24 April 2017, 1:15-2:30pm
Conference Room 12 at UN Headquarters
Violence affects a billion children every year. It happens in every country, city and community. Therefore, it takes all of us - the entire international community - to end violence against girls and boys. World Vision, together with the Permanent Missions of Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, Japan, Luxembourg, Panama, Thailand, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, and UN-NGLS, convened this high-level event to reflect and share on World Vision's "It Takes a World" campaign, which aims to ignite partnerships, raise awareness, and strengthen accountability to end violence against girls and boys. The event was web cast live and can be viewed here.
On 18 April, the President of the General Assembly will convene a High-level SDG Financing Lab to highlight the critical importance of sustainable financing for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including climate action. The event will focus on how to drive the transformation to align financial markets with sustainable development, as well as showcase concrete ways in which UN Member States can approach the financing of different SDGs. At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), UN-NGLS is facilitating a process to identify four civil society or social entrepreneur speakers, as well as stakeholders wishing to attend the event as observers.
On 23 March 2017, the President of the 71st UN General Assembly, Ambassador Peter Thomson, in collaboration with the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Ms. Patricia Espinosa, will convene Member States, the UN System, and stakeholders at United Nations Headquarters in a High-level Action Event on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda. At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), UN-NGLS is facilitating a process to identify two civil society speakers, one social entrepreneur speaker, and stakeholders wishing to attend as observers.
In accordance with UN General Assembly resolution 70/160 of 10 February 2016, the President of the General Assembly will convene a high-level meeting to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. The meeting will be held on 17 February 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. This important event will provide an opportunity to review the positive impact of the Convention during these first ten years and to discuss ways and best practices to prevent enforced disappearances, to combat impunity and to promote and protect all human rights for all. The program of work includes three segments: the Opening Segment, the Plenary Segment, and a Panel Discussion that will include interactive dialogue. At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, UN-NGLS is facilitating a process for civil society to apply to attend this special event as observers. DEADLINE: 10 February 2017
In recognition of the fundamental interlinkages between the 2030 Agenda and Sustaining Peace, the President of the General Assembly will convene a High-level Dialogue entitled "Building Sustainable Peace for All: Synergies between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustaining Peace Agenda" on 24 January 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York, with the participation of the President of the Security Council, the President of the Economic and Social Council, and the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission. At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is facilitating a process to identify two civil society speakers, and other civil society attendees wishing to be considered as observers for this event.
The Paris Agreement to address climate change, adopted by world leaders last December at the Climate Conference in Paris (COP21), officially entered into force on 4 November. To commemorate this historic day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited representatives of civil society organizations to a 45-minute meeting with him at UN Headquarters in New York. This meeting provided civil society groups with the opportunity to share with the Secretary-General how their organizations will contribute to the objectives of the Paris Agreement, as well as their visions and concerns. The Executive Office of the Secretary-General and UN-NGLS co-organized the meeting. 11 civil society representatives spoke during the session, moderated by Dr. David Nabarro, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change. Read More for the event programme and videos.
A team comprised of staff from the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly, the UN-NGLS New York Office, and the Department of General Assembly Conference Management (DGACM) were honored on United Nations Staff Day 2016 as UN Secretary-General Staff Award finalists, for work together on the process for the selection of the next UN Secretary-General. The team was recognized in the category "Managing Change" for achieving "an unprecedented standard of transparency and inclusivity for the process," building on a mandate provided by UN Member States to the President of the General Assembly. We extend our highest respect to President of the 70th Session of the General Assembly Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, and President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly Ambassador Peter Thomson for their principled leadership in this regard. We thank UN Member States for their support of a more transparent and inclusive process which included civil society.
The President of the General Assembly (PGA) organized informal dialogues between UN Member States and candidates for UN Secretary-General. The Office of the PGA requested UN-NGLS to facilitate a process with civil society to provide questions that can be asked to candidates during these dialogues. Civil society was invited to contribute questions via Twitter or Instagram using #UNSGcandidates, or send them via an online form here. More than 1500 questions were received from over 100 countries. Two to three questions from civil society were asked of each candidate during their UNGA dialogue. The first round of dialogues with nine candidates took place 12-14 April 2016; a second round of dialogues took place with two new candidates on 7 June; a third round took place with one candidate on 14 July, and a fourth with one candidate on 3 October. A Global Townhall took place in UN General Assembly Hall on 12 July with all candidates, organized by the PGA in partnership with Al Jazeera media network. The Global Townhall included two questions from civil society. In addition, all candidates have been asked to answer 10 questions from civil society posted on the President of the General Assembly's web site here. View the videos of civil society asking questions of each of the SG candidates in the April, June and July UNGA dialogues, and the candidates' responses here. Please click Read More below to learn how the questions from civil society were selected from among those submitted.
The second annual Solutions Summit took place at UN Headquarters in New York on the evening of 21 September 2016 during UN General Assembly week. Solutions Summit 2016 was a catalytic gathering that highlighted projects which advance the objectives of one or more of these upcoming global Summits and Conferences:
> UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants - UNHQ NY - September 2016
> UN Habitat III Conference - Ecuador - October 2016
> UN Climate Change Conference - Morocco - November 2016
> Open Government Partnership Global Summit - France - December 2017
> UN Oceans Conference - June 2017
UN-NGLS organized the High-level Civil Society Event of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016 from 10:00am-12:30am in Conference Room 7 at UN Headquarters in New York. This event provided a unique space during the Summit, enabling refugees and migrants to dialogue with UN Member States about the commitments made in the Summit outcome document. The opening session had a special focus on the perspectives of young refugees from Syria on issues for resettlement, inclusion, and the Summit commitment to ensure that all children are in education within a few months of initial displacement, in safe learning environments. The opening session programme included the participation of: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Ms. Yusra Mardini, 18 year-old Syrian refugee now living in Germany, who swam for 3 hours in the Aegean Sea to push a boat to shore with 20 other refugees on board, and then became a swimmer as part of the Olympic Refugee Team; Ms. Muzoon Almellehan, 17 year-old Syrian refugee who lived in Za'atari and Azraq refugee camps in Jordan, and is now a campaigner with the Malala Fund; Lana (via live videoconference), 11 year-old Syrian refugee living in Jordan who shared her dream to attend school via video sent by Save the Children to UN-NGLS in July; Ms. Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer; and Ms. Kelly Clements, Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees. Moderator: Ms. Susan Alzner, Head of the UN-NGLS NY Office. Read More for the full event programme and video.