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Human Rights and Mental Health: The New Normal

In honor of Human Rights Day 2020, the NGO Committee on Mental Health invites you to a discussion on some of the contemporary challenges posing as barriers to a world where the mental wellbeing of everyone is protected as a human right.
Speakers:
Prof. Corann Okorodude, Developmental Psychology and Africana Studies at Rowan University | Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues | Psychology Coalition at the UN

Dr. Vivian B. Pender, President-Elect, American Psychiatric Association | Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Med College

Prof. Elaine P. Congress, Associate Dean, Graduate School of Social Service,  Fordham University | International Federation of Social Workers’ NGO Representative to the UN
Please click here to  register for the event and share with your professional networks and social media.
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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Mental Health, please visit ngomentalhealth.org.

[regional launch] Education for Sustainable Development for 2030 Roadmap: Africa

UNESCO has published Education for Sustainable Development: A roadmap which provides guidance for Member States and other stakeholders for the implementation of the new global framework ‘Education for Sustainable Development: Towards achieving the SDGs’ (ESD for 2030). Learn more here.

UNESCO is organizing regional online launch events of the ESD for 2030 Roadmap to discuss implementation at the local level. Register for your local session:

Asia and the Pacific: Thursday 19 November 8:00 – 9:15 UTC+1 
Latin America and the Caribbean: Friday 20 November 15:00 – 16:15 UTC+1 
Arab region: Tuesday 24 November 15:00 – 16:15 UTC+1 
Africa: Thursday 26 November 12:30 – 14:00 UTC+1 (Paris time) register here
Europe and North America: Tuesday 1 December 15:00 – 16:15 UTC+1 (Paris time) register here

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

#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.

[UN Observance] World Children’s Day 2020: A Day to Reimagine the Future

World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

World Children’s Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children. This year is extra special. It’s the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, time to celebrate and a time to demand action for child rights.

Explore UNICEF’s 2020 World Children’s Day Toolkit here to learn more and get involved.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Rights of the Child, please email the co-chair at marjones@rr.nyc.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email the vice chair at susanneseperson@gmail.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Education, Learning, and Literacy, please visit facebook.com/NGOCELLatUN.

Families Coping with COVID: Challenges and Opportunities in Child Welfare

Families Coping with COVID: Challenges & Opportunities in Child Welfare
Please RSVP by 6pm EST Wednesday, Nov. 18th, via this form.
Families around the world are struggling with the added pressures of the COVID-19 health crisis due to the effects of job losses, changes in schooling, and affected family members, especially those which are vulnerable. For families involved in child welfare proceedings, there is an additional risk of prolonging family separation between children and parents who are capable but may need additional support. We are pleased to host Prof. Jane Spinak of Columbia University School of Law , who examines this in “Child Welfare and COVID-19: An Unexpected Opportunity for Systemic Change,” in Law in the Time of COVID-19. Prof Spinak will discuss the impact of covid on child welfare systems and ways in which it may spur reforms which will benefit children and families.
Note: If you were not able to attend our October members meeting, or would like to revisit the excellent remarks of our speakers, the recording is available on our YouTube  channel.
NGO Committee on the Family New York
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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Family, visit www.ngofamilyny.org. For information on the NGO Committee on the Rights of the Child, please email the co-chair at marjones@nyc.rr.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Education, Learning, and Literacy, please visit facebook.com/NGOCELLatUN.

[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

Nuclear Weapons and International Law in the Contemporary Era

You are invited to: A Virtual Conference on Nuclear Weapons and International Law in the Contemporary Era

12 November 2020, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST

Seeking to address the huge gap in public awareness of nuclear weapons risk and applicable international law, the New York State Bar Association International Section is holding an all-day virtual conference that will bring together leading public officials, thought-leaders, policymakers, and experts for a comprehensive look at this often ignored subject.

According to Professor Charles J. Moxley, Jr., an LCNP director and a conference organizer, “International law may well hold the world’s best prospect for addressing and getting ahead of the existential risks posted by nuclear weapons.”

Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy (LCNP) is one of the co-sponsors of the conference and is well-represented in the program.

Register (no charge) and see the agenda here.

