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Past Opportunities to Engage with the UN, 2015 - 2017

Past opportunities in 2015 -2017 have included:

  • Apply to participate in High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace
  • Ongoing in 2017: Apply to attend Thematic Sessions and Multi-stakeholder hearings of Global Compact on Migration preparatory process in New York, Geneva and Vienna
  • By 17 October 2017: Participate in UN Environment Management Group's Online Consultations for Nexus Dialogues
  • By 3 November 2017: Apply to the Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals Initiative
  • By 6 October 2017: Apply for UN Environment and Think Beyond Plastic's 2017 Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge
  • Post your Side Event for United Nations General Assembly 16-28 September 2017
  • Apply for Solutions Summit 2017
  • Apply for UN General Assembly High-level Plenary Meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, 26 September 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York
  • Apply for the UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on the appraisal of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, 27-28 September 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York
  • Apply for UN General Assembly High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace, 7 September 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York
  • By 31 August 2017: Apply for UNAOC's Young Peacebuilders in Middle East & North Africa Programme
  • By 21 August: Apply for UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on the appraisal of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, 27-28 September 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York
  • By 20 August: Apply for UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on the New Urban Agenda and UN-Habitat, 5-6 September 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York
  • By 18 August 2017: Apply for UNFCCC Global Youth Video Competition 2017
  • By 15 August 2017: Apply to attend UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples' 28th Session of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review and Treaty Body sessions
  • By 8 August 2017: Apply to attend the commemoration of International Youth Day 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York
  • By 2 August 2017: Apply to attend the commemoration of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York
  • By 31 July 2017: Nominate an individual or organization to UNEP's Champions of the Earth award
  • By 4 June 2017: Apply to speak at, attend, or serve on Selection Committee: UN President of General Assembly's SDG Action Event on Education, 28 June 2017 at UNHQ
  • By 8 May 2017: Pre-register for the UN Ocean Conference
  • By 31 March: Submit proposals to host a side event at the Ocean Conference, 5 to 9 June 2017
  • By 17 April: Apply for Special Accreditation to UN General Assembly preparatory process for a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration
  • By 16 April: Apply to become one of Momentum for Change’s 2017 Lighthouse Activities
  • 24 March: Meeting between stakeholders and the Co-Facilitators of the preparatory process of the Ocean Conference - 3:00-4:00pm in Conference Room 8 at UNHQ, with WebEx connection option
  • By 23 March: Civil society and social entrepreneurs apply to speak at the President of the General Assembly's 18 April High-level SDG Financing Lab at UNHQ
  • By 22 March: Civil society and social entrepreneurs apply for stakeholder speaker Selection Committee for the President of the General Assembly's 18 April High-level SDG Financing Lab
  • By 16 March: Apply to attend the President of the General Assembly's High-level Action Event on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda
  • By 16 March: Register to attend UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Oceans Forum on trade-related aspects of SDG 14, 20-22 March at UN Geneva
  • By 8 March: Submit nominations for the Equator Prize 2017
  • By 25 February: Apply to speak at the President of the General Assembly's High-level Action Event on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda
  • By 23 February: Apply for Stakeholder Selection Committee for the President of the General Assembly's High-level Action Event on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda
  • By 22 January: Register for the 15-16 February preparatory meeting for the UN Ocean Conference
  • By 17 January 2017: Apply to speak or attend President of the UN General Assembly's High-level Dialogue on "Building Sustainable Peace for All"
  • By 1 December: Register for the 1-4 February 2017 WFUNA International Model United Nations (WIMUN) at UN Headquarters New York
  • By 30 September: Apply for FAO's World Food Day Poster Contest
  • By 28 September: Join open consultation to inform discussion at United Nations 4th meeting of IAEG-SDGs on 20-21 October in Addis Ababa
  • By 21 September: Apply to attend / express interest in speaking at 26 September United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
  • RSVP for United Nations General Assembly side event on "SDGs coming to life" hosted by United Nations Development Group on 23 September, 9:30-11:00 am, Conference Room 2, United Nations Headquarters New York
  • Apply for Stakeholder Selection Committee or to attend 4th meeting of Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators in Addis Ababa 20-21 October 2016
  • Register for the 18-19 September Social Good Summit in New York City
  • By 12 September: Apply to attend UNSG special event to accelerate ratification of Paris Agreement on 21 September at United Nations Headquarters in New York
  • By 28 August: Submit your presentation for international conference on indigenous knowledge and climate change, 2-4 November 2016, Marrakesh
  • By 28 August: Submit project proposals for inclusion in Solutions Summit during UNGA
  • By 21 August: Apply for Solutions Summit Selection Committee
  • Join New York City Bar Association event on "Selecting the United Nations Secretary-General: Process, Politics and Potential" on 15 August 6:30 - 8.00 pm
  • Apply to attend or speak at UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants
  • By 15 July: Apply for UN-DESA one million USD Grant on Energy for Sustainable Development
  • By 15 July: Nominate a Young Leader for Young Leaders SDG Nominations
  • Apply to attend or speak at the President of the UN General Assembly's High-level Thematic Debate on Human Rights at United Nations Headquarters, New York 12-13 July 2016
  • By 1 July: Apply for UN Women Project Inspire on how to change the world for women and girls
  • Participate in the World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship at United Nations Headquarters in New York
  • By 20 May: Register for 66th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference in Gyeongju, South Korea
  • Apply for United Nations High-level Mid-Term Review of Istanbul Programme of Action for Least Developed Countries from 27-28 May 2016 in Antalya, Turkey
  • Apply to participate in UNCTAD 14 Conference, parallel events, and preparatory hearings
  • By 4 May: Apply for grant of UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women
  • By 30 April: Apply to UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development
  • By 22 April: Apply to organize side events at the first annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum)
  • By 1 April: Apply to speak at 18 April Civil Society Forum for United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem
  • By 30 March 6 PM EST: Apply to speak at 1 April stakeholder consultation on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • 29 March 9 AM: Participation of civil society at the preparatory meeting of experts for the Comprehensive High-level Midterm review (MTR) of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA)
  • By 28 March 5 PM EST: Register to 21 April High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Implementation of SDGs and/or contribute to the discussions
  • By 28 March 5 PM EST: Apply to attend 19-21 April United Nations General Assembly Special Session on World Drug Problem in New York
  • By 27 March: Propose questions to the UN President of the General Assembly for UN Secretary-General candidates
  • By 25 March: Join the global online discussion for delivering results towards the SDGs
  • By 20 March: Apply for Speaking Role at United Nations 22 April Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony
  • By 10 March: Vote for your favourite ICT project for the WSIS Prizes 2016
  • By 3 March: Provide your input to World Health Organization (WHO) survey on Priority Assistive Products List
  • By 29 February: Apply to speak at UN High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs
  • By 25 February: Apply for Senior Indigenous Fellowship by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • Register for UNAIDS webinars for United Nations General Assembly 8-10 June High-level Meeting on HIV/AIDS
  • Apply to attend 3rd meeting of Interagency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators
  • By 15 February: Apply to participate in United Nations General Assembly 8-10 June High-level Meeting on HIV/AIDS
  • By 12 February: Apply for World Humanitarian Summit side events, exhibition fair & innovation marketplace
  • By 1 February: Nominate candidates to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for the term 2017-2019 from indigenous peoples' organizations
  • By 17 January 2016: Apply to Youth Event at 7th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Global Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan on April 25, 2016
  • By 31 December 2015: Apply for funding by the United Nations Democracy Fund for projects to advance and support democracy
  • By 15 December (9 pm EST): Participate in Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) Consultation
  • By 9 December: Add your voice to the World Humanitarian Summit Global Consultation
  • By 30 November: Engage in the Global Green Survey in preparation of the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly
  • By 15 November: Participate in survey on critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review in preparation for the 2016 meeting of the HLPF
  • By 15 November: Register your initiative towards the Sustainable Development Goals
  • By 7 November (9:00am EST): Participate in stakeholder consultation on the proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Indicators
  • By 30 October: Have your say on air quality in the context of the United Nations Environment Assembly
  • By 25 October: Apply to Advisory Group for United Nations Inter-agency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • By 13 October: Apply to speak at the Informal Consultations with NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC on the agenda and work of the Second Committee on 22 October 2015
  • By 30 September: Apply for the Intercultural Innovation Award
  • Organizing a side event for the UN Sustainable Development Summit?
  • By 8 September: Register for the 2nd Meeting of the IAEG-SDG Indicators in Bangkok, Thailand from 26-28 October 2015
  • By 7 September: Participate in the IAEG-SDGs consultation on the global indicator framework
  • By 24 August: Apply to register for the 25-27 September UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda
  • By 7 August: Apply for Special Accreditation for non-ECOSOC accredited NGOs for the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda
  • By 31 July: Submit written inputs to the review process for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10)
  • By 23 July: Apply for speaking roles at the 25-27 September Post-2015 Summit
  • By 17 July: Apply to participate in Civil Society Selection Committee for 25-27 September Post-2015 Summit
  • By 26 June: Provide feedback on the zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda
  • By 27 May: Submit nominations for Equator Prize 2015
  • By 18 May: Submit nominations for United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize 2015
  • By 17 May: Apply to speak at the President of UN General Assembly's 29 June High-level Event on Climate Change
  • On 12 May, 9:00-9:45am: Meeting between civil society and the co-facilitators of the Financing for Development Conference process
  • By 12 May: Accredited organizations may register for the hearings of the General Assembly with NGOs, civil society organizations, major groups and the private sector in preparation for the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, 26-27 May 2015;
  • By 12 May: Apply for civil society Selection Committee for President of UN General Assembly's 29 June High-level Event on Climate Change
  • By 10 May: Nominate civil society speakers for the United Nations Secretary-General's Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum 18-21 May 2015;
  • By 10 May: Submit your inputs for the UN PGA's 29 June High-Level Event on Climate Change
  • By 27 April: Apply to speak at the 18-22 May post-2015 Development Agenda negotiations
  • By 27 April: Apply to speak at the 26-27 May interactive hearings for the Post-2015 Agenda
  • By 26 April: Provide feedback on proposed indicators for the Post-2015 Agenda
  • By 24 April: Respond to questionnaire on the impact of free trade and investment agreements on an equitable and democratic international order
  • By 23 April: Apply to participate in the stakeholder Steering Committee for the 18-22 May post-2015 development agenda negotiations
  • By 17 April: Provide input to the Report of the UN Secretary General on the death penalty
  • By 12 April: Apply for 4 May post-2015 civil society capacity building workshop in Santiago, Chile
  • By 6 April: Questionnaire on follow-up to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
  • Extended to 31 March: Comment on the UNEP Access-to-Information Policy
  • By 31 March: Participate in survey on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325

