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{Webinar} Faith Speaks to UN75

You are cordially invited to participate in the webinar Faith Speaks to UN75, scheduled to take place onWednesday October 21, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.(New York time) and facilitated via Zoom.

Please register by October 20th via this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu2uqD4uEtWStFEaMfMn1TeZJaAes3vZ.

Concept note

The UN is marking its 75th anniversary at a time of great disruption in the world. The COVID-19 pandemic with severe economic and social impacts creates increased challenges for the UN. Faith-based organizations (FBOs) have a history of inspiring people to act and are often the first responders, and longest sustainers, in times of global crisis. Our communities and partners on the ground ensure that basic needs are met for all people, regardless of religion or belief, in the communities in which we live and serve. We reach out to communities that are often the most vulnerable and are left behind. Faith-based actors fill the service gaps usually without government assistance. FBOs continually engage in projects on the ground that specifically further the objectives of the UN Charter, implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as advance other UN mandates that promote the common good.

These long-term commitments to the UN Mission serve to accelerate our constructive partnership in negotiations and reviews of UN frameworks. We must ensure that throughout the UN processes and respective consultations at all levels, FBOs are not only present but also have the opportunity for meaningful engagement earned by protecting fundamental freedoms of assembly, association, worship, and expression.

The continued support and actions of faith-based organizations are essential as we forge ahead to “build back together.” These are also equally essential as we accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals for all people, especially for those left furthest behind. For, as the Golden Rule states “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This is a guide for people of all faiths or beliefs. Our core values are largely aligned with the 2030 Agenda. FBOs are well placed to carry innovations and lessons learned across communities and national borders. The UN can benefit from the breadth and depth of faith-based organizations.

We all share a common objective: a future of dignity, prosperity and peace on a healthy planet. This is true regardless of what religion or belief one practices. We need to continue working together through partnerships and strengthened collaboration among faith-based organizations and civil society in general, national governments, the international community, the private sector and other actors.

The panelists and participants in this webinar will discuss the opportunities for creating the space to leverage such partnerships in common cause to build a better world despite the vast challenges we currently face. They will also explore the pathways to make the constructive role of the faith-based organizations in the UN processes more central and impactful, in the context of the UN75 discussion on the future of the UN. Some argue that global leadership in multilateralism is lacking “political will”. In this regard, religious values can inspire people to act, locally, nationally and internationally, at whatever position they are, and deliver results beyond any material consideration.

Panelists:

  • Joop Theunissen, Deputy Chief, Intergovernmental Policy and Review Branch, Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination for Sustainable Development, UN DESA
  • Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations
  • Sr. Sheila Kinsey, FCJM – Executive Co-Secretary, Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission, Union of Superior Generals and International Union of Superior Generals
  • Rev. Protopresbyter Dr. Nicolas Kazarian, Director, Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
  • Saphira Rameshfar, Representative to the UN, Baha’i International Community
  • Rana Yurtsever, Member of Advisory Board, Islamic Society of Midwest
  • Teresa Blumenstein, New York Coordinator, Justice Coalition of Religious,
  • Marvelous (Marvie) L. Misolas, MM, NGO Representative at the UN, Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, Inc.

Moderator: Dr. Despoina Afroditi Milaki, NGO Representative at the UN, International Presentation Association

14 faith-based organizations/sponsors of the webinar: Baha’i International Community, Company of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, Fondazione Proclade Internazionale-Onlus, Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Council, Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Loreto Generalate, International Presentation Association, Islamic Society of Midwest, Justice Coalition of Religious, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, School Sisters of Notre Dame, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, UNANIMA International

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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 Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns-New York, please visit csvgc-ny.org.

Older People’s Experiences in Real Life and Data

HelpAge International (in partnership with DESAAARP, Ghana Statistical Services, UNDP, and WHO )

is co-organizing the session “Older People’s Experiences in Real Life and Data” on 21 October 2020 at 10:00AM (New York) at the United Nations World Data Forum.

This session will:

  • Explore information required to understand the impact of the pandemic on the wellbeing and rights of older people
  • Examine systemic barriers to better data on older women and men
  • Identify actions members of the data community can jointly take to improve availability of data on older people for inclusive response and recovery

We look forward to your joining the event! Please register at: https://attendify.co/62RQIWV

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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. For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email vice-chair Dr. Seperson at susanneseperson@gmail.com. 

[5-year UN observance] World Statistics Day

At its 41st Session in February 2010, the United Nations Statistical Commission proposed celebrating 20 October 2010 as World Statistics Day (Decision 41/109).

Acknowledging that the production of reliable, timely statistics and indicators of countries’ progress is indispensable for informed policy decisions and monitoring implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, the General Assembly adopted on 3 June 2010 resolution 64/267, which officially designated 20 October 2010 as the first ever World Statistics Day under the general theme “Celebrating the many achievements of official statistics.”

