NGO Guidelines for Parallel Reports for Beijing+25

The final version of the NGO Guidelines for Parallel Reports for Beijing +25 is now available. Please share widely and provide any comments to the authors. 

It includes the following timetable for planned events leading up to the High-level meeting of the General Assembly in September 2020:

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Global Sustainable Development Report & the Special Edition of SG’s SDG Progress report – informal briefing

The UN Deputy-Secretary-General will hold an informal briefing on the Global Sustainable Development Report and the Special Edition of the Secretary-General’s SDG Progress report. It will take place on Monday, 20 May 2019 in ECOSOC Chamber from 12:00 – 13:30. There will, however, be no webcast of the meeting.

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HLPF Update

We have received the following updates in relation to the HLPF from Gwilym Roberts-Harry, Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination for Sustainable Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs on  Registration; the ;Political Declaration; SDG Summit & HLPF Political Declaration – Share your input; Paragraph 89 Reports – A/RES/70/1; and Side Events 

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HLPF Political Declaration 2019


Please note that the first discussion of the Political Declaration for the two meetings of the UN High-level Political Forum, with Ambassadors Sheila Gweneth Carey of the Bahamas and Olof Skoog of Sweden will be taking place on 15 May, 10 AM, in the ECOSOC chamber.

See: President of the General Assembly appoints co-facilitators for political declaration from HLPF for further information.


9th Meeting of the IAEG-SDGs – Update 5

6 Review of progress on methodological development of Tier III indicators  

The UN Statistical Division (UNSD) requested agencies to provide updated Tier III workplans, focusing particularly on:

  • Detailed timelines including dates for completion of methodological work; methodology being approved as an international standard; indicator being submitted to the IAEG-SDGs for possible reclassification; and when data collection will begin
  • Expected data coverage of the indicator and frequency with which the data are collected, including total number of countries for which there will be information and regions

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Inaugural UN ECOSOC Presidential Lecture 20 May 2019

The United Nations Economic and Social Council is pleased to invite you to the Inaugural ECOSOC Presidential Lecture on 20 May 2019.

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Call for Applications - Intercultural Innovation Award

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group launched the call for applications of the sixth edition of the Intercultural Innovation Award. Grassroots initiatives that encourage intercultural understanding through innovative methods, with the aim of alleviating identity-based conflicts around the world, are encouraged to apply online at This year, the deadline for applications is 31 May, at 5:00 PM EDT.

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Informal Interactive Dialogue on Commodity Markets 15 May - FAO

Please Save the Date for the event Informal Interactive Dialogue on Commodity Markets, co-hosted by the President of the General Assembly, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), together with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), that will take place on 15 May 2019, from 10.00  to 17.30 in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York.

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Nomination form for travel support to HLPF now open

Dear Major Groups and other Stakeholders, 

The nomination form for Major Groups and other Stakeholders to receive travel support to participate in the HLPF under the auspices of ECOSOC (9-18 July in New York) is now available here:

The deadline to submit nominations is 29 May at 11:59pm EDT.



Open Call for NGOs to apply for Consultative Status with the United Nations (Deadline: 1 June 2019) 

NGOs interested in applying for ECOSOC consultative status should submit their application and required documents on or before the deadline 1 June 2019. The following link provides background information, the benefits and instructions how to apply:

1 June 2019 is the deadline to apply for consultative status with the UN. Please spread the word!