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CoNGO E-Update • 30 September 2009

The CoNGO E-Update is produced by staff in New York, Geneva and Vienna, with contributions from members and affiliated partners.

In this week’s issue:

CoNGO Events and Announcements:

Call for Submission of Action Points - CoNGO Civil Society Development Forum (CSDF) 2009-New York Component – “Implementing the Internationally Agreed Goals and Commitments in regard to Global Public Health”

CoNGO Committees

UN Events and Announcements:

“AIDS2031” – Civil Society Online Survey

12th Session of the Human Rights Council

52nd Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child

“Geneva Lectures Series: Former President Gorbachev to Address the Nuclear Disarmament Agenda with Guest Participation of Ban Ki-moon”

OHCHR Consultation on Operationalizing the Framework for Business and Human Rights Presented by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises

7th Session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

Open Consultation on the Financial Mechanisms: Meeting the Challenges of ICT for Development

“Watchdog or Lapdog? Maximizing the Value of Internal Oversight for a Better United Nations”, UNU Midday Forum

2nd Session of the Ad-hoc Committee on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards

“Minorities and Effective Political Participation”, 2nd Session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues

Civil Society Events and Announcements:

“Perspectives withn International Organisations on the Financial and Economic Crisis”, Academic Council Debate Series

Coping and Resilience 2009, International Conference

“Nanotechnology, Synthetic Biology, Genomics, Geo-engineering… Where is this all going?”, Emerging Technologies Strategy Discussion

“Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2009. Wer steuert das Welternährungssystem?”, Presentation and Discussion

HREA Webinar: Civil Society and the UPR

Conference on Development and Information Technologies

International Peace Bureau Annual Conference

World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Call for Registration

“The Forgotten Children: A major European Conference addressing the subject of Children of Parents with a Mental Illness”

2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions

Campaigns, Initiatives and Resources:

Campaigns and Initiatives

NGO Resources

CoNGO Events and Announcements:

Call for Submission of Action Points - CoNGO Civil Society Development Forum (CSDF) 2009 – New York Component – “Implementing the Internationally Agreed Goals and Commitments in regard to Global Public Health”, 15 – 16 October 2009

Deadlines for submissions:

CoNGO members: 8 October 2009

Non-members: 1 October 2009

In preparation for CoNGO’s Civil Society Development Forum (CSDF) 2009-New York Component, CoNGO has launched an online form to facilitate the submission of action points to be considered at that event.

The form is available here.

The format of that online submission form was designed with a view to capturing the diversity of opinions of civil society organisations and other entities on subjects to be discussed during the New York Component. It is intended to provide an opportunity for both CoNGO members and non-members based in the regions to participate in shaping the debates of CSDF 2009.

The pulse of the CoNGO membership and its networks is important to us. Your suggestions are desired and most welcome.

For further information about the online submission form and CSDF 2009-New York Component, please visit www.ngocongo.org or contact us:

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Background information:

CoNGO is organising a follow-up Civil Society Development Forum (CSDF) 2009 – the New York Component – on 15 and 16 October 2009. Registration for this event is now open online.

This event is to review the Outcome Document of CSDF 2009–Geneva Component, seen in conjunction with the Ministerial Declaration of the ECOSOC 2009 High-Level Segment, which focused on “Implementing the Internationally Agreed Goals and Commitments in regard to Global Public Health”.

The expected product of this review is a set of succinct action points for governments, the United Nations System and civil society. These action points will result from further in-depth debates of workshops focusing on the following six substantive themes:

· Responding to health inequities at local and international levels

· Dealing with the shortage of health care workers

· Addressing the increase in non-communicable/chronic disease

· Financing global access to health, including health technologies

· Ensuring the right to health for women throughout the life-cycle

· Promoting prevention and treatment of HIV-AIDS.

The event is being held in collaboration with the Office for Economic and Social Council Support and Coordination (OESC), UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA), and with the assistance of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

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CoNGO Committees: NGO Committee on Ageing, “Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Older Persons: Toward a Society for all Ages” – 19th International Celebration of the International Day of Older Persons, 8 October 2009, New York

At the margins of the International Day of Older Persons, the NGO Committee on Ageing (New York) is organising an event entitled “Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Older Persons” on 8 October 2009 from 9:30 to 16:30 hours at the Economic and Social Council Chamber at UN Headquarters in New York.

