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[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: https://indico.un.org/event/35461/

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

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

[UN observance] World Diabetes Day

The United Nations marks World Diabetes Day annually on November 14. To learn more about how diabetes affects the world and how to participate in this year’s events, please visit un.org/en/events/diabetesday.

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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@gmail.com. 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. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Children’s Rights, please email the chair at marjones@rr.nyc.com. 

 

[last day to RSVP] Technological and Science-based Solutions to the COVID-19 Challenge

“Technological and Science-based Solutions to the COVID-19 Challenge”

Part of the UN DESA Global Policy Dialogue Series 

Thursday, 29 October 2020
10-11:30 a.m. EDT

Please join UN DESA on 29 October for a conversation with global leaders in science and technology that will assess the science-based policies and innovations that have developed during the pandemic, identifying good practices as well as areas where work is still needed. The event will feature a broad panel discussion with experts, followed by regional breakout sessions led by UN DESA (English) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (Arabic). The event will discuss these questions, among others:

  • What are concrete examples of innovations that have helped people or institutions deal with the effects of COVID-19?
  • How can the international community help to ensure that research and innovations related to COVID-19 are accessible to all?
  • What needs to be done to better engage society, counter misinformation and overcome apathy towards science in policy-making?

Register here by 27 October 2020: bit.ly/tech29oct

More information: bit.ly/hlab2020

The event is free and open to all, and will be streamed live on UN DESA’s Facebook page.

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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 Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bknotts@uua.org or bobbinassar@gmail.com. 

Launch of FACTI Panel Interim Report

Launch of the Interim Report of the High-Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity for Achieving the 2030 Agenda

High-Level Launch Event and Panel Discussion
24 September 2020, 12.00 – 14.30 (UTC) / 8.00 – 10.30 (EDT)

The event is being convened to present the interim report of the FACTI Panel, which identifies the major gaps in implementation and the systemic shortcomings of the existing international frameworks for tax cooperation, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering. It will provide a high-level forum for discussing the priority actions for addressing the identified challenges, particularly in light of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on progress toward the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The event will bring the FACTI Panel chairs together with high-level representatives from Member States. It will also foster a discussion amongst civil society, international institutions, academia and the business sector to explore the issues highlighted in the FACTI Panel’s interim report.

The event will consist of two parts: a high-level segment and a moderated panel discussion among invited speakers with a brief interactive dialogue.

*Registration is required. Please register here to receive the connections details.

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

[Virtual Panel Discussion} Skills for a Resilient Youth in the Era of COVID-19 & Beyond

World Youth Skills Day 2020 [virtual panel discussion]

Owing to the COVID-19 situation, the celebrations of the World Youth Skills Day 2020 will have a virtual format. A panel discussion will bring together multiple stakeholders in skills development including young people, member States, TVET institutions, the private sector, 4 workers’ organizations, policy makers and development partners. An online discussion with the audience will follow.

RSVP: cutt.ly/WYSD2020

The World Youth Skills Days is co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka to the United Nations, together with UNESCO, ILO and the Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth.

The objectives of the World Youth Skills Day 2020 are to:

● Assess the situation of young people regarding skills required for work during and after the health and socio-economic crises brought by the COVID-19 pandemic;

● Learn how young people have been living through the crisis and mobilized; and highlight success stories of youth innovation and resilience;

● Share lessons learnt by TVET institutions and firms since the beginning of the crisis; this will include best practices in protecting apprentices, trainees and trainers and ensuring the continuity of training, and preparedness for further outbreaks of COVID-19 or other new diseases;

● Share experience in distance training, including no-tech, low-tech and high-tech solutions (use of mobile phone, TV, radio, offline and online devices, disruptive technologies such as using artificial intelligence, block chain technologies, big data analytics, drones, 3D printing, fab labs, smart agriculture, smart manufacturing, fintech, internet, etc.), and reflect on the use of distance training after the pandemic is over;

● Review prospects for skills development including apprenticeships as the economic crisis unfolds, and on the effectiveness of national recovery plans and support from development partners;

● Reflect on how skills development can help reconcile the short-term need for economic recovery with the urgent need for accelerating the transition to sustainable development;

● Launch the ILO Toolkit for Quality Apprenticeships Volume II for practitioners to improve the design and implementation of apprenticeship programmes; and

● Announce the winner of the ILO Innovation Skills Challenge Innovation Call, a global competition to identify innovative approaches to address skills mismatch.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing – Geneva, visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing – NY, visit ngocoa-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing – Vienna, visit ngoageingvie.org. For information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, email the Chair, Rosa Perla Resnick at  rositaresnick@yahoo.com or the Vice Chair, Susanne Seperson at susanneseperson@gmail.com.

[Virtual HLPF Side Event] Overcoming systemic challenges to address hunger, unemployment and healthcare

Overcoming systemic vulnerabilities and financing challenges for a fairer and sustainable future- intentional collaborative actions to address hunger, unemployment and healthcare in the context of COVID-19

A virtual conversation organized by the NGO Committee on Financing for Development-NY

Panel discussion: 8:00 – 9:00 am New York Time
Breakout session: 9:00 – 9:30 am

Register by July 12: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUuf-ihrjkvHdblKZvD5FxOqkbpFnnjd1U_

According to recent figures from the World Food Program (WFP), lives and livelihoods of 265 million people in low and middle-income countries will be under severe threat as a result of corona virus pandemic. This is nearly double the 135 million people in 55 countries that the Global Report on Food Crises 2020 has estimated as facing acute hunger as a result of conflict, the impact of climate change and economic crisis prior to the onset of COVID-19. ILO estimates that as many as 25 million people could become unemployed, with a loss of workers’ income of as much as USD 3.4 trillion due to COVID19 globally. The evidence from the drastic effects of the pandemic clearly speaks to a broken system , social safety nets, health care, and social protection systems, that are either severely lacking or completely missing and that will continue to amplify poverty and income, wealth, health, gender, trade, debt and market inequalities in many of the developing and least developed countries.

As Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus shared, “The best defense against disease outbreaks and other health threats is preparedness, which includes investing in building strong health systems and primary health care. […] If we don’t invest in both, we will face not just health consequences but the social, economic, and political fallout that we’re already experiencing in this pandemic.” Now is the time to reevaluate, invest where it is needed the most, and fix these broken systems, because if we do not nobody else will.

The panel will explore financing challenges in the aftermath of COVID -19 and strategize on how best to build effective collaboration and partnerships between, pubic private and civil society organizations to address hunger, unemployment and healthcare. Panelists will share specific challenges faced by migrants, women, workers in the informal and agricultural sectors, and micro small and medium enterprises as they strive to revive their livelihood and economy. We will hear voices from the communities most impacted by the lock downs and fall-out from COVID-19. Panelists will also share positive impacts of measures they have taken to address the challenges and propose further action to reevaluate, reinvest and rebuild.

Moderator:

Anita Thomas, Chair, NGO Committee on Financing for Development

Speakers:
Harsh Mander, Director, Center for Equity Studies, India
Ziada Nabembezi Zalwango, Co-Founder and Programs Director at ZACHEDO, Uganda
UN Member State Representative (TBC)
Representative from ILO (TBC)
Representatives from Sub-national Government / Planning Forum, Kerala, India (TBC)

Cosponsoring organizations:

Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (DBA Women First International Fund), Salesian Missions Inc., New Humanity Focolare Movement, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development

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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. To learn more about the work of the Committee, visit ngosonffd.org.

[Registration Deadline] Stop Child Abuse in Social Media

HLPF virtual side event: Stop Child Abuse in Social Media

Dear Sisters and Friends,

Please register and join us for this very important side-event at #HLPF2020 on Wednesday, July 15, 1 – 2pm EST!  The theme: Stop Child Sexual Abuse in Social Media (OSEC) is one of the most serious cyber-crime and exploitation using technology platforms.  IT Private Sector is responsible to stop the exploitation using their social media platforms.  Maryknoll Sisters (ECOSOC accredited NGO)  is the lead organizer of this event in collaboration with other organizations.  In this panel we are joined by PREDA Foundation, a grassroots organization in Pampanga, Philippines to protect children from sexual exploitation; International Justice Missions’ *EndOSEC Center working with international, national and local authorities to catch perpetrators; Maryknoll Sisters Investment Advocacy using investors’ voice to address OSEC with IT companies.  From the Technology Sector,  Microsoft Digital Safety will share about their contributions to children safety online.  We also hope to hear from national governments about their actions.

The event will take a critical analysis of the role of digital technology specifically social media on the proliferation of child sexual abuse material (CSAM). We would like to inquire what is being done globally and locally to address this issue. This topic address the interlinkages of SDG 1, 3, 5, and 16.

Moderators:

Marvie L. Misolas, MM, Maryknoll Sisters

Sr. Winifred Doherty, RGS Main NGO Representative to the United Nations Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd

Panel:

Shay Cullen, SC, Preda Foundation
John Tanagho, EndOSEC, International Justice Missions
Cathy Rowan, Maryknoll Sisters Investment Advocate
IT sector representatives
Member state representatives

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Children’s Rights-NY, please visit childrightsny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Family-Vienna, please visit viennafamilycommittee.org. For more information on the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, visit rngos.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development-NY, visit ngosonffd.org.

[HLPF Webinar] “Digital with Purpose”

Digital with Purpose: Accelerating Action and Transformative Pathways for Delivering on the SDGs & Recovering from COVID-19

8 July 2020 (12 pm New York)
To join the webinar, please click on the Zoom link here

The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), in collaboration with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) is organizing this webinar as a side event at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2020.

This session will make the case for accelerating action for an inclusive digital transformation to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, the SDGs and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The adoption of meaningful digital technologies and solutions, ICT infrastructure and leveraging South-South and triangular cooperation will be key to addressing the existing digital divides in developing countries.

Following the presentations from the panelists, there will be a Q&A session during which it will be possible to ask questions and further discuss lessons learned.

Moderator: Ms. Ursula Wynhoven, Head International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Liaison Office to the United Nations

Opening and Welcoming Remarks (20mins)

  • H.E Ms. Milica Pejanović Đurišić, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Montenegro to the United Nations
  • H.E Ms. Rabab Fatima, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations
  • Mr. Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary-General, ITU
  • Mr. Jorge Chediek, UNOSSC Director and Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation

Presentations (15 mins)

  • Screening of video on Digital with Purpose
  • Mr. James Gowen, Chairman, Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and Vice President of Global Supply Chain and Chief Sustainability Officer, Verizon

Panel discussion on country experiences with country representatives: (30mins)

  • Mr. Ibrahima Guimba Saidou, Minister Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of Niger, Directeur Général / CEO Agence Nationale pour la Société de l’Information (10 min)
  • Mr. Martin Olmos, Undersecretary of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Argentina (10 min)

Q & A interaction with audience (15 mins)

Wrap up and Closing (5 mins)

  • Ms. Xiaojun Grace Wang, Deputy Director of UNOSSC

For more information, click here.

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