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

We 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.

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OHCHR invites contributions to a survey on discrimination against women in economic and social life

arton4200The Working Group on Discrimination against Women of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is inviting civil society to contribute to its 2014 report by taking part in its survey on discrimination against women in economic and social life. The survey is available at this link:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Questionnaire_on_Economic_and_Social_Life.

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UNCTAD: Least Developed Countries Report 2012

arton4173The United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released its Least Developed Country Report for 2012. The report, subtitled “Harnessing Remittances and Diaspora Knowledge to Build Productive Capacities,” addresses the issues of remittance flows to least developed countries (LDCs) and explores the potential role of diasporas in LDCs’ development as past and current migration patterns have created diasporas in different parts of the world. The report argues that LDCs could enhance the benefits from remittances and the knowledge and know-how accumulated in their diasporas with the right policies and international support in place.

 

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UNAIDS and the post-2015 agenda: upcoming consultation

arton4182“UNAIDS vision of getting to zero is feasible in the next 25 years – zero new HIV infections and zero AIDS-related deaths could become concrete goals (or at least targets or indicators) in the post-2015 agenda.”

 

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OHCHR: Human Rights Funds, Grants and Fellowships – A Practical Guide for Civil Society

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) launched “Human Rights Funds, Grants and Fellowships – A Practical Guide for Civil Society.”

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UN underscores that it is time to end violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people

arton4181A Special Event on “Leadership in the Fight against Homophobia” was held on 12 December at UN Headquarters in New York. Organized in the context of Human Rights Day 2012, this event was co-hosted by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), several permanent missions to the UN, Human Rights Watch and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.

 

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Human Rights Day 2012: “No matter who you are, or where you live, your voice counts”

arton4172Every year, Human Rights Day is celebrated on 10 December, drawing attention to human rights and the need for people to fully enjoy such rights. The 2012 celebration was marked by the theme “Inclusion and the Right to Participate in Social Life,” and in particular drew attention to all people’s rights, including those of socially excluded and marginalized people, to make their voices heard in public life and political decision-making. The Day further drew attention to the 64th anniversary of the UDHR [1].

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How Inequalities Should be Addressed in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

arton4171As the realization date for the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draws closer, discussion on the scope and potential of the post-2015 development agenda is sprouting within the UN and beyond. An adjunct event to the fifth session of the Forum on Minority Issues took place on 28 November 2012 addressing inequalities faced by: national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities in the post-2015 development agenda.

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“Your action counts” – Celebrating International Volunteer Day

arton4169From Ecuador to Haiti, Liberia to Bosnia, Jordan to Vietnam, all around the world people celebrated International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December 2012 through a variety of events including parades, campaigns, conferences, competitions, blood donation drives and coordinated volunteer actions. In Otjiwarongo, Namibia, for example, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme celebrated the day with a mass media event on 4 December, highlighting the importance of volunteerism to national development. Moreover, it organized in collaboration with other stakeholders, several events on 5 December, including a 20-minute film screening, motivational speeches, a staged drama on volunteerism and the HIV and AIDS response, and the handing over of 45 Volunteer Awards.

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UNDP/NGLS: Reclaiming multilateralism – A roundtable discussion

arton4180The world is reaching a tipping point of growing inequalities within and amongst developing and developed nations, the looming consequences of climate change, patterns of unsustainable development and consumption, and staggering levels of poverty. These call for immediate actions, many of which can only be achieved with a multilateral system equipped to that end. A forward-looking and effective multilateralism will require governments and multilateral institutions, the United Nations system in particular, to engage in an open debate, drawing on the perspectives and participation of all stakeholders and partners.

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The fifth session of the Forum on Minority Issues marks 20th anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities

arton4168The Forum on Minority Issues aims to provide a platform for promoting dialogue and cooperation on issues pertaining to national, ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities. It reviews thematic contributions and expertise by the Independent Expert on minority issues and identifies and analyzes best practices, challenges, opportunities and initiatives for further implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 1992. Since its establishment in 2008, the Forum has addressed the following themes: in 2008, “Minorities and the Right to Education;” in 2009, “Minorities and Effective Political Participation;” in 2010, “Minorities and effective participation in economic life;” and in 2011, “Guaranteeing the rights of minority women and girls.” Click here for the recommendations made at these sessions.

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Member States move forward on implementation of Rio+20 outcomes

arton4167Five months after UN Member States adopted the outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (“Rio+20”), agreement has been reached on how to advance and concretize the implementation of some of the processes launched in June. The resolution adopted on 30 November by the Second Committee of the General Assembly (GA) on the implementation of the sustainable development agenda (A/C.2/67/L.45) reaffirms that eradicating poverty is “the greatest global challenge facing the world today.” It also includes text on overcoming negotiation impasses related to the creation of a high-level political forum on sustainable development, the roll out of a ten-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, and other issues foreseen in the Rio+20 outcomes.

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A Big Project teams with Arts for Peace, Push4Peace, and global partners on “Help-Life-Change”

The organization A Big Project, along with Arts for Peace, Push4Peace, Shift Network, Peace Day TV, and 40+ global partners is spearheading a collective online activism effort, centring on 20 December. This collaborative, global event will bring together established and emerging artists, leading activist organizations, corporations, and people around the world all seeking to generate one billion individual actions to help build a culture of peace with the environment and with each other.

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Overview of ongoing Thematic Online Consultations, held in the Framework of the UN’s Post-2015 Development Agenda

arton4164With the 2015 MDGs deadline fast approaching, the UN Secretary-General has outlined an UN-led process to support the development of the post-2015 development framework. To contribute to the UN system-wide effort, the  UNDG has been asked to: 1) facilitate national consultations in up to 100 countries; 2) hold global thematic consultations on key issues pertaining to the post-2015 development agenda; and 3) create a web portal for interaction and information exchange. The results of these efforts will serve as input to the work of the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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President of the General Assembly Vuk Jeremić holds dialogue with civil society

arton4165On 26 November, a civil society dialogue with the recently-installed President of the 67th Session of the General Assembly, Vuk Jeremić of Serbia, was organized by NGLS, the NGO Branch of the Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and the NGO Section of the Department of Public Information, at UN Headquarters in New York. This candid, introductory meeting provided an opportunity for civil society participants to raise concerns and ask questions to the President of the General Assembly (PGA), who provided an overview of the priorities of his term and its objectives, including in relation to civil society engagement at the UN.

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High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on Post-2015: London Meeting

arton4148On 7 November, the Special Envoys of the Co-Chairs of the High-level Panel (HLP) of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Agenda and the High-level Panel Secretariat provided a briefing at UN Headquarters in New York to highlight the outcomes of the Panel’s second meeting, held in London, from 31 October to 2 November.

 

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Post-2015 Development Framework: E-Discussion on Governance and Accountability (19 November - 16 December 2012)

arton4154With the 2015 MDGs deadline fast approaching, the UN Secretary-General has outlined an UN-led process to support the development of the post-2015 development framework. To contribute to the UN system-wide effort, the UNDG has been asked to: 1) facilitate national consultations in up to 100 countries; 2) hold global thematic consultations on key issues pertaining to the post-2015 development agenda; and 3) create a web portal for interaction and information exchange. The results of these efforts will serve as input to the work of the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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