Reflections on Our Countries
Every month RESURJ members will collectively share and reflect on some news highlights affecting sexual and reproductive, environmental and economic justice from the different regions and countries we they work. here you can see reflection for month of November>>>
Also you can find more information at www.resurj.org/news
World Forum on early care and education
Join 800 early childhood professionals from over 80 nations for a life changing experience at the 2017 World Forum in Auckland, New Zealand. The theme of the event is Sustainability – sustaining childhoods, families, organizations, the planet, each other and ourselves!
See more information at worldforumfoundation.org/events/
WEDO in Focus!
WEDO is pleased to announce the development of our new Gender Climate Tracker App. The app will provide experts, practitioners, decision-makers, negotiators and advocates easy, on-the-go access to the latest information on policies, mandates, research, decisions and actions related to gender and climate change.
Download app HERE>>>
New innovative, advocacy tracker launched — Young Leaders Advocacy in Action
We are super excited to announce the launch of our new Young Leaders Advocacy in Action tracker. A groundbreaking new way to convey advocacy progress and impact, this tracker displays the efforts that Women Deliver Young Leaders are making across issues – at local, national, and global levels.
Every day, Women Deliver Young Leaders are catalyzing action for impactful, positive change for gender equality and the sexual and reproductive health and rights of themselves and of girls and women. The Young Leaders Advocacy in Action tracker makes visible this important and often unseen work. From raising their voices at high-level global platforms to holding local decision-makers accountable, this tracker serves as an interactive visual account of their collective action.
“In this increasingly uncertain world, the visible leadership of young people is important if we are to maintain hope for today and secure the development prospects of women and girls tomorrow,” said Yemurai Nyoni, a Women Deliver board member and 2013 Women Deliver Young Leader. “The Women Deliver Young Leaders and their work are clear beacons of such hope, in showing the world how to turn passion into innovation, and innovation into meaningful action for women and girls worldwide. With every meaningful youth-led action on the SDGs, our future becomes more secure.”
Young Leaders Advocacy in Action: youth deliver.
Click here to visit the Young Leaders Advocacy in Action tracker.
Oxfam launches new campaign on Eliminating Violence Against Women & Girls
Today Oxfam launched a new campaign ENOUGH: Together We Can End Violence Against Women & Girls. The campaign focuses on challenging harmful social norms and the primary focus is national campaigning, with an emphasis on co-creation of national campaigns with women’s rights organisations and movementsThe first countries to launch the campaign are: Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Pakistan, South Africa and Zambia. Many more countries will join next year.If you would like to learn more about the campaign, please visit our website: www.sayenoughtoviolence.orgAlso our animation is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ova_C9v7F90 (which makes the link between every day gender inequality and violence against women and girls). Spanish & Mandarin versions are also available.Oxfam’s Director Winnie Byanyima has also written an op-ed available here: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/11/violence-women-161121133837163.htmlPlease do join the conversation & #SayEnough to VAWG!
Save the Date — Dec 13 — Special Webinar — One Year After: Where are we with the implementation of the 2030 Agenda?
Together 2030 Special Webinar — December 13 2016 — National Implementation. Please, sign up here if you want to join the webinar organized by Together 2030, the Asia Pacific Regional CSO Coordination Mechanism (APRCEM) and BOND UK.
Two stories to mark the 16 Day Campaign to end violence against women
We are excited to share with you this short video featuring Turkish actors Mert Firat and Melisa Sozen, whom we commissioned to put out a message to end violence against women and girls, as part of the 16 Day Campaign.
Innovative Entrepreneurial Program for Women in Poverty
Opened the application process for next Street Business School Immersion Workshop training from March 5th - 11th in Kampala, Uganda.
Street Business School is BeadforLife’s 6-month business training program for women living in poverty, resulting in an average income increase of over 50%.
Our Immersion Workshop is a dynamic and interactive 8-day training offering staff members of partner organizations the essential tools for customizing and delivering a SBS program of their very own.
It is ideal for organizations who:
With only eight spots available, interested parties are encouraged to apply now! Applications will be reviewed and organizations selected on a rolling basis. Attached are the Immersion Workshop details with a link to the application. For questions or more information, please feel free to email carlyla@StreetBusinessSchool.org. Application deadline is December 15th, 2016.
New Report — High Level Statements and the 2030 Agenda: From Aspiration to Implementation?
One year after the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, Heads of State and Government gathered again at the United Nations for the 71st General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate. The main theme of this UNGA, as proposed by the President of the UNGA (PGA) is: “The Sustainable Development Goals: A universal push to transform our world” and it was expected that leaders would be using this most prestigious public space to layout the steps taken so far in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and of the SDGs.
We are happy to share with you the report “High Level Statements and the 2030 Agenda: From Aspiration to Implementation? A Review of Statements delivered during the General Debate of the 71st United Nations General Assembly (September 20 — 26 2016)”. This report analyses a series of official statements delivered during the UNGA 71 General Debate and how the theme proposed by the PGA was presented by them. The main question guiding the analysis was: Are countries actually moving from the aspiration reflected in the Summit to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda?