  • By 30 March: Apply for civil society speaking role or selection committee for President of General Assembly's 21-22 April High-level Thematic Debate on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation
  • By 29 March: Apply for stakeholder steering committee for the 26-27 May 2015 United Nations General Assembly interactive hearings for the Post-2015 Development Agenda
  • By 17 March: Submit suggested text for the post-2015 development agenda Declaration
  • By 17 March: Join the E-discussion on the 2015 ECOSOC Theme of “Managing the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the sustainable development goals: What it will take.”
  • By 15 March: Deadline for pre-registration for the second Preparatory Committee session of the Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)
  • By 15 March: Respond to questionnaire of the Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes
  • Apply for the civil society Steering Committee and speaking roles for the 8-9 April Interactive Hearings in Preparation for the Financing for Development Conference
  • By 8 March: Apply for unfunded speaking role in the March negotiating session of the post-2015 agenda
  • By 6 March: Call for nominations for 2015-2017 UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board
  • By 2 March: Questionnaire to Indigenous Peoples on implementation strategies for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • By 1 March: Apply for funded speaking role in the March negotiating session of the post-2015 agenda
  • By 1 March 2015 (23:59 hours, CET): Submit applications for the 2016 UN Fund for Victims of Torture and the UN Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery
  • By 26 February: Apply to serve on the Stakeholder Steering Committee for the March negotiating session of the post-2015 development agenda
  • 20 February: Deadline for pre-registration for the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
  • 18 February 1:15-2:30pm in Conference Room 7 at UN Headquarters: The perspectives of African Parliamentarians, Civil Society and Volunteer Groups for a transformative Post-2015 development agenda
  • By 8 February: Apply to speak in the 20 February interactive dialogue with Major Groups and other stakeholders
  • By 3 February: Nominate civil society speakers for the UN President of the General Assembly's High-level Thematic Debate on "Achieving gender equality and empowerment of women and girls for a transformative post-2015 development agenda"
  • By 31 January: Comment on SDSN report "Financing for Sustainable Development: Implementing the SDGs through Effective Investment Strategies and Partnerships"
  • By 31 January: Contribute to a report on "Exploitation of natural resources" by the Special Rapporteur on rights to freedoms of peaceful assembly and association
  • By 30 January: Apply for civil society Committee to select speakers for the UN President of the General Assembly's High-level Thematic Debate on "Achieving gender equality and empowerment of women and girls for a transformative post-2015 development agenda"
  • 29 January from 9:00-9:45am - Dialogue between the co-facilitators of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, civil society and the business sector
  • 29 January from 1:15-2:45pm - Briefing for civil society by UNCTAD and UN-NGLS on upcoming negotiations on a multilateral legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring processes
  • 27 January: Deadline for pre-registration for CSW59
  • 23 January: Deadline for pre-registration and requests to make statements at the 53rd session of the Commission for Social Development
  • By 18 January: Submit written input to the President of the General Assembly's High-level Thematic Debate on Means of Implementation for a Transformative Post-2015 Agenda
  • 16 January Stakeholder Preparatory Forum for the 19-21 January post-2015 negotiating session
  • 16 January Interactive Dialogue with the President of the General Assembly
  • Civil Society Steering Committee for 19-21 January post-2015 negotiating session
  • By 11 January: Nominate civil society speakers for 17-20 February post-2015 negotiations  

Apply to participate in High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace

The President of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Peter Thomson, will convene a one-day High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace on Thursday, 7 September, 2017 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

      DEADLINE:
      
9 October 2017 – Apply for Collaboration Committee 
     18 October 2017 – Submit analysis & proposals to this consultation

Ongoing in 2017: Apply to attend Thematic Sessions and Multi-stakeholder hearings of Global Compact on Migration preparatory process in New York, Geneva and Vienna

At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, UN-NGLS, UN DESA, UN University, and the UN Global Compact, with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), are facilitating the participation of stakeholders in the informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings and the six informal Thematic Sessions of the preparatory process for a global compact on migration. More information and the application form is available here:
https://unngls.org/index.php/global-compact-migration/apply-to-attend-thematic-sessions

By 17 October 2017: Participate in UN Environment Management Group's Online Consultations for Nexus Dialogues

During 2017, the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) will host a series of high-level and technical level Dialogues to discuss the environmental dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals from a nexus perspective. To enhance the content and discussion of each event in the Nexus Dialogue series the EMG is hosting four phases of online consultations. Information about the online consultations and Nexus Dialogues is available here: https://www.globaldevhub.org/nexusdialogues

By 3 November 2017: Apply to the Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals Initiative

Convened by the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, 17 young change-makers are recognized for their leadership and contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
More information about the initiative and the application form is available here: http://sdgyoungleaders.org

By 6 October 2017: Apply for UN Environment and Think Beyond Plastic's 2017 Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge

The Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge invites university students worldwide to submit fresh ideas in the fields of engineering, communications, economics and data modelling to find the next generation of solutions to the global problem of marine litter. More information about the challenge is available here: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/global-innovation-challenge-opens-students-fight-marine-plastic

Post your Side Event for United Nations General Assembly 16-28 September 2017

Post if organizing a side event inside the United Nations or elsewhere in NYC between 18-26 September that is related to the focus of a UN General Assembly High-level Meeting and open to observers.

Responses will post automatically in an open online spreadsheet here: http://bit.ly/2017-UNGA-Side-event-listing

Apply for Solutions Summit 2017

Solutions Summit is an annual catalytic gathering at UN Headquarters in New York during UN General Assembly high-level week in September. This initiative lifts-up and advances the work of exceptional teams who are already developing innovative solutions that address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

DEADLINES:
25 August 2017 - Apply to be a part of the Selection Committee
29 August 2017 - Submit a solution to be considered for inclusion in Solutions Summit

Apply for UN General Assembly High-level Plenary Meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, 26 September 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York

The President of the General Assembly is convening a one-day high-level plenary meeting on Tuesday, 26 September 2017 with the aim to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. 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, and to express interest in speaking at the event. Read more and apply here: http://bit.ly/26-Sept-Nuclear-Elimination-Apply

DEADLINE:
4 September 2017 – Apply to speak, attend, or for stakeholder Selection Committee

Apply for UN General Assembly High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace, 7 September 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York

The President of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Peter Thomson, will convene a one-day High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace on Thursday, 7 September, 2017 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Stakeholders could apply to attend the forum.

DEADLINE:
4 September 2017 - Apply to attend

By 30 September: Apply for FAO's World Food Day Poster Contest

Our everyday actions and decisions all have an impact on the climate. Climate change is affecting our planet and changing our world. This year, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) invites students aged 5 to 19 to use their imaginations and submit ideas on the theme: "Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too."

Three winners in each age category will be selected by the jury. The results will be announced on the World Food Day website and FAO social media during the official celebration of World Food Day in Rome on 14 October 2016.

For more information, please visit: http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/2016/contest/poster/en 

By 28 September: Join open consultation to inform discussion at United Nations 4th meeting of IAEG-SDGs on 20-21 October in Addis Ababa

This consultation is open to all countries, regional and international agencies, civil society, academia and the private sector. The IAEG-SDGs is seeking inputs from all interested organizations and stakeholders on the possible proposed refinements of SDG indicators through this consultation.

For more information on the 4th meeting of IAEG-SDGs, please visit: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/iaeg-sdgs-meeting-04 

By 21 September: Apply to attend / express interest in speaking at 26 September United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

The President of the General Assembly is convening a one-day high-level plenary meeting on Monday, 26 September 2016 at United Nations Headquarters in New York with the aim to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service NGLS is facilitating a process for civil society to apply to attend this special event as observers, and to express interest in speaking at the event. The OPGA will make the selection of a speaker from among those who express interest, due to the short time frame until the event.

Civil society representatives that were interested in attending or speaking at the event this event could apply by 21 September.

RSVP for United Nations General Assembly side event on "SDGs coming to life" hosted by United Nations Development Group on 23 September, 9:30-11:00 am, Conference Room 2, United Nations Headquarters New York

The United Nations Development Group (UNDG) recently published a report entitled 'The SDGs are Coming to Life' that provides a glimpse into how Member States are starting to implement the 2030 Agenda, with the support of the UN. Amongst its observations, it finds that national policy dialogues are being opened up to a broader range of stakeholders and that countries, including those in crisis or post-crisis situations, are boldly taking on the 2030 Agenda as an all-encompassing set of goals relevant in any circumstance.

For more information and RSVP, please refer to the following website: https://undg.org/sdgscomingtolife 

Apply for Stakeholder Selection Committee or to attend 4th meeting of Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators in Addis Ababa 20-21 October 2016

At the request of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Statistics Division, the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is facilitating an open, transparent and participatory application process to identify representatives from civil society organizations, academia and the private sector to attend the plenary session of the Fourth Meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators in Addis Ababa on 20-21 October 2016.

More information about this meeting is available here: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/iaeg-sdgs-meeting-04 

Register for the 18-19 September Social Good Summit in New York City

The Social Good Summit is an annual two-day conference to evaluate the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. Held during the General Assembly meetings in September, the Social Good Summit will hold panels that parallel the GA debates about the World We Want To Live in by 2030. The Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders and grassroots activists to discuss solutions for the greatest challenges of our time. 

For more information, please visit: http://mashable.com/sgs/

By 12 September: Apply to attend UNSG special event to accelerate ratification of Paris Agreement on 21 September at United Nations Headquarters in New York

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited leaders from all countries to attend a special event on 21 September 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York from 8:00-9:00 am to deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement on climate change.

At the request of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) was leading a process for civil society to apply to attend this event as observers. Civil society representatives that work on climate change mitigation or adaptation interested in attending this event could apply by 12 September.

By 28 August: Submit your presentation for international conference on indigenous knowledge and climate change, 2-4 November 2016, Marrakesh

UNESCO and the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS-France), in partnership with Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee and Tebtebba, will organize an international conference on indigenous knowledge and climate change, 2-4 November 2016, Marrakesh, in conjunction with the UN Climate Conference (COP-22). 

For more information on the call for speakers, please go to: www.indigenous2016.org 

Join New York City Bar Association event on "Selecting the United Nations Secretary-General: Process, Politics and Potential" on 15 August 6:30 - 8.00 pm

President of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft will join distinguished panelists Lucia Mouat (author, "The United Nations' Top Job: A Close Look at the Work of Eight Secretaries-General), Edward Luck (Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in the City of New York, former Special Adviser to the Secretary-General) to discuss the ongoing process of selecting the next Secretary-General to lead the United Nations. Panelists will share reflections on historic selection processes as well as the selection process currently underway; efforts to ensure more transparency in the process and their implications for global governance more broadly; as well as the leadership needs of the United Nations.

The event will take place on 15 August 6:30 - 8.00 pm at 42 West 44th Street, New York. Find all info on this exciting event here: https://services.nycbar.org/iMIS/Events/Event_Display.aspx?WebsiteKey=f71e12f3-524e-4f8c-a5f7-0d16ce7b3314&EventKey=UNI081516 

Apply to attend or speak at UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants

On 19 September 2016, the United Nations General Assembly will host a High-level Meeting at UN Headquarters in New York to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach.

The Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA) has requested UN-NGLS and UN DESA to facilitate an open, transparent and participatory application process for civil society observer and speaker roles in the High-level Meeting.

At the request of the Co-Facilitators of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, H.E. Dina Kawar, Permanent Representative of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United Nations, and H.E. David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, UN-NGLS and UN DESA invite stakeholders to participate in one-hour meeting with the Co-Facilitators on 28 July 10 am in Conference Room 5 at UN Headquarters. For more information, please visit: https://unngls.org/index.php/80-home/2756-meetings-co-facilitators-un-summit-refugees-migrants 

By 15 July: Apply for UN-DESA one million USD Grant on Energy for Sustainable Development

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) announced its call for applications for the 2016 Grant on Energy for Sustainable Development. The thematic focus is "Energy for Sustainable Transport".

The 2016 Grant seeks to advance sustainable development by encouraging scientific and technological innovations and fostering leadership initiatives and innovative actions that improve energy for sustainable transport, while addressing economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Applications are open to individuals, institutions or partnerships. For more information, please refer to the following website: http://bit.ly/1OjxVun

By 15 July: Nominate a young leader for the Young Leaders SDG Nominations

This year, the United Nations will select 17 youth leaders from all over the world whose work embodies the essence of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The selected Young Leaders will support the UN's efforts to promote greater youth awareness and involvement in the implementation of the SDGs.

Convened by the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, these Young Leaders will be recognized for their leadership and contribution to a more sustainable world. The Young Leaders will come together as a community to engage youth in the realization of the SDGs both through strategic opportunities with the UN and through their existing initiatives, platforms and networks.

For more information, please visit: http://sdgyoungleaders.org/aboutthis/#about 

Apply to attend or speak at the President of the UN General Assembly's High Level Thematic Debate on Human Rights at the United Nations Headquarters, New York 12-13 July 2016

The President of the United Nations General Assembly will convene, on 12-13 July 2016, a High-level Thematic Debate (HLTD) on Human Rights. At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service NGLS and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) NGO Branch (UN-DESA/NGOB) are facilitating a process to identify two civil society speakers, and all civil society attendees for this event. For more information on how to apply, please access the following website: http://bit.ly/12-13July-Human-Rights

By 1 July: Apply for UN Women Project Inspire on how to change the world for women and girls

Hosted by the Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard, applicants are asked to submit ideas for how to change the world for women and girls. This year, applicants are asked to tailor their submissions around the theme: "Empowering Women Through Safety and Security."

The grand prize winner will receive a $25,000 grant to implement their project, and the top ten finalists will receive a ticket to the Project Inspire Grand Final in November and a 4-night stay in Singapore.

For more information, please visit: http://www.projinspire.com

Participate in the World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship at United Nations Headquarters in New York

The tenth Anniversary of the World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (WSIE), hosted in partnership with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), will take place on 18 and 19 May 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The tenth Anniversary of the World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (WSIE), hosted in partnership with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), will take place on 18 and 19 May 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

This will be the first innovation fusion conference addressing key themes of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, making it a perfect occasion to deliberate on how to go From Decisions to Actions and implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through innovation and entrepreneurship in preparation for UNCTAD 14 to be held in Nairobi, from July 17-22.

For further information, please refer to the following website: http://www.thewsie.org/index10.html

By 20 May: Register for 66th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference in Gyeongju, South Korea

The United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) is pleased to announce that the Republic of Korea has confirmed its desire to host the 66th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference in Gyeongju from 30 May to 1 June 2016. The Conference will be held under the theme "Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Together". It will be the first time for the Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference to be held in Asia.

The Conference provides a unique opportunity for participating NGOs to engage members of civil society, diplomats, United Nations officials, policy experts, scientists, educators, businesses, trade unions, parliamentarians, local authorities and others from around the world in discussing key issues. Find out everything you need to know about participating in the conference here: http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/conference 

Apply for United Nations High-level Mid-Term Review of Istanbul Programme of Action for Least Developed Countries from 27-28 May 2016 in Antalya, Turkey

The General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/69/231 stressed the importance of the effective participation of all relevant stakeholders, including parliamentarians, civil society and the private sector, in the comprehensive high-level midterm review and its preparatory process, in accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31 of 25 July 199. The United Nations Secretariat invites representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) to indicate their interest in participating at the High-Level Midterm Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action.

For organizations accredited to ECOSOC, you may confirm whether your organization has accreditation status by visiting: http://csonet.org/ 

For more information, please visit: https://www.unngls.org/index.php/ldc-mid-term-review and http://unohrlls.org/midterm-review-ipoa/

Apply to participate in UNCTAD 14 Conference, parallel events, and preparatory hearings

The 14th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14), to be held 17-22 July 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, will provide a timely opportunity for the global community to assess the changes in economic policy needed at all levels to deliver on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda - and other key global commitments made in 2015.

Civil society representatives wishing to take part in the preparatory hearings, the Civil Society Forum and the Conference round tables and debates are required to follow the steps outlined in the civil society section on this web page: http://unctad14.org/EN/Pages/Participation.aspx 

For more information about civil society participation, please refer to the following web site: http://unngls.org/index.php/80-home/2748-unctad14

By 4 May: Apply for grant of UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

The United Nations Trust Fund's annual call for proposals, which is available in six languages, accepts multi-year grant applications for up to USD 1 million in English, French and Spanish. The deadline for the submission of concept notes is 4 May 2016. Apply for UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women grant here: http://ow.ly/107h8B 

By 30 April: Apply to UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development

The UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) honours outstanding projects by individuals, institutions and organizations related to ESD. The prize, which is funded by the Government of Japan, consists of three annual awards of USD 50,000 for each recipient.

It was awarded for the first time by the Director-General of UNESCO in a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 5 November 2015. The Prize and award winners recognize the role of education in connecting the social, economic, cultural and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

Follow the UNESCO Call for Nominations by 30 April here: http://fb.me/2xlvr3Gqe  

By 22 April: Apply to organize side events at the first annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum)

The first annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) will take place on 6-7 June 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The 2016 STI Forum will address the topic "realizing the potential of science, technology and innovation for all to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)."

Any accredited and registered entity interested in organizing a side event on United Nations premises during the 2016 STI Forum is encouraged to submit a proposal. Apply by 22 April here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/tfm/stiforum 

By 1 April: Apply to speak at 18 April Civil Society Forum for United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem

Building on the success of the Beyond 2008 initiative and after reviewing best practices of civil society involvement in other recent high-level UNGA meetings, the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC) and the New York NGO Committee on Drugs (NYNGOC) collaborated on setting up the Civil Society Task Force (CSTF) for UNGASS 2016 on the World Drug Problem.

In fulfilling its role of offering grassroots NGOs the possibility to share their valuable on-the-ground experience in the preparatory process of UNGASS, the CSTF is organizing a Civil Society Forum on 18 April 2016 from 10 AM to 1 PM in Conference Room 12 (UNHQ, New York).

By 30 March 6 PM EST: Apply to speak at 1 April stakeholder consultation on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 

As indicated in the road map that was circulated by the co-facilitators of the General Assembly informal consultations on the follow-up and review of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda at the global level (Belize and Denmark), the co-facilitators will convene a first informal consultation with stakeholders on Friday, 1 April, at 3 PM EST at United Nations Headquarters Conference Room 3 to have an exchange of views with stakeholders on the upcoming process and substantive issues to be considered in the resolution.

Colleagues interested to make short interventions during the consultation were invited to complete a registration form by 30 March 6 PM EST.

The final determination of speakers and the order in which they will speak will be made by the co-facilitators based on the inscriptions received through this form.

29 March 9 AM: Participation of civil society at the preparatory meeting of experts for the Comprehensive High-level Midterm review (MTR) of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA)

The preparatory meeting of experts for the IPoA MTR will be convened from 28 to 31 March 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, pursuant to General Assembly resolution 69/231.

Civil society organizations are invited to share their views at a session that will take place at the United Nations Headquarter Trusteeship Council Chamber on 29 March from 9 to 9.45 AM. A letter from the President of the United Nations General-Assembly containing the zero draft outcome document is available here: http://www.un.org/pga/70/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/08/16-Mar_Informal-consultations-Midterm-Review_IPoA-16-March-2016.pdf

For information about the preparatory meeting of experts as well as the MTR, please go to: http://unohrlls.org/midterm-review-ipoa

By 28 March 5 PM EST: Register to 21 April High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Implementation of SDGs and/or contribute to the discussions

On Thursday, 21 April 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York, the President of the UN General Assembly H.E. Mogens Lykketoft will convene a High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to support prompt and inclusive implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The Thematic Debate will feature a panel discussion on "Action at all levels," which will focus on national responses to implementation of the 2030 Agenda. This panel will include three stakeholder representatives from civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, and academia. 

Stakeholders could register by 28 March 5:00 PM EST to the 21 April High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Implementation of SDGs.

For more information on the event, please see: http://www.un.org/pga/70/events/sdgs/

By 28 March 5 PM EST: Apply to attend 19-21 April United Nations General Assembly Special Session on World Drug Problem in New York

Registration is open for representatives of organizations actively working on drug-related matters from ECOSOC and non-ECOSOC accredited NGOs, civil society, the scientific and academic communities, youth groups and other relevant stakeholders. All organizations wishing to attend the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on World Drug Problem 2016 (UNGASS) needed to register by applying by 28 March 5:00 PM EST.

The UNGASS will feature a general debate plenary and five interactive, multi-stakeholder round tables conducted in parallel with the plenary. A selection process is now open to identify speakers from civil society, the scientific community, academia, youth groups and other relevant stakeholders that may participate in the special session. Apply for speaking roles at UNGASS 2016 by 7 March here: http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=364&type=230&menu=14 

By 27 March: Propose questions to the UN President of the General Assembly for UN Secretary-General candidates

The President of the General Assembly (PGA) is organizing informal dialogues between UN Member States and candidates for UN Secretary-General starting in April 2016. The General Assembly will, "without prejudice to the role of the principle organs as enshrined in Article 97 of the Charter, conduct informal dialogues or meetings with candidates for the position of Secretary-General, without any prejudice to any candidate who does not participate, thus contributing to the transparency and inclusivity of the process. "

The Office of the PGA has requested UN-NGLS to facilitate a process with civil society to provide questions that can be asked to candidates during these dialogues. The current list of official candidates can be found on the PGA's website. Learn more and propose questions here: http://unngls.org/UNSGcandidates 

By 25 March: Join the global online discussion for delivering results towards the SDGs

A global online discussion was launched as part of the 2016 session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The co-organisers of this e-Discussion—UN DESA and UNDP—hope to engage users from around the world on their ideas and recommendations for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The e-Discussion provides a unique opportunity for the wider development community to formulate critical policy messages and recommendations for ECOSOC, engaging experts and others working "on the ground" and in a wide variety of contexts with the discussions taking place in New York. The contributions will inform the report of the Secretary-General on the ECOSOC theme in support of the Council's deliberations on the theme, leading to the adoption of the Council's 2016 Ministerial Declaration in July.

