financing for development

Virtual Briefing for UN Permanent Representatives on the FACTI Panel’s Work

The FACTI Panel will hold a virtual briefing to update the Permanent Representatives of Member States on the Panel’s progress on Friday, 11 December 2020, from 9:00 AM-11:00 AM (EST), 14:00-16:00 (UTC).The meeting will also provide an opportunity for an interactive discussion on the Panel’s workPlease find the time in your local zone here. Kindly find attached the Concept Note with the Agenda.

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High Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency & Integrity for Achieving the 2030 Agenda
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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit ngosonffd.org.

2030 Agenda Partnership Accelerator

The 2030 Agenda Partnership Accelerator webinar series are short (75 mins) online workshops seeking to demonstrate how partnerships are critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The workshops are open to all stakeholders.

The first webinar in the series will explore the challenges – and successes – in being institutionally fit for purpose to partner effectively to implement the SDGs, from the perspective of diverse stakeholders and sectors (governments, UN entities, civil society and business).

Actors in different sectors often struggle with the same obstacles and challenges that can derail successful partnering efforts. These include institutional dimensions and challenges, such as rigid procurement processes, lack of strategic vision and leadership for developing effective ways of partnering, amongst others.

Participants will be able to learn about key aspects for organizations to be equipped for developing partnerships and build recognition of and appreciation of the institutional capacities required for effective collaboration.

Speakers include UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), UN Development Coordination Office, World Vision International, The Partnering Initiative + governments, business, and civil society.

Register here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=2zWeD09UYE-9zF6kFubccKTGcnvniKtJsvj-e_A23x1UQUdLQzhTWko2SkY2WFRDTDFNODExUFlUSS4u

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development – New York, please visit ngosocdev.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org.

[UN Observance] World AIDS Day

Every year on December 1, the United Nations commemorates World AIDS Day. This year, the onset of COVID-19 has shone a glaring light on how much works remains to be done when it comes to saving lives threatened by deadly diseases. To learn more about World AIDS Day and how you can help end the stigma, check out who.int/westernpacific/news/events/world-aids-day.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee for Rare Diseases, please visit ngocommitteerarediseases.org. For more information on the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, please visit rngos.wordpress.com

#RaiseAPen Virtual High Level Panel Discussion

This high-level event is part of the #RaiseAPen campaign that we just launched in solidarity with mothers in Afghanistan calling for the continued right to education for their daughters. It coincides with the UN-designated International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It is our belief that denying education to girls and women is a form of violence.
The campaign supports education not only because it is a fundamental human right, but also because it is a key condition for sustainable development and peace. The diverse panel features influential personalities committed to the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan. This is a unique opportunity to hear them discuss the way forward beyond ‘raising a pen’, to both safeguard and advance these rights. We thank them one and all:
  • H.E Rangina Hamidi: Minister of Education I.R of Afghanistan
  • Stefania Giannini: UNESCO Assistant Director General of Education
  • Ambassador Melanne Verveer: Executive Director Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
  • Ambassador Mohammad Wali Naeemi: Deputy Permanent Representative of I.R of Afghanistan to the UN
  • Staffan de Mistura: Former UN Special Envoy to Afghanistan
  • Mary Kaldor, Professor of Global Governance and CEO of the Conflict Research Program, IDEAS, London School of Economics and Political Science (Moderator)
  • Anne-Claire de Liedekerke: President MMM (Opening remarks)
  • Rahela Sidiqi: Founder & Director Farkhunda Trust for Afghan Women’s Education, MMM Associate Member and campaign partner (Opening remarks)
Join the conversation, register now and send in your questions (by November 20th at the latest) here.
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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on ngocsw-geneva.ch. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-NY, please visit ngocsw.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Vienna, please visit ngocswvienna.org.

Intersessional Meeting of the COP to the UN Convention Against Corruption: Asset Recovery

Intersessional meeting of the Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption: Thematic focus on asset recovery (Vienna)

This meeting is second of five preparatory meetings to be held before the Special Session of the General Assembly Against Corruption.

Tentative timeline available here: https://ungass2021.unodc.org/uploads/ungass2021/documents/session1/UNGASS2021_tentative_timeline.pdf

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CoNGO Notes: For more information 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

Public Dialogue with IATF on FfD: 2021 Financing for Sustainable Development Report

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the Financing for Sustainable Development Office, you are cordially invited to an informal public dialogue with the Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development (IATF on FFD) on the 2021 Financing for Sustainable Development Report (FSDR) on Tuesday, 17 November 2020, 10:00 – 11:00 EDT. Please find attached the draft agenda and link to the draft 2021 FSDR outline.

We welcome the participation of all delegations and all stakeholders to this briefing and look forward to your contributions to the dialogue.

