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Sep
25
4:00 PM16:00

Death Penalty: Poverty and the Right to Legal Representation

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UNGA73 High-level side event

Programme:

Keynote Speech:

  • Ms. Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Welcoming remarks:

  • H.E. Enzo Moavero Milanesi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy

  • H.E. Aloysio Nunes Ferreira Filho, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Brazil

  • H.E. Dionísio Babo Soares, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Timor-Leste

  • H.E. Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, France

  • High-level representative from Burkina Faso (tbc)

Panelists:

  • Mr. Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

  • MaryAnn Njau, Chairperson of the Kenya Task Force on Death Penalty

  • Mr. Kumi Naidoo, SG Amnesty International

  • Ndume Olatushani, Former prisoner released from death row

Moderator:

  • Mr. Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights

Q&A

Delegations wishing to take the floor are requested to contact the Mission of Italy (maurizio.antonini@esteri.it; jessica.cupellini@esteri.it), specifying the level of the speaker.

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Summary:
The practice of the death penalty around the world provides an emblematic example of how the imbalances in the application of the rule of law and lack of fair and proportionate sentencing in the administration of justice impact the poor. The marginalization of the poor from the protections of justice has serious consequences for the implementation of the SDGs.


People in poverty face many obstacles when approaching the criminal justice system. Their lack of financial resources often undermines the extent and quality of legal advice that they receive. This precarious situation exposes them to fatal disadvantages in criminal trials, which may lead to the death sentence.


Against this background, and within the context of the UN’s long-standing support for the abolition of the death penalty, OHCHR, Italy, Brazil, Burkina Faso (tbc), France, and Timor-Leste will hold a side event during the High-Level opening segment of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly to discuss the links between poverty, access to justice and the death penalty.


Within the context of its efforts to promote respect for international human rights and the rule of law, since 2007, the General Assembly has adopted a series of resolutions calling on States to establish a moratorium on the use of the death penalty. The most recent General Assembly resolution 71/187, adopted on 19 December 2016 welcomed progress towards abolition globally, encouraged moratoria and called upon all States to respect international standards that provide safeguards guaranteeing protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty, in particular, the minimum standards, as set out in the annex to Economic and Social Council resolution 1984/50 of 25 May 1984. The General Assembly will continue consideration of the issue at its 73rd session.


Despite these growing calls for a moratorium on executions, the death penalty continues to be applied in many Member States, disproportionately impacting the poorest or the most economically vulnerable individuals. Poverty, discrimination and social and economic inequalities affect access to justice for those who are facing possible execution. Defendants will in some cases be discriminated against because of their social or other status.


In 2017, on the World Day Against the Death Penalty, a group of United Nations human rights experts called for urgent action to end this imbalanced use of the death penalty on people from poorer communities.
The marginalization of the poor in the administration of justice, as demonstrated by the application of the death penalty, has disastrous consequences for the development and implementation of the SDGs.


Objectives:

  • Share the experience of the States and individuals on the death penalty, poverty and the right to legal representation

  • Build support, including in the context of implementation of the SDGs, to overcome human rights concerns in the continued use of the death penalty and in the context of poverty

  • Identify good practices to support Member States in promoting the rule of law and equal access to justice for all, as stipulated in the SDG Target 16.3

  • Share expert analysis on protecting human rights in the context of the death penalty and poverty

  • Encourage States to take appropriate actions to ensure that poor people are legally represented in criminal justice and promote their fair and proportionate sentencing.

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Sep
26
8:15 AM08:15

A Conversation with H.E. Mr. George Hanneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia

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The International Peace Institute (IPI), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), would like to invite you to a conversation with Liberian President, H.E. Mr. George Manneh Weah, as part of its Global Leader Series. Following President Weah’s presentation, there will be a discussion moderated by IPI’s president, Terje Rød-Larsen, with Sweden’s Permanent Representative to the UN and Chair of the Liberia Configuration of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, H.E. Mr. Olof Skoog, and the Assistant Secretary General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa of UNDP, Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa, on Liberia’s peacebuilding objectives and development priorities. The event will take place at IPI on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, from 8:15am to 9:45am.