Encouraging CSOs to take the #CSOCheck
With only a few weeks to go before the HLM2, we are writing to all of you to ask your help and cooperation to make HLM2 meaningful for civil society’s advocacies, especially around recognizing our independence and initiative as development actors.
You may be well aware of the #CSOCheck, as earlier communicated by the WG on CSO DE and Tetet. We are currently targeting 500 CSO responses to the checklist before the HLM2, and as such, we would like to ask your help to reach out to at least 30 CSOs from your constituency to take the Check. You can take the test now by clicking on this link: http://csopartnership.org/posts/the-cso-effectiveness-test/
By answering the #CSOCheck, CSOs are contributing to building evidence on CSOs’ commitment to further improve their own development effectiveness and accountability in the face of great challenges to serve the people. Let us collectively make this
Gender Equality & The Rights to Safe Drinking Water & Sanitation — Report of the UN Special Rapporteur to the Human Rights Council 2016
In the report, the Special Rapporteur focuses on gender equality in the realization of the human rights to water and sanitation. The Special Rapporteur seeks to highlight areas that need particular attention in order to prevent and respond to gender inequalities in access to water and sanitation, as well as gender-based violence and barriers to the realization of the human rights to water and sanitation.
Read full text here>>>
Together 2030 Implementation Webinar -Who is afraid of Data?
Join to webinar organized by Together 2030: (IN ENGLISH) — November 8, 9:00 — 10:30am (NY time) -»Who is afraid of data? – Challenges and opportunities in the SDG era» for discussion about the impact of date on the implemantation and accountability of the SDGs
Please, sign up here if you want to join the webinar
CSW 61st session
CSW61 and the NGO CSW Forum will take place 13-24 March, 2017. This year’s priority theme will be “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.” The review theme will be “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls (agreed conclusions of the fifty-eighth session)”
Registration for all NGO SCW61 session will be online.
Online Registration & Application for PARALLEL EVENTS will open on 7 NOVEMBER 2016 and the deadline for submitting applications is 9 DECEMBER 2016
GENERAL ATTENDANCE (free)- Online Registration opens on 28 NOVEMBER 2016. Deadline to register is 3 MARCH 2017
Consultation seeking views on UN Women approach to sex work, the sex trade and prostitution
Question 1) The 2030 Agenda commits to universality, human rights and leaving nobody behind. How do you interpret these principles in relation to sex work/trade or prostitution?
Question 2) The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out to achieve gender equality and to empower all women and girls. The SDGs also include several targets pertinent to women’s empowerment, such as
a) reproductive rights
b) women’s ownership of land and assets
c) building peaceful and inclusive societies
d) ending the trafficking of women
e) eliminating violence against women.
How do you suggest that policies on sex work/trade/prostitution can promote such targets and objectives?
Question 3) The sex trade is gendered. How best can we protect women in the trade from harm, violence, stigma and discrimination?
Please keep your response to the above questions to a maximum of 1,500 words in total. Your responses to the above questions will be very valuable for UN Women.
Please send your input to email@example.com by 31 October 2016 with the subject title “Written submission”.
All emails should indicate:
i) your name
ii) organization and title, if relevant
UN Women Civil Society Consultation on Global Monitoring Report on Gender Equality and SDGs
UN Women is working on a new flagship report - Gender Equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - that will assess progress, gaps, and challenges in achieving gender equality in the implementation of the SDGs. To help inform this first report, especially the chapter on data, UN Women has opened an online consultation that has four areas: (1) identifying thematically and gender relevant indicators for ten goals currently lacking strong gender indicators; (2) identifying country/regional initiatives for developing further indicators; (3) identifying partnerships to advance the SDGs at the local level; and (4) providing examples of when gender data has been used to bring about meaningful change.
The survey is accessible here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/78R77NG. If you would rather email your comments, or have attachments of documents or data that you would like to share with the Report team, please send them directly to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘2016 Gender Equality and SDGs’ as the subject heading.
Submissions are due by October 25, 2016.
Alternative reports to reporting countries of HLPF 2017
Women Major Group is creating a new googlegroup called National Voluntary Review googlegroup (NVR) organized by the Women’s Major Group (WMG).
WMG encourage members to join if you are from/ or work in a reporting country in the national voluntary reviews of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2017; already want to start alternate reports even if your country isn’t reporting; and/or have expertise in national reporting processes and are interested in following the review process and/or participating in a shadow/alternate report.
Please fill out this google form here.
Why the Women’s Major Group is disappointed with a man as UN SG again
Statement by members of the Women’s Major Group on the appointment of the new Secretary General of the United Nations
The Women’s Major Group of the UN Agenda-2030 process (WMG), has received the announcement of the nomination of Mr Antonio Guterres as new Secretary General, with mixed feelings.
