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Events and calendar

September 2016

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Consultation on Possible Refinements to the Global Indicator Framework for the SDGs

On behalf of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), we would like to invite you to participate in an open consultation on possible refinements to the global indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals. In follow-up to the 47th Statistical Commission decision 47/101 (e), which “Requested the Inter‐Agency and Expert Group to take into account the specific proposals for refinements of the indicators made by Member States during the discussion”, the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) is conducting an open consultation on possible refinements for a limited set of indicators in the global indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals.

This consultation is open to all countries, regional and international agencies, civil society, academia and the private sector. The IAEG-SDGs is seeking inputs from all interested organizations and stakeholders on the possible proposed refinements through this consultation. Please note that the inclusion of a specific indicator or proposal in this consultation does not indicate that a proposal for a refinement of this indicator will eventually be submitted to the Statistical Commission. The IAEG-SDGs will review the inputs received and decide on the merit of each individual refinement to be proposed to the Statistical Commission.

The consultation will take place from 19 to 28 September 2016. The inputs received will inform the discussion at the fourth meeting of the IAEG-SDGs, to be held from 20-21 October in Addis Ababa (http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/iaeg-sdgs-meeting-04).
Please use the link below to access the online consultation form:

https://goo.gl/rXNLcp

If you have any questions regarding the open consultation or encounter any problems accessing the online form, please contact Mr. Benjamin Rae (raeb@un.org).

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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:
http://bit.ly/26Sept-Apply-Attend-Speak-HLM-Nuclear-Elimination
Travel funding is not available from the UN for this event.
DEADLINE: 21 September 2016
Background information about this event is available here and here.
The event will be webcast live at http://webtv.un.org and available for later viewing in the UN Web TV archive.

August 2016

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:

  •     Finalise the initial tier system for indicators
  •     Establish a process for the refinement of indicators
  •     Review work plans for Tier III indicators
  •     Discuss options for those indicators that do not have a proposed custodian agency
  •     Review data flows from national to regional and global level and discuss best practices for the delivery of these data

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:
http://bit.ly/IAEG4-StakeholderSC-Apply 
Deadline: 12 September 2016

Stakeholders apply to attend the meeting here:
http://bit.ly/IAEG-SDGs4-Stakeholders-Attend-Apply
Deadline: 17 September 2016

More information about this process is presented within the application forms.

Please share this opportunity:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/unngls/status/768651982697619456
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UNNGLS/posts/601733406675636

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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.

June 2016

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

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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:

  •  New search tool for WMG resources
  • Information on the regions
  • Information on the multiple processes related to Agenda 2030
  •  A member map to show where all the amazing member organizations are located! Please let me know if you want to add yourself or organization to it.

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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

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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:

Tentative themes:

  1. Risk assessment and disaster loss accounting
  2. Governance and accountability for DRR
  3. Making development risk sensitive: How to?
  4. Preparedness to “build back better”
  5. Tsunami awareness
  6. Gender sensitive DRR
  7. Application of Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction
  8. Risk resilient critical infrastructure
  9. Making cultural heritage risk resilient
  10. Ecosystems-based disaster risk reduction
  11. Risk financing
  12. Health aspects in DRR
  13. Risk sensitive land use and urban planning
  14. Multi hazard early warning systems
  15. National and local strategies
  16. Social protection
  17. Tourism
  18. Education

See more information at www.unisdr.org/we/inform/events/46721 

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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

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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. 

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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. 

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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

May 2016

OPEN LETTER TO CO-FACILITATORS FOR THE INFORMAL CONSULTATIONS ON THE FOLLOW UP AND REVIEW OF THE 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Here is you can read Open letter for the informal consultations on the follow up and review of the 2030 agenda for sustanaible development, prepeared over 370 CSO represantatives.

1. Can you please forward the attached letter to your respective governments or contact you may have with at the capital and the mission in New York.  Getting it across to member states in the next 2 hours is mission critical.

2. Can you also send it to your contacts within blocks like G77/China, EU, AU, Asia group, GRULAC etc. We need the influence some of the block positions.

3. Can you please tweet the letter with your respective government handles.  You can even use the handle of Denmark and Belize @Denmark_UN &@BelizeMissionUN

 

Suggested tweets

Over 370 #CSOs send a letter to #UN member states on concerns with monitoring & accountability of #SDGs http://bit.ly/20K9c99 @Denmark_UN

#UN member states should listen to the voices of #CSOs and not water down accountability for the #SDGs http://bit.ly/20K9c99 @UN_PGA

We need to see greater accountability for the delivery of #SDGs. Over 370 #CSOs send open letter to the #UN. http://bit.ly/20K9c99

Read full text of Open letter in English

Read full text of Open letter in Russian

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Zero draft of modalities resolution of United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG14 circulated

The zero draft resolution of the General Assembly on modalities of the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 was lounched. The first reading of the draft will be held during the first week of June. 