Liberia’s presidential and legislative elections at the end of 2017 and the successful transfer of democratic power two months later marked a significant accomplishment in the country’s history. Following this peaceful transition and the end of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Libera now embarks on the next stage of its development trajectory. As part of this process, President Weah and the Liberian government are finalizing the country’s new development framework, the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD). At this Global Leader Series event, President Weah will reflect on Liberia’s current opportunities and challenges while also addressing how best the international community can sustain and amplify its support to the country.

Administrative Note:
Because of the strict security relating to the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, you will need to arrive
by 8:00am and bring a photo ID, as well as a copy of this invitation to enter the building.

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Due to space constraints, we can only accept the first 100 positive responses.

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

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Sep
26
5:30 PM17:30

Africa: Open for Business Summit (A High-Level Summit During the UNGA)

VIP Dialogue with Presidents and Prime Ministers, Captains of Industry, and other Dignitaries to learn about Business Opportunities in Africa

With the assistance of the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations

The Co-Chairs of the United Nations Senior Africans Group, Mr. Adama Dieng, Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, and Dr. Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, invite you to a High-Level Summit during the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, entitled "Africa: Open for Business Summit" - VIP Dialogue with Presidents and Prime Ministers, Captains of Industry, and other Dignitaries to learn about Business Opportunities in Africa.  

Contact: Djibril Diallo, Coordinator of the United nations Africans Group, and the President & CEO of the African Renaissance and Diaspora Network: djibril.diallo@ardn.ngo

 

 

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Sep
27
8:00 AM08:00

Human Rights Defenders: A Global Movement for Peace

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The International Peace Institute (IPI), the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are pleased to invite you to the eleventh annual Trygve Lie Symposium on “Human Rights Defenders: A Global Movement for Peace.” The event will take place at IPI on Thursday, September 27, 2018, from 8:00am to 9:45am.

Speakers at this event include Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Kingdom of Norway, H.E. Ms. Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Tunisia, H.E. Mr. Khemaies Jhinaoui, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, H.E. Ms. Michelle Bachelet, as well as other distinguished speakers. This conversation will be moderated by the President of the International Peace Institute, Mr. Terje Rød-Larsen.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 20th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. Throughout 2018, various events and activities around the globe are being held to highlight the importance of these declarations at an increasingly crucial time for human rights, including the “stand up for human rights” campaign being organized by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

According to the OHCHR, the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders tells us that we all have a role to fulfill as human rights defenders and emphasizes that there is a global human rights movement that involves us all. In November of last year, Norway, along with 75 other countries, co-sponsored the Human Rights Defenders UN Consensus Resolution in consultation with civil society, which was unanimously adopted by the UN General Assembly. This resolution recognized “the substantial role that human rights defenders can play in supporting efforts to strengthen conflict prevention, peace, and sustainable development, including… in the context of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

This year’s Trygve Lie Symposium will bring together high-level UN and government officials, experts, and civil society representatives to discuss and address how the international community can further promote the positive, important, legitimate, and necessary role of human rights defenders and how this work helps to create a world where sustainable peace is possible.

As we celebrate the anniversaries of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, presentations at this year’s Trygve Lie Symposium will reflect on the progress that has been made, new obstacles that those working to protect and defend human rights face, and the challenges that remain.

Administrative Note: Because of the strict security relating to the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, you will need to arrive by 8:00 am and bring a photo ID, as well as a copy of this invitation to enter the building.

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Sep
27
2:30 PM14:30

Women and International Peace: A Discussion on Rights, Representation, Resources, and the Way Forward

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The International Peace Institute in partnership with the Government of Sweden are pleased to invite you to a Global Leader Series discussion with H.E. Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden. The event will take place at IPI on Thursday, September 27, 2018, from 2:30pm to 4:00pm


 Despite two decades of policy development and commitments intended to support women and girls affected by armed conflict, women's participation in all levels of peace and security decision-making lags due to structural barriers, lack of access to political arenas, and even threats to women who attempt to participate in these processes. In efforts to build and sustain peace, there remains a widespread neglect of local-level women peacebuilders’ expertise, and formal peacemaking efforts continue to be resistant to women's meaningful participation and to women's rights. This problem persists despite increasing recognition that efforts to build and sustain peace are dependent upon the full participation of women and respect for their rights. This Global Leaders discussion will draw on the minister’s years as an advocate for women’s rights, including in conflict zones, and will include her insights on how the international community can better live up to its obligations to women and girls globally.

