Virtual Townhall Meeting of Civil Society & UN Secretary-General António Guterres

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

Dear ECOSOC accredited organizations with representatives approved for CSW65,

We welcome you to join the United Nations Secretary-General’s annual Virtual Townhall Meeting with civil society on the occasion of the sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Moderated by UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the meeting will provide an opportunity for women’s and youth civil society organizations to engage with the Secretary-General on the session’s priority theme: women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

The virtual townhall will also build upon discussions from the Secretary-General’s virtual meeting with women’s civil society in light of the COVID-19 crisis, addressing ways to build back better and continue protecting and promoting women’s rights and agency within this new context.

The event will take place on Webex and will be webcast on UN Web TV, as well as on social media – Twitter, YouTube, Facebook. The session will take place in English only, however translation into other UN languages will be available on the broadcast.

The townhall is open to CSW65 approved representatives of ECOSOC-accredited NGOs. Due to platform limitations, attendance will be limited to two (2) CSW65 approved representatives per organization to allow for equal participation opportunities for registered organizations.

Please register up to a maximum of two CSW65 approved representatives of your organization for the Webex meeting using the following link:

Please note that registration does not guarantee access to the Webex meeting. Registered participants who receive the meeting-specific link will be admitted to the Webex platform until maximum capacity is reached.

All other representatives of your organization are welcome to view the live webcast at and via social media – Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube (links to be shared).

Kind regards,
UN Women


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-NY, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women Vienna, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva, please visit

Joint meeting of the Economic and Social Council with the Chairs of Functional Commissions and Expert Bodies

CoNGO President to address the Joint meeting of the Economic and Social Council with the Chairs of Functional Commissions and Expert Bodies.

The President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), H.E. Munir Akram (Pakistan), will convene a meeting of ECOSOC with the Chairs of the Functional Commissions and Expert Bodies on Monday, 1 February 2021, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The meeting will take the form of an informal dialogue and will be open to all Member and Observer States of the United Nations.

The objective of the meeting is to guide and coordinate the work of the ECOSOC system, ensuring that its work is coherent, avoids overlap and adequately covers the 2030 Agenda. It should also explore how the subsidiary bodies can best contribute to the theme of the 2021 session of the Council and the 2021 High-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF). It will also be the occasion to review how subsidiary bodies have been implementing General Assembly resolution 72/305, on the strengthening of ECOSOC, and discuss possible proposals for reinvigorating the Council and its relationship with its subsidiary bodies.



CoNGO Notes: The Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations is an NGO in general consultative status with the United Nations.

2021 ECOSOC Development Cooperation Forum


Preliminary programme (forthcoming) will be available here as it becomes available:

About the DCF:

WHY —The 2021 Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) will advance international development cooperation that reduces risk, enables recovery and builds resilience in the COVID-19 period and beyond.

WHEN — The 2021 DCF will be the DCF’s 7th biennial high-level meeting since its creation by world leaders in 2005.

HOW — The DCF is the principal global platform for policy dialogue on development cooperation. Discussions are reality-based, action-oriented and results-focused.

WHO — Convened by the President of ECOSOC, the Forum is open to all Member States and engages all stakeholders, including civil society, private sector, Parliamentarians, local authorities, international and regional organizations and development banks.



CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit

[deadline to participate] 31st UNGA Special Session

Dear colleagues,

As you are aware, the General Assembly decided to host its 31st Special session in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on 3 and 4 December 2020. The modalities of participation for the session are established in resolution 75/4.

In order to participate in the Special Session, the following categories of relevant entities not in consultative status with ECOSOC must express their interest and apply for special accreditation.

  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Civil society organizations
  • Academic institutions
  • Private sector organizations

The deadline for the expression of interest to participate in the Special Session is set for 16 November 2020s. Accreditation is now open at the following link:

As per resolution 75/4, stakeholder applications will be reviewed by Member States. Accredited entities will be informed and receive further instruction to finalize their registration, as representatives will need to register individually to secure their participation in the event.

Please feel free to share this information with interested partners and colleagues.

Kind regards,

OHCHR New York Office


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, email the co-chairs at or For more information on the NGO Committee on Rare Diseases, please visit

20th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Provisional agenda of the twentieth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues:

1. Election of officers

2. Adoption of the agenda and organization of work

3. Discussion on the theme “Peace, justice and strong institutions: the role of indigenous peoples in implementing Sustainable Development Goal 16”

4. Discussion on the six mandated areas of the Permanent Forum (economic and social development, culture, environment, education, health and human rights), with reference to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

5. Dialogues:

(a) Dialogue with indigenous peoples;

(b) Dialogue with Member States;

(c) Dialogue with the United Nations agencies, funds and programmes;

(d) Human rights dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples and the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;

(e) Regional dialogues;

(f) Thematic dialogues;

6. Follow-up to the outcome document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

7. Future work of the Permanent Forum, including issues considered by the Economic and Social Council and emerging issues, specifically challenges related to pandemics and responses to them.

8. Provisional agenda of the twenty-first session of the Permanent Forum

9. Adoption of the report of the Permanent Forum on its twentieth session

CoNGO NOTES: For information about the work of CoNGO and its NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, visit its Facebook account here. 

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