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First Intersessional Meeting for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development held in New York

arton3202The First Intersessional Meeting for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development was held on 10-11 January at UN Headquarters in New York. The meeting aimed to discuss ways to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development. It assessed progress made to date and remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development. It also addressed the key themes of the upcoming 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 Summit), including: (1) the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and (2) developing an institutional framework for sustainable development.

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LDC-IV PrepCom 1 Concludes

The first session of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV) took place on 10-14 January 2011 in New York. Member States elected Ambassador Jarmo Viinanen from Finland as Chair of the PrepCom process, which is intended to produce a draft outcome document in time for the LDC-IV Conference, to take place in Istanbul, Turkey, on 9-13 May 2011.

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Major Groups’ Pre-Registration for CSD-19 is now open

Pre-registration of accredited Major Groups’ organizations to the 19th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-19) is now open. The meeting will take place from 2-13 May 2011 at UN Headquarters in New York.

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World Economic Situation and Prospects 2011

arton3204.jpgA UN report finds that the recovery of the world economy has started to lose momentum since the middle of 2010, and that “all indicators point at weaker global economic growth.” World Economic Situation and Prospects 2011 (WESP) suggests that the world economy will expand by 3.1% in 2011 and 3.5% in 2012, which is below the 3.6% estimated for 2010 and the pre-crisis pace of global growth – and far from sufficient to enable job recovery for jobs lost because of the crisis. This is largely due to weaknesses in major developed economies which “continue to drag the global recovery and pose risks for world economic stability in the coming years.” While noting that the unprecedented scale of policy measures taken by governments during the early stage of the crisis no doubt helped stabilize financial markets and jump-start a recovery, the report warns that overcoming the structural problems that led to the crisis – and those that were created by it – is proving much more challenging and will be a lengthy process. The report posits that this contrasts with the strong GDP growth in many developing countries and economies in transition, “which has contributed more than half of the total expansion of the world economy since the third quarter of 2009.”

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MDG Summit matrix of commitments & side events report

arton3199In September 2010, the High-Level Plenary Meeting on the MDG adopted an Outcome Document “ Keeping the Promise: United to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals ” (document A/65/L.1 ) – in which Member States set out an action agenda in order to reach the Goals by 2015. During the Summit, announcements of new commitments and initiatives to accelerate MDG progress were made by a wide range of stakeholders.

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Summary on NGLS Climate Finance Roundtable Discussion at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-16) in Mexico now available

arton3195Below is the summary of the 7 December multi-stakeholder discussion sponsored by NGLS during COP 16 in Cancun, entitled “Climate Finance – The Role of Public Sources,” which brought together 40 climate finance experts from civil society and governments and two Deputies from the UN Secretary General’s High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing (AGF).

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Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries holds first session in New York

During the five-day session, the Committee will undertake substantive preparations for the upcoming LDC-IV Conference (9-13 May 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey), including a review of progress in the preparatory process for the Conference and its organization and a comprehensive appraisal of the implementation of the BPoA by LDCs and their development partners; identify effective international and domestic policies in the light of the outcome of the appraisal, as well as new and emerging challenges and opportunities and the means to address them; reaffirm the global commitment to addressing the special needs of LDCs; and mobilize additional international support measures and action.

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OHCHR: Consultations – Input requested

TheUnited Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peopleis inviting civil society organizations to submit information related to good practices of indigenous people participation in national governance.

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UN Secretary-General releases two reports in the lead up to 55th session of CSW

arton3201The fifty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place from 22 February to 4 March. The priority theme for this year’s session is "Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work". In advance of CSW, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released his report (E/CN.6/2011/3) that assesses the content of science and technology from a gender perspective.

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Global Survey of Organizational Structures of NGOs – Deadline extended to 15 February 2011

The 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.

So far, various NGOs of different origins and with different working areas have already participated in the survey, which was officially launched in December 2010. As a result of this successful start, the Department has decided to extend the deadline for participation to 15 February 2011 in order to give additional NGOs the possibility to participate.

NGOs that have international offices or are part of an international alliance are particularly invited to the survey. The final results will be shared with all participants. To access the survey and for further background information, please visit: http://www.ngo-research.info/survey

NGLS interviews Silvano de Gennaro, Software without Borders

arton3198.jpgInformaticiens Sans Fronti�res (ISF, or Software Without Borders) is an independent non-profit organization founded by a team of computer experts that took part in the development of the early web in the 1990s. Their principal mission is to help bridge the Digital Divide by proposing solutions at the global level and implementing them locally. NGLS interviews one of its founding members, Silvano de Gennaro, based at CERN in Geneva.

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OHCHR: deadline for NGO written statements and parallel-event room requests – 16th session of the Human Rights Council

From 28 February – 25 March 2011, the 16th session of the Human Rights Council will take place in Geneva.

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