Join the global online discussion for delivering results towards the SDGs by 25 March here: http://bit.ly/1MkJBBE 

By 20 March: Apply for Speaking Role at United Nations 22 April Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited all world leaders to a signing ceremony on 22 April for the historic climate agreement that was reached in Paris in December last year. The signing event will take place at UN Headquarters in New York on the first day the agreement will be open for signature, which coincides with the observance of International Mother Earth Day.

At the request of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service NGLS is leading a process to find a speaker from civil society for the opening session of the signing ceremony, in recognition of the essential role played by civil society action in developing and implementing solutions to build a safer, greener and more livable world for all people.

For this key speaking role, the Executive Office of the Secretary-General is seeking someone from a developing country who can share a compelling story of a new innovation or solution (from social entrepreneurship to engineering to community action) that she / he has put into practice that is delivering tangible results on climate change mitigation or adaptation. The candidate must have public speaking experience, and be able to confidently deliver a short, compelling speech in front of world leaders and the media.

Stakeholders could apply by 17 March for the Civil Society Selection Committee, and apply by 20 March for the Civil Society Speaking Role in the opening session.

By 10 March: Vote for your favourite ICT project for the WSIS Prizes 2016

311 international projects are vying for 18 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes: a worldwide recognition of the best practices of ICT available at the global level. The WSIS Prizes contest provides a platform to identify and showcase success stories and models that can be replicated, empower communities at the local level and reward stakeholders for their efforts in the implementation of WSIS outcomes.

It is open to all stakeholders: governments, private sector, civil society, international organizations, academia and others. The 18 winners will be honoured with an award during a Prize Ceremony at the WSIS Forum 2016, to be held from 2 to 6 May 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Check out all nominated projects here: https://lnkd.in/dKG6fTj 

Vote for your favourite ICT project for the WSIS Prizes by 10 March here: http://bit.ly/1SOlSf6

By 3 March: Provide your input to World Health Organization (WHO) survey on Priority Assistive Products List 

We need more than a billion assistive products (AP) now and 2 billion by 2050. However, today only 1 in 10 persons in need has access to AP. To change this scenario, the World Health Organization (WHO) is developing a Priority Assistive Products List (APL) to assist Member States to plan policies and programmes related to the provision of AP. The main goal of this initiative is to improve access to high-quality affordable assistive products. Towards this, WHO is launching a global survey to identify 50 Most Priority Assistive Products.

All stakeholders are encouraged to take part in this survey by 3 March: https://extranet.who.int/dataform/355553

By 29 February: Apply to speak at UN High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs

On Thursday, 21 April 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York, the President of the UN General Assembly H.E. Mogens Lykketoft will convene a High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to support prompt and inclusive implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The Thematic Debate will feature a panel discussion on "Action at all levels," which will focus on national responses to implementation of the 2030 Agenda. This panel will include three stakeholder representatives from civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, and academia. At the request of the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly, UN DESA and UN-NGLS are facilitating a process to identify these three speakers. Travel funding will be available for the speakers selected through this process.

Stakegolders could apply by 29 February for a speaking role: http://bit.ly/21April-UNPGA-HLTD-Achieving-SDGs-apply 

In preparation of this important event, all relevant stakeholders are invited to contribute to the discussions through a dedicated google page.

Contributions will be made available publically to promote engagement and inform the Debate, in particular contributions from actors not able to be present. Feedback submitted via this form can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2zrCft7 

By 25 February: Apply for Senior Indigenous Fellowship by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

In 2011, the OHCHR established an on-the-job training opportunity for highly qualified and experienced indigenous persons. The position of "Senior Indigenous Fellow" aims at giving selected candidates a better understanding of the international human rights system and mechanisms, especially those dealing with indigenous issues, through direct work experience within the Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section (IPMS) at OHCHR in Geneva.

Along with gaining practical knowledge and work experience, the Senior Indigenous Fellow also develops extensive networks with other UN departments or agencies, Geneva-based human rights NGOs and other key actors dealing with human rights and indigenous issues at the international level.

The Fellow is expected to return to his/her home country with an enhanced set of skills and expertise to contribute towards the promotion and protection of human rights of indigenous persons at the national, regional and international levels.

Apply by 25 February for Senior Indigenous Fellowship here: http://bit.ly/SFdQYr 

Register for UNAIDS webinars for United Nations General Assembly 8-10 June High-level Meeting on HIV/AIDS

In preparation of the High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS (HLM), which will take place on 8-10 June at United Nations Headquarters in New York, UNAIDS will be hosting a series of virtual dialogues (webinars) on issues that will likely be central in the HLM Political Declaration. The discussions will inform UNAIDS' work on the HLM, identify ways UNAIDS can partner with and support civil society, and explore how we can work together on common goals.

The dialogues will discuss different thematic areas, such as Treatment, Prevention, Gender & SRHR, Youth and Human Rights, among others. Click here for more information and to register to the webinars: http://bit.ly/1Kq8b2Q 

Apply to attend 3rd meeting of Interagency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators

The third meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), will be held from 30 March to 1 April 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico. The meeting will be hosted jointly by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico. At the request of the UN DESA Statistics Division, UN-NGLS is facilitating an application process to identify representatives from civil society organizations, academia and the private sector to attend this meeting. Representatives can either apply to be members of the Stakeholder Selection Committee or to attend the meeting.

Stakeholders could apply for the Stakeholder Selection Committee by 17 February 2016, and/or apply to attend the meeting by 21 February 2016.

By 15 February: Apply to participate in United Nations General Assembly 8-10 June High-level Meeting on HIV/AIDS

The United Nations General Assembly will convene a High-level meeting on HIV/AIDS from 8-10 June 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York. The meeting will adopt a concise and action-oriented declaration as its outcome, to be agreed upon by Member States, to guide and monitor the HIV/AIDS response beyond 2015, towards achieving the commitment of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

The High-level meeting will comprise plenary meetings and up to five thematic panel discussions, which will include opportunities for civil society participation. The opening plenary meeting will feature statements by the President of the UN General Assembly, the UN Secretary-General, the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), a person openly living with HIV and an eminent person actively engaged in the response to HIV/AIDS.

The President of the General Assembly will organize an informal interactive civil society hearing in April 2016 (date TBC), with the active participation of people living with HIV and broader civil society, attended by representatives of UN Member and Observer States and observers, NGOs, CSOs and the private sector.

For information on how to participate, please refer to the following website: http://unngls.org/index.php/2016-hiv-aids-hlm/participate 

By 12 February: Apply for World Humanitarian Summit side events, exhibition fair & innovation marketplace

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), set to take place in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016, is a global call to action by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The Summit has two goals. First, it will re-inspire and reinvigorate a global commitment to humanity, and in particular to uphold the dignity and safety of the millions of women, men and children who are caught up in crises. Second, it will initiate a set of concrete actions aimed at enabling countries and communities to better prepare for and respond to crises, and be more resilient to shocks.

The WHS is seeking ways to better meet the needs of people affected by conflicts and disasters. Apply now for side events, exhibition fair & innovation marketplace here: http://whsummit.org/whs_summit 

By 1 February: Nominate candidates to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for the term 2017-2019 from indigenous peoples' organizations

To send in nominations for consideration, the following documents are required:

  • A formal letter of nomination
  • A recent resume/curriculum vitae of the candidate (maximum 4 pages)
  • Information about the nominating organization.

All correspondence should be sent to the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.The deadline for submission of nominations is 1 February 2016. For more information, check out the following website: http://bit.ly/1ZMLVEb 

By 17 January: Apply to Youth Event at 7th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Global Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan on April 25, 2016

The UNAOC Global Forum is a major event organized regularly by the UNAOC, bringing together government heads of states and Foreign Ministers, prominent personalities and experts as well as current and potential partners from academia, media, the private sector, youth-led organizations and other civil society organizations. The Forum provides a global platform for discussions on intercultural dialogue and social inclusion.

The UNAOC Global Forum will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan on April 26-27, 2016 and the Youth Event will take place on April 25, 2016. Up to 150 youth from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds with outstanding track records in intercultural dialogue and youth work will be selected as participants. Its outcome will be a series of Narratives of Tomorrow, which articulate youth's vision for inclusive societies. In case you are interested, please apply here: http://apply.unaoc.org 

By 31 December: Apply for funding by the United Nations Democracy Fund for projects to advance and support democracy

The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) invites civil society organizations to apply for funding for projects to advance and support democracy. UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes.This is the Tenth Round to be launched by UNDEF, which provides grants of up to US$300,000 per project.

UNDEF has supported more than 600 projects in over 100 countries at a total amount of over US$160 million. Projects are two years long and fall under one or more of seven main areas: Community activism; Rule of law and human rights; Women's empowerment; Youth engagement; Strengthening civil society capacity for interaction with Government; Media and freedom of information; Tools for knowledge.

Project proposals may be submitted on-line by 31 December 2015 at www.un.org/democracyfund 

By 15 December (9 pm EST): Participate in Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) Consultation

The Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) invites observers (non-IAEG Member States and representatives of regional commissions and regional and international agencies) and other stakeholders (civil society, academia and private sector) to comment on SDGs indicators that are coded ‘grey’, indicating that additional work and discussion are needed before reaching a final agreement on them.

The inputs and comments provided will be considered by the IAEG-SDG Members in their final phase of preparation of the indicator proposal for submission to the Statistical Commission. Please note that the final decision on the number, type and formulation of the indicators in the final proposal of the set of global indicators will be taken by the IAEG-SDG Members.

Participate in the IAEG-SDGs Consultation by 15 December (9 pm EST) here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YZKHPKN

By 9 December: Add your voice to the World Humanitarian Summit Global Consultation

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, set to take place in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016, is a global call to action by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The Summit has two goals. First, it will re-inspire and reinvigorate a global commitment to humanity, and in particular to uphold the dignity and safety of the millions of women, men and children who are caught up in crises. Second, it will initiate a set of concrete actions aimed at enabling countries and communities to better prepare for and respond to crises, and be more resilient to shocks.

The World Humanitarian Summit is seeking ways to better meet the needs of people affected by conflicts and disasters. Show your support for the actions needed to make humanitarian action fit for future crises and add your voice to the World Humanitarian Summit Global Consultation here: http://bit.ly/1MX17bs 

By 30 November: Engage in the Global Green Survey in preparation of the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly

The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is a universal assembly created by the United Nations, which every two years gathers ministers of all nations to take action and agree on wise policy that can ensure a healthy environment for our generation and those to come.

UNEA is the house where representatives from all peoples and sectors of our societies such as parliamentarians, local authorities, indigenous peoples, civil society, business and the private sector, the scientific and academic community – and all peoples in general— can have a say in the design of the solutions for our planet's health.

