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CONGO E-Update • 29 April 2009

 

The CoNGO E-Update is produced by staff in New York, Geneva and Vienna, with contributions from members and affiliated partners.

- Watch out for new and exciting changes in future E-Updates!

 

In this issue:

CoNGO Co-Sponsors World Civic Forum

World Civic Youth Forum 2009

CoNGO Civil Society Development Forum 2009 – Implementing the Internationally Agreed Goals and Commitments in regard to Global Public Health

ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review

ECOSOC Innovation Fair, Call for Submissions

 

CoNGO Committees

 

Commission on Sustainable Development, 17th Session

Commission against Torture, 42nd Session

Universal Periodic Review, 5th Session

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Human Rights Council, 11th Session, Organizational Meeting

Human Rights Council. 11th Session, Deadline for Submission of NGO Statements

“Teachers and HIV and AIDS: Reviewing achievements, identifying challenges”, Online Forum

UNCTAD Public Symposium

World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2009

Eighth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development

Junior 8 Summit – Call for Submissions of Teams

 

Launch of www.humanrightsnexus.org

Global Security Initiative Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty meeting, Side Events

Resource on the 3rd Session of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Meeting in New York

People’s Decade for Nuclear Abolition - Campaign

Seminar on the Human Rights Council, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Politics of Food Security, Related Event to the 17th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development

European “One-stop mobility shops”, Final Event

15th UICC Reach to Recovery International Breast Cancer Support Conference

“Dänische und österreichische Entwicklungszusammenarbeit im Vergleich”, Discussion

“Creating a Culture of Security”, Conference

“On the Occasion of the International Day of the Family: The Contribution of the Family to Peacebuilding and Human Rights”, Roundtable Discussion

Post-doctoral Fellowships in Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue 2009-2010, Call for Candidates

“Zuwandere als Feindbild”, Symposium

Conference on Strategic Collaboration on Higher Education and Research for Development – Drivers and Challenges

Third Fête Genevoise des ONG

Basic Course on Human Security

“Religion Revisited”, Conference

Diplomacy Training Program, Call for Applications

Coping and Resilience 2009, International Conference

Conference on Development and Information Technologies

International Peace Bureau Annual Conference

World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Call for Registration

“The Forgotten Children: A major European Conference addressing the subject of Children of Parents with a Mental Illness”

2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions

 

Campaigns and Initiatives

NGO Resources

Previously Published Events

 

 

 

CoNGO Events and Announcements:

 

CoNGO Co-Sponsors World Civic Forum, 5 – 8 May 2009, Seoul

CoNGO agreed to partner with Kyung Hee University – one of its associate members – in holding the World Civic Forum in Seoul, Korea, from 5 to 8 May 2009. The Forum, with the general theme "Building Our Humanitarian Planet," is a joint initiative of Kyung Hee University and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA). The President of CoNGO, Mr. Liberato Bautista, is one of the keynote speakers. CoNGO will, inter alia, be leading a panel on one of the three themes, "Civic Engagement in Public and Global Governance". More information about the Forum, including a TV interview by Korea's Arirang TV with CoNGO President Liberato Bautista and Dr. Euiyoung Kim, Chair of the WCF 2009 Steering Committee, can be found here.

Download here the speech delivered at the World Civic Forum 2008 by Mr. Liberato Bautista, President of CoNGO.

More information, on the programme and speakers, is available on the comprehensive WCF 2009 website.

 

 

World Civic Youth Forum 2009, 5 – 8 May 2009, Yongin-si, Republic of Korea

Kyung Hee University is hosting the World Civic Youth Forum 2009 (WCYF 2009) on "Global Issues of the 21st Century and the Role of College Youth". The WCYF is held as part of the World Civic Forum jointly initiated by Kyung Hee University and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA). The WCYF 2009 is held at the Global Campus of Kyung Hee University in Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea, from 5 to 8 May 2009.

        

The WCYF is a global event where college youth gathered from around the world discuss and share their views and perspectives on global issues such as peace, development, environment, human rights, gender equality, and culture. The primary goal of WCYF is to give college youth a voice on global issues by gathering together, discussing global agendas, and searching for solutions.

 

For more information, visit the WCYF website.

 

 

CoNGO Civil Society Development Forum 2009 – Implementing the Internationally Agreed Goals and Commitments in regard to Global Public Health, 2 – 4 July 2009, Geneva

CoNGO’s Civil Society Development Forum (CSDF) 2009 is scheduled from 2 to 4 July 2009 at the International Labour Office in Geneva. It will be held back-to-back with ECOSOC’s High-Level Segment (6 – 10 July 2009) of its 2009 Substantive Session, which will focus in 2009 on the theme “Implementing the Internationally Agreed Goals and Commitments in regard to Global Public Health”.

