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CONGO e-Update . 20 May2008

The CONGO e-update is produced by staff in New York, Geneva and Vienna, with contributions from members and affiliated partners.

In this issue:

World health Assembly

Global Food Crisis

Human Security

Development - Africa

Information Society

Human Rights Council

Energy policies

DPI/NGO Conference 2008

CONGO Committees

NGO Resources

and much more.


 NGO Forum for Health Panel during the World Health Assembly, 21 May, Geneva

The NGO Forum on Health will organise a panel on "Achieving the Millennium Goals through Primary Health Care; What does it mean in practice?", taking place on 21 May 2008 in Room A (first floor) WHO, HQ at 14.00 - 18.00. The programme and more information are available on line.

 61st World Health Assembly, 19-23 May Geneva

Geneva Health Forum, 25-28 May 2008, Geneva

In the framework of the 61st session of the World health Assembly, the Geneva Health Forum 2008 will be organised at the Centre International de Conférences de Genève (CICG). More information, including the programme and registration modalities, is available on the website of the Geneva Health Forum.

 Special Meeting of ECOSOC on Global Food Crisis, 20 May 2008, New York

The President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council Léo Mérorès will convene a Special Meeting of ECOSOC on Global Food Crisis. More information is available on the ECOSOC website.

 7th special session of the Human Rights Council, 10.00 am, 22 May, Geneva

The Human Rights Council will hold its 7th Special Session on "The negative impact on the realization of the right to food of the worsening of the world food crisis, caused interalia by the soaring food prices". More information, including the draft resolution, is available on the HRC Extranet and on the OHCHR website.

General Assembly Thematic Debate on Human Security, 22 May, New York

As part of the implementation of the outcome of the UN World Summit which requested Member States to discuss and define the notion of human security in the General Assembly, a thematic debate will be held on 22 May 2008 at 10.00 am in the ECOSOC Chamber. A background paper and further information is available on the GA website.

 Launch of the African Economic Outlook 2008, 23 May, New York

The UN-DESA Division for Sustainable Development, Office of the Special Advisor on Africa and the OECD Development Centre will organise the Launch of the African Economic Outlook 2008, a joint publication of the OECD Development Centre, the African Development Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. The event will be held on Friday, the 23rd of May, from 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m, at the United Nations Secretariat Building, Conference Room 8. Please register online at the event website.

 Cluster of WSIS-related events 2008, 19-23 May, Geneva

The implementation mechanism at the international level of the World Summit on the Information Society is organised and moderated or facilitated by UN agencies according to the 11 Action Lines identified by WSIS. More information, including the list of meetings, is available on the WSIS website, as well as on the calendar maintained by CONGO.

 Information session on stakeholders' participation in the activities of the ITU, 21 May, Geneva

The ITU Secretariat will organise an Information session on ITU Open Consultation on the participation of all Relevant Stakeholders in the Activities of the Union related to WSIS, in the framework of the consultation process open to all civil society entities accredited to WSIS. The session will take place at 1.00-2.00 pm in Room C2, ITU. More information is available on the ITU website. The deadline for answering the written questionnaire is 15 June 2008.

 Commission on Science and Technology for Development, 26-30 May, Geneva

The 11th Session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) is to be held at the Palais des Nations in conference room XVIII, from 26 to 30 May 2008. The session will represent the second official United Nations review of the progress made in implementing the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) at the regional and international level. It also aims to identify achievements, gaps and challenges, as well as future actions needed to further implementation. Read here the Agenda, other session documentation and register online.

 Election of new Members of the Human Rights Council, 21 May, New York

The General Assembly will elect 15 new Members of the UN Human Rights Council. The list of candidates as well as their voluntary pledges and commitments are available on the UN GA website.

 8th regular session of the Human Rights Council, 2-18 June, Geneva

The 8th regular session of the Human Rights Council will be marked by the adoption by the Council of the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of 32 countries and by the consideration of the reports of a number of Special Procedures. The deadline for the submission of written statements is Friday 23 May. The 8th session of the Council will be followed by an organisational meeting of the Council on 19 and 20 June. The provisional draft program of work and an information note for NGOs are available the OHCHR website. More information is coming soon on the CONGO website.

Informal Discussion on Energy Policy Issues, 27 May 2008, Geneva

UNEP will host presentations on Subsidies to nuclear energy in the United States and Energy policy options to promote sustainable development in the context of East Asian regional economic integration, taking place at 9.30am-12.30pm at International Environment House I, Room 2. For any additional information, please contact

 61st DPI/NGO Conference, 3-5 September 2008, Paris

The 61st DPI/NGO Conference will be held 3-5 September at UNESCO in Paris, France under the chairmanship of Shamina de Gonzaga. The organisers still welcome suggestions of speakers' names through the Speaker Contact Information Form to be sent to There will also be space for side events to be proposed at a later stage through a bottom up approach by NGOs participating in the Conference (deadline for Workshop proposals will be 9 June). Read here the more information on line.

 CONGO Committees: Committee on the UN International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples - 22 May, New York

The Committee will be meeting at 1:00pm - 3:00pm at the UN Church Centre (BOSS Room, 8th Fl.).

 CONGO Committees: Special Committee of NGOs on Human Rights - 26 May, Geneva

The <Geneva Special Committee of NGOs on Human Rights will hold it next meeting on Monday 26 May 2008, 14.00-17.00.

CONGO Committees: Committee on Ageing - 26 May, Vienna

The Committee will be meeting in the Press Room on the 3rd floor, VIC, at 14.45.

CONGO Committees: NGO Committee on Peace - 28 May, Vienna

The NGO Committee on Peace organises a discussion meeting on "Child soldiers in Uganda and worldwide - An ever rewarding topic?", taking place on 28 May at 16.15 in the Press Briefing Room, VIC, C-Building, 3rd floor. Download <invitation.

 CONGO Committees: Committee on the Status of Women - 29 May, Vienna

The Committee will be meeting in the Press Room on the 3rd floor, VIC, at 15.00.

CONGO Committees: Meeting on the setting up of a NGO Outer Space Committee - 13 June, Vienna

NGOs interested in the setting up of the NGO Outer Space Committee are invited to a meeting on 13 June 2008 in the Vienna International Centre. The future role of the new committee will be defined and the way will be open for the initiators to formally proceed in the setting up.

CONGO Vienna Office Meeting - 27 May, Vienna

The CONGO Vienna Office meeting will take place on 27 May at 15.30 in the CONGO Vienna Office.


NGO Resources

UN-NGO-IRENE Best Practices Network

NGLS 2007 Yearly Review of Civil Society

WB Civil Society Fund

Other events

29 May - 6 June: Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, resumed session

10-11 June 2008: UNGA High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, New York

17-23 August 2008: World Water Week, Stockholm, Sweden

19-22 October 2008: Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance, Manilla, the Philippines

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

30 June - 25 July 2008: Economic and Social Council, substantive session, New York

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