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Nineteenth Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development starts in New York

arton3385On 2 May the 19th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-19) opened at UNHQ in NY. Welcoming the session’s participants, László Borbély, the Commission’s Chair and Minister of Environment and Forests of Romania, underscored the need for a new sustainable development path – one that goes hand in hand with sustainable consumption, production and resource use patterns.

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FAO: e-consultation on the zero draft of the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and other Natural Resources

arton3386Organized by FAO, the e-consultation seeks to gather comments on the zero draft and allows interested parties to contribute to the drafting of the voluntary guidelines.

The secretariat of the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and other Natural Resources welcomes all interested parties – who were not able to attend the regional consultations – to participate in the e-consultation on the zero draft until 16 May.

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64th Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference: “Sustainable Societies; Responsive Citizens – call for NGO Workshop proposals

The 64th Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference, entitled “Sustainable Societies; Responsive Citizens” will be held on 3-5 September 2011 in Bonn, Germany. This conference could be considered as one of the major NGO events in preparation for the Rio+20 Conference and the tenth anniversary for the Year of Voluntarism.

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UNICEF + UNFPA: Women’s and Children’s Rights: Making the connection

The publication “Women’s and Children’s Rights: Making the connection,” a joint effort by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), makes a case for linking the human rights of women to those of children. Today, these rights are still treated in an isolated manner, while there are actually practical arguments for considering them together, in particular because many human rights violations against women directly affect children and vice versa.

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Reminder: Ongoing Consultation on the Draft Guiding Principles on extreme poverty and human rights

arton3370.jpgAcross the world – in both developed and developing countries – more than 1 billion people live in conditions of extreme poverty with no (or limited) access to basic human rights. To change this situation and to more effectively advance the rights of those living in extreme poverty, the UNHuman Rights Councilis in the process [1] of developingDraft Guiding Principles (DGPs) on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.

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UNCTAD XIII will focus on “Development-Centred Globalization”

arton3372Member States of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) recently agreed that the thirteenth United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, also known as UNCTAD-XIII, will focus on “Development-Centred Globalization.”

 

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World Day for Safety and Health at Work

arton3371On 28 April, the ILO celebrates the World Day for Safety and Health at Work to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. The World Day also serves to draw international attention on emerging trends in the field of occupational safety and health and on the magnitude of work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities worldwide.

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Commission on Population and Development discusses fertility, reproductive health and development at its 44th session

arton3366“Fertility, reproductive health and development” was the key theme of the 44th session of the Commission on Population and Development, which took place on 11-15 April in New York. Bringing together various stakeholders, including representatives of government, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, the private sector and academia, the session aimed to debate national experiences in relation to fertility, reproductive health and development, as well as the further implementation of the Programme of Action of the ICPD (Egypt, 1994).

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Informal Hearing with Civil Society for the High Level Meeting on AIDS

arton3360On 8 April 2011, over 400 representatives from NGOs, faith-based organizations, the private sector, UN Member States and other observers gathered at UN Headquarters in New York for a one-day hearing to consider progress made in the HIV response 30 years into the AIDS epidemic and ten years after the 2001 Declaration of Commitment was adopted.

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OHCHR: civil society participation requested

arton3364.jpgThe Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has recently announced various consultations, reviews and surveys, which allow for civil society to provide input on a range of themes addressed by the Council as well as other human rights mechanisms.

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High-level Panel on Global Sustainability: Working to Craft a New Blueprint for Sustainable Growth

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) in August 2010 “to reflect on and formulate a new vision for sustainable growth and prosperity, along with mechanisms for achieving it.” Co-Chaired by H.E. Mrs. Tarja Halonen, President of Finland, and H.E. Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, the GSP consists of 22 world figures working together to produce a comprehensive blue print for a low-carbon, sustainable future. Their final report will be issued in January 2012 and is intended to inform relevant intergovernmental discussions, such as the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) and the Conferences of the Parties of related UN Conventions.

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DESA: Men in Families and Family Policy in a Changing World

DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) has produced a publication entitled “Men in Families and Family Policy in a Changing World” that focuses on the shifting roles and views of men in families. The publication intends to provide a global review and analysis of trends in men’s participation in family life and their importance in achieving gender equality.

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UNICEF + UNFPA: Women’s and Children’s Rights: Making the connection

The publication “Women’s and Children’s Rights: Making the connection,” a joint effort by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), makes a case for linking the human rights of women to those of children.

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NGLS e-Roundup “Towards a New Development Architecture: Scaling up Decent Employment Creation in LDCs.”

arton3358.jpgIn the build up to the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV), to be held in Istanbul on 9-13 May 2011, there is growing recognition of the need to find new strategies to accelerate decent employment creation for poverty eradication in the least developed countries (LDCs). This requires a fundamental rethink of the prevailing economic development models based on a narrow focus on “growth” and blind faith in unfettered market forces. The “development paradigm shift” called for by a growing number of voices from the UN and civil society amounts to a transformational agenda involving pro-active national efforts by democratic developmental States to achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all. [1] But this new approach must be backed by a much more coherent and supportive international development architecture, which requires systemic global economic reforms.

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21 March marked the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

arton3308Each year on 21 March the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is celebrated. The day was established in 1966 (resolution 2142 (XXI)), in commemoration of the “massacres of Sharpeville” (1960) which killed 69 people during a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid "pass laws" in South Africa. That tragedy marked an important step in the fight against racism, and brought international attention to the need to continue fighting racial discrimination.

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UNODC: 54th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

arton3300On 21-25 March, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) held its 54th session in Vienna, focussing on operational issues on the one hand, and normative issues on the other. The operational segment discussed policy directives to the drug programme of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as well as the strengthening of the drug programme and the role of the CND as its governing body.

 

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OHCHR: Minority Rights: International Standards and Guidance for Implementation

arton3302The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in February 2011 released the report “Minority Rights: International Standards and Guidance for Implementation.” The report highlights that the rights of minorities, although defined in international human rights law, are far from being realized, particularly the rights of minorities that are victims of armed conflict or internal strife. In general, minorities, whether ethnic, religious or linguistic, continue to experience discrimination and may lack access to services, land and property, or even nationality, the report notes.

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NGLS interviews Tim Challen, founder of the Kilimanjaro Initiative

arton3284.jpgCan a bicycle and climb transform a community? On 18 February 2011, the Kilimanjaro Initiative (KI), in joint collaboration with globalbike, kicked off a three-week campaign to bring to light the transformative power of bikes, and the important role that sports can play in promoting sustainable, healthy, and safe communities. NGLS interviews Tim Challen, founder of the Kilimanjaro Initiative (KI).

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