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64th Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference: “Sustainable Societies; Responsive Citizens – call for NGO Workshop proposals

The 64th Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference, entitled “Sustainable Societies; Responsive Citizens” will be held on 3-5 September 2011 in Bonn, Germany. This conference could be considered as one of the major NGO events in preparation for the Rio+20 Conference and the tenth anniversary for the Year of Voluntarism.

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OHCHR releases report on “Discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity”

arton3631The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released “Discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity”, the first ever United Nations report addressing the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The report, submitted to the Human Rights Council for its nineteenth session (Geneva, March 2012), highlights the ongoing and vicious homophobic and transphobic violence and discriminatory practices fuelled by people’s sexual orientation or gender identity – practices that are insufficiently addressed and condemned by Member States. Every year, LGBT people all around the world face the threat of being murdered, kidnapped, assaulted, tortured, psychologically threatened or arbitrary deprived of liberty, whether by religious extremists, paramilitary groups, neo-Nazis, extreme nationalists, family or community members and others, the report explains. It also highlights that such violence often goes unreported, due to a lack of trust in police and law enforcement or fear for reprisals.

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November 2011 NGLS Civil Society Consultation for the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability

At the request of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP), NGLS conducted a civil society consultation from 1-11 November 2011 to gather inputs for consideration by the GSP before the final meeting of the Panel on 13-14 December 2011. The work of thirty-four organizations and networks is reflected in this consultation, including four of the UNCSD Major Groups. NGLS sought to maintain geographic, political, gender and generational balance. A consultation of this limited size cannot serve as an inclusive representation of civil society perspectives on the work of the GSP, but NGLS made it a priority to understand a diversity of views within the very limited time frame of this endeavor. Predominantly through the use of quotes from telephone interviews and written submissions, two distinct summary reports from the consultation present principle civil society recommendations for the GSP - one on policy issues and one on governance.

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Effective Access to Data for Environmental Progress: the Eye on Earth Summit

arton3633Making data accessible to all, especially emerging economies, to address environmental and social concerns was the focus of the recent Eye on Earth Summit. Organized by the AGEDI in partnership with the UNEP,  EoE convened 1,000 participants from 39 countries to formulate initiatives to ensure accurate and reliable data to combat food insecurity, water scarcity, and climate change. The conference was hosted by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed al-Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates.

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UN Commemorates the Anniversary of the Right to Development by Emphasizing People-centred Development

arton3632According to Craig Mokhiber of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), “decades of unchecked economic and environmental pillage led, in rapid succession, to a climate crisis, a food crisis, a financial crisis, an energy crisis, a fuel crisis and, ultimately, a human rights crisis.” The solution to this global crisis lies not in resource management but in the reconstruction of political will, Mr. Mokhiber continued, at a panel discussion he chaired on 5 December in New York entitled “People at the centre: Human rights in global economics and development.”

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OHCHR releases report on “Discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity”

arton3631The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released “Discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity”, the first ever United Nations report addressing the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

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The Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness adopts “Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation”

arton3623The Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4, 29 November – 1 December) concluded with the adoption of the “Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.” Bringing together 2,500 State and non-State representatives, the Forum aimed to reshape the conventional call for “aid effectiveness” into a new paradigm of “development effectiveness.”

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16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Violence against Women, at the UN and Worldwide

arton3622According to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), six in ten women worldwide suffer physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lives, usually at the hands of their husbands or partners. In 139 countries, however, constitutional law guarantees equality between women and men, and 125 countries criminalize domestic violence in an attempt to safeguard women’s rights. Eradicating this gap between practice and principle is the essential aim of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and the related 16 Days campaign of global action to raise awareness and prevent gender-based violence.

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Getting to Zero: Youth and HIV/AIDS

arton3621On 1 December 2011, the UN observed World AIDS Day 2011. Both at the UN, as well as around the globe, people were advocating for zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. At UNHQ, a briefing was organized that specifically addressed the role of youth in the global campaign to eradicate HIV/AIDS. This briefing examined the profound impact of HIV/AIDS on young people and the effects of HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination in their educational and other settings.

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UNCTAD: Least Developed Countries Report 2011

arton3624Considering the overarching goal of the Istanbul Programme of Action [1] (IPoA) “to overcome the structural challenges faced by least developed countries (LDCs) in order to eradicate poverty, achieve internationally agreed development goals and enable graduation from the least developed country category,” and considering that only two LDCs graduated from LDC status during the past ten years, UNCTAD’s Least Developed Countries Report 2011 calls for a major up-scaling of national and international efforts to ensure that at least 50% of the LDCs reach the graduation criterion within the next decade. Moreover, the report emphasizes the need for a development model that promotes sustained and inclusive economic growth.

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OHCHR: Guaranteeing the rights of minority women

arton3620The Fourth Session of the Forum on Minority Issues was held on 29-30 November in Geneva. Under the theme “Guaranteeing the rights of minority women,” participants discussed international and regional human rights frameworks, as well as global initiatives that have an impact on the rights of minority women, such as the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

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Geneva International Model United Nations organizes a youth conference to discuss the visions of the United Nations

arton3625On 21 October, the Geneva International Model United Nations (GIMUN) organized the conference “The United Nations in our day-to-day” in Geneva. GIMUN is a student-run NGO working to promote the ideals of the UN by engaging students in educative events related to the UN and important global issues. Its main activities include the annual celebration of the “UN Day” – which marks the UN Charter’s entry into force on 24 October 1945. .

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NGLS e-Roundup – Justice, equity and dignity for all: Developing a sustainable world for 7 billion people

arton3619We live in a world of limited resources, and the earth’s inhabitants are increasing at an extremely rapid rate. On 31 October, the United Nations marked the growth of the world population to seven billion. Currently, almost 80 million people are born every year – 97% of them in developing countries that already face difficulties in protecting and providing for their citizens. The existing needs for agricultural, social and economic development to combat poverty and create opportunities are even more pressing in the face of this population growth.

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Call for entries: International Short Film Competition “1 of 7 billion”

arton3614The 7 Billion Actions campaign’s International Short Film Competition “1 of 7 billion” is currently accepting entries that raise awareness on issues pertaining to human rights, population and development, poverty and equality, gender, young people, environment, reproductive health, ageing, and urbanization.

 

 

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UN-Women and the Peacebuilding Commission Encourage Investment in Women on the Path to Sustainable Peace and Development

arton3618As their first joint conference, the Peacebuilding Commission and the Executive Board of UN-Women held a high-level meeting on 18 November entitled “Integrating women into economic recovery.”

 

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The Endorois and their struggle for the realization of the right to development: NGLS interviews Wilson Kipsang Kipkazi of the Endorois Welfare Council and Lucy Claridge of the Minority Rights Group International

arton3607The Endorois are a pastoralist community of 60,000 indigenous people, who have resided in the Lake Bogoria area of Kenya for the past centuries. Between 1974 and 1979, the Kenyan government forcefully evicted them to create the Lake Bogoria Game Reserve. This not only destructed their material livelihoods, but also disconnected their spiritual connection with their ancestral land.

 

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