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New NGLS e-Roundup on the 49th session of the Commission for Social Development: A focus on Poverty Eradication

arton3298NGLS recently produced a new NGLS e-Roundup, highlighting the main discussions at the 49th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD), which was held in New York from 9-18 February. The session brought together representatives of UN Member States, civil society and other stakeholders to discuss the priority theme of “Poverty Eradication” and to examine poverty’s interrelationship with social integration and full employment and decent work for all. The emerging theme under discussion was “Social Protection,” drawing attention to the capabilities of individuals and families to manage and overcome challenges to their well-being, to reduce vulnerability and to prevent the deterioration of living conditions.

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2011 World Water Day: "Water for Cities: Responding to Urban Challenges"

arton3290.jpgOn 22 March, UN Water commemorated World Water Day 2011, which focussed on “Water for Cities: Responding to Urban Challenges." The goal this year was to draw international attention to the impacts of urbanization and industrialization, as well as threats posed by climate change, conflict, and natural disasters in regard to water management.

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OHCHR: Minority Rights: International Standards and Guidance for Implementation

arton3302.jpgThe 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.

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Looking ahead: WSIS Forum 2011

arton3282On 16-20 May the WSIS Forum 2011 will be held in Geneva, bringing together representatives from governments, the private sector, international organizations, civil society, academia, as well as other individuals from across the globe. Co-organized by the ITU, the UNESCO, the UNCTAD and the UNDP, the Forum will provide a multi-stakeholder platform that will focus on policy and implementation leading towards real action, assessment and progress, particularly on ICT for Development (ICT4D) projects. As such, it will celebrate leadership and innovation in the ICT sector.

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Climate Adaptation Challenges from a Gender Perspective

On 22 February the Heinrich Boell Foundation North America, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), Women Organizing for Change and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) co-organized a panel discussion on "Climate Adaptation Challenges from a Gender Perspective - CSO Messages for Rio +20."

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UNFPA and the Centre for Reproductive Rights: The Rights to Contraceptive Information and Services for Women and Adolescents

arton3301.jpgThe United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and theCentre for Reproductive Rightsreleased a new report on “The Rights to Contraceptive Information and Services for Women and Adolescents.” Although women’s and adolescents’ right to contraceptive information and services is grounded in internationally recognized human rights – including the right to life, the right to the highest attainable standard of health, the right to decide the number and spacing of one’s children, the right to privacy, the right to information, and the right to equality and non-discrimination – in many countries women and adolescents are still confronted with legal, financial, informational, and other barriers.

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UNESCO launched its Global Monitoring Report entitled “The hidden crisis; Armed conflict and education”

arton3271.jpgArmed conflicts can have disastrous consequences on people, including human right’s violations, and bring barriers to development. However, the consequences that armed conflict can have on education are often neglected. Yet, the Global Monitoring Report of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)on “The hidden crisis; Armed conflict and education," finds that violent conflict is destroying educational opportunities for millions of children around the world. It states

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Stakeholders invited to submit contributions and inputs for Rio+20

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On 8 March 2011, the Preparatory Committee for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) invited all Member States, relevant UN system organizations and relevant stakeholders to provide inputs and contributions in writing by 1 November 2011 for inclusion in a draft Rio+20 outcome document.

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Conference - Debate on "The Need of Increased Protection of the Human Rights of Peasants"

Within the scope of the 16th Session of the Human Right Council, FIAN international, the Europe-Third World Centre (CETIM), Via Campesina, and the Indonesian Human Rights Committee for Social Justice (IHCS) jointly organized a panel discussion on “the need of increased protection of the human rights of peasants.”

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100 Year Anniversary of International Women’s Day

arton3280This year, International Women’s Day (IWD), which commemorates achievements in women’s rights and serves as an opportunity to prompt everyone to continue paving the way toward gender equality, celebrated its 100th anniversary. Below are extracts from statements by UN officials and brief descriptions of events held in Geneva commemorating the Day.

 

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Registration Open: UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on Youth (25-26 July 2011)

As part of the International Youth Year, the General Assembly will hold a High-level Meeting on Youth on 25 and 26 July 2011 at UN Headquarters in New York. The High-level Meeting will have as its overarching theme “Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding”.

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2011 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank – Accreditation process now open

arton3267.jpgThe 2011 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank will be held during 15-17 April in Washington, DC. The accreditation process for the 2011 World Bank - IMF Spring Meetings is now open.

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Informal Thematic Debate on International Migration and Development (19 May 2011)

The President of the General Assembly will host a one-day Informal Thematic Debate on International Migration and Development at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 19 May 2011, pursuant to A/RES/63/225. The debate is intended to build on the on-going international dialogue on international migration and development, and to contribute to the process leading to the second High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in 2013.

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FAO & ICID: Survey “Contribute to food security by optimal use of water”

arton3263.jpgThe Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) launched the survey “Contribute to food security by optimal use of water” as part of the preparation process for the 6th World Water Forum, to be held in Marseille in March 2012. The aim of the survey is to collect the "voice" of stakeholders that could not participate in previously organized consultations.

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20 February: World Day of Social Justice

arton3259UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his message for the World Day of Social Justice, noted that “Social justice is more than an ethical imperative, it is a foundation for national stability and global prosperity. Equal opportunity, solidarity and respect for human rights – these are essential to unlocking the full productive potential of nations and peoples.

 

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NGLS interviews Ambassador Maria Nazareth Farani Azev�do

The governments of Brazil, India and South Africa (IBSA countries) have signed anagreement on South-South and triangular cooperationwith the ILO in the field of decent work. The IBSA-ILO declaration builds on commitments by the IBSA countries to promote cooperation as an important tool for achieving social and economic development.

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Virtual survey in preparation of the UN High Level Meeting on AIDS

arton3262.jpgTheUN General Assembly High Level Meeting (HLM) on AIDSthat will take place on 8-10 June 2011 will review achievements made against the commitments of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS Declaration of Commitment of 2001, and the Political Declaration of 2006, and will determine the priority agenda for work on HIV and AIDS over the next five years. Multiple processes are underway to ensure broad stakeholder engagement and representation in the outcomes of the Meeting. These include regional civil society consultations and pre-meetings.

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UNICEF launches State of the World’s Children 2011: Adolescence – An Age of Opportunity

UNICEF has launched itsState of the World’s Children 2011: Adolescence – An Age of Opportunity, which examines the global state of adolescents; outlines the challenges they face in health, education, protection and participation; and explores the risks and vulnerabilities of this pivotal stage. It argues that investing in adolescents can break cycles of poverty and inequity.

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