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DESA NGO News — 1 June 2018

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EVENTS

4 – 8 June: Intergovernmental negotiations on the global compact for migration
The intergovernmental negotiations on the global compact for migration will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Registration now open: multi-stakeholders in consultative status with ECOSOC and those with special accreditation to the GCM process are invited to register to attend all upcoming negotiations:

  • 4-8 June 2018 (Trusteeship Council Chamber)
  • 9-13 July 2018 (Conference Room 1)

Register through the following link: https://reg.unog.ch/event/23763/
For more information on the negotiations, please visit: https://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiations
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4 June: Civil society hearing and high-level meeting on the fight to end Tuberculosis
The General Assembly will hold a one-day high-level meeting on the fight to end tuberculosis on 26 September 2018 with the overall theme “United to end tuberculosis: an urgent global response to a global epidemic”. As part of the preparatory process for the high-level meeting, the President of the General Assembly will convene a civil society hearing in New York on 4 June 2018 with the participation of civil society organizations, academia, medical associations, the private sector, parliamentarians and Member States. Registration for representatives of organizations without consultative status is now closed. For further information and updates, please visit: https://www.un.org/pga/72/event-latest/fight-to-end-tuberculosis/

11 June: High level event on financing for SDGs
The President of the General Assembly will convene a high level event on financing for SDGs entitled “Breaking the Bottlenecks of Investment-from Policy to Impact” on June 11 in the ECOSOC Chamber of UNHQ. He aims to bring together Member States, UN entities, other international organizations, private sector and civil society to address the challenges and bottlenecks that block the private investment towards SDG sectors and elaborate the role of the United Nations in strengthening public-private partnerships. It will also provide an opportunity for relevant actors to showcase and share best practices of scaling up financial resources for SDGs. https://www.un.org/pga/72/event-latest/financing-the-sustainable-development-goals/

5 July: Civil society hearing and high-level meeting on the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases

The General Assembly will hold its third high-level meeting on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases on 27 September 2018 in New York 2018 with the overall theme “Scaling up multi-stakeholder and multisectoral responses for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. As part of the preparatory process for the high-level meeting, the President of the General Assembly will convene a civil society hearing in New York on 5 July 2018 with the participation of civil society organizations, philanthropic foundations, academia, medical associations, the private sector, parliamentarians and Member States.
Registration of participants for the civil society hearing will open at the beginning of June. Please note that only representatives of organizations with ECOSOC consultative status or organizations with special accreditation to attend the hearing will be able to register. For further information and updates, please visit: https://www.un.org/pga/72/event-latest/preventio

9 – 18 July: 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development(HLPF)
NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC or on the CSD roster are hereby invited to register to participate in the 2018 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, to take place from 9 to 18 July at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Please register at: https://reg.unog.ch/event/24577. The deadline for registration is 15 June 2018. In addition to registering, organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC must request grounds passes to attend the HLPF as soon as possible. Organizations that are in consultative status with ECOSOC can request up to 9 temporary grounds passes at a time, in addition to 7 annual grounds passes. These passes need to be requested through the Integrated Civil Society Organizations System (iCSO).
CSD Roster organizations can request up to 5 temporary grounds passes. Once the registration is approved, a confirmation email will be sent to participants. Information on how to obtain temporary grounds passes for organizations on the CSD Roster will be sent to approved participants after the registration period is closed. More information is available at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018

23 – 26 July: The Ninth Working Session of the General Assembly’s Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Ageing
The Ninth Working Session of the General Assembly’s Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Ageing will be held from 23 to 26 July 2018 in Conference Room 4 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. For more information about the session, including Proposed Organization of Work, please visit http://bit.ly/OpenEndedWorkingGroup9. Online Registration for NGOs with ECOSOC Status and previously accredited organizations to the OEWG on Ageing: https://social.un.org/ageing-working-group/ngos-ninthsession.shtml#preregistration. Side event online applications are now
open and can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/oewga9-events. The deadline for applying to organize a side event is 2 July 2018. Follow us on @UN4Ageing and use #OEWG9 for all your tweets on the 9th working session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing.