Read full text HERE>>>

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 Register to join Webinar to discuss Habitat III process (deadline 1 June)

The Habitat III Secretariat invites you to join its webinar discussing the Habitat III process and engagement mechanisms. The Coordinator of the Secretariat will provide an overview of the process, its goals, its outcomes, and ways for organizations to get involved and give their input. The President of the General Assembly of Partners, one of the key stakeholder engagement platforms in the Habitat III process, will give an overview on how diverse organizations and groups have organised themselves through this platform and have joined together to create consensus and work jointly with the Secretariat to ensure that the process is inclusive and representative.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, 2 June, 9:30-10:30 am NYC time (EDT)

In order to participate, please register using this form (http://goo.gl/forms/bw9lsUzNyBBbF3Gp2) no later than 1 June, 5 pm, NYC time (EDT). The form is also attached here for accessibility purposes. 

It’s not too late to get involved in the Habitat III process — we welcome you to join the webinar and learn more about the process, and how to make your voice heard!

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Women Major Group at UNEA

We had a powerful delegation of some 25 women civil society organisations at the 2nd United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA-2), from all continents. It was decided at the Rio+20 conference, that every 2 years all member states of the United Nations will meet for the UN Environmental Assembly, where members states propose resolutions to decide in consensus on key areas of work for UNEP.

At UNEA-1, 8 resolutions had been proposed and approved, at UNEA-2 it were 25 resolutions proposed, which were negotiated in three parallel drafting groups, including resolutions on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement on Climate, on oceans, marine litter, chemicals and waste, and environmental damage from conflict including in Ukraine and Gaza.

 

The first drafts of the resolutions lacked clearly in gender responsiveness, but most parts had been prepared during an earlier meeting in February where only few of us were present. In the 2030 Agenda with support of our colleagues from the Danish family planning, and countries including Canada and EU, the existing language from the 2030 Agenda preamble were used “respect, protect and promote human rights (para 19) and gender equality (para 20). In addition language on indigenous peoples and local communities key role in achieving the 2030 Agenda were added.

The conflict and environment resolution which was adopted also has language on gender. When around 4 AM, the last resolution came to adoption, on UNEPs role in assessing the environmental damage in Gaza as a result of the war, the Assembly came to a vote. The vote did not bring a majority, so the resolution did not pass. But several countries contested the procedures and the assembly did not want to reconvene the next day, as most delegates were set to fly back home. Thus all but one resolutions were adopted, but the final ministerial declaration was not adopted.

The WMG was active as organisers and co-organisers of several events on forest communities and marine litter and plastic waste, and spoke at the High Level Gender Forum, including speakers from AWPLD Papua New Guinea and from Gender Water Alliance, Peru.

Some of the WMG organisations had been involved as authors in a major publication the Global Gender and Environment Outlook, an abridged version which was presented at UNEA-2, the full version will be presented at the 2030 Agenda High Level Political Forum in July 2016.  See http://www.unep.org/gender/portals/24117/GGEO%20TRIFOLDER%20final.pdf

For more information contact the WMG coordinators at UNEP Isis Alvarez, Global Forest coalition and Caroline Usikpedo, Niger Delta Women Movement for Peace and Development. The WMG at UNEP has its own listserve.

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Apply to attend or speak at UN High-level Meeting on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants + multistakeholder hearing

19 September UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants + 18 July multistakeholder hearing
By 24 May: Apply for civil society Steering Committee
By 11 June: Apply for the 18 July informal hearings
By 31 July: Apply for the 19 September high-level meeting

On 19 September 2016, the UN General Assembly will host a High-level Meeting at UN Headquarters in New York to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach. UN Member State consultations are underway to finalize the organizational arrangements, including on a possible outcome, for this High-level Meeting of the General Assembly.
At the request of the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (OPGA), the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and the UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs (UN DESA) and are facilitating a process to identify attendees and speakers for this event, as well as for informal hearings between stakeholders and UN Member States on 18 July.
Travel funding will be available for several of the the speakers selected through this process, for both the 18 July and 19 September events.
Using the form at this link, you may apply to speak at or attend this event:
http://bit.ly/UN-HLM-Refugees-Migrants-CSO-Apply-to-Speak-or-Attend
To apply for the civil society Selection Committee for this event, please visit: http://bit.ly/UN-HLM-Refugees-Migrants-CSO-SC

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Sign the call to demand Alicia Barcena’s nomination to becoming UN SG

 the LAC feminist and women’s organizations have made a call to the government of Mexico to nominate Alicia Barcena this week in the context of the regional ECLAC’s meeting. We ask you to join us in signing the following call (in English):
You can read full text of call HERE>>>

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WMG reaction to 2016 HLPF Zero Draft

The WMG reaction to the HLPF zero draft. Thanks to to the HLPF and the shadow report sub-groups and all the people who added their inputs to have a strong reaction. The document will be shared with the Co-facilitators leading the discussion, as well as with MS. Please share widely as well. As it was discussed in the informal consultations held last Thursday, it is expected that a new draft will be released possibly this week. We should be alert to that.

Download the full document here.

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Together 2030 Reaction to Zero Draft Resolution on the Follow up and Review of the 2030 Agenda at the global level

Together 2030 (www.together2030.org) is a civil society initiative that promotes national implementation and track progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Established in December 2015, the Initiative mobilizes more than 360 organizations in more than 80 countries, 70% of those based in developing countries. We aim to generate knowledge and project voices from different civil society and stakeholders around the world on the challenges and opportunities for the 2030 Agenda.