 

More information about this event will soon be available on CoNGO’s website.

Information about ECOSOC and its Substantive Sessions is available here.

Information on the UN-NGO-IRENE Best Practices Network on Global Public Health is available here.

 

 

ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review, 6 - 9 July 2009, Geneva (Part of ECOSOC’s Substantive Session)

The 2009 Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will be held during the High-Level Segment of the Substantive Session of ECOSOC from 6 to 9 July 2009 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The AMR will focus on “implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to global public health”.

 

The AMR will provide an opportunity to assess the state of implementation of the health goals and the UN Development Agenda, explore key challenges in achieving the internationally agreed goals and commitments in the area of global public health, and consider recommendations and proposals for action, including new initiatives.

 

NGOs in consultative status may submit written statements relevant to ECOSOC’s work on subjects in which they have special competence. The deadline for written statements is 15 May 2009. Also, NGOs in general consultative status can make an oral presentation to the Council. Those interested should inform the DESA NGO Section by 1 May 2009.

 

For more information on the AMR and ECOSOC’s Substantive Session, visit the ECOSOC website. For more information on NGO participation, visit the DESA NGO Section website.

 

 

ECOSOC Innovation Fair, Call for Submissions, July 2009, Geneva (on the margins of ECOSOC’s Substantive Session)

In preparation for the upcoming ECOSOC Innovation Fair, to be held in July 2009 at the UN premises in Geneva parallel to ECOSOC’s Substantive Session, the NGO Section is promoting projects included in the “Global Public Health” network. These are available through the UN-NGO-IRENE Best Practices Network web portal. Log on to the website and submit your project today. Once logged in, click “Submit Now” and follow the instructions.


Please also visit the new “
NGO My Pages”. These were developed as an entry point for NGO participation with the United Nations – from there you will be able to see your previous pre-registrations, submit statements to the High-Level Segment of ECOSOC and view your uploaded projects.

 

 

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CoNGO Committees: Working Group on Violence against Women and Girls of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Meeting, 11 May 2009, Geneva

The Working Group on Violence against Women and Girls of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women (Geneva) is meeting from 10:30 hours to 12:30 hours on 11 May 2009 at CoNGO’s meeting room, Avenue de la Paix 11, Geneva.

 

 

CoNGO Committees: NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning, Meeting, 12 May 2009, Geneva

The NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning is convening a meeting from 13:00 hours to 15:00 hours at the NGO Resources and Services Centre at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

 

For more information, please contact Kazunari Fujii.

 

 

CoNGO Committees: Working Group on the Role of Men and Boys of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, First Meeting, 12 May 2009, Geneva

The Working Group on the Role of Men and Boys of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women (Geneva) is convening its first meeting on 12 May 2009 from 13:00 hours to 15:00 hours at CoNGO’s meeting room, Avenue de la Paix 11, Geneva.

 

For more information, please send a message to David Fernandez-Puyana.

 

 

CoNGO Committees: Working Group on Women’s Right to Health of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, General Meeting, 12 May 2009, Geneva

The Working Group on Women’s Right to Health of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women (Geneva) will hold its next general meeting on 12 May 2009 from 16:30 hours to 18:00 hours at CoNGO’s meeting room, Avenue de la Paix 11, Geneva.

 

For more information, contact the co-convenors of the working group, Afton Beutler and Manjit Dosanjh.

 

 

UN Events and Announcements:

 

 

Commission on Sustainable Development, 17th Session, 4 – 15 May 2009, New York

The 17th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-17) at the UN HQ in New York has now been running since 4 May 2009 and will continue until 15 May 2009. As the Policy Session of the third implementation cycle, CSD-17 is maintaining its focus on the following thematic issues:

 

-         Africa

-         Agriculture

-         Drought & Desertification

-         Land  

-         Rural development

 

The “Report of the Secretary-General” on “the theme of the Coordination Segment: the role of the United Nations system in implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to sustainable development” (emphasis added) is now available here.

 

Please find here a message from the Chair, H.E. Ms Gerda Verburg, Kingdom of the Netherlands.

 

For more information, including NGO participation, provisional agenda and side events, visit the CSD-17 website.

 

 

Commission against Torture, 42nd Session, 27 – 15 May 2009, Geneva

The Commission against torture is currently in its 42nd Session and will continue until 15 May 2009. The reports from the following countries are being considered: Chad, Chile, Honduras, Israel, New Zealand, Nicaragua and the Philippines. An overview of the countries and appertaining documents is available here.

