Events

May
22
1:15 PM13:15

Inclusion in Process & Policy: Civil Society Participation & Partnership in Advancing SDG 16+

  • United Nations Headquarters (New York), Conference Room 6 (map)
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A SIDE-EVENT ON THE OCCASION OF THE 2018 ECOSOC SPECIAL MEETING
Hosted by the Permanent Missions of the Czech Republic, Georgia and Timor-Leste as members of the 16+ Forum 

On the occasion of the ECOSOC Special Meeting (23 May), the critical role of civil society in SDG 16+ will be discussed. Speakers will address national experiences in advancing inclusive policies and processes, including challenges, successes and solutions to building trust and strengthening systematic engagement and partnership.

Background:
As countries continue to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the critical role of civil society in localizing and implementing the SDGs is increasingly recognized and apparent. This has been no less true for SDG 16 on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies. Often a bridge between governments and citizens, civil society’s systematic participation in policy development is central to the realization of SDG 16+. With the space for civil society increasingly under attack, it is all the more important to demonstrate this role, and the benefits of their inclusion — from consultation to policy development, and implementation to follow up.

From civil service reform, e-governance and open data to access to decision-making and citizen-led, social audits, speakers will address their national experiences in advancing inclusive policies, and the processes behind such policies. Both government and civil society perspectives will be offered, highlighting successes, challenges and solutions to breaking down barriers and building trust. Highlighting the importance of regular engagement and partnership between civil society and governments at all levels, the 16+ Forum maintains focus on SDG 16+as a catalytic component of an indivisible and interdependent 2030 Agenda.

Opening Remarks:
H.E. Mrs. Marie Chatardová, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the UN and ECOSOC President

Speakers:
H.E. Ms. Khatuna Totladze, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Georgia
H.E. Mrs. Maria Helena Pires, Permanent Representative of Timor-Leste to the UN
Ms. Kateřina Fialková, Director, Department of Multilateral Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic
Mr. Petr Lebeda, Director, Glopolis and Coordinator, NGO Platform for Sustainable Development, Czech Republic
Mr. Bonian Golmohammadi, Secretary-General, WFUNA (Moderator)

16+ Forum Partners:
Permanent Missions of Australia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Guatemala, the Republic of Korea, Sierra Leone, Sweden, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, as well as the g7+ and the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA).

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May
24
1:00 PM13:00

The Primacy of Politics and the Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping Operations

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The International Peace Institute (IPI) and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations are pleased to invite you to a policy forum entitled “The Primacy of Politics and the Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping Operations.” This policy forum will explore the perceived and actual tensions between the pursuit of political solutions and the protection of civilians in peacekeeping contexts. The event will follow the 2018 Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians organized by Poland (#United4Civilians).

Opening Remarks:
H.E. Mr. Karel J. G. van Oosterom, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations
 
Speakers:
Mr. Ralph Mamiya, Consultant; formerly Protection of Civilians Team Leader, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Mr. Sébastien Lapierre, Chief, Policy and Best Practices Service, UN Department of Peacekeeping operations (TBC)
Ms. Daniela Kroslak, Leader, Darfur Integrated Operational Team, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Ms. Chloé Marnay-Baszanger, Chief, Peace Mission Support Section, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Ms. Allison Giffen, Director, Center for Civilians in Conflict
 
Moderator:
Dr. Namie Di Razza, Research Fellow, International Peace Institute

This event is the first as part of IPI’s recently launched Protection of Civilians Project. While the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) stressed the “primacy of politics,” UN peacekeeping missions are often mandated to protect civilians in challenging environments where the peace process has stalled and political solutions seem out of reach. In these contexts, protecting local populations from physical violence may appear to be an operational imperative for the mission and a priority over engagement in protracted and uncertain political processes.
 
This policy forum will provide an opportunity to discuss situations where there is a risk of competition between the primacy of politics and the centrality of protection, as well as where they are complementary and mutually reinforcing. While the two objectives are hardly mutually exclusive, in practice pursuing both can raise challenging questions. In South Sudan, Darfur, or the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN mission’s political role may seem elusive, and its protection goals may appear to detract from its political effectiveness. The political stance of UN missions intervening in support of host states may also be an important limitation for peacekeepers mandated to protect civilians from all threats of physical violence—including from host-state forces.
 