 

We take this opportunity to share with you the consolidated comments from Together 2030 to the Zero Draft Resolution on the follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda at the global level, which were drafted in a broad consultation process with the Together 2030 Global Advocacy Working Group.

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PeaceWomen E-News May 2016: Six Months After the Global Study

It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since WILPF mobilised 1,000 activists from 80 countries at our centennial peace summit around women’s power to stop war. It’s hard to believe it is also now half a year since the launch of theUnited Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) Global Study. Six months to a year on – where are we now, and how can we take action to move forward.

Read full text at www.peacewomen.org/e-news/e-news-may-2016

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Mary Louise Malig: «In the aftermath of the Paris Agreement, nature and humanity lose»

The Paris Agreement has been signed in New York with much fanfare, a lot of shaking hands and patting each other on the back, and claims that “we did it” – that is, agreed a historic climate agreement that would save the planet from climate chaos.

This week, government delegates and civil society are getting back to work in Bonn, in meetings of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 44), the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 44), and the new Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1). Their job is to hammer out practical next steps, including how to interpret what the Paris Agreement actually means and then how to implement it.

But in the aftermath of Paris, as the dust settles, what exactly is there to clap about? And what does it mean?

You can read full text  at www.globalforestcoalition.org/aftermath-paris-agreement-nature-humanity-lose/

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Call for Participation: Seeking Researchers & Women’s Organizations for UN Study

The Women’s Human Rights Institute (WHRI) is undertaking a two-year research and advocacy project to promote participation in data gathering for the upcoming thematic report of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice (UNWGDAW) on “good practices” in addressing discrimination and promoting women’s self-empowerment.  The project will focus on identifying potential “good laws” and/or important case law that promote women’s substantive equality, and developing case studies that delve into the content of the laws, their impact and implementation mechanisms, as well as the complex set of factors and actors involved in their creation and implementation.

All interested candidates should submit a CV, letter of interest, names and contact information of two professional and/or academic references, and a writing sample in English, (all in a single Word or PDF document, please) to: research@learnwhr.org before May 30, 2016.  Please indicate clearly which regional team you are looking to join, and whether you are applying to be a researcher or a research team coordinator.  The regions and teams are outlined in the parameters below.

See more information on www.learnwhr.org/programs/research/

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Program Associate

Huairou Commission programme is seeking a Programme Associate to provide support towards managing program implementation and grants management. The Programme Associate should be a highly motivated and politically driven individual with demonstrated skills in managing projects and liaising with coalition based organizations. Priority consideration will be given to applicants with related experience in project management.

Priority Deadline: May 21 2016

Preferred start date: June 20 , 2016

Location: New York

Organization: Huairou Commission: Women, Homes and Communities

To Apply

Please send your resume or CV, two (2) references and a cover letter by May 21, 2016 to program.associate@huairou.org with the subject line “Application: Program Associate.” Only applicants considered for interviews will be contacted.

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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

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UNEA gender events 24-26 May 2016

On the occasion of the 2nd United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May 2016, we wish to invite you to the Gender and Environment Forum co-hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment (NWMLE); Empowering Women Entrepreneurs for SDG Delivery ( with UN Women) and launch of the Global Gender and Environment Outlook.

The Gender and Environment Forum will take place on 24 May 2016 from 18h00 to 19h30 at the UN Conference Centre in Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya and will discuss gender, environment and health within the overarching theme, “Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the policy review session entitled Healthy Environment, Healthy People.” Key speakers for the Forum are drawn from Governments, Civil Society and the United Nations and will discuss how gender differentiated inequalities in environmental management exacerbate or mitigate health risks. Recommendations from this Forum will be presented during the High Level Ministerial session of UNEA2 to be held from 26 -27 May 2016.

For thouse who will attend please remember to register omline at registration.unon.org/unea/

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Webinar: May 17 — The role of Parliamentarians in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Together 2030- 4th Implementation Series Webinar

 The role of Parliamentarians in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

May 17 2016, 9:00 – 10:30am (NY time) — Check time zones here

Register here! http://goo.gl/forms/knOuzZfTYP

The 4th Together 2030 Implementation Webinar will focus on the role of Parliaments in the implementation and follow up of the 2030 Agenda.This webinar is also co-hosted by the African CSO Working Group, the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC).

 

This Webinar is organized in partnership with the African CSO Working Group, the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC)

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Call Young Feminist blogs: #PracticeSolidarity

#PracticeSolidarity — an AWID-­led campaign exploring what solidarity means for young feminists across gender, racial, economic, social and ecological justice movements.

What is #PracticeSolidarity?

#Practicesolidarity promotes young feminist discourses on solidarity, as well as practices, that do not separate themselves from struggles against colonialism, racism, sexism, homonationalism, Pinkwashing, islamophobia, cultural imperialism and neoliberalism, and to advocate for concrete cross-movement solidarity and joint action.

