NGLS e-Roundup on the 56th Session of CSW: Rural Women – Agents of Change Indispensable for Sustainable Development

InlineWith “the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges” as the priority theme, the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW56), held from 27 February to 9 March 2012 at UN Headquarters in New York, turned its attention to rural women.

This NGLS e-Roundup, the largest ever produced by NGLS, seeks to highlight the outcomes of the main debates at CSW and its complementary side events, particularly in relation to the priority theme on empowering rural women. It discusses the issue of climate change; women’s access to land, resources, and education; policy implementation; financing for gender equality; sexual and reproductive health rights; and women’s political participation.

To explain the challenges around these issues in more detail, the e-Roundup features interviews with various key stakeholders, including Lakshmi Puri, UN Women; FAO; Jan Peterson, Huairou Commission; Tracy Mann and Constance Okollet, both of Climate Wise Women; Marina Durano, DAWN; and Lalen de Vela, Isis International.

To access the e-Roundup, click here.


Rio+20 Online Dialogues on Sustainable Development: Open for Participation

Jointly implemented by the UN, UNDP and the Brazilian Government, the Rio+20 online dialogues aim to generate an open, democratic discussion around practical and innovative sustainable development recommendations. Open until 3 June, the dialogue platform provides a unique opportunity for civil society, youth, academia, local governments, and the private sector to engage in the Conference.

More information is available online.


UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: the Doctrine of Discovery

InlineThe UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) convened four sessions of open dialogue on the theme of the 11th session, “The Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

Read: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues discusses theme: The Doctrine of Discovery

Within the main theme of the Doctrine of Discovery and its enduring impacts on indigenous peoples, the Forum devoted several sessions to the particular situation of indigenous women and girls.

Read: Combating Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

On 8 May, three civil society organizations convened a side event to the UNPFII entitled “The Road to Rio+20: Indigenous Peoples’ Key Messages and Actions.”

Read: Messages of Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations for Rio+20


UN Women Announces Global Civil Society Advisory Group Members


On 17 May, following consultation with civil society networks and nominations from civil society organizations, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet announced the members of her Global Civil Society Advisory Group that will facilitate regular consultations and dialogue between civil society and UN Women.

Read the official UN Women press release here.


OHCHR: 2012 Social Forum on “People-centred Development and Globalization”– NGO input requested


The 2012 Social Forum is tentatively scheduled to take place on 1-3 October 2012 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva and will focus on “People-centred development and globalization.” As the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is requested to present a background report to the dialogues and debates at the Forum, OHCHR is soliciting input from NGOs and other actors on the theme and sub-themes of the Forum. Deadline: 31 May 2012

More information is available online.


Summary Reports of Civil Society Engagements with the High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All

During March and April 2012, civil society organizations participated in calls and meetings with members of the Secretary-General’s High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All. Facilitated and organized by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS), in cooperation with the Executive Office of the Secretary-General and the UN Foundation, these engagements were part of a civil society consultation process on the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative in the lead up to the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

Summary reports from these engagements are now available on an NGLS webpage dedicated to the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative:


Follow NGLS on Twitter @UNNGLS

As part of its communication strategy for 2012, NGLS has recently begun a Twitter account. This quick and accessible medium allows us to link to relevant UN processes, highlight civil society voices, and disseminate our newsletters and articles. Follow NGLS on Twitter @UNNGLS.

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