The United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is an inter-agency programme of the United Nations mandated to promote and develop constructive relations between the United Nations and civil society organizations.
On 6 June 2013, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights issued an open letter to all Member States urging them to further and fully reflect human rights in the on-going discussions and outcomes on the post-2015 development agenda. The letter highlights 10 critical human rights messages that must guide and be included in the post-2015 development frameworks, its goals, targets and indicators.
The Human Rights Council concluded its 23rd regular session, held from 27 May-14 June, by adopting 26 resolutions that address a wide range of issues; it also held an urgent debate on the human rights situation in Syria and an annual full day of discussion on women’s rights.
In partnership with the Post-2015 Development Planning Team / Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) will facilitate a consultation to gather civil society analysis of four Post-2015 reports to be submitted to the UN Secretary-General: 1) Post-2015 High-level Panel, 2) UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, 3) UN Global Compact, and 4) UN Development Group.
World Environment Day (WED) 2013, celebrated on 5 June across the globe, drew attention to the tons of edible produce squandered each year with at least one third of all food produced in the world failing to “make it from the farm to the fork.”
FAO launched its flagship publication, The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2013, this year focussing on food systems for better nutrition. In the report, the organization voices concern about the global burden of malnutrition. It finds that 12.5% of the world’s population (868 million people) are undernourished in terms of energy intake; 26% of the world’s children are stunted; 2 billion people suffer from one or more micronutrient deficiencies; and 1.4 billion people are overweight, of whom 500 million are obese.