E-Update • 22 October 2008
is produced by staff in New York
, Geneva and Vienna , with contributions from members and
Civil Society Development Forum 2008 – Geneva Component
UN/DPI NGO Briefings
UN Forum on Minority Issues
of Persons with Disabilities
Session of the Universal Periodic Review
Forum 2009 and International Aid+Trade 2009
Internet Governance Caucus Website
Campaigns and Initiatives
Previously Published Events
Civil Society Development Forum 2008 – Geneva
Component, 27 – 28 October 2008,
’s Civil Society Development Forum (CSDF) 2008 New York Component
(27 – 29 June 2008), the CSDF 2008 Geneva Component is scheduled
to take place on 27 and 28 October 2008.
Those of you
who wish to participate but have not yet registered - please register
now to enable us to finalise the complex preparations for the venue.
More information, including the
Programme, invitation letter and background documentation, is available
on the CONGO
CSDF 2008 – Geneva Component website.
Military Fires on Thousands of Indigenous Protesters: An Emergency
Report Back from Minga –
Indigenous Mobilization – Conversation with an Indigenous
Colombian Leader, 24 October 2008, New
The United Methodist Office for
the UN and the Movement for Peace in Colombia are organising an afternoon coffee break
conversation with Rafael Coicué, an indigenous leader from
Colombia , on 24 October 2008 from 15:00 to 16:30 hours in the
Hardin Room on the 11th Floor of the Church Center
in New York
. The theme of the conversation is “Colombian
Military Fires on Thousands of Indigenous Protesters: An Emergency
Report Back from Minga – Colombia Indigenous Mobilization”.
For more information
and to RSVP, please contact Esmeralda Brown (+1-212-682-3633) or Martha Hauze (+1-347-668-4210).
Fall 2008 NGO Briefings and Events,
United Nations Department of Public Information (UN/DPI), New York
UN/DPI, NGO Relations,
is arranging a series of NGO briefings and events for the fall of
2008 covering such topics as “relevance of the UN in the field”
(23 October 2008), NGOs and disarmament (30 October 2008),
human rights for women (20 November 2008), and online communications
(4 December 2008).
briefings are held in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium
from 10:30 to 12:00 hours unless otherwise indicated.
list of events and information on the venue can be found here.
More information on UN/DPI is available here.
United Nations Forum on Minority Issues, 15 – 16 December
The 1st United Nations
Forum on Minority Issues is scheduled to take place from 15 to 16 December
at the Palais des Nations in Geneva . The thematic issue of this 1st
session is “Minorities and the Right to Education”.
Registration closes on 15 November
More information, including on registration
procedures, is available here.
Equality before the Law – the Key to
Women’s Empowerment – Panel Discussion, 24 October
discussion entitled “Equality before the Law – the Key
to Women’s Empowerment” is being held on 24 October
2008 from 13:15 to 14:45 hours in Room VII at the Palais des Nations
in Geneva . The event is to seek the views and
suggestions from the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination
against Women (CEDAW), on how to accelerate the achievement of the
commitments made by governments to eliminate laws that discriminate
against women. Co-sponsors of this panel discussion are Bosnia
and Herzegovina , Chile , Colombia , Mexico , New Zealand
, Norway , Rwanda , Singapore , and Slovenia .
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Consultation on Legal Measures for Ratification and Effective Implementation
of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 24 October
OHCHR is organising an open-ended meeting with stakeholders on Legal
Measures for Ratification and Effective Implementation of the Convention
on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities from 10:00 to 18:00 hours
in Room XXI at the Palais des Nations in Geneva .
information is available here.
Third Session of
the Universal Period Review (UPR) Working Group, 1 – 15 December
The third Session of the UPR Working
Group is scheduled to take place from 1 to 15 December 2008
at the Palais des Nations in Geneva . The first meeting will take place on
1 December at 10:00 hours and the Secretariat of the Human
Rights Council invites participants to be present at least 30 minutes
before the meeting starts.
Requests for accreditation should
be sent to the Secretariat of the Human Rights Council, to the attention
of Mr Michael Amstrong
The accreditation office at the
“Pregny Gate” for the UPR Session is open from 9:00
to 17:00 hours from Monday to Friday.
2009 – 2009 International Aid+Trade, 7 – 9 and 9 –
10 July 2009, Arlington, VA, and Washington, D.C.
two NGO events InterAction Forum (7 – 9 July 2009) and
International Aid+Trade (9 – 10 July 2009) will, in 2009,
be held back-to-back in Arlington
, VA , and
Washington , D.C.
more information, please visit their website.
New Internet Governance
Caucus Website Launched
website for the Internet Governance Caucus has been launched.
learn more about this website and the entity behind, please visit
Health – Panel Discussion, 24 October 2008,
Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) of the General
Assembly will hold a panel discussion on “Globalization and
Health” on 24 October 2008 from 11:00 to 13:00 hours
in Conference Room 2 at UNHQ in New York. The panel will be chaired
by H.E. Mrs. Uche
Joy Ogwu ( Nigeria ), Chairperson of the Second Committee,
and moderated by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs,
Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University .
NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns ( New York ) – Week of Spirituality, Values and Global
Concerns, 20 – 24 October 2008,
CONGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns ( New York ) is arranging a week of spirituality, values and
global concerns from 20 to 24 October 2008 at the UNHQ in New York . The week of
events is carried out under the title “The Spirit of the UN:
Our Commitment to Making the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
programme providing details on individual events can be consulted
on the Committee’s website
along with more information on the work and background of the Committee.