H.E. Ms. Wallström has been the Foreign Minister of Sweden since 2014. She has had a long career in politics, which began in 1979 when she first served as a member of the Swedish Parliament. Her ministerial career began in 1988 when she was appointed Minister of Civil Affairs, responsible for consumer, women, and youth matters. She subsequently assumed the position of Minister of Culture, and then Minister of Social Affairs. In 1998, she retired from Swedish politics to become Executive Vice-President of Worldview Global Media, a non-governmental organization based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. From 1999 until 2004, she served as European Commissioner for the Environment. In 2004, when the Barroso Commission took office, she was appointed its first vice president responsible for inter-institutional relations and communication.

Ms.Wallström has been an advocate for the rights and needs of women throughout her political career, perhaps most notably as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict from 2010 to 2012, and in her promotion of Sweden’s feminist foreign policy in her role as Foreign Minister. She is currently a member of the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, appointed by the UN Secretary-General in May 2015. She has received several honorary doctorates and awards for her work on sustainable development and climate change, and has also done extensive work to endorse a European Union-Africa partnership on renewable energy, and to champion equal opportunities. She was also co-founder of the European Union inter-institutional group of women and a key supporter of the 50-50 Campaign for Democracy by the European Women's Lobby, where she worked to promote a more gender-balanced European Union.

This event will be moderated by Mr. Terje Rød-Larsen, President of IPI.


 Administrative Note:
Because of the strict security relating to the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, you will need to 
arrive by 2:30pm and bring a photo ID, as well as a copy of this invitation to enter the building. 

*Please note that 
you must register for the event prior to September 27th in order to attend.*


Due to space constraints, we can only accept the first 120 positive responses.

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Beatrice Agyarkoh, agyarkoh@ipinst.org or 212-225-9628

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Sep
28
1:00 PM13:00

Investing in Peace and the Prevention of Violence in the Sahel-Sahara: Voices from Africa

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The International Peace Institute and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) of Switzerland are pleased to invite you to a policy forum during the UN High-Level Week to present the main conclusions and recommendations from the third Regional Conversations on “Investing in Peace and the Prevention of Violence in the Sahel-Sahara.” These conversations were organized in Algiers on June 24 and 25, 2018, by the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), IPI, the FDFA of Switzerland, and the African Union’s African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT), with the support from the government of Algeria. The event will take place at IPI on Friday, September 28, 2018, from 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm.

Opening remarks:
H.E. Mr. Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations
H.E. Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS)

Speakers:
H.E. Ambassador El Haouès Riache, Ambassador and Counterterrorism Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Algeria
H.E. Mr. Larry Gbevlo-Lartey, African Union Special Representative for Counterterrorism and Director of the African Union’s African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT)
Ms. Lori-Anne Théroux-Bénoni, Director, Dakar Office, Institute for Security Studies, Senegal
Mr. Mohamed Anacko, President of Agadez Regional Council, Niger
Ms. Omezzine Khélifa, Executive Director, Mobdiun, Tunisia

Moderator:
Dr. Youssef Mahmoud, Senior Adviser, International Peace Institute (IPI)

Following similar Conversations in Dakar in 2016 and N’Djamena in 2017, the Algiers gathering aimed to further identify and strengthen local, national, and regional approaches to preventing violent extremism and addressing its causes in the Sahel-Sahara. The focus was on the gap between the state and its citizens, engagement by civil society, the role of the media and security and defense forces, and the contribution of culture, citizenship, and education to prevention. Participants in the Algiers conversation called for a multidimensional approach to prevention that involves all stakeholders. They formulated recommendations on actions practitioners from the region could take, both within states and through regional and subregional groupings, and in some cases with support from the UN and other partners. The French version of the meeting note is available here (English and Arabic versions are forthcoming).

This gathering will offer a unique opportunity for a lively exchange between policymakers and practitioners from Africa during high-level week in New York.

Simultaneous French/English translation will be available at the event.

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Sep
28
1:15 PM13:15

STAND UP FOR SDG16+

"Stand Up for SDG16+: Accelerating Progress on SDG 16+" - a high-level side event to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. The event will be held on September 28 2018, 1:15-2:30 pm (EDT) in Conference Room 11, UNHQ New York. 