In these situations, where civilians are clearly at risk, how should peace operations reconcile political strategies and the protection of civilians? In the absence of viable political processes at the strategic level, what political measures and strategies can be used in parallel with military operations to protect civilians on the ground?

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For questions contact:
Beatrice Agyarkoh, agyarkoh@ipinst.org or 212-225-9628

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May
31
4:30 PM16:30

Civil Society Meeting with Chairs of UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies

  • UN Headquarters (New York), Conference Room 9 (map)
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As requested by the Chairs of the UN human rights treaty bodies, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has extended an invitation for a consultation with civil society representatives during their thirtieth meeting (scheduled to take place in New York from 29 May to 1 June 2018)

More information on the objectives of this consultation is available in the attached invitation.

Please RSVP to dinfante@ohchr.org.

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May
17
11:30 AM11:30

Townhall on the 67th United Nations DPI/NGO Conference

  • UN Headquarters (New York), Conference Room 4 (map)
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The 67th UN DPI/NGO Conference co-hosted with the NGO/DPI Executive Committee will take place from 22 to 23 August 2018 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. It will focus on the value of multilateralism to identify and implement global solutions for global problems, to discuss concrete ways for the UN, in partnership with NGOs and civil society at large, to take the fundamental vision of its people-centered mandate forward, and to examine the repositioned UN Development System as a platform to work and advocate in closer partnership.

The Townhall on the planning process for the conference will take place on Thursday, 17 May 2018 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. in Conference Room 4 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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May
17
to May 18

United Nations Forum on the Question of Palestine: “70 Years after 1948 – Lessons to Achieve a Sustainable Peace”

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To mark the anniversary of the 1948 War and subsequent uprooting and mass displacement of Palestinians, known in Arabic as Al-Nakba (the Catastrophe) the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) will convene the two-day Forum “70 Years after 1948 – Lessons to Achieve a Sustainable Peace”. The Forum is open to the public and will also be streamed live through UN webcast.

The Forum is being organized in accordance with UN General Assembly resolutions 72/11 and 72/13 of 30 November 2017. It will bring together Palestinian, Israeli and international experts, representatives of the diplomatic community and civil society to highlight the need to substantively address issues related to the 1948 war and subsequent mass displacement and uprooting of Palestinians in the context of, and as vital for the success of, the efforts to achieve a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement of the question of Palestine.

RSVP HERE by Sunday, 13 May 2018. For more information, please click here

For any questions, contact ayis@un.org

Hashtag: #Rights4Palestine

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: UN accreditation will be required to attend. Journalists who would like to attend but do not have UN accreditation should follow MALU accreditation procedures which can be found here. Journalists may also contact the UN Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit (MALU) at malu@un.org, for any questions about that process.
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May
15
1:00 PM13:00

Resilient Social Contracts and Sustaining Peace

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The International Peace Institute (IPI), Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the University of Witwatersrand, Forging Resilient Social Contracts, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations are pleased to invite you to a policy forum on the role of the social contract in sustaining peace.

Welcoming Remarks:
Patrick Keuleers, Director, Governance and Peacebuilding, UNDP BPPS
Bettina Luise Rürup, Executive Director, FES New York
Takeshi Akahori, Minister, Political Coordinator, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations

Opening Remarks:
Fabrizio Hochschild, Assistant Secretary General for Strategic Coordination
 
Speakers:
Erin McCandless, Associate Professor, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa; and Research and Project Director, Forging Resilient Social Contracts
Luka Kuol, Professor of Practice, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, Washington, DC; and Associate Professor, University of Juba
Jasmin Ramovic, Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Manchester
 
Moderator:
Youssef Mahmoud, Senior Adviser, International Peace Institute

The identical General Assembly and Security Council Resolutions (70/262 and 2282, respectively), adopted on April 27, 2016, offer sustaining peace as the overarching framework for revitalizing the work of the UN’s peacebuilding architecture. The resolutions and the secretary-general’s report on peacebuilding and sustaining peace, released on January 18, 2018, underscores the importance of nationally owned agendas, rooted in the needs of all segments of society. To better understand—and indeed strengthen—the relationship between the state and the citizen, it is important to examine what drives inclusive and resilient social contracts within different contexts.
 