With the campaign, young feminists will reflect on and expand their own experiences with solidarity, while trying to push the boundaries of feminist and women’s rights movements on the issue of solidarity and what it looks like.

We are launching #PracticeSolidarity with a call for blogs that will run until May 20, 2016. The #PracticeSolidarity call for blogs will be followed by a Tweetathon on June 21, 2016. The campaign will then continue building momentum with other activities in the run up to the 13th AWID International Forum, in Costa do Sauípe, Brazil.

How do I get involved?

  1. Submit a blog post by May 20, 2016

  2. Join the #PracticeSolidarity Tweetathon on June 21, 2016

  3. Email yfa@awid.org with any further questions, comments, thoughts, and ideas

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WORLD WIDOWS REPORT

The Loomba Foundation’s World Widows Report is the only authoritative comprehensive data source about the discrimination and injustice faced by widows and their dependents country by country and worldwide, informing SDG-era policy formulation by the United Nations and national governments.

  The report avalaible HERE

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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):

http://www.greenclimate.fund/documents/20182/102620/Call_for_Senior_International_Experts_to_serve_in__the_Private_Sector_Advisory_Group_of__the_Green_Climate_Fund.pdf/b46b145c-5642-4798-8981-3b2b48395cee?version=1.0

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.

April 2016

Report Perceptions Survey: Agenda 2030 National Reviews and Civil Society and Stakeholder Engagement: ARE WE ALREADY BEEN LEFT BEHIND?

In 2016, the first round of volunteer countries will present their national reviews on the implementation of Agenda 2030 during the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July, in New York.

 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.

 

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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.

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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.

Please send all information to iwraw-ap.org and cc to umyra@iwraw-ap.org by the 6th of May 2016.

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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.

Agenda 2030 online course“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

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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

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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

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Technology Facilitation Mechanism: join online discussion / webinar for MGoS

Dear All,

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:
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/TFM/STIForum/OnlineDiscussion

- 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

March 2016

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)
 
The President of the United Nations General Assembly will convene, on 21 April 2016, a High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event will bring together political, business and civil society leaders to focus on kick-starting SDGs implementation.

Registration is now open for all relevant stakeholders, including civil society, private sector and academia from the following categories:
• Non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council
• Organizations accredited to the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015
• Organizations accredited to the Financing for Development (FfD) process

All organizations wishing to attend the High-level Thematic Debate will need to register by applying here:

http://bit.ly/HLTD-SDGs. Applications for general registration are being accepted from 1 February – 28 March 2016.For more information, please visit: http://www.un.org/pga/70/events/sdgs/

February 2016

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.

To apply to speak at UNGASS 2016, please complete the form available here. For more information on the CSTF, please visit the website: http://www.ungass2016.org.

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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:
http://bit.ly/22April-Paris-Agreement-Signing-CSO-Speaker-Apply
Apply here for the civil society Selection Committee for this process: 

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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.

 See more at http://forumofwomenngos.kg/wp-admin/post.php?post=572&action=edit&message=1

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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:

  • Head of Communications. Deadline: Friday 4 March 2016.
  • Communications Intern. Deadline: Thursday 18 February 2016.

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/ 

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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/

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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.

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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:

 

 

January 2016

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 Sustainable Development Summit
    • Solutions Summit
    • Post-2015 Development Agenda Negotiations
    • Post-2015 Development Agenda Hearings
    • Sustainable Energy for All Forum
    • Financing for Development Hearings
    • President of the General Assembly’s High-level Events
    • World Summit on Information Society (WSIS+10) July consultation

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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 

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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

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 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 

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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 weimag@yorku.ca 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: weimag@yorku.ca Website: http://www.yorku.ca/weimag/index.html

December 2015

 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>>>

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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

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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.

Read full text at http://kjonnsforskning.no/en/2015/11/gender-researchers-dismiss-new-norwegian-equality-report 

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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>>>

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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/ 

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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>>> 

November 2015

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.

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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.

October 2015

NGO CSW60 Forum — Key Dates 
 The NGO CSW60 FORUM will take place in New York simultaneously with the 60thSession of the Commission for the Status of Women (CSW60) from 14 to 24 MARCH 2016. The Priority theme for CSW60 is: »Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development.»  For more information on the NGO CSW60 Forum check the NGO CSW/NY website (NGOCSW.ORG) regularly and for information regarding the Commission: 

http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw60-2016ANYONE WISHING TO ATTEND THE NGO CSW60 FORUM (INCLUDING PARALLEL EVENTS, REGIONAL CAUCUSES, MORNING BRIEFINGS) IS REQUIRED TO REGISTER.
  • Online Free Registration to ATTEND: will open on 2 NOVEMBER, 2015 and the deadline to register is 7 MARCH, 2016
  • Online Registration & Application for PARALLEL EVENTS: will open on 2 NOVEMBER, 2015 and the deadline is 11 DECEMBER, 2015
  • Online Registration for CONSULTATION DAY (tentative date, Sunday, 13 March 2016): will open on 8 NOVEMBER, 2015 and the deadline to register is 7 MARCH, 2016
  • Online Registration for NGO RECEPTION (tentative date, Tuesday, 15 March 2016): will open on 8 NOVEMBER, 2015 and the deadline to register is 7 MARCH, 2016
  • Online Registration for NGO CSW WOMEN’S RIGHTS MARCH (tentative date, Friday, 18 March 2016): will open on 8 NOVEMBER, 2015 and the deadline to register is 7 MARCH, 2016
  • Online Registration for HANDBOOK ADS will open on 8 NOVEMBER, 2015 and
    • the deadline  for Print Ads is 31 JANUARY 2016
    • the deadline for Online Ads is 7 MARCH, 2016
  • Online Registration for the ARTISAN FAIR will open on 8 NOVEMBER, 2015 and the deadline is 31 JANUARY 2016.
    • Note: there will be a $25.00 fee to register.

