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CONGO e-Update . 17 September 2008



CONGO Civil Society Development Forum 2008 - Geneva Component, 27 - 28 October 2008, Geneva

Following CONGO's Civil Society Development Forum (CSDF) 2008 New York Component (27 - 29 June 2008), the CSDF 2008 Geneva Component is now scheduled to take place on 27 and 28 October 2008.

More information will soon be available on the CONGO website

UN International Day of Older Persons - Culture and Religion for all Ages?, 1 October 2008, Geneva

The Geneva International Network on Ageing (GINA) is organising an event, in commemoration of the UN International Day of Older Persons, with the theme: "Culture and Religion for all Ages?" on 1 October from 10:00 to 14:30 hours in the Main Hall at the World Council of Churches in Geneva. This event has the participation of UNFPA and former UN civil servants, and comprises a message from Archbishop Desmond Tutu as the Chair of the "Global Elders" (created with Kofi Annan and Nelson Mandela). A reception will be offered by the City of Geneva. Simultaneous translation (French/English) is available.

For more information, please contact Astrid Stuckelberger Astrid.Stuckelberger@sgg-ssg.ch





Geneva World Peace Festival, 19 - 21 September 2008, Geneva

On the occasion of the World Peace Day, Francis Lalanne and B1NATION TV are organising the Geneva World Peace Festival which will take place from 19 to 21 September 2008 at both the Palais des Nations and the Geneva Arena.

More information is available here <http://www.geneva-world-peace.org/> .





Public Panel Discussion at the 9th Session of the Human Rights Council: Zimbabwe's New Deal: The Human Rights Perspective, 19 September 2008, Geneva

United Nations Watch and the Global Zimbabwe Forum are organising a public panel discussion at the 9th session of the Human Rights Council on "Zimbabwe's New Deal: The Human Rights Perspective" on 19 September 2008 from 13:00 to 17:30 hours in Room XXII at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.





Seminar on the "Doing Business Report 2009", 22 September 2008, Geneva

A seminar on the newly published World Bank report "Doing Business 2009" will take place on 22 September 2008 from 9:00 to 11:00 hours in Room A at the Centre International de Conférence de Varembé in Geneva. Please confirm participation by email to itaylor@worldbank.org or by telephone: +41 (0)22-748-1000.

More information and background information can be obtained here <http://www.doingbusiness.org/> .





Meeting - Renewable Energy in Urban Settings, 6 October 2008, New York

The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) is inviting to a meeting on "Renewable Energy in Urban Settings" on 6 October 2008 from 13:15 to 14:45 hours at the UN Headquaters (Room TBC) in New York.

More information on this meeting can be obtained by sending an email to: Roma Stibravy isesny@gmail.com





International Seminar on Disarmament, Terrorism and Poverty: Challenges for Peace and Human Rights Movements, 14 - 16 November 2008, Copenhagen

The Danish Peace Council and the International Peace Bureau are organising an international seminar on "Disarmament, Terrorism and Poverty: Challenges for Peace and Human Rights Movements" from 14 to 16 November 2008 in Copenhagen.

More information (including programmes and registration process) will be available here <http://www.ipb.org/> .




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CONGO Committees: NGO Committee on Human Rights - Debriefing for NGOs on the 9th Session of the Human Rights Council, 23 September 2008, Geneva

CONGO's Committee on Human Rights will, in cooperation with the CONGO Office in Geneva, hold a debriefing for NGOs on the 9th session of the Human Rights Council on 23 September, starting at 13:15 hours at the Palais des Nations (Room TBC) in Geneva.

Fore more information, please contact Isolda Agazzi isolda.agazzi@ngocongo.org



CONGO Committees: NGO Committee on the UN's International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples - Business Meeting, 25 September 2008, New York

The CONGO Committee on the UN's International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples is organising a business meeting on 25 September 2008 from 13:00 to 15:00 hours in the Grumman Room at the UN Curch Center in New York.

For more information, please send an email to Roberto Borrero indigenous.committee@gmail.com



CONGO Committees: NGO Committee on Ageing - 18th International Day of the Older Persons, 2 October 2008, New York

The CONGO Committee on Ageing, in cooperation with the UN Department of Public Information and the Department for Economic and Social Affairs, are organising the event: "A Call for a Convention on the Rights of Older Persons" on 2 October 2008 from 10:00 to 16:30 hours at the UN Headquarters in New York.

More information, including registration details, is available here <http://www.ngocoa-ny.org/events/> .