In the same spirit of the joint 2018 HLPF launch, this side event will continue to shine a spotlight on SDG 16+ and build momentum to support the achievement of SDG 16+  as an end goal itself and as an enabler for other SDGs. The side event will provide a platform for Member States, private sector, civil society, and youth to highlight how they are supporting the achievement of SDG 16+.

Please note: RSVP is required through Eventbrite. Entry requires a UN Ground Pass. If you do not hold a UN Ground Pass please follow the instructions on the Eventbrite registration form.  Entry to the venue is from the 46th Street, 1st Avenue entrance. In addition to the UN Security access pass, a government-issued photo identification (which must match the name given for UN Security pass) is required to enter the premises. 

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Oct
17
1:00 PM13:00

Safeguarding Medical Care and Humanitarian Action in the UN Counterterrorism Network

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Following UN Security Council 1371 (2001), the UN and its member states have developed what can be described as an international counterterrorism regime composed of laws, standards, rules, policies, and practices. However, there is growing evidence that the design and implementation of counterterrorism measures can adversely impact the provision of medical care and the conduct of principled humanitarian action in armed conflict. Whether inadvertently or not, these measures have impeded—and at times prevented—the provision of essential and lifesaving aid. This runs counter to international humanitarian law obligations to provide and grant access to medical assistance and impartial humanitarian aid, which need to be taken into account in the design and implementation of counterterrorism laws and policies. 

This event aims to enhance awareness of how counterterrorism measures and their implementation may adversely impact the delivery of impartial humanitarian assistance in armed conflict zones, in particular looking at the current UN counterterrorism framework. It will also mark the launch of IPI’s new report, “Safeguarding Medical Care and Humanitarian Action in the UN Counterterrorism Framework” and disseminate key findings from the research. Finally, it will discuss recommendations and explore ways forward to mitigate tensions between counterterrorism and humanitarian imperatives.

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A Conversation with Dr. Asle Toje, Former Research Director at the Norwegian Nobel Institute and Current Member of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee
Sep
17
1:00 PM13:00

A Conversation with Dr. Asle Toje, Former Research Director at the Norwegian Nobel Institute and Current Member of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee

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The International Peace Institute (IPI) in cooperation with the Norwegian Nobel Institute is pleased to invite you to a discussion on “The Nobel Peace Prize: Past, Present, and Future” featuring Dr. Asle Toje, a member of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee on Monday, September 17th, from 1:00pm to 2:30pm.

The Nobel Peace Prize is world-renowned as the most prestigious recognition of achievements in the pursuit of peace. This event will focus on the history of the prize, how it currently serves to contribute to the promotion of peace in today’s world and how it will do so in the future.

Asle Toje is the former Research Director at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo and a current member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. He is also an influential public intellectual and commentator. Since completing his PhD at Cambridge in 2006, Toje has lectured and taught at universities in Europe and beyond. His research focuses on the intersection of security studies and European studies. Among his scholarly works are America, the EU and Strategic Culture (2008); The European Union as a Small Power (2010); and Will China’s Rise Be Peaceful? (2018).

The event will be moderated by Terje Rød-Larsen, President of IPI.

For questions, contact:
Amanda Mignone, murchison@ipinst.org or 212-225-9638

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Sep
10
9:15 AM09:15

Broader Perspectives on the UN of Today and Tomorrow: An interactive discussion with the Team of External Advisors to the President of the General Assembly

The International Peace Institute and the Office of the President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly invite you to an interactive discussion with members from the Team of External Advisors to the President of the General Assembly. The event will take place at IPI on Monday, September 10, 2018, from 9:15am to 12:45pm.

Welcoming Remarks:
Mr. Terje Rød-Larsen, President of the International Peace Institute

Opening Remarks:
H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia

Session 1: The Future of a Rule-Based System: Multilateralism Under Threat

Speakers:
H.E. Ms. Susana Malcorra, Advisor to the President of Argentina, former Foreign Minister of Argentina, former Chef de Cabinet of the UN Secretary-General [video message]
H.E. Mr. Francisco José Pereira Pinto de Balsemão, former Prime Minister of Portugal and Chairman of the Board of the group IMPRESA
Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Sustainable Development Goals
Mr. Jean-Marie Guéhenno, former President and CEO of the International Crisis Group and former Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations
Mr. Nik Gowing, British Television Journalist and Co-author of Thinking the Unthinkable

