e-Update . 27 March 2008

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

ECOSOC NGO Forum - 4 April, New York
The ECOSOC NGO Forum “The Role of Civil Society in Promoting Sustainable Development and the New International Aid Architecture”will take place on April 4, 2008 in the ECOSOC Chambers, United Nations Headquarters in New York, from 3-6 PM. The forum serves as a preparatory event for the 2008 High-Level Segment of ECOSOC, and is an excellent platform to share your best practices and success stories. Success stories will also be published on the AMR Innovation Fair Blog for 2008. Please submit your Best Practices to the NGO Section before March 30 to and see here the Agenda.
1st session Human Rights Council / Universal Periodic Review- 7-18 April 2008, Geneva
The HRC Secretariat just circulated the revised timetable of the Interactive dialogues and adoption of the report for the 16 countries to be reviewed during the 1st session of the HRC Working Group on UPR: the revised scheduled can be downloaded here. NGOs can attend the proceedings of the interactive dialogue. More general information on UPR is available on the OHCHR Website and on the CONGO website
Spring Meeting of ECOSOC with the BWIs, WTO and UNCTAD, 14 April, New York
The registration deadline for the Spring Meeting of ECOSOC with BWIs, WTO and UNCTAD expires on 6 April 2008. This year’s roundtables will focus on 1) New initiatives on financing for development; 2) Supporting development efforts and enhancing the role of middle-income countries, including in the area of trade and 3) Supporting development efforts of the least developed countries, including through trade capacity-building. There will be three slots designated for NGOs at each one of these three roundtables. 9 nominations for NGO participants would be therefore requested. In making your selection please take into account the UN criteria of expertise, gender and geographical balance. It would be helpful to have at least one alternate for each nominee in case someone drops out. Following the practice of previous years, the final decision on the selection of the nominees will be with the President of ECOSOC. See the application form and more
UNCTAD XII: 17-19 April, Accra, Ghana
For all accredited NGOs to attend UNCTAD XII, kindly note the deadline to nominate your representative(s) is 4 April 2008. See the Accreditation and Registration Information. For visa information and health requirements, click here. For practical information for participants, click here. The Civil Society Forum to take place 17-19 April, will provide an open space for NGOs /CSOs to hold events and to facilitate the issue of the CS statement to be delivered at the opening plenary of the main conference. Hosted by the Third World Network (TWN)-Africa the secretariat for the organization of the civil society forum is also working with UNCTAD on civil society participation at UNCTAD XII. For any inquires relating to the forum and/or if you are interested in holding a side event, please contact directly Kathleene Boohene at Read more information on the CONGO website here.
Substantive session of the Preparatory Committee on the Durban Review Conference, 21 April – 2 May 2008, Geneva
The Durban Review Conference will hold the 2nd session of its Preparatory Committee on 21 April – 2 May 2008 and begin consideration of substantive issues. All NGOs in Consultative Status with ECOSOC can participate in the Durban Review Process, as well as NGOs accredited to the Durban Conference in 2001 if they have not received any contrary information from the PrepCom Secretariat. Other NGOs willing to request accreditation to the Durban Review Conference process should fill in the questionnaire for accreditation.  More information on the Durban Review Conference process is available on the OHCHR website.


11th session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development, 26-30 May 2008, Geneva
The 11th session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development, in charge of assisting ECOSOC in ensuring the system wide follow up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (Geneva, 2003, Tunis 2005), will take place on 26-30 May 2008. The deadline for application to a limited number of sponsorship for civil society participants from developing countries and countries in transition is 1st April 2008. The application should be sent to the CSTD Secretariat at See here the selection process and selection criteria and the nomination form. More information coming soon at the CONGO website
CONGO Committees: Special Committee of NGOs on Human Rights – 31 March, Geneva
The Geneva Special Committee of NGOs on Human Rights will hold it next meeting on Monday 31 March 2008, 14.00-17.00 at the Ecumenical Centre (Main Hall).

Campaigns and Initiatives

Decent Work Decent Life Campaign


Global Campaign against Poverty
NGO Resources
NGLS 2007 Yearly Review of Civil Society
WB Civil Society Fund
NGOIC Calendar and Side-Events Flyers
  Publishing your work at the United Nations   NGO Law and Governance - 100 Tips & 100 Tools for Better Governed NGOs


Other events

25-26 March 2008: United Nations Meets Web 2.0, New York


26-28 March 2008: UNDP 6th Forum of the World Alliance of Cities against Poverty (WACAP), Athens, Greece

1-2 April: UNGA Thematic Debate
7 April: World Health Day
10-13 April 2008: WB & IMF Policy Dialogues for Civil Society Organizations, Washington D.C.
10-14 March 2008: 51st Session Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Vienna
16-18 April: 8th Info-poverty World Conference, New York
20-25 April 2008: Twelfth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Accra, Ghana
21 April – 2 May 2008: Substantive Session of the Preparatory Committee on the Durban Review Conference, Geneva Download the questionnaire for accreditation of new NGOs to the Durban Review Conference and its preparatory process.
23-24 April: Forum on Sustainable Urbanization in the Information Age, New York
24 April 2008: Linguistic Rights in the World: A Symposium to commemorate the 60th  Anniversary of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights and the 100th Anniversary of the Universal Esperanto Association (UEA)
19-23 May 2008: 61st World Health Assembly, Geneva
25-28 May 2008: Geneva Health Forum, Geneva
10-11 June 2008: UNGA High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, New York
17-23 August 2008: World Water Week, Stockholm, Sweden
3-5 September 2008: 61st NGO/DPI Conference, Paris

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