15 September 2013

68th session of the General Assembly: Overview of events with opportunities for civil society participation around its opening week

68th session of the General Assembly: Overview of events with opportunities for civil society participation around its opening week

We have compiled a comprehensive list (as of 30 September) of events occurring between 16 September and 4 October, during and alongside the margins of the opening of the 68th Session of the General Assembly. This listing will be updated regularly.
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UN-NGLS is grateful to BOND, the UK NGO network, for their compilation of events, which served as the starting point of this list. Thanks also goes to the Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination at DESA for providing the updated list of official side events to the General Assembly Special Event on MDGs.

Below is the list of official UN events during High-Level Week.

20th Session, Commission on Sustainable Development
Friday 20 September, 10AM to 1PM
Member States decided in resolution 67/203 that the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) would have its last session (CSD-20) immediately prior to the convening of the first meeting of the high level political forum on sustainable development. CSD-20 will be held the morning of Friday 20 September from 10AM to 1PM in Conference Room 2 (CB). Following the opening remarks, a panel of former Chairs of CSD will be organized to reflect on the achievements and lessons learned from the Commission as well as to set the stage for the establishment of the high level political forum. Intervention from Major Groups will be coordinated by the Major Groups organizing partners.
More information: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.or...
Registration page: http://bit.ly/1bOk5ix

High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development
Monday, 23 September 2013
On 23 September, a High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the realization of the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals for persons with disabilities will be organized, in accordance with resolution 66/124.
More information: http://www.un.org/disabilities/defa...
Registration has closed.

Inaugural Session, High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
Tuesday, 24 September 2013, afternoon
The first meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development (to replace the Commission on Sustainable Development following a Rio+20 decision) held at the Heads of State level under the auspices of the General Assembly will take place on 24 September 2013. The forum will include four dialogues open to Heads of State and Government, Heads of UN entities and other international organizations, as well as high-level representatives of Major Groups and other relevant stakeholders.
More information: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.or...
No online registration as space is extremely limited.

Special Event to Follow Up on Efforts on MDGs
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
A special event to follow up on efforts made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 65/1, will be held on 25 September 2013. More details on the event will be posted on the page below as they become available. The President of the General Assembly will draw up a list of representatives of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC, as well as other relevant civil society organizations, academic institutions, youth groups and private sector representatives. Nominations by non-ECOSOC groups will be circulated to Member States on a no-objection basis. Seating will be extremely limited.
More information: http://www.un.org/en/ga/68/meetings...
Registration has closed.

High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament
Thursday, 26 September 2013
The President of the General Assembly is drawing up a list of representatives of non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council that will participate in the high-level meeting.
More information: http://www.un.org/disarmament/WMD/N...
Registration has closed.

High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development
Thursday and Friday, 3 and 4 October 2013
The General Assembly will have a High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development on 3 and 4 October 2013. In preparation, the President of the General Assembly held one-day informal interactive hearings with representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations and the private sector at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 15 July 2013.
More information: http://www.un.org/esa/population/me...
Registration has closed.

See also: Advancing Regional Recommendations on Post-2015: A Dialogue between Civil Society, Governments and UN Representatives
Sunday, 22 September 2013, 2:00PM to 5:30PM, Trusteeship Council Chamber
On 22 September, a dialogue between civil society, governments, and UN representatives on regional recommendations towards the post-2015 development agenda will be convened by UN-NGLS in partnership with the Post-2015 Development Planning Team of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. This dialogue will serve as a follow-up to the UN-NGLS consultation gathering regional perspectives of civil society, particularly from the global South. The summary of this event will serve as an input into the 25 September Special Event. The event will feature introductory remarks by the PGA, DSG, and ministers from Ireland and South Africa. Registration has closed.
More information: http://www.un-ngls.org/spip.php?art...

We have compiled a comprehensive list (as of 15 September) of events occurring between 16 September and 4 October, during and alongside the margins of the opening of the 68th Session of the General Assembly. This listing will be updated regularly. If you would like to print this document, please click here for a PDF. To view this document with hyperlinks, please click here.

Photo Credit: UN Photo.

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