Moderator: 
Ms. Femi Oke, International Journalist and Co-founder of Moderate the Panel

Session 2: A Stronger General Assembly for a Stronger United Nations

Speakers:
H.E. Ms. Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Education and former Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Kenya, former Permanent Representative of The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya to the United Nations
H.E. Mr. Antonio Patriota, Ambassador of Brazil to Italy, former Foreign Minister of Brazil, and former Permanent Representative of Brazil to the UN
Professor Carlos Lopes, Professor at the University of Cape Town and former Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa

Moderator: 
Mr. Nik Gowing, British Television Journalist and Co-author of Thinking the Unthinkable

The Team of External Advisors to the President of the General Assembly is a pro bono group of sixteen globally respected individuals dedicated to multilateralism who have been remarkable in their service -- both to their country and in the international arena. The team was formed with the aim of discussing and sharing views on strategic questions, including the scope and depth of the work and engagement of the UN, as well as the role of the General Assembly.

As the theme for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly was "Focusing on People Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet," the Team focused on peace, conflict prevention, and mediation. At the event at IPI on September 10th, members of the Team will highlight ideas and recommendations that emerged from their discussions with the President of the General Assembly throughout his term. These discussions were summarized in the Final Report of the Team of External Advisors, which will be available at the event. The meetings covered a wide range of topics including global political issues, multilateralism, sustaining peace, the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on climate change, human rights and human dignity, and the future and reform of the United Nations.

For questions contact:
Amanda Mignone, murchison@ipinst.org or 212-225-9638
 

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Aug
22
to Aug 23

The 67th UN DPI/NGO Conference: We the Peoples… Together Finding Global Solutions for Global Problems

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The 67th UN DPI/NGO Conference 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 these people-centered mandate forward, and to examine the repositioned UN Development Systems as a platform to work and advocate in closer partnership. 

Thematic Roundtables: 
Women and Girls Mobilizing
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70
Doing the Math: A Repositioned UN Development System
Youth: Today’s Leaders
Shared Planet, Shared Prosperity
Towards UN-75: Communicating the Case for Multilateralism

Registration is now open (closes 12 August 2018). Click here
Read the Concept Note here

Update on Conference REGISTRATION 
Registrants are:

  • 900 representatives of NGOs (83%), academia, press, private sector, government
  • 47% female & 53% male
  • 39% under 32 years old 
  • From 83 different countries

The current list of Planning Sub-committees and Co-chairs is available here.

Call for Volunteers
Call for Workshop Proposals

Call for Youth Submissions

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Insight Series: A Discussion on Migration
Aug
14
3:00 PM15:00

Insight Series: A Discussion on Migration

Since the New York Declaration for Refuges and Migrants was adopted in September 2016, the United Nations and its Member States have been spearheading efforts towards a Global Compact for Migration. The text of the Compact was finalized on the 13 July 2018. But what does the text mean, and what has the 18 months of dialogue revealed? Join us at the Dag Hammarskjöld Library as we bring together migrants, humanitarian workers, Member States, UN agencies and advocates to discuss migration, the implementation of the Compact, and its potential impacts.  A selection of recent books on the topic will be displayed at the event.

Discussion panel:  

  1. Moderator: Ms. Suzanne Sheldon, Senior Policy Advisor, Global Compact for Migration, IOM Office to the United Nations
  2. Ms. Tolu Olubunmi, DPI Communications Coordinator (Migration) 
  3. Mr. Richard Blewitt, Head of Delegation and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, IFRC
  4. Ambassador Mr. Brian Flynn, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN
  5. Ambassador Mr. Dionyssios Kalamvrezos, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Greece to the UN

Registration: https://un.libcal.com/event/4397778 
Note: Due to the limited seating capacity in the Room, registrations will be confirmed on a first come, first serve basis.