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The Women’s Global Cal for climat justice

This global campaign is aimed at providing a framework for mobilization, but actions and activities can be designed to fit your local, national and regional contexts. Examples of what you can do include:

  • Endorse the ‘Call’ and share it with your organization, contacts, friends, and with local and national media,
  • Plan a march or rally in your city or community,
  • Write an article on women’s experiences of climate change for your national or local newspaper, and etc
We invite you to endorse our pledge—The Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice—and join this campaign by women and girls of all ages, in all their diversity, with the support of all communities, and in all regions, to take action in 2015 with these monthly themes as inspiration:
  1. JULY – ENERGY,
  2. AUGUST – ECONOMY,
  3. SEPTEMBER – SOLUTIONS,
  4. OCTOBER – SURVIVAL,
  5. NOVEMBER – POWER,
  6. DECEMBER – CLIMATE JUSTICE
This is only a partial list of suggestions. Please feel free to be creative and design your own actions! And, don’t forget to share your activities with the Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice! Upload them to our collective website to help amplify our collective work and movement building!
See more at: www.womenclimatejustice.org 

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 UPDATE: Extension of deadline (now 25 October) Technology facilitation mechanism: Call for nominations for 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to work with the UN inter-agency task team

Paragraph 123 of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and paragraph 70 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development decided to establish a technology facilitation mechanism in order to support the SDGs. The mechanism will be comprise of :

- A United Nations inter-agency task team on science, technology and innovation for the sustainable development goals;
- A collaborative annual multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation (STI) for the sustainable development goals;
- An online platform as a gateway for information on existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programs.
In operationalizing these components, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development further decides that the United Nations inter-agency task team will work with 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to prepare the meetings of the multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the SDGs, as well as in the development and operationalization of the online platform. For more information about the technology facilitation mechanism please see: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/technology/facilitationmechanismIn ensuring openness and inclusion in the process, UN DESA-DSD and UNEP on behalf of the Inter-agency task team are hereby inviting interested and qualified representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to submit their application by 6 p.m. (NY time) on 9 October 2015, by completing the following form:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1U64TkEZtETiPkwIfF0OoaCvynu_9COjmWu2AF__o_yw/viewform?edit_requested=true, for final selection by the Secretary-General.

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Second meeting of the IAEG-SDGs

UN DESA’s Statistics Division is organising the second meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), to be held on 26-28 October 2015 at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand and hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

The IAEG-SDGs was established by the Statistical Commission at its 46th session to develop an indicator framework for the monitoring of the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda at the global level, and to support its implementation.

Meeting objectives

  • Review the list of possible global indicators
  • Discuss the global indicator framework, interlinkages across targets and critical issues including data disaggregation
  • Discuss the work plan and next steps

The Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGS) conducted an open consultation on the development of a global indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals with all countries, regional and international agencies, civil society, academia and the private sector.

Following the decision by the IAEG-SDG Co-Chairs and Co-Facilitators to extend the original deadlines, the consultation was closed on 8 September 2015 for agencies, and on 14 September 2015 to country observers.

The inputs received will inform the discussion at the second meeting of the IAEG-SDGs, to be held from 26-28 October in Bangkok.

September 2015

 

Technology facilitation mechanism: Call for nominations for 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to work with the UN inter-agency task team

 Paragraph 123 of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and paragraph 70 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development decided to establish a technology facilitation mechanism in order to support the SDGs. The mechanism will be comprise of :

- A United Nations inter-agency task team on science, technology and innovation for the sustainable development goals;
- A collaborative annual multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation (STI) for the sustainable development goals;
- An online platform as a gateway for information on existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programs.

In operationalizing these components, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development further decides that the United Nations inter- agency task team will work with 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to prepare the meetings of the multi- stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the SDGs, as well as in the development and operationalization of the online platform. For more information about the technology facilitation mechanism please see https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/technology/facilitationmechanism

In ensuring openness and inclusion in the process, UN DESA-DSD and UNEP on behalf of the Inter-agency Task Team are hereby inviting interested and qualified representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to submit their application by completing the following form by 6 p.m. (NY time) on Friday, 9 October 2015, by compliting the following form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1U64TkEZtETiPkwIfF0OoaCvynu_9COjmWu2AF__o_yw/viewform?edit_requested=true for final selection by the Secretary-General.

