Wednesday
Sep022015

Summit 7: UN General Assembly agrees outcome document to adopt post-2015 agenda

The UN General Assembly, at its meeting on 1 September 2015, agreed by consensus the outcome document, Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” (2030 Agenda) to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.

The 2030 Agenda was welcomed by Sam Kutesa, General Assembly President as “a historic achievement” adding that “this transformative agenda will open a new chapter in development history.” He thanked Member States, Observers and all Stakeholders for their “active and constructive engagement throughout the process, ” paying special tribute to the Co-facilitators, Ambassadors David Donoghue of Ireland and Macharia Kamau of Kenya...

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Monday
Aug312015

Summit 6: Background papers / special studies for interactive dialogues for UN summit

The six background papers / special studies, one for each of the interactive dialogues to be held as part of the UN summit have been posted. Questions for discussion at the interactive dialogue sessions are listed below:...

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Thursday
Aug272015

Summit 5: Arrangements for the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda and the general debate of the 70th session 

Important: Latest information from DESA and NGLS about registration for civil society for the Summit

DESA and NGLS have written to ask those who have registered to attend the Summit, but who are not travelling to New York for it, to inform them by close of business today, Thursday, 27 August, by completing a very short form. 

1    They wish to remind all applicants for registration:

a) Funding is not available from the UN to support your travel.  

b) The UN cannot assist with visa arrangements.

2    New information regarding access to the Summit: 

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Summit 4: follow up to post-2015 negotiations in September

The Summit, 25-27 September, at which Heads of State and Government will adopt Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, will begin ten days after the opening of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly. Pope Francis will deliver a statement on the morning of 25 September immediately before it opens. The Summit will include six interactive dialogues: Ending poverty and hunger; Tackling inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind; Fostering sustainable economic growth, transformation and promoting sustainable consumption and production; Protecting our planet and combating climate change; Building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions to achieve sustainable development; and Delivering on a revitalized Global Partnership. Many other side events are expected to take place , including the ‘Solutions Summit’ on 27 September.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Summit 4: follow up to post-2015 negotiations in September

The Summit, 25-27 September, at which Heads of State and Government will adopt Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, will begin ten days after the opening of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly. Pope Francis will deliver a statement on the morning of 25 September immediately before it opens. The Summit will include six interactive dialogues: Ending poverty and hunger; Tackling inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind; Fostering sustainable economic growth, transformation and promoting sustainable consumption and production; Protecting our planet and combating climate change; Building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions to achieve sustainable development; and Delivering on a revitalized Global Partnership. Many other side events are expected to take place , including the ‘Solutions Summit’ on 27 September.

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Tuesday
Aug252015

Summit 3: Plenary to transmit Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to the Summit, 1 September 2015

The President of the General Assembly has written to announce that a plenary meeting of the General Assembly will be held on 1 September at 10.00 to take action on a draft resolution to transmit the outcome document Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) for adoption during the Summit. 

It is probable that some groups or member states will give explanations of their vote, or may make reservations. As the intergovernmental negotiations were informal there are no official records and the Secretary read out, at the request of Ambassador Macharia Kamau, Co-facilitator during the final session, the process for making reservations. They can also be made in writing. It is important to note that they will not be attached to the 2030 Agenda itself.

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Sunday
Aug232015

8th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights: Calls for Papers and Posters

Call for Papers and Posters 

The Organizing Committee warmly invites you to submit abstracts on 8 APCRSHR. The topics may include the latest, state-of-the-art research, policy and programme evidence, service delivery systems, advocacy and communication efforts on the different elements of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) especially with respect to the most vulnerable populations with an emphasis on equity, inclusiveness and rights.

The selection of oral presentations and posters for presentation will be based on the quality of submissions and their relevance to the conference tracks (Track 1: Laws and Policies, Track 2: Governance and Accountability, Track 3: Financing, Track 4: SRH integrating in Health Services, and Track 5: Others).  

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Friday
Aug212015

Summit 2: Further information on registering for 25-27 September Post-2015 Summit

Below is correspondence between Jeffery Huffines, NGO Major Group and Susan Alzner, NGLS which clarifies some of the issues related to registering for the Summit. You are reminded that the deadline is 11.59 pm. (New York time), Monday 24 August 2015...

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS -- FYI

Hi All -- Here is an explanation from Susan Alzner of UN-NGLS regarding the rationale behind the selection process of NGO delegations invited to register for the UN Summit as it relates to the number and size of NGO delegations, the list of NGO/CSO speakers at the Summit, and release of Summit side events. Unless informed otherwise, the deadline for the UN Summit registration remains Monday, 24 August 2015. 

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Friday
Aug212015

APPLY: Solutions Summit at UN Headquarters 27 September

We have received this following invitation from NGLS: 

The Solutions Summit is a catalytic gathering that will take place on Sunday, September 27th, 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York City. The event is timed to follow the conclusion of the 3-day high-level UN General Assembly Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The purpose of the Solutions Summit is two-fold 1) to make visible, and lift-up exceptional innovators -- technologists, engineers, scientists, and others -- who are developing solutions that address one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 2) to catalyze a grassroots effort, where communities scout and convene resources around solution-makers...

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Thursday
Aug202015

IAEG-SDGs: Stakeholder registration open for 2nd Meeting on SDGs Indicators in Bangkok, 26-28 October 2015

We have received the following email from Susan Alzner, NGLS: 

Dear Colleagues,

UN DESA Statistics Division is organizing the Second Meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand from 26-28 October 2015. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific has graciously offered to host the meeting. The IAEG-SDGs was established by the Statistical Commission at its 46th session to develop an indicator framework for the monitoring of the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda at the global level, and to support its implementation.  

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