The 2nd Session of UNEA will take place in Nairobi, Kenya from the 23rd to the 27th of May, 2016. Participants will address as main theme: Delivering on the environmental dimension of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. In preparation of the event, engage in the Global Green Survey and help build the Global Thematic Report for UNEA 2 by 30 November 2015 here: https://www.myunea.org 

By 15 November: Participate in survey on critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review in preparation for the 2016 meeting of the HLPF

In paragraph 90 of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, Member States requested the Secretary-General, in consultation with Member States, to prepare a report, for consideration at the current 70th session of the General Assembly in preparation for the 2016 meeting of the HLPF which outlines critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review at the global level.

In order to informally contribute to the reflection, Major Groups and other Stakeholders were invited to provide their views and inputs on these issues by completing an online questionnaire.

Please note that the deadline for providing inputs was midnight on Sunday, 15 November 2015. The inputs and responses received will be made available on the following website: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/

By 15 November: Register your initiative towards the Sustainable Development Goals

DESA is seeking views of all interested stakeholders on a number of issues related to the role of multi-stakeholder partnerships in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the supporting role of "Partnerships for SDGs" - an online platform for encouraging global engagement around multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments in support of the SDGs and their targets.

What functionalities should the platform have? What is missing? How can partners best report on progress of their partnerships/commitments, without creating unnecessary reporting burden?

How can the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and its Regional Commissions, the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), and other Inter-Governmental Fora best support the review process of multi-stakeholder partnerships and their impact on realizing the SDGs?

Register your initiative towards the SDGs by 15 November 2015 here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/partnerships/about 

By 7 November (9:00am EST): Participate in stakeholder consultation on the proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Indicators

A robust follow-up and review mechanism for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will require a solid framework of indicators and statistical data to monitor progress, inform policy and ensure accountability of all stakeholders.

As agreed at the 2nd Inter-agency Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) meeting in Bangkok (26-28 October 2015), an open consultation with IAEG-SDGs observers and other stakeholders is taking place on the proposed SDG Indicators that were coded as "green" ahead of the meeting. As indicated by the co-chairs of the IAEG-SDGs, additional comments on the indicators coded as "green" during the meeting can also be submitted.

The inputs provided will be considered by the IAEG-SDGs Members in their final phase of preparation of the set of indicators to be submitted to the Statistical Commission. The final decision on the number, type and formulation of the indicators in the global indicator framework proposal will be taken by the IAEG-SDGs Members.

The consultation will be open from Wednesday, 4 November, 9:00am EST to Saturday, 7 November, 9:00am EST. Participate in the consultation here: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/iaeg-sdgs/open-consultation-2 

By 30 October: Have your say on air quality in the context of the United Nations Environment Assembly

Why do you think promoting air quality is crucial to your health and what measures should be taken? Take part in the interactive thematic debate on promoting air quality in the context of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).

Promoting air quality is at the forefront of the sustainable development agenda. Substantially reducing by 2030 the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination is a key component of SDG 3: "Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages". This global commitment is grounded in the landmark decisions reached at the World Health Assembly in 2015 (Air Pollution and Health) and in 2014 at UNEA-1 (Strengthening the role of the UNEP in promoting air quality).

Exchange views on how air quality can be addressed in UNEA2, during the ministerial policy review devoted to the theme "Healthy Environment-Healthy People" here: https://myunea.org/node/511563 

By 25 October: Apply to Advisory Group for United Nations Inter-agency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Paragraph 123 of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and paragraph 70 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development decided to establish a technology facilitation mechanism in order to support the SDGs. The mechanism will consist of:
 
1) A United Nations Inter-agency Task Team on STI for the SDGs;
2) A collaborative annual multi-stakeholder forum on STI for the SDGs;
3) An online platform as a gateway for information on existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programs.
 
In operationalizing these components, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development further decides that the United Nations Inter-agency Task Team will work with 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to prepare the meetings of the multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the SDGs, as well as in the development and operationalization of the online platform. For more information about the technology facilitation mechanism please see: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/technology/facilitationmechanism.
 
In ensuring openness and inclusion in the process, UN DESA-DSD and UNEP on behalf of the Inter-agency Task Team invited interested and qualified representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to submit their application by midnight (NY time) on Sunday, 25 October 2015, by completing an online form for final selection by the Secretary-General.

By 13 October: Apply to speak at the Informal Consultations with NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC on the agenda and work of the Second Committee on 22 October 2015

His Excellency Mr. Andrej Logar, Chairperson of the 70th General Assembly Second Committee and Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations, is convening informal consultations with NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC on the agenda and work of the Second Committee on 22 October 2015, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Conference Room 2, at the United Nations Headquarters.

This innovative step in the Second Committee represents a unique opportunity for civil society to share its distinctive perspective and concrete inputs to Member States' deliberations on the Committee's agenda and work in order to better respond to the challenges of implementing the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

This nomination process seeks candidates as speakers to address either of the following questions:

  1. How can the Second Committee ensure that its work is in line with the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?
  2. How should the agenda of the Second Committee look like in the coming years?

All candidates must be representatives of non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council and authorized to speak on behalf of their organization. Due to the technical nature of the discussions, all candidates should be familiar with the discussions regarding the Post-2015 process, as well as the work of the Second Committee, in order to provide substantive inputs into the discussion. Submit applications to speak here: http://bit.ly/2ndCommittee

By 30 September: Apply for the Intercultural Innovation Award 

The Intercultural Innovation Award, a partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group, searches for innovative and sustainable projects around the world that promote intercultural dialogue and understanding, making vital contributions to peace and prosperity. Ten organizations with potential for expansion and replication will be awarded funding and strategic support. Awardees will be announced at the 7th UNAOC Global Forum. To apply, please visit interculturalinnovation.org  Deadline for applications is 30 September 2015, 5pm EST.
 

Organizing a side event for the UN Sustainable Development Summit?

Organizers complete the short form if organizing an event inside the United Nations or elsewhere in New York City related to the UN Sustainable Development Summit that is open to observers (including those with registration process by email or web link).

The form was not a registration portal for any event - it was just intended to support efficient availability of information regarding possibilities for observers to attend Summit side events taking place either inside or outside the UN. The form included questions on if and how people could request to attend an event. This aimed to support both side event organizers seeking to expand their audience, and people seeking a centralized listing of Summit related events that they could possibly attend. The form also included a field where organizers could indicate if the event would be webcast. Responses to the form will post automatically (in order of date / time) in an open online spreadsheet which can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/P2015-Summit-side-event-listing 

By 8 September: Register for the 2nd Meeting of the IAEG-SDG Indicators in Bangkok, Thailand from 26-28 October 2015

UN DESA Statistics Division is organizing the Second Meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal (IAEG-SDG) 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.  

The main objectives of the Second Meeting of the IAEG-SDGs are to:

  1. review the list of possible global indicators;
  2. discuss the global indicator framework, interlinkages across targets and critical issues including data disaggregation;
  3. discuss the work plan and next steps.

Further details concerning this meeting, including a detailed agenda and the documents for discussion, will be posted on their website http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/.

Due to space limitations, only organizations that have demonstrated experience in substantial, technical issues related to global sustainable development indicators, especially in relation to the post-2015 development agenda, will be considered for attendance. Please note that nominees must meet the following criteria:

    · They must represent an organization with a global or regional scope of mandate
    · They must have demonstrated expertise and experience related to sustainable development indicators

Stakeholders who wish to attend the meeting are required to pre-register by filling out an online registration form by Tuesday, 8 September 2015. Application were reviewed on a rolling basis by UNSD, UN-NGLS and ESCAP, in consultation with the Regional Civil Society Engagement Mechanism, against the selection criteria above. It is advised to register as early as possible since the registration was  closed once seating capacity was been reached.

The meeting is expected to be webcast, subject to confirmation prior to the meeting. Please note that the meeting will be held in English only and financial assistance for participation of stakeholders is not available. There may be an opportunity for statements by representatives of major groups and other stakeholders, subject to the concurrence of the chair and members of the IAEG-SDGs. Further information will be communicated shortly in this regard.

By 7 September: Participate in the IAEG-SDGs consultation on the global indicator framework

The Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) is conducting an open consultation on the development of a global indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals from 11 August to 7 September. Civil society organizations, academia and the private sector are invited to provide their valuable inputs on this important work. The inputs received will inform the discussion of the second meeting of the IAEG-SDGs, to be held from 26-28 October in Bangkok. Please access the consultation here: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/iaeg-sdgs/open-consultation-stakeholders.html.

Before completing the consultation form, please review the following reference documents (also available on the SDG Indicators Website):

    · List of Indicator Proposals (11 August 2015).pdf
    · Summary and compilation of the February to May 2015 civil society consultation for the IAEG-SDGs

By 24 August: Apply to register for the 25-27 September UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda

Non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations may apply to register for the 25-27 September UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. Please help distribute this information. Thank you and best regards, UN DESA and UN-NGLS

By 7 August: Apply for Special Accreditation for non-ECOSOC accredited NGOs for the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda

In accordance with General Assembly resolution 69/244 of 29 December 2014, the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will be held from 25 to 27 September 2015, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly. More information can be found here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/summit

General registration to attend the Summit is not yet open. In the interim, the United Nations offers the opportunity for organizations that are not already accredited to the UN through one of the three categories below to apply for Special Accreditation to the Post-2015 Summit. PLEASE NOTE: Confirmation of special accreditation does not mean that you will be able to attend the Summit. More information on the opportunity to attend the Summit will be available soon.

If your Organization falls under any of the following three categories, then you do not need to apply for special accreditation:

  •      Organizations with consultative status with the Economic and Social Council; 
  •      Organizations on the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) Roster; and 
  •      Organizations accredited to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). 

Otherwise, please visit the following page for further instructions on applying for Special Accreditation: http://bit.ly/1QOvwxI

Please note that the deadline for completing the questionnaire for accreditation is 5:00 PM EST on Friday, 7 August 2015.

By 31 July: Submit written inputs to the review process for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10)

Submissions are now invited on the desired elements and content of a “non-paper” that will be released at the end of August 2015 and eventually developed into the final outcome document of the UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on WSIS+10 to be adopted in December 2015.  The non-paper will capture stakeholder perspectives on progress made in the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society, and on potential information and communications technology gaps and areas for continued focus, as well as challenges, including bridging the digital divide, and harnessing information and communications technologies for development.

Member states, observer states and relevant stakeholders from the following five categories may submit inputs: (i) Non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, (ii) Organizations accredited to the World Summit on the Information Society held in Geneva (2003) and Tunis (2005), (iii) Organizations accredited to the WSIS Forum held from 2011 to 2015, (iv) Organizations with observer status with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and (v) Attendees of the UNESCO WSIS+10 - ICT4D Conference or the UNESCO WSIS - Connecting the Dots Conference.

The submission form and guidelines can be found here: http://unpan3.un.org/wsis10/submissionguidelines

By 23 July: Apply for speaking roles at the 25-27 September Post-2015 Summit

At the request of the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (OPGA), UN-NGLS in cooperation with DESA-DSD is facilitating a nomination process to identify speakers from civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the Major Groups (except Business and Industry), for the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda. The Summit will take place on 25-27 September 2015 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. This nomination process seeks candidates for:

  • one civil society speaker in the opening ceremony
  • three civil society speakers for each of the six Interactive Dialogues in the Summit.

