peuvent être adressées à Katie Tobin à katie@wedo.org.

En solidarité,

Le nexus d’action féministe pour la justice économique et climatique

Katie Tobin

Senior Program Manager

Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)

www.wedo.org / katie@wedo.org  

147 Prince Street, Brooklyn, New York, NY 11201

Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers 

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Understanding Public Attitudes towards Migrants Beyond Polarization

Dear GMPA network,

To mark the 2021 International Migrants Day, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) – the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA) – in cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the European University Institute (EUI) are glad to invite you to participate to the event Understanding Public Attitudes towards Migrants Beyond Polarization, taking place on Friday 17 December from 14:30 to 17:30.

By discussing the challenges related to an increasing polarized debate about migration and migrants, the event will offer the opportunity to illustrate the E-MINDFUL project that OCEEA, ILO and EUI are implementing jointly. Concept Note and draft programme herewith enclosed for further information.

Addressed to delegations of the OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation, the ILO’s constituents, key stakeholders, experts, civil society representatives and academia, the event will be organized in blended format, combining online participation via VTC Zoom with limited in-person access to the OSCE Hofburg premises in Heldenplatz, Vienna, Neuer Saal.

The working language will be English. 

Kindly register by sending an email to Magda Jugheli: Magda.Jugheli@osce.org before Wednesday 15 December. When registering, participants are requested to indicate if they will participate at the Hofburg in Vienna, or virtually via zoom.

Looking forward to your participation.

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

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