Over the past year, the WMG has advocated for the election of a feminist, woman Secretary General. We wanted to see the UN act on its stated commitment to gender equality and transformation, but instead we are profoundly disappointed to see no change in the highest post at the UN. After 70 years of male leadership of the United Nations, it is past time for a feminist woman to take the helm. Women are half of the world’s population and have the right to equal representation in decision-making and leadership at the highest levels. The UN is officially committed to gender parity. It must lead by example by putting women in leadership positions. Instead, it has chosen nine men in succession for the post of Secretary General. Mr Guterres is also the fourth European man to take this position.
See full text of statement HERE>>>
October E-News 2016: Reflections on Women’s Peace Activism in Nigeria, Scorecard Launch, and Preparation for the 16th Anniversary on UNSCR 1325
Please find WILPF PeaceWomen October E-News here>>>
Webinar : Launch of WPS Security Council Scorecard 19 October 9AM ET / 3PM CEST
Webinar »Measuring State Commitments to Women, Peace and Security: Launch of WILPF’s Expanded WPS Security Council Scorecard» in advance of the 16th anniversary of UNSCR 1325 on Wednesday, October 19th 2016, at 9:00AM-10:30AM EST (3:00PM-4:30PM CEST) via Webinar.
Register for the webinar (Webinar ID: 728-205-883) below:
Introduction to the WMG webinar
This introduction to the WMG webinar are for new members that just joined the WMG google group. You will be able to find out more in depth about the WMG, our structure, accomplishments, challenges and what we are gearing up towards for future activities.
For those who missed the Intro to WMG webinar last October 5, please find here a registration form which you have to fill out to access it.
The Elusive Woman UN Secretary-General
WMG HLPF Webinar — The role of the WMG in National Voluntary Reviews to HLPF: Lessons learned from 2016 and how we can engage for 2017
Please register for The role of the WMG in National Voluntary Reviews to HLPF: Lessons learned from 2016 and how we can engage for 2017 on Oct 11, 2016 9:00 AM EDT at:
This first webinar about National Voluntary Reviews for Agenda 2030 will share lessons learned by Women’s Major Group members who followed their country’s reviews and reporting in 2016 at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF). It will also outline how the WMG members can support each other with advance planning for 2017. We should be included in the national review process, so a big question is how will that happen. Will we be able to provide official inputs, have a chance to give feedback and participate in the process at national level? Or will we need to do alternative and parallel or shadow reports? What can we do at the HLPF itself?
Now that we are 1 year past the adoption of the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, implementation is really beginning at national level. The Women’s Major Group (WMG) has a major focus on accountability to the 2030 Agenda, at the national level, regional and global levels. The Agenda 2030 is universal and all Member States should be reporting in the coming years. Additionally, the process and reports should be inclusive of civil society and especially women’s rights and feminist organizations. To prepare for 2017, it’s time to plan now. Join us!
Speakers will include:
Come ready to share your questions and suggestions using the chat/question function and we’ll work to create dialogue.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Apply to attend United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day for the 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), 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. 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 are interested in attending or speaking at the event this event may apply here:
Travel funding is not available from the UN for this event.
DEADLINE: 21 September 2016
The event will be webcast live at http://webtv.un.org and available for later viewing in the UN Web TV archive.
4th Meeting of Inter-agency & Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators
At the request of the UN DESA Statistics Division, 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 Sustainable Development Goal Indicators, taking place in Addis Ababa from 20-21 October 2016.
IAEG-SDGs Meeting objectives:
More information about this meeting is available here.
Representatives can either apply to be members of the Stakeholder Selection Committee or to attend the meeting.
Apply for the Stakeholder Selection Committee here:
Stakeholders apply to attend the meeting here:
More information about this process is presented within the application forms.
Please share this opportunity:
Global Fund for Women’s annual survey
Listening can be just as important as speaking up. Your voice is a vital part of the movement for gender equality, and listening to what motivates and inspires you is a key part of what GFW do. Won’t you please take 10 minutes to complete this important survey?
Global Fund for Women’s annual survey tells what civil societys doing well and how GFW can improve. By sharing your honest views with GFW, you are playing an active role in guiding their work for women’s and girls’ human rights.
2016 HLPF: Programme for the 2016 session available online
The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is United Nations central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015. The Forum, which adopts a Ministerial Declaration, is expected to start effectively delivering on its mandates to provide political leadership, guidance and recommendations on the 2030 Agenda’s implementation and follow-up; keep track of progress; spur coherent policies informed by evidence, science and country experiences; as well as address new and emerging issues. The programme for the HLPF session, to be held from 11-20 July in New York, is now available at www.sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf
Launch of the Women’s Major Group Website Redesign
The launch of the updated WMG website - http://www.womenmajorgroup.org/. It has been up for about a week so you may already have experienced it.
Some of the exciting updates include:
Expanding space for civil society — Report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
The recent report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights about recommendations for expanding space for civil society, including within international organizations. The report will be presented on 20 June at the forthcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council.