In 2015, with resolution 96/282, the General Assembly decided to designate 20 October 2015 as the second World Statistics Day under the general theme “Better data, better lives,” as well as to celebrate World Statistics Day every five years on 20 October.

Register for the World Data Forum, Oct. 19 – 21, here: https://unstats.un.org/unsd/undataforum/index.html

Program & agenda for the Forum available here.

[UN observance] International Day of Rural Women

The International Day of Rural Women is commemorated annually on October 15. To learn more, please explore un.org/en/observances/rural-women-day

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-New York, please visit ngocsw.org. NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva, please visit ngocsw-geneva.ch. For more information on the Status of Women-Vienna, please visit ngocswvienna.org.

[POSTPONED UNTIL 2021] Subsidiary Body for Scientific & Technological Advice (52nd session) + the Subsidiary Body for Implementation

[POSTPONED UNTIL 2021]

MESSAGE TO PARTIES, OBSERVER STATES AND OBSERVER ORGANIZATIONS:

Information regarding SB 52: Referring to the communication dated 1 April 2020 indicating that in light of the COVID-19 situation, the Bureau of the COP, CMP and CMA decided that the fifty-second session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 52) and the fifty-second session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 52) would be held from 4 to 12 October 2020.

The message further indicated that, taking into consideration the uncertainty of how the COVID-19 crisis would evolve, the Bureau would review the feasibility of convening the sessions on the new dates. On Wednesday, 17 June 2020, the Government of Germany decided to extend the ban on major events until the end of October at the earliest. Additionally, travel restrictions continue to be extended throughout the world.

Subsequently, the Bureau met on Monday 22 June 2020 to consider these new developments. Having considered the circumstances, which would preclude the secretariat’s ability to organize the subsidiary body sessions (SB 52) in an inclusive manner with the participation of all Parties, the Bureau decided to postpone SB 52 to 2021. The Bureau, in conjunction with the secretariat, will consider new dates at its next meeting. Information on dates and all relevant information will be communicated in due course. 

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Climate Change Secretariat

 

Nuclear Weapon Free World: Global civil society commemoration of the UN Day for Nuclear Abolition

September 26, 2020, will be the 7th International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

Join people around the world in celebrating the vision of a nuclear weapons free world, raising awareness and calling on their leaders to advance nuclear disarmament.

Organised by #WeThePeoples2020, an initiative of over 100 participating organizations, to promote and engage in the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and key UN days and events.

The Nuclear Weapon Free World event takes place in two parts:
Part 1: Timed to suit people in Asia and the Pacific
Part 2: Timed to suit people in the Americas, Europe and Africa

Registration:

  • Click here to register for Part 1: Asia/Pacific event
  • Click here to register for Part 2: Americas/Europe/Africa event

Each part will have three sessions:

Session 1: 10-12 presentations on nuclear disarmament issues
Session 2: Practical workshops on key approaches to nuclear disarmament, including using the arts, how to move the nuclear weapons budgets/investments to better things, how to engage and empower women and youth, how to engage your legislators (mayors, parliamentarians)…
Session 3: A panel discussion followed by Q&A on how to achieve nuclear disarmament, how to move the nuclear-armed states to relinquish nuclear deterrence, the role of non-nuclear states, how to build on the connections between nuclear disarmament and other key UN issues.

PROGRAM:

Moderators:

  • Part 1: Vanda Proskova (Czech Republic), Deputy Chair of the PragueVision Institute for Sustainable Security, PNND Program Director for Women, Peace and Security;
  • Part 2: Kehkashan Basu (UAE/Canada), Youth Ambassador for the World Future Council, former United Nations Environment Programme Global Coordinator for Children & Youth, and winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize.

Opening comments:

  • Part 1: Yuriy Kryvonos (United Nations), Director of the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific;
  • Part 2: Izumi Nakamitsu (United Nations), UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.

Presentations, messages and panels with:

Maria Fernanda Espinosa (Ecuador), President of the 73rd UN General Assembly (2018-2019), former Ecuador Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defence and a poet; Mani Shankar Aiyar (India), Chair of the Rajiv Gandhi Action Plan Group for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free and Nonviolent World Order and former member of the Indian Parliament; Yasmeen Silva (USA), Partnerships Manager for Beyond the Bomb; Solomon Yeo (Solomon Islands), Co-founder of World Youth for Climate Justice; Prof Azza Karam (Netherlands), Secretary-General of Religions for Peace; Gareth Evans (Australia), Chair of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network or Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament and Co-convenor of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament; Dr Hedy Fry MP (Canada), Special Representative on Gender Issues for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE); Rev Emma Jordan-Simpson (USA), Executive Director of Fellowship of Reconciliation USAKaripbek Kuyukov (Kazakhstan), Artist, second generation victim of nuclear tests and Honorary Ambassador of the ATOM ProjectJeremy Corbyn (UK), Vice-President of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and former Leader of the UK Labour PartyKathleen Burkinshaw (USA), Daughter of a Hiroshima nuclear bomb survivor and Author of The Last Cherry Blossom;  Mikyung LEE (Republic of Korea), President of the Korea International Cooperation AgencyJohn Hallam (Australia), People for Nuclear Disarmament and the Human Survival ProjectJackie Cabasso (USA), Director of Western States Legal Foundation and North America Coordinator for Mayors for PeaceFabian Hamilton MP (UK), Shadow Minister for Peace and DisarmamentDouglas Roche (Canada), Former Senator, Member of Parliament and Canadian Disarmament Ambassador; Marzhan Nurzhan (Kazakhstan), Convenor of the Abolition 2000 Youth Network, PNND Coordinator for CIS (former Soviet) Countries; Bill Kidd (Scotland), Convener of the Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nuclear DisarmamentEla Gandhi (South Africa), Founder of the Gandhi Development TrustKelly Slater (USA), 11 times world surfing championCynthia Lazaroff (USA), Founder, NuclearWakeUpCall.EarthAntony Owen (UK), Poet and Patron of the Campaign for Nuclear DisarmamentSooyoung Hwang (South Korea), Disarmament Program Manager, Peoples Solidarity for Participatory Democracy, General Bernard Norlain (France), Vice-President, Initiatives pour le Désarmement Nucléaire. Former Air Defense Commander and Air Combat Commander of the French Air Force; and more to come.

Event outline and program: Click here for the event flyer and program outline with session times. Click here for the full program. Click here for guidance on taking specific action.

For further information contact vanda@pnnd.org or  info@unfoldzero.org.

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

 

IFA Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 & Older People: Demographic Resilience in Times of Crisis

IFA Virtual Town Hall | COVID-19 and Older People: Demographic Resilience in Times of Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly demonstrated that combating age-based discrimination requires a shift in the narrative on the human rights of older persons and healthy ageing. Throughout the last several months of unprecedented hardships there have been extraordinary instances of resilience, perseverance and support among individuals and organizations working for and alongside older people. In the upcoming IFA Town Hall, the United Nations Populations Fund in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (UNFPA EECA) explores opportunities to shift the narrative by highlighting collaborative initiatives to mitigate risks for older people during the ongoing pandemic, and promote health and social programs in the context of demographic shifts which are built upon participatory and enabling environments for older people.

This town hall takes place at 07:00 am (Eastern Daylight Time) on Friday 25 September 2020 (additional time zones below):

Sao Paulo, Brazil: 08:00
Rome, Italy: 13:00
New Delhi, India: 16:30
Perth, Australia: 19:00

Register here!

Please note that this town hall will be recorded and streamed live on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/intfedageing/

Should you be unable to participate in this meeting, a recording and resources will be available at: https://ifa.ngo/ifa-virtual-town-hall-resources/

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

[High-Level Meeting] Margins of the General Debate of the Assembly for Beijing+25 Celebration

High-level meeting on the margins of the General Debate of the Assembly at its 75th session to celebrate the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference of Women and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

Details to be announced by organizers,

This event is listed among the UN’s 2020 stakeholder opportunities supported by NGLs.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, please visit 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.

WHO Digital Health virtual Round Table with Civil Societies & NGOs

WHO Digital Health virtual Round Table with Civil Societies & NGOs

Date: 3 September 2020
Time: 2 – 4:30 p.m. CEST
To apply for participation, please fill out this registration form

WHO would like to invite partners and potential investors to an engaging virtual round table to learn, collaborate, invest, and commit to the future in Digital Health.

This event, which is a series of round table scheduled to be held this year, is an opportunity to:

  • Present the WHO vision for digital health by building the Global Digital Health Community together with key stakeholders including the Member States
  • Bring together a global digital health community to work together in the prioritization, adoption and acceleration of digital health technologies
  • Commit to a global effort to contribute to and invest in the Global Digital Health Ecosystem

For more information and contact details, please visit WHO webpage

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

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

 31 August 2020
10:00am – 11:15am EST

Dear Friends,

As in all crises, women’s civil society organizations have been at the front line of response to the COVID-19 pandemic, promoting life-saving information and public health messaging, building institutional trust and community resilience, and helping inform and engage marginalised communities. Hearing their perspectives is critical to informing effective response and recovery. Young women are particularly impacted – from education to job opportunities. They have also been those at the forefront of calling for a recovery that is more inclusive, equal, climate just, and resilient.

Owing to the cancellation of the Commission on the Status of Women earlier this year, the Secretary-General’s annual consultation with women’s civil society was postponed. The virtual townhall will provide an opportunity in this moment for women’s civil society organization to engage with the Secretary-General on the issue of the COVID-19 crisis, sharing their experiences of the impact of the pandemic and their recommendations to the UN in addressing the crisis and rebuilding a more sustainable and inclusive future, as well as its role in protecting and promoting women’s rights and agency  within this new context.

We welcome you to view the live webcast moderated by UN Women Executive Director,
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at http://webtv.un.org/

You may find the concept note here and the official invitation here.

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