More on the Global Compact for Migration: United Nations - With more people on the move than ever before in history, representatives of countries from around the world are preparing a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNRoDxhFCKA

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Jul
23
to Jul 26

9th Working Session: Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing

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The Ninth Working Session of the Working Group will be held from 23 to 26 July 2018 in Conference Room 4 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Participation of NGOs

Online Registration for NGOs with ECOSOC Status and previously accredited organizations to the OEWG on Ageing - Deadline is NOW CLOSED

Participation of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) - Deadline is now CLOSED

Online Application Form for Side Events- Deadline is now CLOSED

List of NGOs Accredited to the OEWG on Ageing

Draft List of Side Events (as of 16 July 2018)

Click here for Ninth Session documents and background papers
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Jul
20
2:00 PM14:00

Book Launch: The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

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Meet the editor Sahm Venter and Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela
Introductory remarks by Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights

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Sahm Venter worked as a journalist for over twenty years, mainly covering the anti-apartheid struggle, including Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990, and South Africa’s transition to democracy. She has edited and co-authored a number of books and is currently senior researcher at the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela is a granddaughter of Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. She works as a business developer and is a public speaker and entrepreneur.

This event is open to United Nations pass holders and visitors. All visitors who will be attending the event require a UN security pass to enter the United Nations. 

For further information, please email bookshop@un.org

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Jul
19
to Jul 20

Supreme Audit Institution Leadership and Stakeholder Meeting

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Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) Leadership and Stakeholders meeting on “Contributions of Supreme Audit Institutions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”

A meeting on “SAI Contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals” will take place in New York, from 19 to 20 July 2018, following the ministerial segment of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF). Jointly organized by the United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs (UNDESA) and the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI), the meeting draws from the success of a first meeting held in 2017.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to take stock of SAIs’ engagement with the SDGs. Participants will reflect on the experience and lessons learned from auditing preparedness for SDG implementation, and present relevant audit findings, recommendations and reports from different regions. Discussions also aim to facilitate mutual understanding and dialogue between SAIs and external stakeholders regarding SDG implementation and the role of SAIs, and identify stakeholders’ expectations on the contributions of SAIs to the 2030 Agenda.

Aide Memoire | Draft Agenda | Information Note

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Jul
18
5:30 PM17:30

Celebration for International Day of Education for Global Citizenship

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In Collaboration with: 
UNESCO-NY, the UN Academic Impact, and the UN Alliance of Civilization
Sponsored by:
The Missions of the Republic of Korea & the State of Qatar to the United Nations

In an increasingly interdependent world, a prosperous future requires education systems that educate for global citizenship. We invite you to join us on July 18, for our celebration event to promote the creation of an International Day of Education for Global Citizenship through the United Nations system. 
 
We believe that such a day is a vital part of fulfilling the UN’s commitment to global peace and prosperity. July 18th marks the date the UN included global citizenship in the language of UN Sustainable Development Goal 4, Quality Education. Our celebration recognizes the fourth anniversary of that date and reaffirms the commitment made by the participants of the 2016 Gyeongju UN DPI/NGO conference to establish an International Day of Education for Global Citizenship at the United Nations.

List of Speakers:

  1. The Former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; 
  2. H.E. Ambassador Park Chull-joo, The Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations; 
  3. Mr. Abdulrahman Al Hamadi, Charge d’Affairs, The Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations;
  4. Ms. Marie Paule Roudil, Director and UNESCO Representative to the United Nations in New York; 
  5. Mr. Matthew Hodes, Director of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations; 
  6. Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Professor of Economics and the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
  7. Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Concept Note and Programme
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Jul
12
6:30 PM18:30

SDGs and Human Rights in the Post-2020 biodiversity framework

  • Conference Room 7, United Nations HQ (New York) (map)
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The event will provide a platform for dialogue about integrated sustainability and human-rights based approaches in the achievement of the SDGs and incorporating SDG 16 and human rights principles into the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. It will also discuss tools and strategies for implementing the biodiversity and ecosystem dimensions of the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, including in the context of key sectors (SDG 12 on sustainable production and consumption patterns).

Please note that there is no need to RSVP. However, access to the UN building does require possessing a UN ground pass.

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Jul
11
1:15 PM13:15

Building resilience by ensuring access to water and sanitation for all: Experiences with human rights-based approaches

  • Conference Room 4, United Nations HQ (New York) (map)
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The event will showcase practical examples that demonstrate the value of a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to achieving SDG 6 and other related Goals, with a central focus on the role of the right to water and sanitation in building resilience. Government and civil society representatives will share the experiences in integrating international human rights standards and principles into national water and community resilience policies, with a deeper look into the situation in El Salvador.