NEWS

Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations finishes its 2018 Resumed session, sets dates of 2019 sessions
During its 2018 Resumed session, the Committee granted consultative status or reclassifying status to 218 organizations, or 45 per cent of the 472 applications which it had reviewed. Committee Chair Jorge Dotta (Uruguay), completing a four‑year term, emphasized the need to keep improving the Committee’s working methods to deal with a growing workload as well as demands from civil society to engage with the United Nations.

The Chair went on to note the first‑ever consultations with non‑governmental organizations in consultative status that the Committee would be held on 22 June, and will discuss the evolving relationship between the United Nations and civil society and ways to improve it.

The Committee approved 21 to 30 January and 8 February, and 16 to 24 May and 14 June as the dates for its 2019 regular and resumed sessions respectively, as well as the provisional agenda for the 2019 session (document E/C.2/2018/L.1).

The Committee on Non‑Governmental Organizations will meet again at 10 a.m. on Monday, 11 June, to adopt its report and conclude its resumed session.

15 June 2018 is the deadline for NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC and on the CSD roster to register for the 2018 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The 2018 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development will take place from 9 to 18 July at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Please registert by 15 June using this link. Additionally, organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC must request grounds passes to attend the HLPF as soon as possible. Organizations that are in consultative status with ECOSOC can request up to 9 temporary grounds passes at a time, in addition to 7 annual grounds passes. These passes need to be requested through the Integrated Civil Society Organizations System (iCSO). CSD Roster organizations can request up to 5 temporary grounds passes. Once the registration is approved, a confirmation email will be sent to participants.
Information on how to obtain temporary grounds passes for organizations on CSD Roster will be sent to approved participants after the registration is closed. More information is available at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018 and a Frequently Asked Questions document is available here.

A pre-HLPF meeting for Major Groups and other stakeholders will be held on 8 July, offering a chance for coordination and information-sharing ahead of the Forum. More information on how to register to this meeting will be shared in the GoS HLPF Pag. If you are interested in joining the mailing list of the MGoS HLPF coordination Mechanism and receiving more HLPF-related information, please fill this form: http://bit.ly/MGoS_mailinglist

DESA PUBLICATIONS

World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2018

Growth in the world economy is surpassing expectations and global GDP is now expected to expand by more than three per cent this year and in 2019, reflecting strong growth in developed countries and broadly favourable investment conditions, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) as of mid-2018. But rising trade tensions, heightened uncertainty over monetary policy, increasing debt levels and greater geopolitical tensions can potentially thwart progress, the report finds.

According to the report, world economic growth is now forecast to reach 3.2 per cent both in 2018 and 2019, an upward revision by 0.2 and 0.1 percentage point, respectively. This revised outlook reflects further improvement in the growth forecast for developed economies due to accelerating wage growth, broadly favourable investment conditions, and the short-term impact of a fiscal stimulus package in the United States.

World trade growth has also accelerated, reflecting a widespread increase in global demand. Many commodity-exporting countries will also benefit from the higher level of energy and metal prices. While the modest rise in global commodity prices will exert some upward pressure on inflation in many countries, the report notes that inflationary pressures remain contained across most developed and developing regions.
https://www.un.org/development/desa/publications/world-economic-situation-and-prospects-as-of-mid-2018.html

2018 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects

The 2018 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects produced by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) notes that future increases in the size of the world’s urban population are expected to be highly concentrated in just a few countries. Together, India, China and Nigeria will account for 35% of the projected growth of the world’s urban population between 2018 and 2050. By 2050, it is projected that India will have added 416 million urban dwellers, China 255 million and Nigeria 189 million.

The urban population of the world has grown rapidly from 751 million in 1950 to 4.2 billion in 2018. Asia, despite its relatively lower level of urbanization, is home to 54% of the world’s urban population, followed by Europe and Africa with 13% each.

Today, the most urbanized regions include Northern America (with 82% of its population living in urban areas in 2018), Latin America and the Caribbean (81%), Europe (74%) and Oceania (68%). The level of urbanization in Asia is now approximating 50%. In contrast, Africa remains mostly rural, with 43% of its population living in urban areas.

Understanding the key trends in urbanization likely to unfold over the coming years is crucial to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including efforts to forge a new framework of urban development.

https://www.un.org/development/desa/publications/2018-revision-of-world-urbanization-prospects.html

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