67TH UNDPI/NGO CONFERENCE: “WE THE PEOPLES: TOGETHER FINDING GLOBAL SOLUTIONS TO GLOBAL PROBLEMS.”

#5The United Nations Department of Information and Non-governmental Organizations relations held its 67th annual conference at the UN Headquarters in New York, from 12 – 13 August, 2018. The theme for the 2018 conference was “We the Peoples: Together Finding Global Solutions to Global Problems.” The conference attracted about 2000 young and not so young representatives from over 300 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) representing about 80 countries. Also present at the conference to discuss issues of global concern were officials from the UN system, academia, members of the media, public opinion makers and so on.

The DPI/NGO conference offers NGOs an opportunity to put a global perspective on specific issues.  Focus of the 2018 conference was on fostering multilateralism in addressing global challenges. The 2019 UN DPI/NGO conference will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

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The outcome document: https://bit.ly/2wPwynH

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56TH COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT: “STRATEGIES FOR ERADICATING POVERTY TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL”

1The Commission for Social Development concluded its 56th session on February 7 with the adoption of four draft resolutions by consensus. The draft resolutions, which were recommended to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for further actions, included ageing, future-working methods of the commission, strategies for eradicating poverty, and Africa’s development. The Commission on Social Development is the advisory body responsible for the social development pillar of global development. The draft resolutions are measures created by government officials and civil society leaders to help lift millions of people still living in poverty, especially those in vulnerable situations. In her opening remarks at the commission, the UN deputy Secretary General, Ms. Amina Mohammed, stated that, “at the global level, we have experienced impressive reductions in extreme poverty. Significant progress has also been made in improving access to schooling and healthcare, promoting the empowerment of women, youth, and persons with disabilities, older persons and indigenous populations; however, the drop in extreme poverty remains uneven across regions, within countries and between various social groups.”

The Commission for Social Development was also actively partaken by members of Civil2 Society organizations. Many NGOs submitted written or oral statements to contribute to the work of the Commission. Additionally, many of the participants co-sponsored side events on relevant issues. Members of the Civil Society held their Forum on February 2, under the theme, Social Protection, Including Floors: A preeminent strategy to eradicate poverty and achieve social development for all.” The Civil Society Forum provides a space for members of Civil Society Organizations to gather for orientations, discussions, and collaboration on the themes and deliberations of the Commission for Social Development. The group submitted a joint statement on the theme of their Forum to the Commission.

In his closing remarks, the chairperson for the 56th Session of the Commission, Mr. Nikulas Hannigan of Iceland, commended efforts by the Secretariat, the Vice‑Chairs, keynote speakers, and a range of other participants for contributing to the smooth and successful conclusion of the eight-day commission.  He also affirmed what he described as the “unprecedented robust level of participation by civil society.

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UN COMMITTEE ON NGOS: GATEWAY TO CONSULTATIVE STATUS

un-charter-enArticle 71 of the UN Charter provides for consultation with non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The UN Committee on NGOs meets twice a year to consider NGO applications for consultative status and quadrennial reports from those NGOs already accredited to the UN. In May 2016 the committee considered 464 applications, reviewed 426 quadrennial reports, and sent their recommendations to the Economic and Social Council for its approval in July 2016. Unfortunately, many NGO applications and reports were deferred for later consideration, some after many years of repeated delays. Committee members are Azerbaijan, Burundi, China, Cuba, Greece, Guinea, India, Iran, Israel, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Russian Federation, South Africa, Sudan, Turkey, United States of America, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

NEW NGO COMPUTER DOMAINS: .NGO AND .ONG

.ngo  .ongNew domains for Non-government Organizations (NGOs) will be available in early 2015 along with an International Directory of Validated NGOs.  http://pir.org/domains/ngo-ong-domain/