5 Dec: International Year of Volunteers +10 (IYV+10)

Volunteering empowers people to take an active part in development, to take responsibility for the needs of others, and to make an impact in their own lives. Volunteering often starts at home: but together, volunteers can change the world. In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the International Year for Volunteers, two plenary meetings of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly shall be devoted to follow-up to Year on or around 5 December 2011.

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7-8 Dec: Fifth GA High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development

The fifth High-level Dialogue of the General Assembly on Financing for Development will be held in New York on 7 and 8 December 2011.

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9 Dec: ECOSOC Special Event on Cybersecurity

A panel discussion on “An international framework to combat cybercrime and improve cybersecurity” will be held on 9 December at 10 am at the ECOSOC chamber. The meeting will be opened by H.E. Mr. Lazarous Kapambwe, President of the Economic and Social Council, with introductions by Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Honourable Undersecretary Fortunato de la Peña, Undersecretary for Science and Technology, Philippines, and Chair, United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development.


13-15 Dec: Intersessional Panel, Commission on Science and Technology for Development, Manila

The CSTD 2011-2012 Inter-sessional Panel will be held from 13-15 December 2011 in Manila, Philippines. The panel will address the following two priority themes: Theme I, which is related to the Commission´s mandate to assist the Economic and Social Council in the follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS): Innovation, research, technology transfer for mutual advantage, entrepreneurship and collaborative development in the information society. Theme II, which is related to the Commission´s traditional mandate on science and technology: Open access, virtual science libraries, geospatial analysis and other complementary ICT and science, technology, engineering and mathematics assets to address development issues, with particular attention to education. In addition, the panel will address the follow-up to WSIS.

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15-16 Dec: Second Intersessional Meeting of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development

The Second Intersessional Meeting of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development will take place on 15 and 16 December. Major groups registration for the Second Intersessional Meeting of UNCSD (known as Rio+20) is now open. The Second Intersessional Meeting will be held at UN Headquarters in New York on 15 and 16 December 2011. Pre-registration through the CSO Net online event registration system is required for all delegates from major groups.

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30 Jan–8 Feb: 2012 Regular session, Committee on NGOs

The 2012 Regular Session of the Committee on NGOs will take place from 30 January to 8 February 2012. The session is expected to consider 190 new applications for status by NGOs as well as 153 more applications deferred from earlier sessions. It will also review 375 quadrennial reports of NGOs in general or special consultative status. The Committee is expected to meet again on 17 February 2012 to adopt its report of the session. The session’s recommendations will be sent to the Economic and Social Council for its approval in July of 2012. A detailed information note on the expected agenda can be retrieved from the link below.

1-10 Feb 2012: Commission for Social Development, 50th session

The Commission for Social Development (CSocD) has been in existence from the very inception of the United Nations, advising the Economic and Social Council and Governments on a wide range of social policy issues and on the social perspective of development. Functioning under a broad mandate, the Commission for Social Development, formerly the Social Commission, has met at various intervals and at different locations. The fiftieth session of the Commission for Social Development will be convened from 1 to 10 February 2012 in New York. The priority theme this year will be poverty eradication.

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13 Feb – 2 March 2012: Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, 51st session, Geneva

The 51st session of the Committee will consider reports by Algeria, Brazil, Grenada, Jordan, Norway, Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe.

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27 Feb – 9 March 2012: Commission on the Status of Women, 56th session

The fifty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 27 February to 9 March 2012. Representatives from Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world will attend the session. The two-week session will include a high-level round table, interactive dialogues and panels, and parallel events. The 2012 session will focus on the following key areas. The priority theme will be the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges. The review theme will be financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women. An emerging issues for discussion is to be determined inter-sessionally.

23-27 April 2012: Commission on Population and Development, 45th session

The Commission on Population and Development will hold its forty-fifth session from 23 to 27 April 2012 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The theme of the session is “Adolescents and Youth”.

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7-18 May 2012: Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 11th session

The 11th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will be held in New York from 7 to 18 May 2012.

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21-30 May 2012: 2012 Resumed Session, Committee on NGOs

The 2012 Resumed Session of the Committee on NGOs will take place from 21 to 30 May 2012. The session is expected to consider new applications for status by NGOs as well as applications deferred from earlier sessions. It will also review quadrennial reports of NGOs in general or special consultative status. The Committee is expected to meet again on 8 June 2012 to adopt its report of the session. The session’s recommendations will be sent to the Economic and Social Council for its approval in July of 2012.

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20-22 June 2012: Rio+20 Conference

Organized to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, the Conference will include Heads of State and Government to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging challenges.  IMPORTANT: NGOs and other major groups’ organisations that are NOT yet accredited to the United Nations and wish to participate in the conference will be offered a one time opportunity to become accredited to Rio+20. The General Assembly has agreed to open an accreditation process in line with established procedures for UN Conferences.

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