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Ahead of the 64th Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference, UNEP will organize two consultations with major groups and stakeholders

arton3434Ahead of the 64th Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference on “Sustainable Societies; Responsive Citizens” (3-5 September), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will organize two consultations with Major Groups and Stakeholders in Bonn, Germany.

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Second edition of the Joint NGO Briefing Series will focus on the 2011 substantive session of ECOSOC

The Information Service and the NGO Liaison Unit of the United Nations Office at Geneva, together with the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service, are organizing the second edition of the Joint NGO Briefing Series. Taking place on9 June, the meeting will be devoted to the2011 substantive session of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, to be held at the Palais des Nations from 4 to 29 July, and will include a briefing by the Director of the UNESCO Office in Geneva. A provisional programme isattached.

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OHCHR/WHO/Sida: Human Rights and Gender Equality in Health Sector Strategies: how to assess policy coherence

arton3456.jpgThe World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has launchedHuman Rights and Gender Equality in Health Sector Strategies: how to assess policy coherence, a tool designed to support countries in the design and implementation of national health sector strategies.

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Instructions for access to the United Nations premises during the High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS: For persons not holding Secretariat or Observer of Delegation passes

Please be advised that the UN complex will be closed to persons not having official business during this time. Individuals without Secretariat, Observer of Delegation, and NGO passes (ECOSOC and DPI), must obtain a “T” pass in order to be permitted in to the HLM for HIV/AIDS.

Additionally, secondary and meeting specific passes must be obtained to supplement the “T” pass in order to gain access to specific areas of the complex (ie, Conference Rooms and the General Assembly balcony). Please read the following instructions to learn how to obtain a “T” pass, and secondary passes for the High Level Meeting (HLM) on HIV/AIDS.

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UNEP: Forests in a Green Economy: A Synthesis

arton3455.jpg“Investing an additional US$40 billion a year or 0.034 percent of global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the forestry sector could halve deforestation rates by 2030, increase rates of tree planting by around 140 per cent by 2050, and catalyze the creation of millions of new jobs,” says a new report launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on World Environment Day. The report, Forests in a Green Economy: A Synthesis, examines the role of forests in a green economy, and provides policy recommendations to adjust the forest sector in such a way that it can effectively contribute to sustainable development and poverty eradication.

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Sport: a catalyst for development and peace

arton3432At the second International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development, held in Geneva from 10-11 May, representatives from the world of sport, including from International Sports Federations, National Olympic Committees, and the International Paralympic Committee, joined hands to strengthen (inter)national efforts to further promote and use sport as an effective tool for development and peace.

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Equality at work: The continuing challenge

Launching its Global Report on Equality at Work 2011, the International Labour Office (ILO) warns that in spite of continuous positive advances in anti-discrimination legislation, the global economic and social crisis has led to a higher risk of discrimination against certain groups of labour. Furthermore, the report finds that discrimination at the workplace has become more diverse, is largely based on multiple grounds, and is fed by weakened attention for anti-discrimination policies and workers’ rights in practice.

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FAO: Food losses and food waste: extent, causes and prevention

arton3405“Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year – approximately 1.3 billion tonnes – gets lost or wasted globally” and “Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tonnes) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes).”

 

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Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

arton3416The Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, organized by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), was held in Geneva on 8-13 May 2011. Chaired by UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, the Global Platform brought together over 2,500 participants, including representatives from governments, international organizations, parliamentarians, local authorities, academia, civil society and the private sector to focus on the theme “Invest Today for a Safer Tomorrow – Increased Investment in Local Action.”

 

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2010 Revision of the World Population Prospects

arton3389The Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) released the 2010 Revision of the World Population Prospects, a compilation of global demographic estimates and projections. The revision projects that the world will have 7 billion inhabitants by 31 October 2011. It also provides low, medium and high projection variations, which shows that – depending on changes in fertility levels – the world population can reach between 6.2 billion and 15.8 billion in 2100. The review finds that small variations in fertility, for example half a child above or below the medium variant, can already produce major differences in the size of populations over the long run. It also finds that much of the increase will come from high-fertility countries in Africa, Asia, Oceania and Latin-America, where nowadays only 18 per cent of the world population lives, but where the average woman has more than 1.5 daughters.