This event is organized by the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Uruguay, on behalf of the Group of Friends of Economic, Social and Cultural Right, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and Franciscans International, and is cosponsored by the Permanent Missions of El Salvador, Finland and Cape Verde and UN Water.

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Jun
29
1:15 PM13:15

Interactive Briefing on The Inter-Agency Coordination Group Against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT)

  • Conference Room 11, United Nations HQ (New York) (map)
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The event will feature:
H.E. Valentin Rybakov, Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN (on behalf of the Group of Friends United Against Human Trafficking)
Mr.  Yury Fedotov, Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director of UN Office on Drugs and Crime (ICAT Coordinator)
Representative from UNICEF (ICAT 2018 Chair) 

Following an update on the work of ICAT, including the recent ICAT Principals Level Meeting pursuant to GA Resolution 72/195 (OP10-11), interventions from the floor will be welcomed.  

RSVP to monasebian@un.org or 212-963-5631

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Jun
28
1:15 PM13:15

Launch Event: Human Rights-Compliant Responses to the Threat Posed by Foreign Fighters

  • Conference Room 11, United Nations HQ (New York) (map)
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The Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force Working Group on Promoting and Protecting Human Rights and the Rule of Law While Countering Terrorism, chaired by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, has drafted a guidance document on Human Rights-Compliant Responses to the Threat Posed by Foreign Fighters.

The document provides concrete guidance to States in their efforts to implement Security Council Resolutions 2178 and 2396 in compliance with international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international refugee law, as intended by the Security Council, and in a manner consistent with the comprehensive approach agreed by the General Assembly in its review of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. The guidance document will be launched at this event.

Moderator:
Mr. Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations

Panelists:
Mr. Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights
Ms. Michèle Coninsx, Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate
Ms. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism
Mr. Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations
Ms. Letta Tayler, Senior Researcher, Human Rights Watch

RSVP to gabriela.potts@eda.admin.ch (for those who do not have a UN grounds pass)

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Jun
27
10:00 AM10:00

Presentation of the Joint Study on the Contribution of Transitional Justice to the Prevention of Atrocity Crimes

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Refer A/HRC/37/65 (2018), "Joint study of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence and the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide" 

Please RSVP by 25 June 2018 to gabriela.potts@eda.admin.ch

Agenda:
10:00am - Welcome remarks
H.E. Mr. Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations

10:05am - Welcome remarks
H.E. Mr. Martín García Moritán, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations

10:10am - Presentations
Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide
Pablo de Greiff, Former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence

10:30am - Open discussion
Moderated by Marcie Mersky, External Senior Mediation Advisor for the United Nations Department of Political Affairs

11:50am - Closing remarks

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Jun
25
9:30 AM09:30

Strengthening a Comprehensive and Inclusive Approach to the Prevention of Violent Extremism

Hosted by the Civil Society-UN Prevention Platform

In 2016, the Secretary General’s Plan of Action and, the most recent Security Council resolutions, including 2178, 2354 and 2396 set countering and preventing violent extremism efforts in the wider context of a rejuvenation of the Organization’s preventive agenda. In the context of a week at the UN focused on counter-terrorism strategies of Member States, the Civil Society-UN Prevention Platform is convening this discussion to explore ways that civil society, the UN and Member States can work together to engage productively and collaboratively on this issue.

The objective of this meeting is to discuss key actors in countering and preventing of violent extremism, explore ways to better engage local civil society communities, consider the lessons learned at local levels and within the UN system on countering and preventing violent extremism and to set expectations for the week’s upcoming events.

Speakers:
Edward Flynn, Senior Human Rights Officer, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), United Nations
David Nichols, Senior UN Advocate, Amnesty International
Fadi Abi Allam, President, Permanent Peace Movement, Lebanon

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Evie McCullough at emccullough@afsc.org. For additional information, you may also call 212-682-2745. 

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Jun
19
2:30 PM14:30

Panel Discussion: The Plight and Rights of Children Born of War

  • Conference Room 2, United Nations Secretariat Building (New York) (map)
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The panel discussion will be held to commemorate the official observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict entitled "The Plight and Rights of Children Born of War" co-hosted by the Office of the SRSG on Sexual Violence in Conflict, the Office of the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict, the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations and the Government of the United Kingdom.  

