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UNEP: 12th session of the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum

arton3248Ahead of the 26th session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC-26/GMEF) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP, 21-24 February 2011), the Major Groups ad Stakeholder Branch of UNEP organized the 12th session of its Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMHSF-12).

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ICVA: “Strength in Numbers: A Review of NGO Coordination in the Field”

arton3237.gifThe International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) released a new publication, entitled “Strength in Numbers: A Review of NGO Coordination in the Field.” The publication, commissioned by ICVA and authored by Paul Currion and Kerren Hedlund, reviews NGO coordination in humanitarian settings, including in two of 2010’s biggest emergencies, Haiti and Pakistan. It includes an overview of key issues in NGO coordination, as series of case studies, and a section on lessons learned.

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55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

arton3247The 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, taking place in New York from 22 February - 4 March 2011, is bringing together government officials, representatives of the UN and civil society, the media and the private sector under the priority theme “Access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work.”

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12th Session of the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum: 19-20 February

arton3242.jpgTheTwelfth Sessionof the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF) is being held from 19-20 February 2011, prior to the26th Sessionof the UNEP Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC.26/GMEF) which will take place from 21-24 February 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya. The name of Global Civil Society Forum has been replaced with GMGSF to be more inclusive of all stakeholders.

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UNAIDS: 2011 Letter to Partners

arton3243In his 2011 Letter to Partners, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé outlines a set of six new frontiers to move the global AIDS response forward: The democratization of the response; making the law work for not against AIDS; reducing the upward trajectory of programme costs; making funding for AIDS a shared responsibility; making the AIDS movement a bridge to development; and fostering scientific innovation for HIV prevention and treatment.

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Gender dimensions of agricultural and rural employment: Differentiated pathways out of poverty

arton3231 e7cffGender inequality varies considerably across regions and sectors, depending on social, cultural, religious and economic factors. Nevertheless, a recently released United Nations interagency report on the gender dimension of agricultural work finds that there is evidence that, globally, women still benefit less than men from (decent) rural and agricultural employment, whether in self- or wage-employment. Progress to overcome this inequality has stalled due to the recent economic and food crises.

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2011 Regular Session of the Committee on NGOs

arton3241From 31 January to 9 February 2011, the Committee on NGOs, a standing committee of the UN ECOSOC which deals with ECOSOC consultative status of NGOs, held its Regular Session at UN Headquarters in New York. During the session the Committee had to consider 171 new and over 180 deferred applications by NGOs from previous sessions to obtain consultative status with ECOSOC, as well as various requests for reclassification. It also discussed over 200 quadrennial reports that were submitted by NGOs that already have ECOSOC status. Other issues on the Committee’s agenda included strengthening the Non-Governmental Organizations Branch of the DESA, as well as a review of the Committee’s working methods.

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e-Roundup – Achieving Equitable and Effective Climate Finance: Civil Society Perspectives

Climate Finance Roundup webClimate finance remains one of the most highly debated issues in the global climate change negotiations. At the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico (COP 16), held from 29 November to 10 December 2010, important progress was made on climate finance, but much more work needs to be completed urgently to provide sufficient and equitable funding to meet the resource needs for climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing countries.

For many involved in the debate, it is also important that all aspects of climate finance meet exacting ethical standards, such as how scale, sources and governance reconcile with the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) and respective capabilities. Adherence to these and other related agreed principles is the key to achieving fair and effective delivery of climate finance that respects human rights.

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49th Session of the Commission for Social Development: A Focus on Poverty Eradication

arton3299.jpgThe 49th Session of the Commission for Social Development is being held in New York from 9-18 February under the priority theme “Poverty Eradication,” where UN Member States, civil society and other stakeholders will also examine poverty’s interrelationship with social integration and full employment and decent work for all.

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Reminder: Global Survey of Organizational Structures of NGOs – 7 days remaining

arton3229The Department of International Management of the University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt (Germany) is currently conducting an independent research that aims to better understand the diversity in organizational structures of international NGOs, as well as how these structures influence NGO achievements. Therefore, the Department would like to invite NGO staff with experience in the management of their organizations to participate in an online research survey.

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“Climate Finance: Ethical Considerations for Scale, Sources and Governance”

A multi-stakeholder panel discussion on the subject of “Climate Finance: Ethical Considerations for Scale, Sources and Governance” took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Monday, February 7, 2011 from 10:00am to 1:00pm, organized by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and the New York Office of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Janos Pasztor, Designated Head of the Secretary-General’s Global Sustainability Panel Secretariat. Panelists included experts on climate change and climate finance from governments and civil society organizations.

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On-line Civil Society Application Form for 2011 High-level Meeting on HIV/AIDS Launched

arton3228On 8-10 June 2011, a High Level Meeting (HLM) will be convened in New York by the United Nations General Assembly (A/RES/60/262) to undertake a comprehensive review of the progress achieved in realizing the 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the 2006 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS.

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World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS): Open Consultation on Thematic Aspects

arton3227.jpgTitle of the event: Open Consultation on Thematic Aspects

Location: Geneva, ITU HQ, Room B

Date: 24 February 2011, 14:00-18:00

Description:

Following the outcomes of the WSIS Action Line Facilitators meetings during WSIS Forum 2009 and 2010, and exchange of views amongst several WSIS stakeholders, the organizers of the WSIS Forum, ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP are pleased to announce the Open Consultation Process on the thematic aspects of WSIS Forum 2011.

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6th session of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee

arton3226On 17-21 January, the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee – which works upon the Council’s request and in compliance with its resolutions – held its sixth session. It adopted five draft recommendations, including texts on the right to food; ways and means to further advance the rights of people working in rural areas; missing persons; the right of peoples to peace; and the enhancement of international cooperation in the field of human rights.

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10th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: pre-registration now open

arton3239.gifThetenth sessionof the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UN-PFII) will be held from 16-27 May at UN Headquarters in New York. Pre-registration is now open and those who wish to attend must pre-register onlinebefore 1 May. There is no special theme for this year’s session as the Forum has a bi-annual working method – one policy year and one review year – and 2011 is a review year.

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ILO - Global Employment Trends 2011: The challenge of a jobs recovery

arton3216According to a report by the International Labour Organization (ILO), weak job recovery is likely to continue in 2011, especially in developed economies. Global Employment Trends 2011: The challenge of a jobs recovery finds that despite a sharp rebound in economic growth for many countries, official global unemployment stood at 205 million in 2010, essentially unchanged from 2009, and 27.6 million more than on the eve of the global economic crisis in 2007. The ILO projects a global unemployment rate of 6.1%, equivalent to 203.3 million unemployed, through 2011.

 

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UN Women: Vision and 100 Day Action Plan

arton3209On 25 January, the Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, unveiled her Vision and 100 Day Action Plan to the First Regular Session of UN Women’s Executive Board, which encompasses a wide range of issues such as supporting intergovernmental processes to strengthen the global normative and policy framework on gender equality or providing demand-driven support to national partners.

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ILO - Global Employment Trends 2011: The challenge of a jobs recovery

arton3216.jpgAccording to a report by the International Labour Organization (ILO), weak job recovery is likely to continue in 2011, especially in developed economies.Global Employment Trends 2011: The challenge of a jobs recoveryfinds that despite a sharp rebound in economic growth for many countries, official global unemployment stood at 205 million in 2010, essentially unchanged from 2009, and 27.6 million more than on the eve of the global economic crisis in 2007. The ILO projects a global unemployment rate of 6.1%, equivalent to 203.3 million unemployed, through 2011.

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