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UN General Assembly holds Informal Thematic Debate on Migration and Development

arton3431On 19 May, the United Nations General Assembly held an Informal Thematic Debate on Migration and Development, which aimed to contribute to the on-going dialogue on international migration and development, as well as to the process leading to the second High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, to be held by the UN General Assembly in 2013.

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Global Partnership to advance the Rights of Indigenous Peoples launched

arton3430Even though indigenous peoples are known for their rich cultures, knowledge and identities, they continue to be among the most marginalized groups in society, with no or limited access to decision-making processes that have an impact on their lives and future. According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his for the of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (New York, 16-27 May), “Millions of indigenous peoples continue to lose their lands, their rights and their resources. They make up one-third of the world’s one billion rural poor. And they are among the most vulnerable and marginalized of any group.”

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Equality at work: The continuing challenge

Launching itsGlobal Report on Equality at Work 2011, the International Labour Office (ILO) warns that in spite of continuous positive advances in anti-discrimination legislation, the global economic and social crisis has led to a higher risk of discrimination against certain groups of labour. Furthermore, the report finds that discrimination at the workplace has become more diverse, is largely based on multiple grounds, and is fed by weakened attention for anti-discrimination policies and workers’ rights in practice.

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IPCC releases “Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation”

arton3412.jpgOn 9 May 2011, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a “Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation” (SRREN), which was prepared by the IPCC Working Group III [1]. Based on a literature study, the report assesses the future potential of renewable energy for the mitigation of climate change, and finds that – with the right policies in place – renewable energies could provide almost 80 per cent of the world’s energy supply by the middle of this century. According to the report, an increasing use of renewable energies could also considerably diminish greenhouse gas emissions, saving up to 220 to 560 Gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (GtC02eq) between 2010 and 2050. In one of the best case scenarios, the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions would even make it more likely that the increase in global temperature can stay below two degrees Celsius, which is in accordance with the aim recognized at the UN Climate Change Conference in Canc�n.

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Informal Civil Society Interactive Hearing on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) – deadline for civil society input is 10 June

On 16 June, the President of the UN General Assembly will organize an Informal Interactive Hearing on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) with non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, the private sector and academia. The outcomes of the hearing will provide an input to the preparatory process for the High-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of NCDs (New York, 19-20 September 2011).

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UNRISD: Call for abstracts “Green Economy and Sustainable Development Conference: Bringing Back the Social Dimension”

The deadline to submit abstracts for UNRISD’s “Green Economy and Sustainable Development Conference: Bringing Back the Social Dimension” is15 May. The conference, to be held in Geneva on 10-11 October 2011, will critically examine a range of issues and questions related to social impacts and distributional consequences of policies and processes associated with green economy; the potential and limits of structural and institutional change; and agency and social mobilization for institutional and policy change.

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Tenth Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

arton3415The Tenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is taking place from 16 to 27 May at UN Headquarters in New York. This year there is no special theme as the Forum has a bi-annual working method – one policy year and one review year – and 2011 is a review year. The Tenth Session will address follow-up to the recommendations of the Permanent Forum on: economic and social development; environment; and free, prior and informed consent. Each session will be informed by analysis reports as well as reports from the Special Rapporteur and Expert Groups.

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3 May marked World Press Freedom Day

arton3395On 3 May, World Press Freedom Day was celebrated. The day serves as an occasion to inform citizens of press freedom violations; to promote initiatives in favour of press freedom; to assess the state of press freedom worldwide; to remind governments of their commitments to respect press freedom; and to remember those journalists who died while exercising their profession. This year, the day focussed on the theme “21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers.”

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