 

Information about NGO participation is available here.

 

The next Session of the Committee against Torture is scheduled from 2 to 20 November 2009. This Session will focus on country reports from Azerbaijan, Colombia, El Salvador, Moldova, Slovakia, Spain and Yemen.

 

 

Universal Periodic Review, 5th Session, 4 – 15 May 2009, Geneva

The 5th Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is currently taking place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The countries undergoing review in this 5th Session are: Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen, Afghanistan, Uruguay, Belize, Chile, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Slovakia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

 

For more information, documentation and the programme, please visit the UPR website.

 

 

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 42nd Session, 4 – 22 May 2009, Geneva

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is currently holding its 42nd Session at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The States examined at this Session include Brazil, Cyprus, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Australia and Cambodia.

 

More information, including the background documentation and the programme, is available here.

 

 

Human Rights Council, 11th Session – Organizational Meeting, 15 May 2009, Geneva

An organizational meeting in relation to the 11th session of the Human Rights Council (expected to take place from 2 to 18 June 2009) will be convened by its President on 15 May 2009 at 10:00 hours in Room XX of the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

 

For more information on the Human Rights Council’s 11th session, visit the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

 

 

Human Rights Council, 11th Session – Deadline for Submissions of NGO Statements, 22 May 2009

In preparation for the upcoming 11th Session of the Human Rights Council (expected to take place from 2 to 18 June 2009), the deadline for submissions of written statements by NGOs is 22 May 2009.

 

More information, including on how to gain access to the Human Rights Council’s Extranet, is available here.

 

 

“Teachers and HIV and AIDS: Reviewing achievements, identifying challenges”, Online Forum, 18 – 29 May 2009

UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning and the UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team on Education are organising an E-Forum on “Teachers and HIV and AIDS: Reviewing achievements, identifying challenges” from 18 to 29 May 2009.

 

The aim of this E-Forum is to “promote the exchange of views and experiences on the contribution of teachers to HIV prevention and mitigation efforts and the impact of the epidemic on teachers”.

 

While it is possible to sign up prior to the event, the E-Forum will be active only from 18 May 2009.

 

To join the E-Forum, please send an email to hiv-aids-clearinghouse@iiep.unesco.org, providing your name, title, organisation and nationality. Hereafter, detailed instructions will be sent on access and modalities for contributions to the discussion.

 

 

UNCTAD Public Symposium, 18 - 19 May, 2009, Geneva

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in collaboration with the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and other partner organisations will hold its first public symposium entitled “The global economic crisis and development – the way forward” from 18 to 19 May 2009 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

 

The symposium is intended to provide a platform for individuals and organisations in the debate on the causes and effects of the current economic turmoil. Visit the UNCTAD Public Symposium website for more information, to register for the event or to submit a paper.

 

 

World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2009, 18 – 22 May 2009, Geneva

ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP will be holding the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2009 from 18 to 22 May 2009, at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva. The Forum will offer participants a series of high-level panels addressing issues critical to the WSIS implementation and follow-up in multi-stakeholder set-ups.

 

Visit the ITU website for the draft agenda, invitation, and registration.

 

 

Eighth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), 18 – 29 May 2009, New York

The Eighth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will be held from 18 to 29 May 2009 at the UN Headquarters in New York. Information concerning accreditation, NGO participation, side events and submission of written statements can be found here as well as a copy of the provisional agenda.

 

 

UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development, 1 - 3 June 2009, New York

The UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development will take place from 1 to 3 June 2009 in New York. The conference will address the impact of the crisis on development as well as the ongoing international discussion on reforming and strengthening the international financial and economic system and architecture.

 

The registration deadline for the conference is 13 May 2009. Registration forms can be found on the UN-NGLS website. For more information about the conference, visit the UN General Assembly website.

 

 

Junior 8 Summit – call for submissions of teams, early July 2009, Sardinia, Italy

UNICEF is calling for submissions of teams of young people aged from 14 to 17 years to participate in the Junior 8 Summit, a youth event convened this year in Sardinia, Italy, and linked to the annual Group of 8 (G8) Summit.

 

In its fifth year, the UNICEF-organized Junior 8 Summit will bring the winning teams from G8 countries together with participants from eight non-G8 countries—including Brazil, China, India and South Africa—to send a clear message to leaders that children from all over the world are equally affected by G8 decisions. Participants will discuss topics on the G8 agenda ahead of the summit and will take their recommendations to the leaders. The primary focus of this year’s Junior 8 will be on climate change, HIV/AIDS and poverty and development in the face of the global financial crisis.