The link to the different language versions of the report: http://ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/32/20
The link to the submissions is here: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/AboutUs/Pages/ReportHConCivilSociety.aspx
Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2016, from 02-05 November 2016, New Delhi, India
The Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2016 to be held from 02-05 November 2016 in New Delhi, India. The Call for Thematic Session deadline is 15th June 2016. The main theme for the Thematic sessions are:
See more information at www.unisdr.org/we/inform/events/46721
International Individual Consultant for Developing Gender Inclusive National Resilience Programme with UN WOMEN
Sharing you the consultancy opportunity in Bangladesh with UN WOMEN. Please see the link below and the deadline is 12th June 2016.
Find more information https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=66683
2016 HLPF: briefing by the ECOSOC President on the HLPF
There will be an informal briefing by the President of ECOSOC, H.E. Mr. Oh Joon, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea, on the preparations for the 2016 high-level political forum (HLPF) under the auspices of the ECOSOC and the high-level segment of ECOSOC on Thursday, 9 June, at 3 p.m. (NY time) in conference room 1. Representatives of Member States, the UN system and Major Groups and Other Stakeholders are invited to attend. The meeting will be web cast at webtv.un.org.
Please visit: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf for more information about the 2016 HLPF session. Please note that registration for representatives of ECOSOC accredited NGOs and those on the CSD roster to participate in the Forum is currently open in the CSO net (deadline for registration is 10 June). For more information about registration, please see: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/registration.
UN General Assembly hearings – 7 June
The latest candidates to enter the race, Miroslav Lajčák and Susana Malcorra, will appear in front of the General Assembly on 7 June. Tune into www.1for7billion.org for live commentary from 11am EDT on 7 June. More details about these sessions will be circulated next week.
UN experts urge all Governments to protect environmental rights defenders / World Environment Day – Sunday 5 June
“A deadly undertaking” – UN experts urge all Governments to protect environmental rights defenders
GENEVA (2 June 2016) – Speaking ahead of World Environment Day on Sunday 5 June, three United Nations human rights experts call on every Government to protect environmental and land rights defenders.
The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, John Knox; the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, stress that protecting environmental rights defenders is crucial to protect the environment and the human rights that depend on it.
Read full text at www.ohchr.org
Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD)
Pre-meeting — Nurgul Djanaeva, Forum of women’s NGOs of Kyrgyzstan and Sashca Gabizon, WEDO spoke at pre-meeting to Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) to be held as a special informal segment of the 84th meeting of the UNECE Executive Committee,Tuesday, 10 May 2016
The report avalaible HERE
help in identifying suitable nominations for developed country civil society expert for GCF Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG)
The GCF Secretariat posted end of April a call for nominations for international experts for the PSAG (see also attached):
Pursuant to paragraph (d) of Decision B.12/03, the Board requested the Secretariat to initiate an open call for nominations, including from Board members, for the selection of one civil society representative from developed countries in accordance with the terms of reference as set out in annex XIX to decision B.05/13, with the appointment of nominated representatives subject to approval by the Co‐Chairs.
Report Perceptions Survey: Agenda 2030 National Reviews and Civil Society and Stakeholder Engagement: ARE WE ALREADY BEEN LEFT BEHIND?
Together 2030 undertook a “perceptions survey” with civil society organisations, in volunteer countries and beyond, to get a sense about how information is being shared with those actors; if they were aware of the engagement of their governments at the national review process and if spaces have been created for their engagement and participation.
The perceptions survey was based on a limited number of questions; issued in English, Spanish and French and was shared broadly with civil society mailing lists from March 21 to April 11 2016. A total of 265 responses were received: 186 to the English questionnaire; 45 in Spanish and 34 in French.
The report of the survey is now available here.
2030 SD Agenda: elements paper circulated by co-facilitators (Belize and Denmark)/sign-up form for informal consultations on 28 April
The co-facilitators of the General Assemby informal consultations on the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda at the global level (Belize and Denmark) have prepared an elements paper which is available at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/1002419-April_2030-Agenda-Follow-up-and-review-19-April-2016.pdf
The co-facilitators will convene informal consultations amongst Member States and stakeholders on Thursday, 28 April, at 3 p.m. in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, where they will invite Member States and relevant stakeholders to share their comments on the document.
Representatives of major groups and other stakeholders who would like to speak at the meeting are kindly requested to sign up by completing the following form: http://goo.gl/forms/yEGuPw6CwJ
The interventions should not exceed 2 minutes and should focus on making concrete suggestions on the elements paper. 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.
Please note that the Secretariat will not be able to provide any travel support to this meeting.
Input into CEDAW General Recomendation 19 Update
In March 2015 the CEDAW Committee decided to update General Recommendation 19 which was issued in 1992 and recognises Violence Against Women as a form of discrimination under CEDAW and clarifies state obligation to address it as a violation to women’s human rights. Since 1992, multiple states through their reporting to CEDAW under GR 19 have established state practice in addressing violence against women under international treaty law.
In light of this update, we are highlighting an opportunity for you to provide input to the CEDAW Committee in terms of substantive, definitional, legal & procedural issues related to Violence against Women, as well as aspects of implementation of state obligation to address violence against women.