Stakeholders could apply to speak in the Interactive Dialogues by 23 July.
The deadline to apply to speak in the Opening Ceremony was 20 July.

By 17 July: Apply to participate in Civil Society Selection Committee for 25-27 September Post-2015 Summit

At the request of the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (OPGA), UN-NGLS in cooperation with DESA-DSD is facilitating a nomination process to identify speakers from civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the Major Groups (except Business and Industry), for the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda. The Summit will take place on 25-27 September 2015 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Civil Society Selection Committee will select the speakers from applications received through an open and transparent process.

By 26 June: Provide feedback on the zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda

On 2 June 2015, the zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda was released. The draft outcome document will be the subject of intergovernmental negotiations at the UN from 22-25 June, 20-24 July and 27-31 July.

Non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and organizations participating in the Major Groups could contribute feedback on the zero draft by completing an online form by 26 June 2015,

Please provide specific suggestions of text edits or amendments for the elements of the zero draft. You may contribute for one or more elements. Please feel free to copy a paragraph and indicate your text edits [within brackets].

By 27 May: Submit nominations for Equator Prize 2015

The Equator Initiative has announced a global call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2015 as part of an extensive partnership effort underway to strengthen and highlight the role of indigenous peoples and local communities at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP21). The Equator Prize 2015 will be awarded to 20 outstanding local and indigenous initiatives that are advancing innovative solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Each winning initiative will receive US$ 10,000 and be supported to participate in a series of policy dialogues and special events at the UNFCCC COP21 in Paris, France in December 2015.

The Equator Prize 2015 will showcase outstanding local and indigenous community efforts to reduce poverty, protect nature, and strengthen resilience in the face of climate change. For eligibility requirements and selection criteria, please click here. Nominations must be submitted by 27 May 2015. Nominations may be submitted in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Indonesian, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese.

Nominations may be completed online here or sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed by post to:

Equator Initiative
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
304 East 45th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10017
Tel: +1 646 781-4072

By 18 May: Submit nominations for United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize 2015

The first UN Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize has opened the call for nominations. The prize recognizes the achievements of those who dedicate their lives to the service of humanity in the promotion of reconciliation and social cohesion, and in community development, guided by the purposes and principles of the United Nations. Deadline for receiving nomination is May 18, 2015. Nominations (in English) should be sent to the Secretariat by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Submit a nomination using the form at: www.un.org/en/events/mandeladay/nominations.shtml. Further information about the Prize can be found at www.un.org/en/events/mandeladay/prize

By 17 May: Apply to speak at the President of UN General Assembly's 29 June High-level Event on Climate Change

At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, UN-NGLS is leading a process to find three speakers from civil society for this event described in the previous listing. We invite you to share your story of successful local climate action to help inspire the world to find a more sustainable path, enabling economic opportunity, equality, and a healthy environment for all. Apply now for civil society speaking opportunities during the event: http://bit.ly/PGA-29June-climate-speaker-apply

On 12 May, 9:00-9:45am: Meeting between civil society and the co-facilitators of the Financing for Development Conference process

On Tuesday, 12 May, from 9:00-9:45am in Conference Room A at UN Headquarters, the co-facilitators of the Financing for Development Conference process, Ambassador Geir O. Pedersen of Norway and Ambassador George Talbot of Guyana will meet with civil society to discuss the draft outcome document for the Conference.

By 12 May: Accredited organizations may register for the hearings of the General Assembly with NGOs, civil society organizations, major groups and the private sector in preparation for the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, 26-27 May 2015                 

All organizations in the three categories below are encouraged to register by the deadline of 5:00 p.m. EST on 12 May 2015 by clicking here: http://esango.un.org/irene/?page=viewContent&nr=25863&type=8&section=8          
Organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC; Organizations on the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) Roster; and Organizations accredited to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD).                

By 12 May: Apply for civil society Selection Committee for President of UN General Assembly's 29 June High-level Event on Climate Change

On 29 June 2015, the President of the United Nations General Assembly (PGA), H.E. Mr. Sam Kahamba Kutesa, will host a High-level Event on Climate Change at United Nations Headquarters in New York to highlight the world's leading initiatives on tackling this global challenge. Government, private sector, and civil society leaders will show that momentum is building toward an ambitious global agreement at the climate change negotiations in December 2015 in Paris. At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, UN-NGLS is leading a process to find three speakers from civil society for this event.

By 10 May: Nominate civil society speakers for the United Nations Secretary-General's Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum 18-21 May 2015   

At the request of the United Nations Executive Office of the Secretary-General, UN-NGLS is facilitating a nomination process to identify two civil society speakers for the UN Secretary-General's Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum. The event will take place on 18-21 May 2015 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. This nomination process seeks candidates for one civil society speaking role in each of two High-level Panel Discussions: 20 May - Strengthening Global Cooperation on Energy From Sustainable Development Goals to COP21 and beyond and 21 May - Special Panel: Monitoring, Tracking And Accountability. The two civil society speakers will receive travel funding, and must be from developing countries.

Stakeholders could apply by 10 May.
Applications / Nominations received will post online automatically here:
http://bit.ly/SE4all-forum-CSO-speaker-app-received
More information about the Forum is available at: http://se4allforum.org/about-forum

By 10 May: Submit your inputs for the UN PGA's 29 June High-Level Event on Climate Change

The President of the General Assembly will convene a High-Level Event on Climate Change on 29 June 2015, which intends to provide impetus and political momentum for an ambitious climate agreement, by keeping the issue high on the agenda at the mid-point between COP20 in Lima and COP21 in Paris. It aims also to provide space for showcasing climate action and concrete initiatives, through multi-stakeholder approaches to address climate change. More information about the event, including the concept note, is available here: http://www.un.org/pga/290615_hle-climate-change/. Stakholders could submit written inputs to the Office of the President of the General Assembly on substantive issues for this event.

By 27 April: Apply to speak at the 18-22 May post-2015 Development Agenda negotiations

The UN DESA Division for Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD) Major Groups Programme and UN-NGLS are facilitating stakeholder Steering Committees to ensure broad and inclusive participation of stakeholders in the post-2015 development agenda negotiations at UN Headquarters. DESA-DSD and UN-NGLS are also conducting open and transparent nomination processes for these Committees to select speakers for the post-2015 negotiating sessions. The 18-22 May session will focus on Follow up and Review of the post-2015 development agenda.

By 27 April: Apply to speak at the 26-27 May interactive hearings for the Post-2015 Agenda

As part of the process to define the post-2015 development agenda, the UN President of the General Assembly will organize two full days of hearings for stakeholders to participate in informal interactive dialogue with Member States on 26-27 May at UN Headquarters in New York. By request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, UN-NGLS will facilitate a stakeholder Steering Committee for the hearings, which will select the speakers from applications received through an open and transparent process. UN-NGLS invited stakeholders to apply to speak at these hearings by 27 April.
Applications received will post online immediately here: http://bit.ly/P2015hearings-speaker-nominations-received

By 26 April: Provide feedback on proposed indicators for the Post-2015 Agenda

On 19 March 2015, a technical report was released by the Bureau of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) on the process of the development of an indicator framework for the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda. Representatives of non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and organizations participating in the Major Groups could contribute assessment of the draft indicators by completing an online form. You could provide links to existing documents in the form, or enter text directly. DEADLINE: 26 APRIL 2015. At the request of the UN DESA Statistics Division, UN-NGLS will produce a synthesis report and associated compilation document of inputs received via this form for submission to the Secretariat of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goals.

By 24 April: Respond to questionnaire on the impact of free trade and investment agreements on an equitable and democratic international order

The Independent United Nations Expert of the Human Rights Council on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Mr. Alfred M. de Zayas, provides annual reports to the Human Rights Council and to the UN General Assembly. He invites inputs by 24 April via a questionnaire on "the impact of free trade and investment agreements on an equitable and democratic international order." The questionnaire is available in English, French and Spanish:
English | Français | Español

By 23 April: Apply to participate in the stakeholder Steering Committee for the 18-22 May post-2015 development agenda negotiations

The UN DESA Division for Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD) Major Groups Programme and UN-NGLS are facilitating stakeholder Steering Committees to ensure broad and inclusive participation of stakeholders in the post-2015 development agenda negotiations at UN Headquarters. DESA-DSD and UN-NGLS are also conducting open and transparent nomination processes for these Committees to select speakers for the post-2015 negotiating sessions. The 18-22 May session will focus on Follow up and Review of the post-2015 development agenda.

By 17 April: Provide input to the Report of the UN Secretary General on the death penalty

Paragraph 3 of Human Rights Council resolution 26/2 on the question of the death penalty, adopted on 26 June 2014, "requests the UN Secretary-General to dedicate the 2015 supplement to his quinquennial report on capital punishment to the consequences arising at various stages of the imposition and application of the death penalty on the enjoyment of the human rights of those facing the death penalty and other affected persons, and to present it to the Human Rights Council at its thirtieth session." Your input is invited on “consequences arising at various stages of the imposition and application of the death penalty on the enjoyment of the human rights of those facing the death penalty and other affected persons.” Please send by 17 April to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

By 12 April: Apply for 4 May post-2015 civil society capacity building workshop in Santiago, Chile

The Economic and Social Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), will organize a civil society capacity building workshop in Santiago, Chile, on Monday, 4 May 2015, on the margins of the First Meeting of the Negotiating Committee on Principle 10. The purpose of the workshop is to build capacity of civil society in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region to engage in intergovernmental processes related to sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda. To facilitate participation, DSD and ECLAC have limited funding for a select number of participants from the LAC region to attend the workshop. Those seeking funding to participate are invited to complete the following nomination form by 12 April at 11:59 p.m. (EST): http://tinyurl.com/DSD-ECLAC-capacity-building

By 6 April: Questionnaire on follow-up to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

As follow up to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues has prepared a questionnaire that seeks inputs of Indigenous Peoples on issues that are addressed in the Outcome Document of the World Conference, together with OHCHR. This is to feed into and inform the ongoing work on the Sector-Wide Action Plan on Indigenous Peoples as well as the Secretary-General's report on follow-up to the World Conference. The questionnaire is available in English, Spanish, French and Russian:
English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WCIP
Spanish: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WCIPe
French: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WCIPfr
Russian: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WCIPru

For more information, please visit: http://undesadspd.org/IndigenousPeoples/tabid/70/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/222/Questionnaire-for-Indigenous-Peoples-on-the-follow-up-to-the-World-Conference-on-Indigenous-Peoples.aspx

By 1 April: Apply to participate in Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development

The Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development will take place in Bangkok on 16-18 May 2015, prior to a series of intergovernmental events focused on sustainable development that will take place in Bangkok during May. This civil society forum will be convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Commissions for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and other civil society organizations. If your organization is interested in engaging with other Asia-Pacific organisations on sustainable development, please review the call for participation carefully for further details on the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development, the intergovernmental forums that it will engage with, target participants, and key dates, and apply to participate here by 1 April 2015:
http://unngls.org/images/PDF/Call_for_participation_Asia_Pacific_Civil_Society_Forum_on_SD.pdf

For more details, please contact:
ESCAP - Ms. Napidchaya Pichedtanavanich (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
UNEP - Ms. Imae Mojado (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
APWLD - Ms. Wardarina (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Ms. Pichayapuk Leangsombut (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Extended to 31 March: Comment on the UNEP Access-to-Information Policy

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Access-to-Information Policy, issued in June 2014, is currently on a pilot phase and subject to review within one year. UNEP is accepting comments on the Policy until 31 March 2015. The comments received will serve as inputs to the UNEP secretariat in refining the content of the Policy as appropriate, and will also support UNEP's efforts to further disseminate and make accessible information concerning its work as widely as possible. The UNEP Access-to-Information Policy provides the principles and procedures governing access to information at UNEP. The review process is meant to generate commentary on how the UNEP secretariat could further its efforts to make information on environmental matters accessible to a target community or the broader public with a view to making such information a catalyst for achieving environmental sustainability. 