The event will include reflections on how the lessons of history can be applied to contemporary conflict and post-conflict societies, in which women and children released from armed and violent extremist groups struggle to reintegrate into their families and communities. It will consider strategies such as enlisting religious and traditional leaders to help change harmful social norms and dispel the perception that these children and their mothers were complicit in the crimes committed by their captors. (The event will be conducted in English).

RSVP ciara.butterfield@un.org

Follow the conversation on social media #EndRapeinWar
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Jun
19
10:00 AM10:00

Public consultation on legal gender recognition and depathologization

Convened by the UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI)

Concept note and draft agenda

The consultation is open to all stakeholders, including States, civil society organizations, national human rights institutions, and UN agencies, programmes and funds. The UN Independent Expert, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, wishes to hold this multi-
stakeholders consultation to:

  • Discuss good practices and challenges with regard to the adoption and implementation of gender recognition procedures aiming at giving official recognition to a transgender person’s gender identity;
  • Exchange on human rights violations and abuses that transgender persons face when such recognition is not available and when their identification documents do not reflect their self-perceived gender identity;
  • Discuss the impact of the pathologization and the branding of persons as ill based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression – as one of the root causes behind the human rights violations that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons face.

This consultation is part of a process seen as feeding into the preparation of the Independent Expert’s upcoming report to the 73 rd session of the General Assembly in October 2018. Kindly note that it will unfortunately not be possible to participate via videoconferencing.

For more information about the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, please click here

Should you have any questions about this event, please contact us (ie-sogi@ohchr.org, +41 22 917 9327 or +41 22 917 9681).

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Jun
14
1:15 PM13:15

Strengthening cooperation and partnerships in monitoring the rights of persons with disabilities: experiences and way forward

  • Conference Room C, United Nations Headquarters (New York) (map)
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Welcome and Opening Remarks
Sharon Stuart, Assistant Secretary, Department of Social Services, Australia

Speakers
Coomaravel Pyaneandee, Vice-Chairperson, Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Sirpa Rautio, Director, Finnish Human Rights Centre

Ruth Warick, International Federation of Hard of Hearing People and Board Member of the International Disability Alliance

Patrick Keuleers, Director of Governance and Peacebuilding, UNDP

Interactive Discussion

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Jun
11
9:00 AM09:00

President of the General Assembly's High-level Meeting: Financing for SDGs, Breaking the Bottlenecks of Investment from Policy to Impact

  • ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters (New York) (map)
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The President of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák identified sustainable development as a priority. Therefore he will convene a Meeting on Financing the Sustainable Development Goals on 11 June 2018 bringing together different stakeholders around the same table, including the World Bank, OECD, regional development banks, and businesses. The event should act as a platform for stronger public-private partnerships to explore what the United Nations can do to better align itself with the rapidly-changing world of international finance, and support the 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. 

Click here to view the programme. Additional information is available here.

Panel 1: Build fertile soil for business: providing concerted leadership

Panel 2: Let the investment grow: filling in the gap of trillions

Panel 3: Remove the hurdles of irrigation: channeling investment to the ground

Panel 4: Secure the fruits: maximizing investment impact

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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
24
1:00 PM13:00

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

  • Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security & Development, International Peace Institute (map)
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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
23
12:30 PM12:30

Discussion: Consolidating and strengthening the UN Secretary-General selection process

Participants will discuss strategies and timelines to effectively consolidate the gains achieved for a more open, transparent and inclusive selection process in selecting next Secretary-Generals. Discussion points are as follows

  • What is a sound strategy to ensure the new elements will be consolidated for future selections in a resolution?
  • What are the most crucial elements to be preserved?
  • What is the best means to address each of these issues?
  • Which of them require in-depth discussion?
  • What is a good time frame to address them?
  • Does application of the new process to an incumbent UNSG seeking re-selection require in depth discussion and if so how?
  • Should some of the ethical issues be addressed or included in a Code of Conduct?

Click here to view the draft agenda

For further information and to RSVP by 21 May 2018, please contact Permanent Mission of Estonia to the UN, by email: anne.mccullom@mfa.ee or by telephone at: 646 514 0080

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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
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”

  • UN Headquarters (New York), Trusteeship Council Chamber (map)
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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

  • Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security & Development, International Peace Institute (map)
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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.

RSVP HERE 

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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