 

For more information, visit the Junior 8 Summit’s website.

 

 

Other Events and Announcements:

 

 

Launch of www.humanrightsnexus.org

The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) has recently launched a new website – www.humanrightsnexus.org – intended to facilitate access to educational materials on human rights, enhance interaction and information sharing between United Nations Associations and civil society organisations working within the field of human rights.

 

 

Global Security Initiative Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Meeting, Side Events, 5 – 8 May 2009, New York

The Global Security Initiative will hold various side events from 5 to 8 May 2009 during the 3rd session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York.

 

For detailed information about each of the events, which include a book promotion and special panel discussions, visit the Global Security Initiative’s website.

 

 

Resource on the 3rd Session of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Meeting in New York

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is providing a resource on the 3rd session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York under their project “Reaching Critical Will”. The resource is a daily NGO publication providing analyses and summaries of the manifold events held in relation this 3rd session of the Preparatory Committee.

 

The above resource is available here.

 

 

People’s Decade for Nuclear Abolition – Campaign

Soka Gakkai International has created an initiative to “rouse public opinion and help create a global grassroots network of people dedicated to abolishing nuclear weapons”.

 

To obtain more information about this campaign, please visit www.peoplesdecade.org.

 

 

Seminar on the Human Rights Council, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, 6 – 15 May 2009, Geneva

Geneva for Human Rights – Global Training (GHR) is organising a Geneva seminar in relation to the 5th Session of the UPR Working Group. The course will take place in the conference room of Pax Romana, Rue de Varembé 3, in Geneva.

 

For more information, please contact Nicolas Joffre.

 

 

Politics of Food Security, Related Event to the 17th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, 8 May 2009, New York

The World Information Transfer is organising an event related to the 17th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, entitled “Politics of Food Security”. The event will take place from 13:30 hours to 14:45 hours in Conference Room 9 at the UNHQ in New York.

 

 

European “One-stop mobility shops”, Final Event, 11 – 12 May 2009, Brussels

The European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) is organizing a two-day event closing the European “One-stop mobility shops” project. The event, which is to be held from 11 to 12 May 2009 in Brussels, will feature a debate and a conference as a part of the event programme. The debate will address questions concerning the impact of the economic crisis on mobility as well as preventing protectionism and xenophobic reactions to the free movement of persons. The conference will address the question: Who is responsible for the vulnerable intra-EU migrants and how does the current economic crisis affect them?

 

For more information about the event, visit the ECAS website.

 

 

15th UICC Reach to Recovery International Breast Cancer Support Conference, 13 – 15 May 2009, Brisbane, Australia

Cancer Council Queensland is convening the 15th UICC Reach to Recovery International Breast Cancer Support Conference. The event will take place from 13 to 15 May 2009 in Brisbane in Australia.

 

For more information, including welcome address, newsletter sign-up and registration modalities, please visit the conference website.

 

 

“Dänische und österreichische Entwicklungszusammenarbeit im Vergleich”, Panel Discussion, 14 May 2009, Vienna

The Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC) has announced a panel discussion entitled  “Dänische und österreichische Entwicklungszusammenarbeit im Vergleich (Danish and Austrian development cooperation in comparison)” to be held on 14 May 2009 from 18:30 hours to 20:30 hours in the Musikzimmer of the Diplomatische Akademie, Favoritenstraße 15a, Vienna.

 

Visit the VIDC website for more information.

 

 

“Creating a Culture of Security”, Conference, 14 May 2009, Amsterdam

The Centre for Safety and Development and the Security Management Initiative will hold a conference entitled “Creating a Culture of Security” on 14 May 2009 at the Regardz Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam to help NGOs deal with their security concerns through mechanisms such as Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), contingency plans and safety and security policies.

 

For more information and to register, please visit the Centre for Safety website.

 

 

“On the Occasion of the International Day of the Family: The Contribution of the Family to Peacebuilding and Human Rights”, Roundtable Discussion, 15 May 2009, Geneva

On the occasion of the 15th International Day of the Family, the Geneva Interfaith Intercultural Alliance (GIIA) Youth Council, Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and the Women’s Federation for World Peace International (WFWPI) will be hosting a round table discussion, the sixth in a series, on 15 May 2009 from 15:00 hours to 17:30 hours at the United Nations Office in Geneva.

 

Panellists include youth delegates of the GIIA “UN Interreligious Council”, a simulated model of a high-level body, as well as representatives from the UN, government and civil society. Register by e-mail at europe2@upf.org. For those needing badges, please register before 8 May 2009 at noon.

 

More information is available here.