Among the speakers:

  • Professor Moxley, Kathleen Lawand of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Professor David Koplow of Georgetown Law
  • Izumi Nakamitsu, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, will deliver a keynote address, followed by a panel on the role of the United Nations featuring her, LCNP Senior Analyst John Burroughs, Allison Pytlak of Reaching Critical Will/WILPF, and LCNP Executive Director Ariana Smith (moderator)
  • Jerry Brown, former Governor of California and Executive Chairman, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, will engage in a dialogue on responding to the greatest threats to humanity with Jonathan Granoff, President of Global Security Institute and an LCNP director
  • A panel on advancing the rule of law and morality in relation to nuclear weapons includes Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation, LCNP advisor Laurie Ashton, an attorney who served on the legal team for the Marshall Islands in its nuclear disarmament cases in the International Court of Justice, and Tom Collina, Director of Policy, Ploughshares Fund, and co-author with William Perry of The Button

Additional panels will address nuclear weapons risks, consequences and responses, and the treaty regime on nuclear weapons.

Conference co-sponsors in addition to LCNP are Fordham Law School, Center on National Security; Georgetown University, Berkley Center for Religion, Ethics and World Affairs; American Bar Association, International Law Section; New York City Bar Association, Committees on International Law, Military and Veteran Affairs, Nuclear Policy and the United Nations, and Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice; New York County Lawyers Association, Committee on Foreign & International Law; Global Security Institute.

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CoNGO Notes: 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 Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org.

Supporting gender mainstreamed policies, programs & actions in the fight against small arms trafficking/misuse

The European Union & the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs present:

Supporting gender mainstreamed policies, programmes and actions in the fight against small arms trafficking and misuse, in line with the Women, Peace and Security agenda

Register here: eventbrite.com/e/gender-mainstreaming-in-small-arms-control-in-line-with-the-wps-agenda-tickets-125967477115

The event presents initiatives in support of more effective, gender-responsive small arms control. Overview of opportunities and challenges to gender-responsive small arms control; In-country training programmes for national small arms commissions in Africa; Partnerships with parliamentarians, women’s organizations and the Women, Peace and Security community in Asia and the Pacific; Firearms investigations from a gender perspective & linkages between small arms legislation and the elimination of Violence against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean; Increasing engagement for a gendered approach to small arms control at the grass-root level.

This is a virtual, open event in the margins of the UN General Assembly’s First Committee and the UN Security Council debate on WPS.

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

#75Words4Disarmament Congratulatory Event

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

If prompted, enter the following info:
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.

{Virtual} UN75 Global Governance Forum (Day 3)

UN75 Global Governance Forum (Day 3)

September 18th – Community-Driven Sessions – 9:00am – 1:30pm

Concurrent Sessions 9:00am – 10:20am

Reaching the Summit: Promoting the Potential of the UN75 Declaration – Baha’i International Community, UN2020, and Together First

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81158216396

Speakers: Karin Eneström, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations and UN75 Declaration Co-Facilitator; Alya Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations and UN75 Declaration Co-Facilitator; Daniel Perell, Representative to the UN for the Baha’i International Community; Jeffery Huffines, Senior Advisor, UN2020 & Together First; Enyseh Teimory, Communications Officer, Together First, United Nations Association – UK; Cristina Petcu, Research Associate, The Stimson Center; Joshua Lincoln, Senior Fellow, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Community Peace as a Foundation of Security – Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89501354102

Speakers: Oshita Oshita, Director-General of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Member of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria Ademola Lawal, Head of Defence and Strategic Studies, Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy & Development

One Earth System, One Heritage, One Pact: Stockholm+50, an Opportunity to Restore a Well-functioning Earth System/Stable Climate – Common Home of Humanity

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88335338518

Speakers: Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly; Izabella Teixiera, former Minister of the Environment of Brazil, Co-chair of the International Resource Panel; Paulo Magalhães, Founder and President of Common Home of Humanity; Earl James, Board Member, Common Homes of Humanity; Magnus Jiborn, Senior Researcher, Global Challenges Foundation

Empowering Traditional Conflict Resolution Mechanism in Peacebuilding – Sophia University in Tokyo

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82604317117

Speakers: Lual Deng, President of Eboni Center in South Sudan Eisei Kurimoto, Professor at Osaka University in Japan; Daisaku Higashi, Professor at Sophia University in Tokyo