All relevant information on the briefing is available on the Task Force website. Please send any queries to developmentfinance@un.org. Contact/explore the Financing for Sustainable Development Office, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations: www.un.org/esa/ffd

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

20 Years of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) and 20 Years UNECE Regional Implementation Strategy (RIS): Experiences, Achievements and the Way Forward

International Federation on Ageing invite you to join a virtual event in collaboration with NGO Committee on Ageing Vienna and Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection (Austria):

20 Years Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) 20 Years UNECE Regional Implementation Strategy (RIS): Experiences, Achievements and the Way Forward

Please register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsfuqhqD8rH9JeeDdWbD5_AJDsVYL6s

Speakers:

  • Alexandre Sidorenko Head of the UN Programme on Ageing 1988-2009 From Vienna to Madrid: The Role of the UN Programme on Ageing Erika Winkler Chair of the UNECE Working Group on Ageing 2010-2017 Austrian Initiative to Establish an UNECE Standing Working Group on Ageing
  • Dirk Jarré President of the European Federation of Older Persons Learning from Experience: The Role of NGOs and the Way Forward Frances Zainoeddin Vice Chair of the NGO Committee on Ageing New York MIPAA and What Else for Older Persons?
  • Vitalija Gaucaite-Wittich Secretary of the UNECE Standing Working Group on Ageing Sustainability of the Intergovernmental Work on Ageing
  • Christoph Angster Austrian representative at the OEWG-A Synergies of the MIPAA Network and the OEWG-A
  • Amal Abou Rafeh Director of the UN Programme on Ageing News from UN Regarding 20 Years MIPAA and the Way Forward

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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-NY, please visit ngocoa-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org

RCEP and the Future of Developing Countries Amidst the Pandemic

APWLD and allies would like to invite you to a webinar: RCEP and the Future of Developing Countries Amidst the Pandemic 

Register for the webinar here. 

Tuesday, 10 November 2020 #NoRCEP

12.30PM New Delhi / 2PM Bangkok / 3PM Kuala Lumpur, Manila / 4PM Seoul, Tokyo / 6PM Sydney / 8PM Auckland

Speakers

  • Dr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Columbia University, Former UN Assistant Secretary-General
  • Dr. Rashmi Banga, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, UNCTAD
  • Mr. Barry Coates, Trade for All Advisory Board, New Zealand
  • Mr. Ian Syarif, PT. Sipata Moda, Indonesia
  • Mr. Jayen Mehta, Sr General Manager, Amul Cooperative, India
  • Ms. Kate Lappin, Regional Secretary, Public Services International for Asia & Pacific
  • Ms. Jang Hye Yeong, Member of National Assembly, South Korea

Moderator: Ms. Chee Yoke Ling, Executive Director, Third World Network

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit ngocsd-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Mental Health, please visit ngomentalhealth.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Migration, please visit ngo-migration.org.

Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond

INVITATION

CIVIL SOCIETY MEETING

Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond

Monday, 2 November 2020, 9:00-11:30 AM EDT

 

The COVID-19 pandemic and the social and economic crisis it triggered are threatening the well-being of billions of people and risk derailing the global efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and address the growing climate emergency. In some parts of the world, the pandemic is fast turning into a humanitarian crisis, pushing entire populations into a state of acute food deprivation. International cooperation and solidarity among all stakeholders are imperatives to respond to the crisis induced by the pandemic and ensure an inclusive, sustainable and prosperous future.

On 28 May 2020, the Prime Ministers of Canada, Jamaica and the Secretary-General convened a High-Level Event on “Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond” to join forces with Heads of State and Government, international organizations, and other key partners to enable discussions of concrete financing solutions to the COVID-19 health and development emergency, guided by the roadmap set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Six Member States-led Discussion Groups, including civil society representatives, produced a comprehensive and bold menu of policy options to survive and build back better from this crisis, which were presented to Finance Ministers at a High-Level Meeting on 8 September and to Heads of State and Government at a Leaders’ Meeting at 29 September.

Building on this initiative, the meeting will provide an open and inclusive space for dialogue between civil society and the UN Secretary-General in order to explore critical pathways to better recover from the crisis and systemic solutions to fix our broken global economic architecture. In focusing on development financing, the meeting will put a human face to the challenges exposed and magnified by the pandemic, including the intersections between systemic economic reforms and the challenges and demands of peoples and their communities.

Please indicate your intention to attend this Roundtable by registering here by Saturday, October 31st, at 5PM EDT.

 

For more information, please visit the website or email sdgfinancing@un.org

 

We hope you will join us for this exciting event.

Best wishes,

The SDG Financing Team

Civil Society Meeting

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Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond

Monday, 2 November 2020, 9:00-11:30AM ET

Provisional Agenda

Opening Segment

Master of Ceremony Ms. Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

  • Opening Statement by H.E. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Remarks by H.E. Munir Akram, President of ECOSOC
  • Remarks by H.E. Bob Rae, Permanent Representative of Canada
  • Remarks by H.E. Courtenay Rattray, Permanent Representative of Jamaica
  • Presentation of Financing for Development Initiative by Mr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, Special Envoy on Financing the 2030 Agenda
  • Remarks by Lidy Nacpil, Coordinator, Asian People’s Movement on Debt & Development (APMDD)

Interlude 1 – Video Testimonial from Lima, Peru

Dialogue 1 –A New Global Economic Consensus to advance the 2030 Agenda

The first dialogue will focus on strategies proposed by civil society to strengthen the role of the United Nations in establishing a new global economic consensus to advance the agendas of human rights, gender equality, climate and sustainable development.