The Committee will likely seek inputs from experts and civil society groups by mid-2016. We are sending this alert out to you to collate your perspectives and feedback on some priority areas. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list and we would encourage you to add to these elements in terms of our wishlist for how the Updated General Recommendation 19 should strengthen substantive, procedural and implementation gaps in relation to VAW.
Attached is a brief list of questions we hope to have your thoughts and analysis on the issue of VAW and how CEDAW and the treaty body system can enhance the accountability for VAW and identify and address gaps in the legal framework, system or culture. We will compile all feedback and recommendations and circulate this to the CEDAW Committee. This will also be available on our website.
We would also like to inform you that your response to our wishlist will serve as a basis to a consultation which IWRAW Asia Pacific is planning to hold in early October 2016 to share the collected inputs and to collate further recommendations to the Committee.
Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable World
April 2016, Geneva, Switzerland — The year 2015 was marked by the adoption of four landmark United Nations agreements: Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Addis Ababa Action Agenda, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement. The 2030 Agenda provides an overarching vision for all of them as well as a global framework for national strategies and policies to put the world on a path to susnainibility. UNITAR has developed a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to help intersted persons improve their knowledge about the new Agenda and related Global Goals.
“Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable World” course was developed to address potential knowledge gaps related to the understanding of changes required from both, policy-makers and ordinary citizens, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It attempts to answer a series of different questions: Are the SDGs significantly different from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)? What does a new focus on “leaving no one behind” mean for our policies? What kind of inequalities exist and why is it important to address them? What is policy integration? And how does sustainable consumption and production fit with economic growth and poverty eradication? These are just some of them.
This course is designed drawing primarily on the key UN Member States’ Outcome Documents such as “Transforming our world: the 2030 agenda for sustainable development“and “Addis Ababa Action Agenda”. It has also beneffited from the substantive expertise of the UN sister agencies. In paticular, UNITAR has extensively drawn on the issue briefs developed by the UN Technical Support Team during the negotiations of the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, the Institute has also drawn on the preceding learning products it developed on the 2030 Agenda with contributions from the UN family.
For more information, please visit www.unitar.org
NEW DATES for 13th AWID International Forum in Brazil: 8-11 September 2016
After careful consideration, AWID’s Board of Directors has decided to postpone the 13th AWID international Forum due to current uncertainty around the Zika virus situation in Brazil. We have re-scheduled the Forum for 8-11 September 2016, at the same venue, the Costa do Sauipe resort.
Registration for the 2016 AWID Forum is now open again! Don’t get left behind! Registration is already halfway full and the remaining spots will be going fast. Register now, and remember to book your stay at the Costa do Sauípe resort at the same time. To secure your spot, please be prepared to pay online
See more at www.awid.org
Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2016
The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will convene the third session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD 2016) on 3-5 April 2016, at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. APFSD 2016 will meet on the theme “Regional priorities for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.” The first regional forum on sustainable development to take place following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in September 2015 will shape the regional response to the 2030 Agenda. The Forum will engage member States, United Nations institutions and other institutions, major groups and other stakeholders on regional priorities for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific, reflecting ESCAP’s mandate for follow up and review. It will also make recommendations on scientific and technological innovation for sustainable development and on making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
ESCAP finally released the Regional Roadmap, and invited AP-RCEM to coordinate the inputs from Asia and Pacific CSOs.
To access the regional roadmap, kindly follow this link: www.unescap.org/official-documents/asia-pacific-forum-sustainable-development/session/3
More information at www.unescap.org
Technology Facilitation Mechanism: join online discussion / webinar for MGoS
We would like to invite you to join two events organized in connection with the new Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) that was launched at the 2015 September Summit:
- Global online discussion on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs that will be open for one month from 4 April 2016. The discussion will feed directly into the first multi-stakeholder forum on STI for the SDGs which will take place from 6-7 June 2016 in New York. For more information please visit:
- Webinar on Friday, 8 April 2016, at 11 am (NY time), to provide an update to representatives of Major Groups and Other Stakeholders on the TFM. Ms. Elenita (Neth) Daño, Asia Director of the ETC Group and member of the 10-member UN group to support the TFM, will join the webinar. Those interested in participating are kindly asked to complete the following google registration form by cob Wednesday, 6 April: http://goo.gl/forms/TVKPRTocxk
High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
Registration for the High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals ends 28 March 2016
21 April: High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
All organizations wishing to attend the High-level Thematic Debate will need to register by applying here:
Special Session of the General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016)
Now accepting applications for speakers at the Special Session of the General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016).
The Special Session on the General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016) will be convened from 19-21 April 2016 in New York. 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. Eleven (11) speakers will be selected: six (6) for the plenary and five (5) — one for each of the interactive round tables. Please note that travel funding is available for speakers chosen through this process. The final selection of speakers will be made by the Office of the President of the General Assembly, in collaboration with the Civil Society Task Force (CSTF) for UNGASS 2016. For more information on the CSTF, please click here.