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United nations Sustanaible development Summit 2015

More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the UN Sustainable Development Summit from September 25-27 at UN headquarters in New York to formally adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda. This momentous agenda will serve as the launch pad for action by the international community and by national governments to promote shared prosperity and well-being for all over the next 15 years.

See more at www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/summit/

August 2015

Draft outcome document of the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda

The Millennium Development Goals that were launched in 2000 set 2015 as the target year. Recognizing the success of the Goals – and the fact that a new development agenda was needed beyond 2015 – countries agreed in 2012 at Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, to establish an open working group to develop a set of sustainable development goals.

 After more than a year of negotiations, the Open Working Group presented its recommendation for the 17 sustainable development goals. In early August 2015, the 193 member states of the United Nations reached consensus on the outcome document of the new agenda “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

Member States decided that the UN summit for the adoption of new sustainable development agenda with its 17 goals will be held from 25 to 27 September 2015, in New York and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly.

Download outcome document of the new agenda «Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustanaible Development»

July 2015

Women Working Group on FfD Reaction to the Outcome Document of the Third FfD Conference: Addis Ababa Action Agenda

The Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development (WWG on FfD) expresses its strong disappointment with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda adopted at the conclusion of the Third Financing for Development Conference that took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13 to 16 July 2015.

For feminists and women’s rights organizations, the Outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development: Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) fails to remove the global obstacles to development and to shift the balance of power in the international financial architecture in order to address systemic issues and create the conditions to respect, protect and fulfill human rights, in particular women’s rights. It fails also to acknowledge the macro-economic dimension of the unpaid domestic and care work and the need to reduce and redistribute it among the State, private sector, communities, families, men and women.

Read full text here>>>

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Beyond 2015 Reaction to the final draft of post-2015 outcome document

The Beyond 2015 Reaction to the «Final Draft of post-2015 outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda» was prepared by the Campaign’s Rapid Response Task Fors which consists of more than 70 organizations from more than 25 countries.

There are two documents:1) A Summary with key comments and 2) a Full Reaction with actual language proposals.

Link to the document:

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The Third International Conference on Financing for Development, 13-15 July 2015, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development  gathered high-level political representatives, including Heads of State and Government, and Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, as well as all relevant institutional stakeholders, non-governmental organizations and business sector entities. The Conference will result in an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed outcome, which should constitute an important contribution to and support the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.

The scope of the Conference is set out in General Assembly resolutions 68/204 and 68/279, and will focus on:

  1. assessing the progress made in the implementation of the Monterrey Consensus and the Doha Declaration and identifying obstacles and constraints encountered in the achievement of the goals and objectives agreed therein, as well as actions and initiatives to overcome these constraints;
  2. addressing new and emerging issues, including in the context of the recent multilateral efforts to promote international development cooperation;
    • the current evolving development cooperation landscape;
    • the interrelationship of all sources of development finance;
    • the synergies between financing objectives across the three dimensions of sustainable development; and
    • the need to support the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015;
  3. reinvigorating and strengthening the financing for development follow-up process.

The intergovernmental preparatory process of the Conference was launched on 17 October 2014. It includes a series of substantive informal sessions and informal interactive hearings with civil society and the business sector through March 2015, as well as drafting sessions on the outcome document in January, April and June 2015.

The conference participants accepted final outcome documents of Addis Ababa financing for development conference (English, French, Spanish) on 15 July.

This document is the basis for the „means of implementation“ of the SDGs Post-2015 agenda.
you can see full text of outcome document:

June 2015

Women’s Forum on Financing for Development, Addis-Ababa

Women’s Forum «Feminist Perspectives on the Third International Conference on Financing for Development» holded on 10 July 2015. The Women’s Forum gethered feminists, grassroots women, gender advocates, academics and representatives of women’s rights organizations/networks with specific inputs by UN representatives and other policy makers.

Women’s Forum programm>>>

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Beyond 2015′s 100-day countdown to the adoption of the post-2015 agenda

The 100-day countdown to the adoption of the post-2015 agenda by Heads of State in New York has started!

100-day countdown start date: 17 June 2015

100-day countdown end date: 25 September 2015

Why have we launched this countdown? We want to further pressure world leaders to be ambitious and courageous in this final stretch and to start planning the implementation of the agenda now, before the UN Summit in September.

See more>>>

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Zero draft outcome

The Zero draft outcome for the port-2015 summit has been posted on 2 June and this zero draft will be discussed at the upcoming session of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations, from 22-25 June. For this moment different groups and organizations are sending their comments to this dokument. You can see some comments below:

Making the connections: the new SDGs and SRHR  http://www.eldis.org/go/blog/posts/making-the-connections-the-new-sdgs-and-srhr#.VYKksvlVhBc

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10 Red Flags

The WMG  hosted a side event on 23 June  to release  10 Red Flags for the Zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda. If you are not in NYC, please join to Twitter rally on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 10am this week with   https://twitter.com/hashtag/whatwomenwant?src=hash

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 Financing for Development D E A D L I N E S