Participants at this event will discuss how social contracts manifest themselves in and adapt to different contexts, transcending from what are often unsustainable, ephemeral elite bargains into more inclusive ones with durable arrangements for sustaining peace. The findings of the research project “Forging Resilient National Social Contracts” will be presented and case studies on South Sudan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Tunisia will be featured. These case studies explore social contracting within contexts of conflict and fragility, highlighting the mechanisms through which agreements are forged that support prevention and sustaining peace.
 
This event will engage with current policy findings and debates, and highlight how the UN can better understand the role of the social contract, and utilize this framing in its work, to support national actors in attaining and sustaining peace. It is hoped that by focusing on concrete examples and cases studies, this conversation will help member states and other key national stakeholders develop a shared and deeper understanding of what sustaining peace means in practice as they attempt to implement the above joint resolutions and deliver on their commitment to make prevention the core function of the United Nations.

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For more information please click here for the Concept Note.

For questions contact:
Beatrice Agyarkoh, agyarkoh@ipinst.org or 212-225-9628

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May
11
8:30 AM08:30

Civil society meeting with Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

  • United Nations Headquarters (New York), Conference Room 6 (map)
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Hosted by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

OHCHR has organized a final civil society meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, before the end of his term. Admittance to this meeting will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please send your RSVP before Tuesday 8 May at 5pm to Mr. Thierno Souleymane Adenhof at thierno.adenhof@un.org and indicate your full name, title, organization and e-mail address. 
If you do not have a UNHQ grounds pass and need access to the UN for this meeting, please contact Mr. Nenad Vasic at vasic@un.org by 5pm on Tuesday, 8 May.

Click here for more information about the High Commissioner for Human Rights

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May
3
10:00 AM10:00

Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law

  • United Nations Headquarters (New York), Conference Room 1 (map)
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The United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI), the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in cooperation with the 19 Member States composing the Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists in New York invites you to the event in commemoration of "World Press Freedom Day 2018"
Theme: “Keeping Power in Check: the Protection of Journalists and Media Workers”

Concept Note for World Press Freedom Day: http://bit.ly/WPFDConceptNote

More information is available here.
Registration can be done here.

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May
1
10:00 AM10:00

The Changing Landscape of Armed Groups: Doing DDR in New Contexts

  • United Nations Headquarters (New York), Conference Room 8 (map)
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A panel discussion on 1 May 2018 will seek to delve into the changing landscape of armed groups and how DDR practitioners are adapting to these developments with flexible context-specific approaches. As peace operations grapple with situations of heightened political and security challenges, DDR practitioners have had to adjust to complex dynamics (e.g. no peace agreement or inclusive political process, transnational criminal networks, rising number of armed non-state actors, and regional armed group dynamics). Practitioners have to navigate through unclear political struggles and deal with legal constraints in contexts where violent extremism is a further challenge. On the ground, they have in some cases combined community-based programming with weapons management, and are engaging both combatants and youth-at-risk of recruitment while providing technical support to political processes at different levels. DDR efforts remain critical across the peace continuum as one of few non-military means in the UN tool box to directly engage members of armed groups.

The session seeks to build on a panel discussion held in Washington during the World Bank Fragility Forum in March 2018 on new approaches in DDR and will focus in particular on how they have been developed and reinforced through key partnerships. The panel will present on lessons learned from the closure of the Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Programme (TDRP) and the opening of the Global Programme for Reintegration Support (GPRS). Furthermore, panel members will discuss specific contexts where the World Bank and the United Nations are partnering on DDR, especially second generation DDR measures such as Community Violence Reduction. Participants will further address how to reinforce and codify these innovative measures, applying and adapting these along the peace continuum from prevention to sustainable development as part of DDR interventions.

Participants:
Tatiana Carayannis, Director of the Social Science Research Council’s new Understanding Violent Conflict Research Initiative and deputy director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum
Daniel P. Owen, Senior Social Development Specialist and Program Manager, Global Program for Reintegration Support, World Bank
Thomas Kontogeorgos, Chief Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Section, Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, Department of Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations
Elizabeth Kissam, Policy and Planning Officer, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Section, Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, Department of Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations

Please RSVP by Friday, 27 April to Charlotte.degrauwe@un.org

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