NGO Committee on the United Nations International Decade of the
World’s Indigenous Peoples ( New York
) – Committee Meeting, 23 October 2008,
CONGO Committee on the United Nations International Decade of the
World’s Indigenous Peoples ( New York
) is convening a committee meeting on 23 October 2008 from
13:00 to 15:00 hours in the Hardin Room on the 11th Floor
of the Church Center
in New York
more information, please contact Sandra Sheridan.
NGO Forum On Health ( Geneva ) –
NGO Briefing: Toward a Global Strategy to Reduce Alcohol Harm, 23 October
NGO Forum on Health (Geneva), in cooperation with The Global Alcohol
Policy Alliance, the World Medical Association and the World Council
of Churches, is convening an NGO briefing on the topic “Global
Strategy to Reduce Alcohol Harm” on 23 October 2008 from
14:00 to 17:00 hours at the World Council of Churches in Salle IV,
1st Floor LAC in Geneva.
participate, please RSVP to Georg
NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security (DPS) ( New York ) – Joint CONGO/NGO Committee DPS Annual
Meeting, Program and Reception, 30 October 2008,
Substantive Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security ( New York ) is arranging
the “Joint CONGO/NGO Committee DPS Annual Meeting, Program
and Reception”. The event will take place on 30 October 2008
with the Annual Meeting (at 14:00 hours) and Program (from 15:00
to 17:30 hours) at UN Conference Room E at UNHQ in New
York and the reception (from 18:00 to 20:00 hours) on
the 2nd floor of the Church Center
in New York
more information about this Committee and its work, please visit
NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning ( Geneva ) – Meeting, 4 November 2008, Geneva
CONGO NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning will
have a regular meeting on 4 November 2008 from 13:00 to 15:00
at the NGO Resources and Services Centre at the Palais des Nations
in Geneva .
more information, please contact Kazunari Fujii.
NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief ( New
York ) – Conversation, Reports of the Committee
and Adoption of new By-Laws, 10 November 2008,
The CONGO Committee on Freedom of
Religion or Belief ( New York )
is gathering on 10 November 2008 from 13:15 to 14:30 hours
on the 11th floor of the Church
Center in New York . The topic of the meeting is “Conversation,
Reports of the Committee and Adoption of new By-Laws”.
For more information, please contact
Campaign, Global Coalition, Call
to action: 19 November - World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse
Decent Work Decent
Global Campaign against
online conversation on the "Universality of Human Rights”,
Appeal and Petition for a Nuclear
Training Community of Practice (GT CoP) – UN-INSTRAW
UN-NGO-IRENE Best Practices Network
NGLS 2007 Yearly
Review of Civil Society
Committee Monitor – Resource on the General Assembly’s
First Committee on Disarmament and International Security
Library – A Global Digital Library on Ethics
Resources and Calendar
for Peace Issues – International Peace Bureau
http://www.ipb.org/ and www.ipb.org/i/newsletters-and-publications/VI-A-ipb-newsletters-and-calendars.html
2008: At the Conquest of the Caucasus: The Battle
for Petrol and Geopolitical Challenges – Public Conference,
For more information mail to Mariejo Duc-Reynaert.
20-24 October 2008: European Forest Week, Brussels
, Rome and Various Other Places in
– 7 November 2008: OHCHR Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination
against Women – 42nd Session,
22-30 October 2008: Peoples’
Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights, Manila
25 October 2008: Taking the Health
of Women and Girl Migrants Forward: A 21st Century Challenge,
For more information mail to Joyce Jett or Rebecca Elliott
29-31 October 2008New Paradigms,
New Solutions – International Congress on Addictions, Mexico City
30-31 October 2008: Workshop –
Managing and Supporting Relief Staff after a Critical Event, Geneva
6 November 2008: 2008 Conference
of the Road to Copenhagen Process
– Last Stop for Climate Action before Poznan
2008: World Urban Forum IV, Nanjing
6-7 November 2008: Together
in Diversity: A European Conference on Community Development and
2008: The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Poverty - Gala
For more information mail to Micheline
10-14 November 2008: 7th
International Conference on Peace and Non-Violent Action, Jaipur
2008: International Seminar on Disarmament, Terrorism and Poverty:
Challenges for Peace and Human Rights Movements,
24 November – 12 December 2008:
18th Annual Human Rights and People’s Diplomacy
Training Programme, Sydney and
25 November 2008: Global Public
Health and the Eradication of Poverty – The 4th
Forum on the Eradication of Poverty, New
more information contact WFWPI or visit their website.
26-27 November 2008: Doha Civil Society Forum, Doha
2008: Social Habitat for an Urban and Rural World, Combating Poverty
Means Distributing Wealth – Conference,
Neuquen , Argentina
more information contact Gladys
Elida Morales (+54-2944-15232423) or Walter Horacio Morea (+54-2944-15510757).
29 November – 2 December 2008:
International Conference to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus, Doha
– 2 December 2008: Follow-up International Conference
on Financing for Development to Review the Implementation of the
Monterrey Consensus, Doha
12-15 December 2008: Global
Symposium – Awakening Planetary Consciousness, Lucknow ( India )
15-16 December 2008: UN Forum on
Minority Issues, Geneva
– 1 February 2009: World Social Forum 2009 – Registration
now open, Belem (
April 2009: Unite for Sight – 6th Annual Global
Health and Development Conference, Yale
University , New Haven
10-13 July 2009: 2nd
International Symposium on Academic Globalization: AG 2009, Orlando
– Call for Papers
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