Apply: Civil society speaker for Paris Climate Change Agreement Signing Ceremony at UNHQ in New York
United Nations 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, observed in many countries as simply Earth Day. The Secretary-General intends to use the occasion of the signing ceremony to further engage world leaders as well as those from business and civil society to put the new agreement into action as quickly as possible.
At the request of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, UN-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.
Apply here for the civil society speaking role in the opening session:
Apply here for the civil society Selection Committee for this process:
CSW 60th session: CIS countries Session “Means of Implementation for reaching gender equality in SDG”
Forum of women’s NGOs of Kyrgyzstan will hold CIS countries Session on 15 March 2016 “Means of Implementation for reaching gender equality in SDG” at 16:30 AM – 18:00 PM, Room 2, Thai Cultural Center (TCC) located at the 310 of 44th Street. Suite #L (between 1st and 2nd Ave)
Event Description: The session will put questions – what do Means of implementation (MO) mean practically for women’s rights and gender equality at country levels; What concrete new perspective they open for women’s organizations; How to effectively participate in the national level planning of MO; Challenges and opportunities for mobilization of resources, at global, national and local levels for further implementation of the BPFA and to achieving the Goal 5 in SDGs, Post 2015 period. Agenda will include discussion of role of women’s funds in the region, mobilization of resources for these funds.
Girls Not Brides recruitment for Head of Communications
There is one job opening and one internship opportunity at Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage:
Due to the large number of applications anticipated, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
See full posting here: http://www.girlsnotbrides.org/about-girls-not-brides/jobs/
Job Announcement: WILPF PeaceWomen Programme Associate/ Consultant
he WILPF PeaceWomen (PW) programme is seeking a Programme Associate/ Consultant to develop a comprehensive message platform for our work on gender, disarmament, and human security, as part of WILPF’s communication strategy. S/he will oversee the implementation of our messaging through management of our monitoring and outreach work. The Programme Associate should be a highly motivated and politically driven individual with demonstrated skill in managing volunteers or staff and liaising with global collaborators. Priority consideration will be given to applicants with campaign experience and expertise in communicating issues of gender, security, or global politics.
Priority Deadline: February 17 2016. (Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled)
Preferred start date: March 1 2016
Location: New York
Organisation: Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) PeaceWomen Programme
See full posting here: http://www.idealist.org/view/job/H4bD2tsdM2Jd/
A call for a feminist UN Secretary-General in 2016
We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, believe that a woman Secretary-General must lead the United Nations. After the appointment of eight male Secretaries-General, a female Secretary-General is urgently needed to foster gender equality in the leadership of the UN.
Beyond ensuring that the next UN Secretary-General is a woman, we believe that the successful candidate must be a woman who brings a strong feminist perspective to the UN, in line with the UN’s core values of human rights, equality, and justice.
At a time when the UN is engaging in a new role of overseeing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the next UN Secretary-General must also be a woman who has demonstrated a capacity to address the global structures, systems and values that undermine gender equality, women’s human rights around the world and that stand in the way of transformative development justice.
Please access the Google Form to add your organization’s name to the call. The call will be forwarded to Member States with signatures received by February 12th, 2016. The form will remain open for additional signatures until February 26th, which will be included in an online version of the letter.
Apply for Stakeholder Speaking Roles
On Thursday, 21 April 2016 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the President of the UN General Assembly H.E. Mogens Lykketoft will convene aHigh-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: one each from civil society, the private sector 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.
By 23 February: Apply for Selection Committee
By 29 February: Apply for Speaking Roles
Apply here for a speaking role or for the Stakeholder Selection Committee for this process:
Applications received may be viewed here:
Videos of stakeholder speakers at UNHQ from post-2015, FfD, and more!
As UN-NGLS begins exciting work for 2016, UN-NGLS would like to extend our gratitude to all in civil society and the UN system for the extraordinary experiences working together last year during the processes and events for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Financing for Development Conference, World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Energy for All Forum, and more.
UN-NGLS is pleased to provide a look back at these historic efforts via YouTube channel. It presents individual videos of each stakeholder selected to speak last year at UN Headquarters through an open and participatory process either led or co-led by UN-NGLS — more than 260 different people from more than 70 countries! There are separate clips of the full remarks delivered by each representative of civil society and the Major Groups from the following events and sessions:
UN announces first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment
21 January 20116- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment to provide thought leadership and mobilize concrete actions aimed at closing economic gender gaps that persist around the world.
The Panel will provide recommendations for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to improve economic outcomes for women and promote women’s leadership in driving sustainable and inclusive, environmentally sensitive economic growth. It will provide recommendations for key actions that can be taken by governments, the private sector, the UN system and other stakeholders, as well as policy directives needed to achieve the new targets and indicators in the Sustainable Development Goals which call for the economic empowerment of women. The panel is backed by the United Kingdom, the World Bank Group and UN Women.