Click here to access the UNEP Policy.    Click here to provide comments on the Policy.

By 31 March: Deadline for pre-registration for the 48th session of the Commission on Population and Development

The 48th session of the Commission on Population and Development will take place from 13-17 April 2015 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Priority Theme of the session is “Realizing the future we want: integrating population issues into sustainable development, including the post-2015 development agenda.” Due to the space constraints, a maximum of 5 representatives of each organization is permitted. For more information, click here.

By 31 March: Participate in survey on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325


Nearly 15 years ago, the UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 - the first women, peace and security (WPS) resolution - called on all Member States and the UN system to ensure women’s full participation in all conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and post-conflict reconstruction processes and to protect the rights of women in the context of armed conflict. In preparation for the 15th anniversary of UNSCR 1325, in 2015, the UN Security Council will convene a High-level Review to evaluate progress at the global, regional and national levels in implementing UNSCR 1325. In preparation for this review, the UN Secretary General (SG) is commissioning a Global Study, which will highlight “good practice examples, gaps and challenges, as well as emerging trends and priorities for action on UNSCR 1325 implementation.” Results from the study will be included in the SG’s annual report to the Security Council on Women and Peace and Security in 2015. The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), in partnership with the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)  the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (NGO WG on WPS) and Cordaid is conducting a survey of civil society organizations to solicit their views on the implementation of UNSCR 1325 in the past, and recommendations for the future. For more information and to participate in the survey, click here.

By 30 March: Apply for civil society speaking role or selection committee for President of General Assembly's 21-22 April High-level Thematic Debate on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation

At the request of the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly, UN-NGLS is facilitating a nomination process to identify a civil society speaker for the President's High-level Thematic Debate on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation. The event will take place on 21-22 April 2015 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. This civil society speaker will receive travel funding, and will participate as a panelist in a discussion on "practical strategies to foster peaceful, inclusive societies and to counter the threat of radicalization and violent extremism." 

By 29 March: Apply for stakeholder steering committee for the 26-27 May 2015 United Nations General Assembly interactive hearings for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

In accordance with United Nations General Assembly resolution 69/244, the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will be held from 25 to 27 September 2015 in New York and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly. The General Assembly, in operative paragraph 10 of its resolution 69/244, "requests the President of the General Assembly to organize, with early preparations and in the most effective and efficient way, and to preside over two days of informal interactive hearings, before June 2015, with representatives of non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, major groups and the private sector, and requests the President of the Assembly to prepare a summary of the hearings to be made available prior to the summit." These hearings will take place on 26-27 May at UN Headquarters in New York. By request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, UN-NGLS will facilitate a stakeholder Steering Committee for the hearings. UN-NGLS invited stakeholders to apply for the Steering Committee.

The application process for speakers in the hearings will be launched soon. For more information about the post-2015 development agenda, please visit: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015

By 17 March: Submit suggested text for the post-2015 development agenda Declaration

A discussion document for the Declaration section of the Post-2015 Development Agenda was released on 19 February by the co-facilitators of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations, Ambassador David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN, and Ambassador Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN. The discussion document is available here: http://bit.ly/p2015-declaration-discussion-document

This discussion document is composed of 15 paragraphs which outline ideas to be included in the Declaration.

UN DESA DSD and UN-NGLS invite non-governmental stakeholders to provide suggested text / language that is inspirational and aspirational for any of these paragraphs. You may contribute to one or more of the 15 paragraphs below; you are not required to respond for all. You may introduce new topics when doing this. In addition, you may also submit up to three additional standalone paragraphs to address ideas beyond those presented in the 15 paragraphs of the discussion document.

A compilation document of all submissions will be prepared by UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD with attributions, and reviewed by the United Nations as the first draft of the Declaration is crafted for consideration by UN Member States.

Submissions received can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/P2015-declaration-paragraphs-submitted

By 17 March: Join the E-discussion on the 2015 ECOSOC Theme of “Managing the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the sustainable development goals: What it will take.”

Join the e-discussion on the 2015 ECOSOC Theme of “Managing the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the sustainable development goals: What it will take”. The e-discussion will take place 17 February to 17 March 2015.

The purpose of the e-discussion is to engage policymakers, experts, practitioners and stakeholder groups in a global dialogue on specific aspects of the 2015 ECOSOC theme. It consists of four concurrently running thematic windows, each led by an expert moderator. The thematic windows address: i) policy choices and mindset change for an integrated agenda; ii) adaptation by institutions and structures; iii) partnerships for the implementation of the SDGs and the post-2015 agenda; and iv) monitoring and review.

The e-discussion is coordinated and organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). The DESA/Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination is leading the e-discussion for DESA, with substantive support provided by the DESA/Division for Public Administration and Development Management.

Access the concept note here. Access the invitation here. Participants may join at http://www.unteamworks.org/amr2015.

By 15 March: Deadline for pre-registration for the second Preparatory Committee session of the Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)

The second PrepCom of the Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 14-16 April. Accreditation is now open. For more information, click here.  Access the Roadmap Towards Habitat III (2014-2016) here.

By 15 March: Respond to questionnaire of the Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes

The Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes will submit an annual report to the Human Rights Council. In 2015, the focus of the thematic report to the Human Rights Council will be on the issue of the right of access to information with respect to hazardous substances and wastes. To facilitate input, interested parties may respond to a questionnaire on the subject. The report will be presented in September 2015 at the 30th session of the Council. Access the questionnaire here. Submissions should be received no later than 15 March 2015.

Responses to the questionnaire can be sent to srtoxicwaste[at]ohchr[dot]org (encouraged)
or addressed to:
Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes
Sustainable Human Development Section
Special Procedures Branch
UNOG-OHCHR
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Fax : +41 22 917 9006

Apply for the civil society Steering Committee and speaking roles for the 8-9 April Interactive Hearings in Preparation for the Financing for Development Conference

At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, the co-facilitators of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), and the UN DESA Financing for Development Office (FFDO), UN-NGLS is conducting an open, transparent and participatory process to identify civil society speakers for the 8-9 April UN General Assembly hearings in preparation for the FfD3 Conference. Representatives of civil society organizations may now apply to serve on the civil society Steering Committee for this process, or to speak during the hearings.

For more information about the FfD3 Conference process, please visit:
http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/overview/third-conference-ffd.html

By 8 March: Apply for unfunded speaking role in the March negotiating session of the post-2015 agenda

For information on how to apply, please click here. The deadline to apply for a funded speaking role was 4 March.

By 6 March: Call for nominations for 2015-2017 UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board

UN-Habitat is calling for nominations for the 2015-2017 Youth Advisory Board. The Board will serve a two-year term and comprises 12 advisors (one male and one female youth) from Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, North America and West Asia. Additionally, the board includes one youth observer representing young people with disabilities and two observer members (one youth representative from informal settlements and one external advisor), appointed by UN-Habitat.

The Youth Advisory board advises UN-Habitat on strategies to engage young people in sustainable urbanization and urban development, and seeks to strengthen youth participation and advocacy in youth-led initiatives. Qualifications of candidates include the following:
• Candidates should be between 18 and 32 years old at the time of the elections.
• Candidates must be members of youth-led or youth-servicing organizations and have access to youth networks within their regions.
• For communication purposes, candidates must have good oral and written skills in English. Fluency in other United Nations languages is an asset.
• Candidates should have access to, and be reasonably proficient in, worldwide communication technologies.
• Candidates must be available and accessible for conference-calls with the rest of the members, UN-Habitat representatives, and to avail themselves for Board activities.
• Candidates are eligible for nomination from a region where they have proven residency of five (5) years or longer.

Access the nomination form here.

By 2 March: Questionnaire to Indigenous Peoples on implementation strategies for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Interested parties are invited to complete a questionnaire on measures and implementation strategies to attain the goals of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Responses from Indigenous Peoples will be analyzed and compiled in a report by the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which will be finalized during the 8th session of the Expert Mechanism in July 2015 for presentation to the Human Rights Council at its 30th session in September 2015. Unless otherwise requested, responses of Indigenous Peoples to the questionnaire will be made available on the website of the Expert Mechanism. Responses will also inform the ongoing review of the Expert Mechanism’s mandate, in accordance with the Outcome Document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (A/RES/69/2).

Access the questionnaire: English- French - Spanish. Please submit your responses by 2 March 2015 via e-mail to Expertmechanism[at]ohchr[dot]org.

By 1 March: Apply for funded speaking role in the March negotiating session of the post-2015 agenda

For information on how to apply, please click here. The deadline to apply for an unfunded speaking role is 8 March.

By 1 March 2015 (23:59 hours, CET): Submit applications for the 2016 UN Fund for Victims of Torture and the UN Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery

The Torture Fund provides grants to NGOs, rehabilitation centres, associations of victims and family members, private and public hospitals, legal clinics, public interest law firms and individual lawyers who provide direct assistance to victims of torture and their family members. Direct assistance to victims may take the form of humanitarian, medical, psychological, legal and financial aid. The Slavery Fund provides small grants to NGOs, associations of victims and family members and other entities who provide direct assistance to victims of modern slavery.  Direct assistance to victims may take the form of humanitarian, economic, medical, psychological, legal and financial aid.  

All applications for grants for the cycle 1 January - 31 December 2016 should be submitted through the on-line system of the Funds during the above-mentioned period. No application will be accepted after the deadline. The Fund’s on-line grants system can be accessed through: https://unvfcfs-grants.ohchr.org/ https://grants.ohchr.org/Default.aspx

The attached User's Manuals for the submission of on-line applications and reports have been prepared to guide applicants in submitting their on-line project application and on-going grantees to submit their final report on the use of the past grant. Please review the Manual carefully before initiating a new application. Only applications which strictly comply with the Guidelines of the Fund will be considered. Before submitting an application, applicants are strongly invited to read the Guidelines on the webpage of the Funds:
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Slavery/UNVTFCFS/Pages/Apply.aspx
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Torture/UNVFT/Pages/Apply.aspx

For on-going grantees, no new application will be considered from on-going grantees in the absence of the reports on the use of the previous grant. For the Slavery Fund, in 2016 special attention will be given to applications relating to the provision of direct assistance to victims of traditional slavery, forced labour, worst forms of child labour and of forced and early marriage. For the Torture Victims Fund, in 2016  special attention will be placed on applications regarding the following countries: Philippines, South Sudan, Sudan, Brazil, Central America, Yemen, Ukraine and the Middle East, in particular Syria, Libya and Iraq.