The Women’s Forum on FfD will take place on Friday, July 10, 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the occasion of the United Nations Third International Conference on Financing for Development (July 13-16). The Women’s Forum will convene feminists, grassroots women, gender advocates, academics and representatives of women’s rights organizations/networks with specific inputs by UN representatives and other policy makers.
Please see important information regarding registration and deadlines for the FfD Women’s Forum in Addis, as well as logistical information regarding the CSO Forum and registration for the Official Addis Conference (deadline June 23).
Women’s Forum Request for WWG funding — Monday, June 22nd (12 ET/4GMT) - link .  
Official registration to FfD Addis Conference — Tuesday, June 23rd — link
Women’s Forum Registration (no funding) — Friday, July 3rd - link .  
 See more information HERE>>>

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Beyond 2015 Reaction to the post-2015 zero draft outcome document

The Campaign’s Rapid Response Task Force which consists of more than 60 organisations from more than 20 countries, prepared  the Beyond 2015 reaction to the post-2015 zero draft outcome document.

 There are two documents: 1) A Summary with key comments and 2) a Full Reaction with actual language proposals.

Link to the documents:

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 Making financing for Development work for gender equality: what is needed at Addis and beyond

Gender and Development Network UK preperad the new GADN’s briefing on Making financing for Development work for gender equality: what is needed at Addis and beyond.  The documents were prepared with the UK audience in mind but trust they can be also helpful for you in this strategic time.

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 Gender statistics Manuel-United Nation

 Gender statistics are defined as statistics that adequately reflect differences and inequalities in the situation of women and men in all areas of life (United Nations, 2006). This definition closely follows the Beijing Platform for Action, which was adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995, and in paragraph 206 (a) of which it was recommended that national, regional and international statistical services should ensure that statistics related to individuals are collected, compiled, analysed and presented by sex and age and reflect problems, issues and questions related to women and men in society (United Nations, 1996).

This is a link for a gender statistics Manual by United Nation : www.unstats.un.org/unsd/genderstatmanual 

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ZERO DRAFT OUTCOME

The zero draft outcome for the port-2015 summit has been posted on website at:  https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015

This zero draft will be discussed at the upcoming session of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations, from 22-25 June. The programme for the session has not yet been released by the co-facilitators.

May 2015

13th AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights and Development

The 2016 Forum “Feminist Futures: Building Collective Power for Rights and Justice” will take place from 5 to 8 May 2016 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

At a time of increased global repression and the attempted silencing of progressive voices, the 2016 Forum of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development is a space for feminist voices and our allies to imagine futures free from gendered oppressions, racial, ethnic, and economic injustice, environmental degradation, and war and violence, to renew solidarities and advance concrete joint action agendas.

At the Forum, we hope to share ideas and experiences of diverse voices and movements that will converge to examine the lessons of the past, conjure fresh perspectives and daring ideas, and explore new ways of working together that move us beyond our existing silos and build our collective power.

You can submit a proposal to organise a session at the 2016 AWID Forum before June 26th, 2015. Your proposal to organize a session at the Forum should respond to the Forum guiding questions.

 See more at www.forum2016.awid.org/home

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Participation on Post-2015 June and July Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN), High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development and Conference on Financing for Development (FfD)

The Women’s Major Group has opened the application period for participation in the Post-2015 June and July Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN), High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development and Conference on Financing for Development (FfD). Please nominate representatives (self-nominations are welcome!) for travel funding.

The forum will debate the theme: «Strengthening integration, implementation and review — the HLPF after 2015″. It will be meeting this year under the auspices of ECOSOC.

A major focus will thus be the role of the forum and ways to implement its functions in following up on and reviewing the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.

The meeting will occur at a time when the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will be reaching their final stage. It takes particular significance as sustainable development goals will be at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda. The forum will thus be able to advance the discussions on how best to review progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the overall agenda, and its important role in this regard.

The application form can be found here. The application deadline is  28 May 2015, 17:00 NY time. Only completed applications will be considered (including CV). 

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3rd World Conference of Women’s Shelters

The 3rd World Conference of Women’s Shelters will be hold in 3 — 6 November 2015 — The Netherlands . More than 1000 people from over 100 countries have already indicated that they intend to participate. Their contributions promise an interesting and innovative programme, with topics such as Internet safety, employers’ domestic violence policies, sexual violence in war & conflict zones, and good practices in shelter work.

Registration
Click here to register.
You can find more information about the programme on our website: www.worldshelterconference.org

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Women’s Major Group Recommendations on the Post-2015 Agenda, May 18th, 2015

Women’s Major Group made recommendations for Accountability, Monitoring, and Review of the Post-2015 Agenda. With full text of this recomendations you can find at www.womenmajorgroup.org

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WORLD BANK GROUP GENDER UPDATE

The World Bank Group is preparing a renewed gender strategy, which is expected to be finalized and discussed by the Board of Executive Directors later this year. The strategy is being developed to help us support countries and companies achieve gender equality as one pathway to ensuring lasting poverty reduction and shared prosperity. In developing the strategy, the World Bank Group is consulting with stakeholders worldwide to seek their input on country and regional perspectives, global lessons learned and good practices to reduce key gender gaps.