More information at http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2016/1/wee-high-level-panel-launch
Consultant – Research, Knowledge Management and Communication of Results: Gender Equality And Women’s Empowerment — Istanbul Regional Hub, TURKEY
UNDP is committed to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment, as outlined in its Gender Equality Strategy (2014-2017), through a diverse range of programming activities and knowledge products and capacity development tools. In the Europe and Central Asia region, the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub (IRH) supports Country Offices to address gender equality in all thematic areas. As part of this work, the Gender Equality Team in the IRH compiles, analyzes and presents development issues from a gender perspective in ways that can meaningfully inform policy design. Such information is also used to help UNDP provide evidence-based advisory services to advance gender equality in the region.
Deadline for submision: 03 February 2016.
More information about posittion you can find at www.jobs.undp.org
Documentary film on the FWCW Beijing 1995, «Once and for All»
This documentary includes many clips from the UN filming, which no one has ever used or seen until now.One of the thrilling things about it is that the producers discovered that the UN had filmed both the governmental and the NGO (Huairu) meetings. The producers of this film really did their home work and it is well worth its length (about an hour), for all who were those and those who weren’t in Beijing.
The site with the film and other stuff is: www.makers.com/once-and-for-all
Women and Environments International magazine — call for submissions 2016
Women and Environments International Magazine (WEI) is seeking submissions for its upcoming issue on Engaging Ethically in the Age of Consumerism for publication in late 2016. The objective of this issue is to critically examine the influence of gender in building social movements that engage (or critique) new and emerging modes of ethical or sustainable consumption, particularly as they are aimed at social change.
Contributors are invited to explore gender perspectives in relation to — but not limited to — the following topics:
- Gender dimensions of “precautionary consumption”;
- Ways of applying consumer pressure to governments and industry in the area of toxics regulation;
- The role of ‘fair trade’ in shifting production trends globally, or in specific case studies;
- “Pink-washing” and the breast cancer prevention movement;
- “Ethical consumerism”: its promise and its limitations;
- New economies, sustainable lifestyles and enterprises;
- De-growth movements, and model communities moving away from mass consumerism.
Submissions may be in the form of critical studies, essays, personal narratives, case studies, book or film reviews, poetry, photography, and or visual art. While we appreciate every submission to WEI, only contributors whose work has been selected will be contacted. Submissions: Send submission(s) electronically to email@example.com using “Ethical Consumption” as your subject heading. Please refer to the Editorial guidelines attached (or see our website) for word limits, formatting and style.
General Information: WEI is a magazine that examines women’s relations to their natural, built, and social environments from feminist and anti-racist perspectives. It has provided a forum for academic research and theory, professional practice and community experience since 1976. Like most scholarly publications, WEI does not pay for contributions but retains a high-quality wide readership so your contribution will reach a wide audience. Upon publication, WEI assumes a non-exclusive, worldwide, and perpetual right to publish and reproduce contributions in any format in and outside the magazine context.
This does not preclude contributors from granting permission to publish their materials after publication in WEI provided WEI is acknowledged as the original publisher. Women & Environments International Magazine — Faculty of Environmental Studies -York University 4700 Keele Street, Toronto ON Canada M3J 1P3 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.yorku.ca/weimag/index.html
COP21: A Movement Rising: WEDO reflections on COP21
Since the final deal was agreed in Paris, we have seen numerous reactions from Governments, UN agencies, and civil society groups on what was achieved at COP21. Many voiced celebration of an historic agreement over 20 years in the making- an agreement that marks a turning point in the fight against climate change. Others hailed the ‘end of the fossil fuel era‘, and the start of a clear transition to a renewable energy future. And many climate justice advocates, including the members of the Women and Gender Constituency, were quick to provide a ‘reality check‘ to the world, of what this agreement does and does not do.
There is a sense that to move forward we must find hope in what is, in essence, the best outcome that could be achieved in an unjust and unequal world. However, at WEDO, our hope is not in the words agreed in Paris but clearly grounded in the determined activism and voice of a growing climate justice movement which is unafraid to challenge the Paris Agreement for the numerous ways in which the outcome failed to rise to the moment to ensure protection for people, communities and countries most vulnerable to climate impacts.
Read full text here>>>
Job Vacancy UNDP Regional Programme Specialist – Gender and Inclusion in Peacebuilding (Bangkok, Thailand)
The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices; advocates for UNDP corporate messages; represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues. South-South and Triangular cooperation initiatives, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. The Regional Programme Specialist works towards advancing UNDP’s credibility in the thematic area, delivering coherence and quality technical advice in this area.
Deadline to subbmit application is 29 December 2015.
More detailed information you can find at www.jobs.undp.org
Gender researchers dismiss new Norwegian equality report
Researchers highly critical of the conservative Norwegian Cabinet’s new White Paper on equality. No class perspective, a lack of understanding of structural variations, and too strict limitations for state interference. The researchers behind the official Norwegian equality reports are not particularly impressed with the so-called Blue blue Cabinet’s White Paper on equality.
Informally, the conservative government is called the Blue Blue Cabinet, referring to the conservative party Høyre’s light blue and the populist Progress Party’s dark blue party colour, respectively.