By 26 February: Apply to serve on the Stakeholder Steering Committee for the March negotiating session of the post-2015 development agenda

For information on how to apply, please click here.

20 February: Deadline for pre-registration for the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

The Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be held in Sendai, Japan, from 14-18 March. It will be immediately preceded by PrepCom3 on 13 March. Pre-registration to the World Conference is open for NGOs and Major Groups in consultative status with ECOSOC until 20 February 2015. Register here.

18 February 1:15-2:30pm in Conference Room 7 at UN Headquarters: The perspectives of African Parliamentarians, Civil Society and Volunteer Groups for a transformative Post-2015 development agenda

To be truly transformative and inclusive, the post-2015 development agenda should be informed by the story of the African people; their realities, aspirations, values and ways of life. The engagement of all stakeholders, including people, civil society organizations, parliamentarians and volunteers will be critical not only on the drafting of the framework and the definition of its indicators but also as an important means to implement the agenda and to monitor its implementation.

Moderator: Hon. Dr. Joyce Laboso - Chair Parliamentary Caucus on MDGs Kenya
Key Note Speaker: H.E. Hon. Bethel Nnaemeka Amadi, President of the Pan African Parliament
Panel Speakers:
1- Hon. Isata Kabia – Sierra Leone
2- Mr. Masiiwa Rusare – The Africa CSO Working Group
3- Representative of Beyond 2015 Africa
4- Ms. Esther Caroline Mkamori - Volunteer groups Kenya
5- Representative of Participate
Respondent: H.E. Ambassador Macharia Kamau (TBC)
Open Discussion
Closing Remarks: Hon. Rachael Shebesh Member of Parliament, Kenya

Co-organized by Beyond 2015, VSO, Participate, and the Seed Institute, with support from UN-NGLS and UN Volunteers.

By 8 February: Apply to speak in the 20 February interactive dialogue with Major Groups and other stakeholders

The 17-20 February session of the post-2015 development agenda intergovernmental negotiations will include a 2 hour interactive dialogue with Major Groups and other stakeholders, planned for the afternoon of 20 February.
The February negotiating session will focus on the Declaration section of the outcome document to be adopted at the UN Summit on the post-2015 development agenda in September.

If you are a representative of a civil society organization, non-governmental organization, or an organization participating in the Major Groups, and are interested in speaking during this interactive dialogue, and do not require travel funding to participate, please apply at the link below by 11:59pm NY time on 8 February. A previous call for nominations for this session was issued at the beginning of January focused on identifying 4 speakers to receive travel funding; the 4 speakers were recently chosen by the February stakeholder Steering Committee - see the list at bottom of this message.

*If you applied previously and indicated that you must receive funding to participate, your application has now been removed from consideration. You may reapply at the link below if you would like to be considered for a speaking role in the February session without provision of travel funding. All previous applicants that indicated they did not require travel funding to attend the February session will remain in consideration for available unfunded speaking slots. If you previously applied and do not want to remain in consideration, kindly let us know by writing to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All applications received were published automatically here:
http://bit.ly/Feb-p2015-nominations-received

The Stakeholder Steering Committee (that was selected through an open process in January) will create the speakers list for the interactive dialogue from among the applications received via a process facilitated by UN DESA-DSD and UN-NGLS. The Committee will ensure regional and gender balance, and diversity of age and expertise in the overall list, and accommodate as many constituencies as possible including the 9 Major Groups, within the time period that will be allocated for the interactive dialogue.

Speakers selected to receive travel funding for the 17-20 February negotiating session:
Kiyomi Cecilia Nagumo Tamashiro - WECAN LAC (Red de Acción Mujeres por la Tierra y el Clima)
Grace Tauli Balawag - Tebtebba Foundation
Eni Lestari Andayani Adi - International Migrants Alliance
Esther Caroline Mkamori - Wundanyi Disabled Persons Organization

4 members of the Stakeholder Steering Committee from developing countries will also receive funding to attend the February negotiating session.

By 3 February: Nominate civil society speakers for the UN President of the General Assembly's High-level Thematic Debate on "Achieving gender equality and empowerment of women and girls for a transformative post-2015 development agenda"

By 31 January: Comment on SDSN report "Financing for Sustainable Development: Implementing the SDGs through Effective Investment Strategies and Partnerships"

The SDSN is leading a Global Finance for Sustainable Development Group to provide recommendations for the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in July 2015. This process is being undertaken at the request of the Government of Ethiopia. This report provides a roadmap for the Financing for Sustainable Development discussions in the lead-up to the Addis Conference. Focusing on a broad array of issues - public-private partnerships, climate and infrastructure finance, official development assistance, financial regulations and more - the goal of this paper is to lay out positions on a broad range of issues and put forward an initial set of proposed recommendations for the Addis Conference. This report has benefited already from comments and suggestions from a wide variety of organizations and an initial set of meetings and teleconferences. SDSN welcomes suggestions for how to improve this draft report. The SDSN is interested in working with institutions to further strengthen the report and its recommendations, and to fill some of the gaps highlighted in the document. This report is open for public consultation until 15 January 2015.

Access the consultation here.

By 31 January: Contribute to a report on "Exploitation of natural resources" by the Special Rapporteur on rights to freedoms of peaceful assembly and association

In his upcoming report to the UN Human Rights Council to be presented in June 2015, Maina Kiai, the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association (FOAA rights), turns his attention to the exercise of these rights in the context of natural resource exploitation. The report will focus on three key actors with obligations and responsibilities with respect to the promotion and protection of FOAA rights: (1) the corporations or private actors exploiting the natural resources, (2) the States where natural resources are to be exploited (host State), and (3) the State of origin of the corporations or private actors. The report will assess the legal framework and practices within each category and explore how these help or hinder FOAA rights.
This questionnaire solicits information from States, businesses engaged in natural resource exploitation, civil society organizations and other relevant actors with a view to assisting the Special Rapporteur in his assessment. The term "natural resource exploitation" is used broadly in this questionnaire to include any activities involving the use, extraction or development of natural resources, including but not limited to land, water, timber, minerals, oil, and gas.

Kindly submit responses (in English, French of Spanish) by 31 January 2015 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Access the questionnaire:
English - http://goo.gl/B1Rtfi  
French - http://goo.gl/lhpuru
Spanish - http://goo.gl/D6J516

By 30 January: Apply for civil society Committee to select speakers for the UN President of the General Assembly's High-level Thematic Debate on "Achieving gender equality and empowerment of women and girls for a transformative post-2015 development agenda"

29 January from 9:00-9:45am - Dialogue between the co-facilitators of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, civil society and the business sector

Conference Room 5 at UN Headquarters. Co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Guyana and Norway, in collaboration with UN-NGLS. Watch live online at: 

29 January from 1:15-2:45pm - Briefing for civil society by UNCTAD and UN-NGLS on upcoming negotiations on a multilateral legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring processes

Conference Room 8 at UN Headquarters. More information available here: http://bit.ly/29Jan-Debt-Event

27 January: Deadline for pre-registration for CSW59  

Official pre-registration for the fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59), to be held from 9-20 March 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York, is open through 27 January 2015. NGOs that are accredited to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) may designate representatives to attend the annual sessions of the CSW. To pre-register your representative(s), please visit: http://bit.ly/113e3tc   Further information is available here.

23 January: Deadline for pre-registration and requests to make statements at the 53rd session of the Commission for Social Development

NGOs in general and special ECOSOC consultative status may make presentations during the general debate at the 53rd session of the Commission for Social Development taking place from 4-13 February 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York. Remarks should be based on the priority theme of the Session: "Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world." Further information, including instructions for submitting requests to make presentations, is available here. Click here to pre-register.

On 3 February, a Civil Society Forum will be held at UN Headquarters, hosted jointly by UNDESA-DSPD, the NGO Committee for Social Development and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. For information and registration to attend the Civil Society Forum, please contact the NGO Committee for Social Development at http://www.ngosocdev.net/.

By 18 January: Submit written input to the President of the General Assembly's High-level Thematic Debate on Means of Implementation for a Transformative Post-2015 Agenda

The Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA) invites online responses to five questions ahead of the PGA's 9-10 February High-level Thematic Debate on "Means of Implementation for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda." Submit your input here.

16 January Stakeholder Preparatory Forum for the 19-21 January post-2015 negotiating session

DESA-DSD and UN-NGLS are coordinating a preparatory forum for major groups and other civil society stakeholders to dialogue with many Member States on 16 January from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm in Conference Room 11 at UN Headquarters, in advance of the 19-21 January negotiating session on the post-2015 development agenda.

The objectives of the forum include:

  • Enabling stakeholders to share their positions and strategize on the way forward in the post-2015 processes;
  • Hearing from experts and leaders in these intergovernmental processes and provide insights on how stakeholders can engage most effectively in the coming months
  • Enhancing the understanding of the  ongoing Post 2015 processes and the mechanisms to facilitate civil society participation   
  • Creating a constructive dialogue at the start of the formal negotiation process between civil society, member states and UN secretariat on the key components of the post-2015 Development Agenda

16 January Interactive Dialogue with the President of the General Assembly

The day-long forum will also include a special interactive dialogue between President of the General Assembly Mr. Sam Kahamba Kutesa and civil society representatives from 1:15pm - 2:45pm in the Trusteeship Council Chamber. This interactive dialogue will take place in advance of the five high-level thematic debates and events that the President will host in 2015 as a contribution to delivering on and implementing a transformative post-2015 development agenda. The primary objective of the briefing will be to inform and encourage the contributions of civil society and other relevant stakeholders in these events.

Civil Society Steering Committee for 19-21 January post-2015 negotiating session

DESA-DSD and UN-NGLS conducted an open process to obtain nominations for a 16-member civil society steering committee to collaborate on preparations for the stakeholder preparatory forum, as well as civil society engagement in the first post-2015 negotiating session, in accordance with the modalities determined by Member States. For complete information about the process, please visit: http://bit.ly/16Jan-Nomination-Process-Info

For more information about the members of the Steering Committee for the January session, click here.

For guidelines on organizing a side event during the intergovernmental negotiating sessions, click here.

By 11 January: Nominate civil society speakers for 17-20 February post-2015 negotiations

The second intergovernmental negotiating session for the post-2015 development agenda will focus on the declaration section of the outcome document.

The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is an inter-agency programme of the United Nations mandated to develop constructive relations between the UN and civil society organizations.

 

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