CONGO Committees: NGO Committee on the Family - Family Issues at the UN: Work Ahead, 2 October 2008, New York

The monthly meeting of the CONGO Committee on the Family will discuss "Family Issues at the UN: Work Ahead" on 2 October 2008 from 13:15 to 14:45 hours at the UN Church Center in New York.

For more information, please contact Nadia Shmigel shmigeln@yahoo.com



CONGO Committees: NGO Committee on the Status of Women - Gender Sex Selection and Human Rights, 18 September 2008, Geneva

The "Working Group on the Girl Child" is organising a panel discussion on "Gender Sex Selection and Human Rights - Country Programs and good practices" at the 9th session of the Human Rights Council  on 18 September 2008 from 13:15 to 14:45 hours in Room XXII at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

For more information, please send an email to: Claire de Lavernette claire.delavernette@wanadoo.fr





Campaigns and Initiatives


Campaign towards October 17th, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

www.oct17.org <http://www.oct17.org/>



Decent Work Decent Life Campaign

www.decentwork.org <http://www.decentwork.org/>



Global Campaign against Poverty

www.whiteband.org <http://www.whiteband.org/>



Interactive global online conversation on the "Universality of Human Rights", by WFUNA

http://www.realtimedelphi.net <http://www.realtimedelphi.net/>



Campaign, Global Coalition, Call to action: 19 November - World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse
http://www.woman.ch/children/1-introduction.php <http://www.woman.ch/children/1-introduction.php>


Campaign, Global Coalition, Call to action: 15 October - International Day of Rural Women

http://www.woman.ch/women/2-introduction.php <http://www.woman.ch/women/2-introduction.php>



Appeal and Petition for a Nuclear Weapon-Free World

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





NGO Resources



UN-NGO-IRENE Best Practices Network

http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ngo/irene <http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ngo/irene>



NGLS 2007 Yearly Review of Civil Society

http://www.un-ngls.org/site/article.php3?id_article=462 <http://www.un-ngls.org/site/article.php3?id_article=462>



First Committee Monitor - Resource on the General Assembly's First Committee on Disarmament and International Security

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





Previously Published Events



8-26 September 2008: 9th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva

http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/ <http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/>



15 - 26 September 2008: UNCTAD Trade and Development Board - 55th Session, Geneva

http://www.unctad.org/Templates/meeting.asp?intItemID=2068&lang=1&m=14646&info=not



22 September 2008: High-Level Meeting - Africa's Development Needs: State of Implementation of Various Commitments, Challenges and the Way Forward, New York

http://www.un-ngls.org/site/article.php3?id_article=551 <http://www.un-ngls.org/site/article.php3?id_article=551>



23 September - 1 October 2008: 63rd Session of the General Assembly - General Debate, New York

http://www.un.org/ga/ and http://www.un.org/ga/portals/ngocs.shtml



25 September 2008: High-Level Event on the Millennium Development Goals, New York

http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/2008highlevel/



8-17 October 2008: 4th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, Vienna

http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/treaties/CTOC/CTOC-COP-session4.html <http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/treaties/CTOC/CTOC-COP-session4.html>



11-13 October 2008: 2008 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, Washington, D. C.

http://www.worldbank.org/civilsociety



20-21 October 2008: Internet Governance EuroDIG - European Dialogue on Internet Governance, Strasbourg

http://www.eurodig.org/ <http://www.eurodig.org/>



20 - 24 October 2008: European Forest Week, Brussels, Rome and Various Other Places in Europe

http://www.europeanforestweek.org/home/en/



20 October - 7 November 2008: OHCHR Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women - 42nd Session, Geneva

http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/cedaws42.htm



22-30 October 2008: Peoples' Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights, Manila

http://www.mfasia.org/peoplesglobalaction/index.html



25 October 2008: Taking the Health of Women and Girl Migrants Forward: A 21st Century Challenge, Manila

More information mail to Joyce Jett <mailto:jjett@icmh.ch>  or Rebecca Elliott <mailto:relliott@icmh.ch>



24 November - 12 December 2008: 18th Annual Human Rights and People's Diplomacy Training Programme, Sydney and Canberra

http://www.dtp.unsw.edu.au/ <http://www.dtp.unsw.edu.au/>



29 November - 2 December 2008: International Conference to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus, Doha

http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ <http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/>



15-16 December 2008: UN Forum on Minority Issues, Geneva

http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/minority/forum.htm <http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/minority/forum.htm>


 

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