Concurrent Sessions 10:30am – 11:50am

Policy Review of a UN Parliamentary Assembly – Democracy Without Borders

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81387087548

Speakers: Andreas Bummel, Co-founder and Executive Director of Democracy Without Borders; Nomsa Tarabella Marchesi, Member of Parliament of the National Assembly of South Africa; Domenec Devesa, Member of the European Parliament of Spain; Alhagie Mbow, Member of the Pan African Parliament of Gambia; Lilita Puig, Member of the Parliament of PARLASUR; Darren Bergman, Member of the Parliament of South Africa

Reinventing the Role of International and Regional Organizations in Promoting Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Institutions in Times of Crisis: What has Been Done and What is Next? – International IDEA

Webex Webinar Link: https://idea.webex.com/idea/onstage/g.php?MTID=e 7ce6ca4a5f0d9e0ddd91d931b34c4d48

Speakers: Patricia Galdamez, Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General, Community of Democracies; Francisco Guerrero, Secretary, Strengthening of Democracy, Organization of American States; Khabele Matlosa, Director for Political Affairs, African Union Commission Max Gilbert, Focal Point for the SDGs and Senior Advisor for External Relations, Council of Europe Massimo Tomassoli, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, International IDEA

Cutting costs of remittance flows – wrapping up the unfinished business from Agenda 2030 – International Organization for Migration and RTpay

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89075262758

Speakers: Marina Manke, Head of Labour Mobility and Human Development Division, Department of Migration Management, International Organization for Migration; Chris Williams, Chairman of RTpay; Amit Sharma, CEO, FinClusive; Ralph Chami, Assistant Director, International Monetary Fund; Francis Mugisha, Member of Leadership Team, TransferLink

Concurrent Sessions 12:00pm – 1:20pm

How the Beijing Women’s Conference speaks to us today – Feminist and Women’s Movement Action Plan

Zoom Webinar Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_isML-WsLTjiIB ziCqVacXg

Speakers: Soon-Young Yoon, Representative to the UN for International Alliance of Women, co-driver of the fwMAP; Charlotte Bunch, founder and Senior Scholar, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University; Zonibel Woods, Gender consultant, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Asian Development Bank; Uzma Gul, human rights advocate and youth leader; Rahima Sajid, American Pakistan Fellow and youth representative to the UN

“Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21 st Century” book presentation – Global Governance Forum Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87346359062 Speakers: Fabrizio Hochschild, UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General for the Commemoration of the United Nations 75th Anniversary Mark Wolf, Senior United States District Judge, Chair, Integrity Initiatives International Maja Groff, Visiting Professor from Leiden University Arthur L. Dahl, President of International Environment Forum August Lopez-Claros, Chair of Global Governance Forum Robert Rotberg, Professor from Harvard University, Kennedy School Joseph Baratta, Historian, Author of The Politics of World Federation Maria Ivanova, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Governance and Sustainability

Joining Capacities to respond to regional crises: Calling on Latin American and the Caribbean’s regional organizations? – Plataforma CIPÓ and Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict

*closed-door session

Speakers: Yadira Pinilla Soto, Advisor to the Director of the Department of the Sustainable Democracy and Special Missions at the Organization of American States ;Luis Consuegra, Strategic Partnerships Advisor at International IDEA; Marina Kumskova, UN Liaison for Global Partnership of Armed Conflict (GPPAC); Adriana Abdenur, Co-founder of Plataforma CIPÓ

A fourth pillar for the United Nations? Protecting the United Nations by reforming counter-terrorism – SaferWorld

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83511237817

Speakers: Jordan Street, Policy and Advocacy Adviser at SaferWorld; Marc Batac, Regional Officer at Initiatives for International Dialogue; Ali Altiok, Program Officer for Interpeace USA; Fionnuala Ni Aolain, Special Rapporteur on Protecting Human Rights while Countering Terrorism; Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Head of Special Projects at the Institute for Security Studies Ali Altiok, Author and Youth Expert; Lorraine Degruson, Network Coordinator at UNOY

Conserving the Amazon: Financing and Sustainability – Global Governance Philanthropy Network

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83123759934

Speakers: Daniel Nepstad, Executive Director, Founder, and President of Earth Innovation Institute; Renata Piazzon, Executive Manager of Climate Change at Arapyau Institute; Jonah Wittkamper, Founder of Global Governance Philanthropy Network Walter Vergara, Secretariat at Initiative 20×20; Felipe Cruz Tuxa, Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil

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