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Current Opportunities to Engage in United Nations Processes

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By 1 December: Register for the 1-4 February 2017 WFUNA International Model United Nations (WIMUN) at UN Headquarters New York

Model United Nations is an educational initiative that resembles UN diplomacy. Sponsored by the World Federation of the United Nations Associations (WFUNA), the WFUNA International Model United Nations conference is the first conference to employ actual UN procedures in their simulations. Given the many parallels, participants will have the opportunity to get a real sense of the work of the UN by gaining public speaking, negotiation and research skills at the same time. For more information, please visit: http://www.wimun.org/#!registration/cee5

By 8 January 2017: Register / Apply for Special Accreditation for UN Oceans Conference Preparatory Meeting 15-16 February at UNHQ

A high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened in New York, from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The Conference will be co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden. The President of the General Assembly will convene a two-day preparatory meeting, 15-16 February 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York, to be chaired by two co-facilitators, the Permanent Representatives of Portugal and Singapore to the UN, with a view to considering the themes for the partnership dialogues and elements for a "Call for Action".

Pre-Registration For The Preparatory Meeting Now Open
Pre-registration is required for interested representatives of non-governmental organizations and major groups identified in Agenda 21 to participate in the preparatory meeting. Pre-registration is open from 7 November 2016 - 16 January 2017 at http://bit.ly/SDG14ConfPrep_Reg for organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC or accredited to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development or to previous UN conferences on sustainable development of Small Island Developing States, held in Barbados, Mauritius and Samoa.

Special Accreditation To The Conference And Preparatory Meeting Now Open
Non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions and the scientific community, whose work is relevant to the Conference but who do NOT belong to the above categories are encouraged to apply for special accreditation to the Conference and the preparatory meeting by filling out a questionnaire http://bit.ly/SDG14ConfPrep_SA in addition to submitting their application for pre-registration to the preparatory meeting. Applications for special accreditation will be accepted from 7 November 2016 - 8 January 2017.

Private sector organizations and philanthropic institutions may apply for special accreditation for the Conference and the preparatory meeting through the UN Global Compact from 7 November 2016 - 8 January 2017. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to begin the registration process for private sector organizations and philanthropic institutions only.

More information on the Oceans Conference: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/oceans/SDG14Conference

Apply to the UN Youth Delegate Programme

Participation in decision-making is one of the key priority areas of the United Nations agenda on youth. One form of youth participation at the United Nations is through the inclusion of youth delegates in a country's official delegation to the United Nations General Assembly and various functional Commissions of the Economic and Social Council. The youth delegate programme is coordinated by the Focal Point on Youth at the global level, but it is the responsibility of the Member States to establish a youth delegate programme at the national level, and to decide who will represent the young people of their country. The roles of a youth representative varies from country to country, but normally includes providing input to their delegation on issues related to youth and participate in their delegation's general work through attending meetings and informal negotiations.

For more information on the UN Youth Delegate Programme, please refer to the following website: https://www.un.org/development/desa/youth/what-we-do/youth-delegate-programme.html 

Past Opportunities to Engage with the UN - 2015 and 2016

Past opportunities in 2015 and 2016 have included:

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

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

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