A  Concept Note has been prepared and will serve as a basis for discussion during consultations with stakeholders through mid-July. A dedicated consultation web page www.worldbank.org/genderconsultation provides a platform for stakeholders to provide input and contribute to the strategy development. Through this platform all interested individuals and parties can provide written comments on-line via a survey form. Input and comments can also be sent by downloading a Word version of the questionnaire available on the webpage and sending it by email to genderconsultations@worldbankgroup.org.  Individuals and parties can also indicate their interest in joining scheduled multi-stakeholder face-to-face meetings by signing up on the web page. Consultation meetings will be announced with as much advance notice as possible to facilitate.

The webpage includes information related to the review and timeline, consultation process, relevant background information, related resources, the schedule – as it is confirmed — of face-to-face meetings, and other relevant information as the consultation process progresses. The site, together with the key consultation documents (e.g. Concept Note, the consultation plan, the strategy) is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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New E-discission on Financing for Development in Asia-Pacific

A new e-discussion has been launched as part of the UNESCAP Regional Consultation Platform to gather inputs on Financing for Development in the Asian-Pacific region.
The results of this e-discussion will serve as input to the regional paper prapered by UNMC and stakeholders to be presented at The Third International Conference on Financing for Development that will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 13 to 16 July 2015.
Have your say by May 31st! And feel free to share with your networks!
Asia-Pacific Consultation on Sustainable Development | Asia-Pacific Consultation on Sustainable Development | World We Want 2015

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SDG news

DESA Statistics Division have shared with the new SDGs indicator website, which contains the available information and the latest updates: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/

The first meeting of the Inter-Agency Expert Group on SDGs (IAEG-SDGs) will be held in New York from 1-2 June 2015. Due to space limitation, the representatives of major groups and other stakeholders who wish to attend the meeting are required to pre-register by filling out the following online registration form

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FfhmVuDaciwZx6dnetjXW8S7WePpSGhAQBLOpzzKBy4/viewform?c=0&w=1

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Third International Conference on Financing for Development

The General Assembly decided to convene the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 13-16 July 2015. According to General Assembly resolution 68/279, the Conference will result in an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed outcome, which «should constitute an important contribution to and support the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.» This resolution also includes text on the rules for accreditation to the conference in paragraph 17.

For more information please visit the following link http://www.unngls.org/index.php/ffd3-conference/ffd3-accreditation

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Journalism training course

Thomson Reuters Foundation is currently engaged in a partnership with the UN Foundation to deliver journalism training regarding the coverage of the 17 new sustainable development goals (SDGs) for 2015-2030, which will be signed on a new agreement at the UN summit held in Paris in December 2015.
A training course will be running in 33 countries and we are looking for seven journalists (whether staff or freelance) per country to attend.
Thomson Reuters Foundation is looking for the younger, promising reporters out there, the up and coming names in sustainable reporting with a maximum of five years’ experience – or even someone with more experience and whose background is not in this area, but who has a marked interest in starting to cover sustainability.
Journalists who cover the local communities, where the achievement of these new sustainability goals might really make an impact, as well as nationwide, will be very welcome. We will not be looking to train those who are already experts in covering sustainability and climate change.
Those interested can email marta.machado@thomsonreuters.com with two samples of published work (even if not climate/sustainability-related) and a short statement on why they feel they should cover the new SDGs and hence be selected to attend our course, including details of how long they have been working in journalism.

More information you can get here>>>

 April 2015

Global Fund for Women’s annual survey

Global Fund for Women’s (GFW) annual survey helps us measure where we are succeeding and where we could strengthen our efforts. By sharing your honest views with us, you are playing an active role in guiding our work to be the most effective partner for women’s rights. Please take our survey today.

Before GFW tell the world about women’s rights, they first have to listen. Your voice is an important part of the movement and we would really appreciate some of your time with our important survey.

Thank you for your time and for being a part of our vision for a world in which women and girls have resources, voice, choice and opportunities to realize their dreams.

March 2015

CSO Forum, APFSD, and UNEP Forum

A series of intergovernmental events focused on sustainable development will take place in Bangkok during May 2015, preceded by the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development which will take place in Bangkok on 16-18 May 2015. This forum will be convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Commissions for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and other civil society organizations.

If your organization is interested in engaging with other Asia-Pacific organisations on sustainable development, please review the attached call for participation carefully for further details on the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development, the intergovernmental forums that it will engage with, target participants, and key dates, and apply to
participate online at http://meetings.unescap.org/ by 1 April 2015.

February 2015

National Forum of  Kyrgyzstan Women

2 — March 3, 2015 in Bishkek will host the National Forum of Kyrgyzstan Women with the participation of more than 1000 participants from all over the Republic and other countries.
The Forum will bring together governmental and non-governmental organizations, representatives of business, politics, trade unions, employers’ organizations, scientists, artists, journalists and activists from the field. We invite participants of the Forum to pay their participation in order to demonstrate active citizenship, motivation and willingness to contribute themselves and invest in the promotion of ideas of national platform.
For more information, please contact the coordinator of the organizing committee of the Forum — Rimma Sultanova, tel. +9960551 677 477, e-mail: rimma08@gmail.com