Interested organisations may register online.

More information about this event is available on the Committee’s comprehensive new website: www.ngocoa-ny.org.

CoNGO Committees: NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns, General Meeting, 8 October 2009, Geneva

The NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns (CSVGC-Geneva) will hold its monthly meeting on 8 October 2009 from 13:00 to 15:00 hours at CoNGO’s Conference Room.

For more information, please contact Ms This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

CoNGO Committees: NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NGO Interactive Roundtables on the UN-ECE Beijing +15 Regional Review Meeting, 30 – 31 October 2009, Geneva

The NGO Committee on the Status of Women (Geneva) is organising an event entitled “NGO Interactive Roundtables on the UN-ECE Beijing +15 Regional Review Meeting” on 30 and 31 October 2009 at the Maison des Associations, Rue des Savoises 15, in Geneva.

The invitation letter for this event is available here.

The provisional agenda is available for download here.

To register for the event, please follow these guidelines.

For more information, please send a message to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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UN Events and Announcements:

AIDS2031” – Civil Society Online Survey

AIDS2031 is a think-tank project initiated by Mr Peter Piot while serving as Executive Director of UNAIDS. It aims at formulating a long-term strategic AIDS response, as opposed to continued crisis management.

To reflect in this strategy the voice of civil society, an online survey has been created, which is available at the UN-NGLS website.

The letter by Mr Peter Piot requesting civil society to participate in this online survey is available here.

12th Session of the Human Rights Council, 14 September – 2 October 2009, Geneva

The 12th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) is now in progress (14 September – 2 October 2009) at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Information about this event, including the agenda, can be accessed here.

The proceedings of this 12th Session can be followed via webcast.

Information about NGO participation, accreditation, submission of statements and contact details for the event may be found here. Guidelines on how to log into the HRC Extranet are also available through that link.

52nd Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, 14 September – 2 October 2009, Geneva

The 52nd Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child was opened on 14 September and will continue until 2 October 2009. The event takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

More information, including the agenda, the programme of work, and a listing of State reports for consideration, is available here.

Geneva Lectures Series: Former President Gorbachev to Address the Nuclear Disarmament Agenda with Guest Participation of Ban Ki-moon”, 5 October 2009, Geneva

The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG) are jointly organising the third in a series of lectures entitled “the Geneva Lecture Series”. This edition will feature Mr Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of the Soviet Union and Founding President of Green Cross International. The lecture is entitled “Resetting the Nuclear Disarmament Agenda”. An introductory statement by Mr Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, will precede the lecture.

The event will take place on 5 October 2009 from 16:00 to 18:20 hours at the Assembly Hall at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Registration is mandatory and can be done online.

More information is available here.

OHCHR Consultation on Operationalizing the Framework for Business and Human Rights Presented by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises, 5 – 6 October 2009, Geneva

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will hold a consultation on operationalizing the framework for business and human rights presented by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises. The meeting is scheduled on 5 and 6 October 2009 in Room XVIII at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

More information is available here.

7th Session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, 5 – 16 October 2009, Geneva

The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action has scheduled its 7th Session from 5 to 16 October 2009. The first meeting of this 7th Session will take place at 10:00 hours in Room XXI at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Open Consultation on the Financial Mechanisms: Meeting the Challenges of ICT for Development, 8 – 9 October 2009, Geneva

The UN Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) is organising the event “Open Consultation on the Financial Mechanisms: Meeting the Challenges of ICT for Development” from 8 to 9 October 2009 at Palexpo in Geneva.

The registration form is available here.

“Watchdog or Lapdog? Maximizing the Value of Internal Oversight for a Better United Nations”, UN University (UNU) Midday Forum, 15 October 2009, New York

To commemorate its fifteenth anniversary, the Office of Internal Oversights Services (OIOS) and UNU-ONY are organising a high-level panel discussion. Entitled “Watchdog or Lapdog? Maximizing the Value of Internal Oversight for a Better United Nations”, the event is scheduled on 15 October 2009 from 10:00 to 12:00 hours in Conference Room 8 at UN Headquarters in New York.

The event will commence with an opening address by Mr Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General.

More information, including bios of speakers and registration modalities, is available here.

