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Decent Work in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: UN-NGLS interview with Raymond Torres, Director of Research Department at the International Labour Organization (ILO)

arton4479In this UN-NGLS interview, Raymond Torres, Director of Research Department at the International Labour Organization (ILO) and editor of the ILO’s World of Work Report shares insight on the newly released World of Work Report 2014.

 

 

 

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14 July at UNHQ: informal civil society consultation on programme of activities for the International Decade for People of African Descent

arton4482On behalf of the Mission of South Africa and the Office of the President of the General Assembly, UN-NGLS is pleased to inform civil society representatives of the opportunity to participate in an informal civil society consultation meeting at UN Headquarters on the programme of activities for the International Decade for People of African Descent. This consultation will be hosted by the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the UN, H.E. Ambassador Jeremiah Nyamane Kingsley Mamabolo, on Monday, 14 July from 3:00-6:00pm EST in North Lawn Building Conference Room 4.

 

 

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Informal interactive hearing on the prevention and control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)s: “Moving from commitment to implementation” (19 June)

arton4472On 19 June, an informal interactive hearing with non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, the private sector and academia on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) was held at UNHQ in New York in preparation for the High-level Meeting on the comprehensive review and assessment of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, taking place in July. With the overarching theme “Global Progress, National Action: Moving from commitment to implementation,” the hearing focused on the role of civil society and other stakeholders in NCD prevention and control, as well as ideas on how to prioritize NCDs in the post-2015 development agenda. It also provided an opportunity to review and assess the progress achieved in the prevention and control of NCDs since 2011.

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UNCTAD Public Symposium focuses on "A Better World Economic Order for Equality and Sustainable Development Post-2015" (18 - 19 June)

arton4470A series of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) culminated with the 5th UNCTAD Public Symposium (18-19 June, Geneva), organized in collaboration with UN-NGLS, on the theme “A better world economic order for equality and sustainable development post-2015.”

 

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GA Thematic Debate: Responding to the opportunities and challenges of the 21st Century: Human Security and the post-2015 development agenda (18 June)

arton4469A thematic debate on Human Security was held on 18 June that provided Member States with an opportunity to respond to the recommendations contained in the latest report of the Secretary-General on the subject(A/68/685) and to have an exchange of views on how human security could be included in the next development framework. Participants pointed to the added value of human security as a tool to address complex and interrelated human-centred threats.

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Preparing for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples: UN General Assembly Informal Interactive Hearings held on 17-18 June

arton4468On 17-18 June, the President of the General Assembly hosted informal interactive hearings on organizational arrangements for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), which will take place from 22-23 September in New York. The WCIP will serve as a platform to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples, including to pursue the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples(UNDRIP), and is expected to produce an action-oriented outcome document.

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“Caste Is Not Culture, Caste Is Criminal” say Dalit activists at HRC26 side event

arton4477On 17 June, against the backdrop of the annual full day discussion on women human rights of the 26th session of the Human Rights Council, powerful and heartfelt statements and testimonies filled the room during the side-event on “Caste-based Violence against Women: The role of the UN in combating caste-based violence and discrimination.” Participants, including UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, looked back at recent and brutal gender-based violence against Dalit women and girls, including the rape and hanging of the two young girls from the small village of Katra in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. In addition, participants watched footage from the film about the 2014 Dalit Women March of Self-determination (“Dalit Mahila Swabhiman Yatra”), held earlier this year in India. The film contains photographs and video footage that show the brutality of structural violence against Dalit women and how it is ingrained within the caste system. Consequently the ongoing Dalit Mahila Swabhiman Yatra campaign aims to raise awareness on the ground about the issue of violence against Dalit women, and demands justice and accountability.

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President of the General Assembly Convenes HLE on Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda (9-10 June)

arton4467From 9-10 June, PGA John Ashe convened a HLE on “Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda” at UN HQ in NYC. The two-day event provided an interactive platform for Member States, UN agencies and civil society representatives to consider how human rights and the rule of law have been applied at national and international levels to improve development outcomes. It further sought to draw from these experiences in terms of framing the post-2015 development agenda. 