The Equality Committee was appointed in 2010, and submitted two official reports;Struktur for likestilling (“Structure for Equality”) in 2011, and Politikk for likestilling(“Policy for Equality”) in 2012. The Red-green Coalition — which consisted of the Labour Party, the Socialist Left Party and the Centre Party — did not present a White Paper on equality until the very end of its last term in office. This was quickly withdrawn by the Solberg government.
Letter to Dutch Minister on FLOW 2016-2020 decision
Members of WMG and other Women’s Rights and Feminist organisations send the letter to Dutch Ministre on FLOW 2016-2020 decision. You can read the full text of this letter using this link>>>
13th AWID International Forum: Feminist Futures: Building Collective Power for Rights and Justice
The 13th AWID International Forum will be a historic global gathering of women’s rights and social justice activists and movements. A collective space to break silos and join together as we re-imagine and co-create our futures. Celebrate our gains and analyze the lessons; assess our realities; inspire and renew ourselves; and strategize across movements to strengthen solidarity and leverage our diverse, collective power.
Co-creating Feminist Futures
In May 2016, close to 2,000 participants from a broad diversity of movements and sectors will collectively strategize on how we can co-create our feminist futures utilizing our collective power for justice and rights.
Participants at the 2016 AWID forum will include a diversity of feminist movements with special attention to Brazilian women’s rights activists, to peace, economic justice, environmental, and human rights movements, among others. Traditionally underrepresented or marginalized communities will have a strong presence at the Forum including: Young feminist activists; Black and Afro-descendant women; Indigenous women; Sex workers; Women with disabilities; Trans* and Intersex activists; and migrant activists.
Registration on 13th AWID Forum now is open. You can see more information on registration here>>>
See more at www.forum.awid.org/forum16/
New Publications on Gender, SRHR, and the SDGs in Russian and English
The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) and the Forum of Women’s NGOs of Kyrgyzstan are pleased to present two new publications focused on unpacking gender and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) issues in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The first is the Russian edition of ARROW for Change (AFC) Vol. 21 No. 1 2015 – Gender, SRHR and the Post-2015 Agenda (ARROW для Перемен).The bulletin volume offers critical perspectives on the key discussions around the post-2015 agenda (now called the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development), such as issues of financing, means of implementation, monitoring and indicators, communications, and the role of NGOs. The publication presents all the original articles from the 2015 English edition, as well as a new article by Nurgul Djanaeva of the Forum of women’s NGOs of Kyrgyzstan.
The second publication is ARROW for Change Supplement 2015: Gender Equality, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda puts a spotlight on Kyrgyzstan and discusses why gender equality and SRHR are critical to achieving sustainable development and proposes how to move forward at the national level for better financing, implementation, monitoring and accountability. This is the English translation of the aforementioned new article by Nurgul Djanaeva. Both publications will be useful to advocates, decision-makers, practitioners, and policymakers.
The publications can be downloaded for free using these links:
From the ARROW website:
AFC Vol. 21 No. 1English edition (2015) download here>>>
AFC Vol. 21 No. 1Russian edition (2015) download here>>>
Supplement to AFC Vol. 21 No. 1 (2015) download here >>>
All AFCs: http://bit.ly/arrowafc
From the Forum of women’s NGOs of Kyrgyzstan website: http://forumofwomenngos.kg/publications/
AFC Vol. 21 No. 1 Russian edition (2015) download here>>>
Supplement to AFC Vol. 21 No. 1 (2015) download here>>>
2015 Busan Global Partnership Forum
2015 Busan Global Partnership Forum to be held in Seoul on November 23-24, 2015. The Forum will continue to provide a regular and inclusive showcase platform to support the implementation of the Busan commitments and facilitate the activities of the Busan Building Blocks as well as the Mexico Voluntary Initiatives. This year, we will meet at a critical juncture, as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will have been adopted. The agenda of development effectiveness and inclusive partnerships will be ever more important to achieving a sustainable future for all. Against this backdrop, the Forum will be devoted to the following three main themes: i) the role of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) in the post-2015 era; ii) the role of the private sector in effective development cooperation; and iii) development effectiveness in fragile states. Breakout sessions will also be held around specific themes of the Building Blocks and Voluntary Initiatives, such as South-South cooperation, transparency, the role of civil society organizations, and more.
Post-2015 in Kyrgyz Republic
UNDP-UNEP PEI, UNDP,UN Women organized a Regional Central Asian Conference «Effecting synergies between inclusive economic growth, environmental sustainability, gender equality and development for transformative change» from 12 November- 13 November in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Within the conference program Nurgul Djanaeva, president of the Forum of women’s NGOs of Kyrgyzstan in 12 November made presentation on the theme: Implementation of sustainable development program in the Kyrgyz Republic: accountability, means of implementation and the role of women’s organizations.
Civil movement on effective development of Kyrgyz Republic, where Forum of women’s NGOs of Kyrgyzstan is one of leading NGOs, organized Round table on theme- «The role of CSOs in the planning, implementation and monitoring of the SDG in the Kyrgyz Republic» on 12 November 2015.
NGO CSW60 Forum — Key Dates