At the request of the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly, UN-NGLS is facilitating a nomination process to identify a civil society speaker for the President’s High-level Thematic Debate on Strengthening Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Subregional Organizations, taking place on 4 May 2015 at UN Headquarters.
This nomination process seeks candidates for one civil society speaking role in each of two Panel Discussions:
Panel 1: "Enhancing the strategic relationship between the UN and regional and subregional organizations in the areas of peace, stability and human rights."
Panel 2: "Galvanizing support of regional and subregional organizations for the implementation of a transformative post-2015 development agenda."
The two civil society speakers will receive travel funding.
Please review the event concept note: http://bit.ly/PGA-Strengthening-Cooperation-Concept-Note
Before submitting a nomination, please confirm that the candidate meets all of the following criteria:
- is a representative of a civil society organization, and officially authorized by their organization/network to speak on the organization/network’s behalf;
- can address the relevant topics and guiding questions in the event concept note (link above);
- has knowledge of / experience with UN regional organizations and/or Chapter 8 of the UN Charter;
- has demonstrated ability to engage constructively with a variety of stakeholders;
- would be a compelling public speaker;
- is available to be in New York on 4 May 2015 and for travel if necessary.
- has a visa for travel to New York, or is able to obtain one within 2 weeks for travel to New York. Please check with the US Embassy or Consultate in the candidate's country. The Office of the President of the General Assembly will provide an invitation letter to the selected candidate to support a Visa application. The participant will be responsible for obtaining the visa for travel.
Submit nominations by 8 April here: http://bit.ly/4May-PGA-Speakers-Nominate
Nominations received will post online automatically here: http://bit.ly/4May-PGA-Cooperation-Speakers-Received
A civil society Selection Committee will choose at least 5 and not more than 10 candidates to present to the Office of the President of the General Assembly as a short-list for their consideration. The Committee will ensure regional and gender balance, and diversity of age and expertise in the overall short-list. The President of the General Assembly will make the final selection of the civil society speaker for this event.
To apply for the civil society Selection Committee, please visit: http://bit.ly/4May-PGA-Cooperation-SC-Apply
The outcome of the debate will be a negotiated Declaration to be adopted by the UN General Assembly.