2nd Session of the Ad-hoc Committee on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards, 19 – 30 October 2009, Geneva

The Secretariat of the Ad-hoc Committee on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards announced that it will hold its 2nd Session from 19 to 30 October 2009. The event will begin at 10:00 hours in Room XXI at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

For more information about this event, please contact the OHCHR Civil Society Unit.

“Minorities and Effective Political Participation”, 2nd Session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues, 12 – 13 November 2009, Geneva

The 2nd Session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues has now been scheduled for 12 and 13 November 2009 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The thematic focus of this Forum is on “Minorities and Effective Political Participation”. NGOs in consultative relationship with ECOSOC may participate, as well as other NGOs and organisations representing minorities “whose aims and purposes are in conformity with the spirit, purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations”. More information about accreditation procedures is available here.

The concept note for this event may be downloaded here.

More information about this event is available on the Forum’s website.

Civil Society Events and Announcements:

“Perspectives within International Organisations on the Financial and Economic Crisis”, Academic Council Debate Series, 2 October 2009, Geneva

The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) is organising a roundtable debate entitled “Perspectives within International Organisations on the Financial and Economic Crisis” on 2 October 2009 from 16:15 to 18:30 hours at Salle Bungener, IHEID, rue Rothschild 20 in Geneva.

No registration is required.

More information is available here.

Coping and Resilience 2009, International Conference, 3 – 6 October 2009, Dubrovnik-Cavtat, Croatia

The Coping and Resilience 2009 International Conference will be held from 3 to 6 October 2009, in Dubrovnik-Cavtat, Croatia. The conference will convey knowledge and practices on coping and resilience in response to a variety of adverse life circumstances that individuals and communities face. Visit the conference website for programme topics and registration and submission guidelines.

“Nanotechnology, Synthetic Biology, Genomics, Geo-engineering… Where is this all going?”, Emerging Technologies Strategy Discussion, 9 October 2009, New York

Friends of the Earth, the ETC Group and the International Center for Technology Assessment are hosting an emerging technologies strategy discussion entitled “Nanotechnology, Synthetic Biology, Genomics, Geo-engineering… Where is this all going?”. The event will take place on 9 October 2009 from 9:00 to 16:00 hours at the Salvation Army, International Justice Commission, 221 East 52nd Street, in New York and include a hosted lunch.

Short presentations on nanotechnology, synthetic biology, genomics and geo-engineering will take place in the morning. These will be followed by an open discussion in the afternoon to develop a strategy to engage civil society with the shaping of these technologies on local, national, regional and global policy levels.

To confirm participation or for more information, please contact Ms This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

“Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2009. Wer steuert das Welternährungssystem?”, Presentation and Discussion, 12 October 2009, Vienna

FIAN Austria, in cooperation with the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC), Aktion Brot für Hungernde and Grüne BildungsWerkstatt, is organising a presentation and discussion entitled “Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2009. Wer steuert das Weltnährungssystem?” (Who steers the world food system?). The event will take place on 12 October 2009 at 18:00 hours at AAI, Grosser Saal, Türkenstrasse 3, in Vienna.

More information is available here.

HREA Webinar: Civil Society and the UPR, 22 October 2009, Online

The Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) are organising a web-based lecture and discussion – webinar – focussing on the Human Rights Council’s Universal Period Review (UPR) process and the role of civil society herein.

The webinar will take place on 22 October 2009 at 12:00 noon GMT/UTC.

For more information and to sign on, please visit the HREA website.

Conference on Development and Information Technologies, 23 – 24 October 2009, Castelldefels, Barcelona

The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) will be holding a Conference on Development and Information Technologies on 23 and 24 October 2009 at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) in Castelldefels, Barcelona. The Conference, organised by the UOC and co-financed by the Agència Catalana de Cooperació al Desenvolupament, will be on “Mobile Phones and Internet in Latin America and Africa: What benefits for the most disadvantaged?”

If interested in submitting a paper for this event, please visit the UOC website.

International Peace Bureau Annual Conference, 13 – 15 November 2009, Washington D.C.

The International Peace Bureau Annual Conference will be held from 13 to 15 November 2009, in Washington D.C. The provisional title for the conference is “Rolling back militarism: a task for the global movement”.

