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CONGO e-Update . 24 September 2008

In this issue:

CONGO Civil Society Development Forum 2008 – Geneva Component

Health and Development

Development Assistance

Gender Issues

Water and Sanitation

Sustainable Development

Poverty Eradication

Human Rights

Humanitarian Operations

CONGO Committees

Campaigns and Initiatives

NGO Resources

Previously Published Events

 

 

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.

 

 

Unite for Sight – 6th Annual Global Health and Development Conference, 18 – 19 April 2009, Yale University , New Haven

Under the title “Achieving Global Goals Through Innovation”, the Unite for Sight - 6th Annual Global Health and Development Conference will be held from 18 to 19 April 2009 at Yale University in New Haven . This multi-stakeholder event will convene 2’500 participants “to incubate ideas”.

For more information, including objectives, programme, keynote speakers and registration procedures, please visit the conference’s website.

 

 

Panel Discussion – The Controversy over Development Assistance, 9 October 2008, Vienna

“Dialog & Politik” (part of the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation) is organising a panel discussion entitled “The Controversy over Development Assistance”. The event will take place on 9 October 2008 from 18:30 to 20:30 hours in the Reitersaal at the Österreichische Kontrollbank in Vienna .

More information on this panel discussion can be found here.

 

Gender Training Community of Practice (GT CoP) – UN-INSTRAW

The United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW) has launched a website for gender training community of practice (GT CoP). The purpose of the website is to bring together a variety of practitioners to take stock of the current situation of gender training. The site includes, inter alia, a “gender training wiki” and “gender training virtual dialogues”. Visit the new website here.

 

 

E-Forum on Gender-Responsive Land Tools – Ends 15 October 2008

The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) Secretariat, hosted by UN-HABITAT, has launched an online forum on gender-responsive land tools. The E-Forum is open to all but registration is obligatory for posting. It is open until 15 October 2008.

To read more and to join, visit its website.

 

 

Expert Panel Discussion – Half the World Deserves a Full Voice: The Case for Water and Sanitation, 7 October 2008, New York

An expert panel discussion with the title “Half the World Deserves a Full Voice: The Case for Water and Sanitation” will be held on 7 October from 18:00 to 20:00 hours at the UN Church Center (10th floor) in New York . The discussion will focus on programmes promoting women’s rights and inclusion in fostering environmental sustainability.

To register for the event, please send a message to Sybil Evans before 2 October 2008.

 

 

2008 Conference of the Road to Copenhagen Process – Last Stop for Climate Action before Poznan , 6 November 2008, Brussels

The 2008 Conference of the Road to Copenhagen Process – “Last Stop for Climate Action before Poznan” will take place on 6 November 2008 in Brussels and online. The conference is to bridge the gap between citizens and UN climate change policy negotiators. Its objectives are to assure the inclusion of a social and sustainable dimension in the climate change debate and to provide relevant ideas and recommendations from those not represented in the negotiations.

For more information and to participate online, visit the interactive website here.

 

 

2nd International Symposium on Academic Globalization: AG 2009, 10 – 13 July 2009, Orlando – Call for Papers

The Organizing Committee of the 2nd International Symposium on Academic Globalization: AG 2009 is now calling for papers and abstracts.

More information on the Symposium, including topics and modalities for submission of papers, is available here.

 

 

Global Symposium – Awakening Planetary Consciousness, 12 – 15 December 2008, Lucknow ( India )

The World Movement for Global Democracy (WMGD) is organising a global symposium entitled “Awakening Planetary Consciousness” from 12 to 15 December 2008 in Lucknow ( India ).

More information is available here.

 

 

UNHQ Commemoration – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17 October 2008, New York

The official UN Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is being jointly organised by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and ATD Fourth World. It will take place on 17 October 2008 from 13:15 to 14:45 hours in Room 2 at UN Headquarters in New York .

The event will feature a roundtable dialogue on issues of extreme poverty, human rights and participation.

For further details, please email atd-unrep-nyc@4thworldmovement.org.

More background information on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is available from UNDESA and on www.oct17.org.

 

 

Conference – The World Bank‘s New Poverty Estimates, 1 October 2008, Geneva

The World Bank’s newly released poverty estimates show that there are more poor people in the world than previously thought. A conference on this issue will be held on 1 October 2008 from 14:00 to 16:00 hours at the International Labour Organization (Room IX R2) in Geneva .

For more information and to confirm attendance, please email itaylor@worldbank.org or telephone: +41-(0)22-748-1000.

 

 

6th Gathering for Human Rights – Freedom of Belief, Tolerance, Respect and Cohabitation in a Secular Society, 6 October 2008, Geneva

At the invitation by the Geneva State Council, the 6th Gathering for Human Rights focusing on “Freedom of Belief, Tolerance, Respect and Cohabitation in a Secular Society” is scheduled to take place on 6 October 2008 at the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG).

For more information, please send an email to Valeska Jeandupeux.

 

 

Workshop – Managing and Supporting Relief Staff after a Critical Event, 30 – 31 October 2008, Geneva

The Centre for Humanitarian Psychology is arranging a two-day workshop on “Managing and Supporting Relief Staff after a Critical Event” from 30 to 31 October 2008 in Geneva .

More information on the workshop can be obtained here.

 

 

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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 Church Center in New York .

For more information, please send an email to Roberto Borrero.

 

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

The CONGO Committee on Ageing ( New York ), in cooperation with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) and the Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), is 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 UN Headquarters in New York .

More information, including registration details, is available here.

 

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.

 

CONGO Committees: NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief ( Geneva ) – Meeting, 16 October 2008, Geneva

The CONGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief ( Geneva ) is meeting on 16 October 2008 at 13:30 hours at the NGO Resources and Services Centre at the Palais des Nations in Geneva .

For more information, please contact Diane Ala’i.

 

 

 

Campaigns and Initiatives

 

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

www.oct17.org

 

Decent Work Decent Life Campaign

www.decentwork.org

 

Global Campaign against Poverty

www.whiteband.org

 

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

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


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

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

 

NGLS 2007 Yearly Review of Civil Society

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/

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

More information mail to: Astrid Stuckelberger.

 

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

More information mail to: Roma Stibravy

 

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

 

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/

 

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 or Rebecca Elliott

 

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

http://www.ipb.org/

 

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

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/

 

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

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

 

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