Moderator: Patricia Miranda, Global Advocacy Director, Red Latinoamericana por Justicia Económica y Social (LATINDADD)

  • A new feminist economy

Bhumika Muchhala, Third World Network and Women’s Working Group on FfD

  • Reconnecting UN processes on human rights & economic governance

Kate Donald, Director of Program, Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)

  • The UN role in promoting a Just Transition

David Boys, Deputy General Secretary, Public Services International (PSI)

  • Relaunching a vibrant UN process on Trade & Development

Tetteh Hormeku, Head of Programmes, Third World Network Africa

  • Strengthening the normative dimensions of the UN STI process

Elenita Daño, Co-Executive Director, ETC Group

  • Open Dialogue with interventions from the floor (2 min interventions)
    • Mohammed Ali Loutfy, Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities
    • Interventions from the floor

Interlude 2 – Multilingual music performance featuring artists from Latin America, Africa and Asia

Dialogue 2 – Menu of Options for Development Financing: Need to Focus on Strengthening Fiscal & Policy Space for Socio-Economic Transformation

The second dialogue will focus on civil society’s responses and proposals with respect to the Menu of Options, highlighting the elements of the menu that civil society supports and stressing the need for clear criteria on which elements on the menu the UN should focus on in order to strengthen fiscal & policy space for socio-economic transformation of developing countries.

Moderator: Jean Letitia Saldanha, Director, European Network on Debt and Development (EURODAD)

  • Debt Sustainability

Farooq Tariq, General Secretary, Pakistan Kissan Rabita Committee

  • Illicit Financial Flows

Caroline Othim, Policy Coordinator for Africa, Global Alliance for Tax Justice (GATJ)

  • Intersection of Debt and Illicit Financial Flows with Food, Health and Education

Rebecca Malay, Co-Chair, Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)

  • Global Liquidity and Financial Regulation

Artemisa Montes Sylvan, Executive Director, Mexican Observatory on Crises (OMEC)

  • Fiscal Consolidation, Austerity and Privatization of Public Services

Magdalena Sepulveda, Executive Director, Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR)

  • Need for a special focus on Social Protection

Nicola Wiebe, Social Protection Advisor, Bread for the World and Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors

  • Open Dialogue with interventions from the floor (2 min interventions)
    • Helen Saldanha, NGO Committee on Financing for Development
    • Paul Divakar, Asia Dalits Rights Forum
    • Interventions from the floor

Interlude 3 – Musical and dancing performance on social protection Closing Segment

Master of Ceremony Ms. Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

  • Concluding remarks by civil society:

Peter Kamalingin, Pan Africa Program Director, Oxfam International

Beverly Longid, Co-Chair, CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE)

  • Concluding remarks by Ms. Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Closing Testimonial – Poem by Marumbo

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CoNGO Notes: To know more about the work of the NGO Committee on Financing for Development-NY, including how to become a member, send an email to its Chair, Anita Thomas, at ngosonffd@gmail.com, and visit their website, ngosonffd.org/.  See also the Committee’s social media handle on Facebook: NGOsOnFfD and @NGOsonFfD. 

#75Words4Disarmament Congratulatory Event

#75Words4Disarmament Congratulatory Event by the #Youth4Disarmament Initiative
On Friday 23 October, watch the event live here: Join the Webex Event

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Event number: 173 015 6470
Event password: WDYC2020

Background: In commemoration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations, the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs held the “#75Words4Disarmament Youth Challenge”, which was launched on 12 August, the International Youth Day, and was closed on 26 September, the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

The “#75Words4Disarmament Youth Challenge” invited young people around the world to express what disarmament means to them and their communities in 75 words. The challenge provided an opportunity to think about disarmament not as an abstract concept, but as a practical means to help prevent armed conflict and promote peace and security.

The challenge was open to young people between the ages of 13 and 29, with three age groups: 13 to 18 years (middle and high school), 19 to 24 years (college and graduate school) and 25 to 29 years (early career professionals). The five winners from each group were selected by the panel of judges and will be announced at the congratulatory event at 9 a.m. (EDT) on Monday, 26 October, marking the Disarmament Week.

At the event, the winners will be announced by the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs and the young people’s concerns and cares for disarmament and ways for further youth engagement will be shared.

Our distinguished speakers:

Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
H.E. Mr. CHO Hyun, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN
Ms. Isa Begemann, UN Youth Champion for Disarmament
First Prize Winners

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Children’s Rights, please email the co-chair at marjones@nyc.rr.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security, please visit ngocdps.wordpress.com.

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