The programme will include a central event (the weekend conference) and additional activities before and after, depending on the wishes of partners and participants. Suggestions are welcome. This is intended to be a participatory event, including a top-class range of speakers, cultural presentations and opportunities to interact with key people in Washington D.C. and beyond. Check out the IPB initial announcement for more information.

World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Call for Registration, 19 November 2009

The Women’s World Summit Foundation is campaigning to prioritize the prevention of abuse and violence against children. Launched in 2000, the World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse (19 November) is intended to create a global culture towards the worldwide prevention of child abuse.

For more information on the campaign and how to register, visit the campaign’s website.

“The Forgotten Children: A major European Conference addressing the subject of Children of Parents with a Mental Illness”, 26 – 27 November 2009, Vilnius, Lithuania

The European Federation of Associations of Families of People with Mental Illness (EUFAMI), in association with Lietuvos Sutrikusios Psichikos Žmonių Globos Bendrija (LSPŽGB), its Lithuanian family member association, will host “The Forgotten Children: A major European Conference addressing the subject of Children of Parents with a Mental Illness” from 26 to 27 November 2009 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Details on the conference programme, registration and accommodation arrangements can be found on the conference website.

2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions, 3 - 9 December 2009, Assembly Meeting, Melbourne, Australia

The Parliament of the World’s Religions will hold its 2009 assembly from 3 to 9 December 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. The gathering is expected to bring together more than 8,000 people of faith, spirit and goodwill from around the world. For more information about the upcoming 2009 assembly, visit the Parliament of the World’s Religions website.

Information on the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions event held in Labouisse Hall, UNICEF House, on 8 January 2009 in New York, as well as photos, can be viewed here

Campaigns and Initiatives

People’s Decade for Nuclear Abolition – Campaign

www.peoplesdecade.org

Countdown to Copenhagen Campaign

www.churchworldservice.org/site/PageServer?pagename=how_adv_copenhagen

Decent Work - Decent Life Campaign

www.decentwork.org

Global Campaign against Poverty

www.whiteband.org

Appeal and Petition for a Nuclear Weapon-Free World

www10.plala.or.jp/antiatom/en/WC/e07wc/e-20070902_dec_riso.html

Launch of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Prize – Call for Nominations

assembly.coe.int/Committee/JUR/HumanRightsPrize

Gender Training Community of Practice (GT CoP) – UN-INSTRAW

www.un-instraw.org/en/community-of-practice/general/gender-training-community-of-practice-gt.html

International NGO Journal – Call for Papers

www.academicjournals.org/INGO

NGO Resources

“Working with the United Nations Human Rights Programme – A Handbook for Civil Society”, Publication by OHCHR

www.ohchr.org/EN/AboutUs/Pages/NgoHandbook.aspx

Human Rights Nexus – Project by WFUNA

www.humanrightsnexus.org

Integrated Civil Society Organization System – UN/DESA Civil Society Participation Database

esango.un.org/civilsociety

UN-NGO-IRENE Best Practices Network

www.un.org/esa/coordination/ngo/irene

First Committee Monitor – Resource on the General Assembly’s First Committee on Disarmament and International Security

www.reachingcriticalwill.org/political/1com/FCM.html

Globethics.net Library – A Global Digital Library on Ethics

www.globethics.net

Resources and Calendar for Peace Issues – International Peace Bureau

www.ipb.org and www.ipb.org/i/newsletters-and-publications/VI-A-ipb-newsletters-and-calendars.html

Internet Governance Caucus Website

www.igcaucus.org

2009 UNDP Procurement Training Calendar

www.undp.org/procurement/training.shtml

International NGO Journal

www.academicjournals.org/INGOJ

African Journal of Political Science and International Relations

www.academicjournals.org/ajpsir

The CoNGO E-Update is a weekly email information service of the Conference of NGOs, informing members and affiliated networks of relevant upcoming events sponsored by the UN, CoNGO, CoNGO members and its affiliated committees and task forces, and other major civil society-related initiatives. CoNGO’s E-Update does not endorse events listed herein. Subscription to the E-Update is generally restricted members of the Conference of NGOs and UN offices. For more information or to advise on an event, please send a message to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , with “E-Update” mentioned in the subject field at least three weeks prior to the event. To unsubscribe please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with “unsubscribe” in the subject field.

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