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ILO discusses a new instrument to facilitate transitions from informal economy to decent work during International Labour Conference (28 May - 12 June)

arton4461At this year’s International Labour Conference (ILC), held from 28 May-12 June in Geneva, delegates from governments, workers’ and employers’ associations began discussions on a new instrument of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on facilitating transitions from the informal to the formal economy. The new instrument, to be adopted at the next ILC in May-June 2015, will take the form of an ILO Recommendation, which is a non-binding policy guideline.

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First Global Forum on Disability: Voice of Our Own (9 June)

arton4476The First Global Forum on Disability was held on 9 June at UN Headquarters as a side event to the seventh session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), held from 10-12 June. The First Global Forum was co-organized by Disabled People’s International (DPI), World Disability Union (WDU), the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications Technologies (G3ict), and the Global Alliance on Accessible Technology and Environments (GAATES), with support from the Hans Foundation. Under the overarching theme of “Voice of Our Own,” the Forum ought to provide a strong platform to voices from the global South.

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PGA’s Setting the Stage Concert: A behind the scenes perspective from UN-NGLS (6 June)

arton4474On 6 June, 2014, President of the General Assembly (PGA) John Ashe hosted the concert “Setting the Stage: 2015 and Beyond.” Through this event, the PGA sought to “shine a spotlight on the enormous significance of the year 2015: a once-in-a generation opportunity to set the world on a sustainable course” through the post-2015 development agenda. The concert also aimed to inspire new citizen involvement in setting the new agenda’s priorities and goals, including through engaging with the UN MyWorld2015 survey. An estimated 1,000 attendees – from Member States, the UN and civil society – witnessed the diplomatic hall of the General Assembly temporarily transform into a stage for musical talent from around the world. Three of the interns at the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), who volunteered to assist the Office of the President of the General Assembly on the day of the concert, share their behind-the-scenes insight and experiences supporting the musical talent on show day.

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First Sustainable Energy for All Forum held at UNHQ (4-6 June)

arton4435The first Sustainable Energy for All Forum was held from 4-6 June at UN Headquarters in New York, bringing together approximately 1,000 representatives from governments, the UN and other international organizations, the private sector and civil society active on energy issues.

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UN-NGLS/ETC Group side event focuses on "Technology Access and Assessment – The Trillion-Dollar Challenge" (4 June)

arton4475UN-NGLS and the ETC Group, an international civil society organization specializing in technology issues, co-hosted a side event on 4 June at UN Headquarters titled, “Technology Access and Assessment – The Trillion-Dollar Challenge.” This event complemented the third General Assembly Structured Dialogue on “possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies,” which took place the same day.

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8-9 September: High-level Stock-taking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

arton4480The President of the General Assembly will convene a High-level Stock-taking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda from 8-9 September to reflect on the various post-2015 development-related processes which have occurred during the current session of the GA with a view to: providing Member States and other stakeholders with an opportunity to identify possible inputs to the synthesis report of the Secretary-General; to contribute to the work of the 69th session of the GA; and to feed into the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNDG e-Discussion on "Partnerships with Civil Society," co-led by UN-NGLS, UNFPA, UNMC and UNV

arton4455As part of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) project “Continuing inclusive dialogue on the post-2015 development agenda,” the element on “partnerships with civil society” builds upon the diverse civil society engagement in previous UN-led consultations, with a focus on issues related to means of implementation for the post-2015 development agenda.

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UN-NGLS presents Issue #7 of The 2015 Post

arton4454UN-NGLS presents Issue #7 of The 2015 Post, available here.

 

 

 

 

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Interview with Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Recently Appointed Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

arton4446After the 13th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN-NGLS interviewed Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the recently appointed Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, on her priorities as Special Rapporteur and her reflections on the outcomes of the Permanent Forum.

 

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