 

 

Post-doctoral Fellowships in Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue 2009 – 2010, Call for Candidates, Deadline 15 May 2009

The Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (FIIRD) will grant at least three post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Geneva for the academic year 2009-2010. Funded by FIIRD, the fellowships of a maximum of 35,000 Swiss Francs (CHF) each will be granted to young researchers having a doctorate and background in one of the three monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) and wishing to specialize in the field of interreligious and intercultural dialogue.

 

The programme aims at setting up a research group to deepen the understanding among persons of different religions and at bringing forth leaders to respond to intercultural and interreligious challenges.

 

For more information about the programme and eligibility criteria, visit www.unige.ch/fird-en.pdf or contact fiirdge@gmail.com.

 

 

“Zuwanderer als Feindbild”, Symposium, 18 – 19 May 2009, Vienna

The Sir Peter Ustinov Institut will hold a symposium entitled “Zuwanderer als Feindbild (New Arrivals being seen as Enemies)” from 18 to 19 May 2009 at the Theatersaal of the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften in Vienna.

 

Please visit the Sir Peter Ustinov Institut website for more information.

 

 

Conference on Strategic Collaboration on Higher Education and Research for Development – Drivers and Challenges, 25 – 26 May 2009, Aarhus, Denmark

The Danish Development Research Network (DDRN) will hold a Conference on Higher Education and Research for Development – Drivers and Challenges, from 25 to 26 May 2009 at Aarhus University, Denmark. The main purpose of the conference is to highlight and to discuss the challenges and opportunities in current higher education and research collaboration in development to help address problems in developing countries.

 

Participation is free and open, but registration is required. To register, send an e-mail to student assistant Bo Karlsen at bk@ddrn.dk, no later than 15 May 2009. For more information and to see a draft programme for the conference, visit the DDRN website.

 

 

Third Fête Genevoise des ONG, 30 - 31 May 2009, Geneva

The third Fête Genevoise des ONG (The 3rd Geneva Celebration of NGOs) will take place on 30 and 31 May 2009 at the Salle communale du Petit-Lancy, Avenue Louis Bertrand 6, in the presence of Professor Jean Ziegler.

 

For more information about the event and to register, contact Adalbert Nouga, chair of the event’s organizational committee, at +41 (0)79 680 96 24 or e-mail ong@worldcom.ch.

 

 

Basic Course on Human Security, 1 – 6 June, 2009, Mahidol University, Salaya Campus, Thailand

The Human Security Alliance and the Office of Human Rights and Social Development of Mahidol University will be holding the second Basic Course on Human Security from 1 to 6 June 2009 at the Mahidol University, Salaya Campus, in Thailand.

 

This is a six-day intensive course for academics, NGOs, development professionals and government officials. The sessions will be from 9:00 hours to 17:00 hours with breaks. The course will be highly interactive and participants are expected to be involved actively. The learning tools will be delivered by regional experts. It is expected that participants will prepare a case study of major human security concerns relevant to their area of expertise prior to joining the course.

 

For more information, visit the Human Security Alliance website.

 

 

“Religion Revisited”, Conference, 5 – 6 June 2009, Berlin

The “Religion Revisited” Conference will be held from 5 to 6 June 2009 at the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Schumannstraße 8, Berlin, as part of the research project “Religion, Politics and Gender Equality” conducted by the Heinrich Böll Foundation in collaboration with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD).

 

The registration deadline is 15 May 2009. For more information, visit the conference website.

 

 

Diplomacy Training Programme, Call for Applications, 13 – 20 July 2009, Bangalore, India

The Diplomacy Training Programme (DTP) will be held in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Change and Cividep, India from 13 to 20 July 2009 in Bangalore, India.

The DTP is calling for applications for its fourth regional programme focused on human rights advocacy and business. The programme was developed to assist human rights defenders and community advocates to respond practically to the challenges for human rights posed by the growing power and influence of corporations, particularly multi-national corporations.

 

For more information, please visit the DTP website or send an e-mail to dtp@unsw.edu.au.

 

 

Coping and Resilience 2009, International Conference, 3 – 6 October 2009, Dubrovnik-Cavtat, Croatia

The Coping and Resilience 2009 International Conference will be held from 3 to 6 October 2009, in Dubrovnik-Cavtat, Croatia. The conference will present the cutting edge knowledge and practices on coping and resilience in response to a variety of adverse life circumstances that individuals and communities face. Visit the conference website for programme topics and registration and submission guidelines.

 

 

Conference on Development and Information Technologies, 23 – 24 October 2009, Castelldefels, Barcelona

The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) will be holding a Conference on Development and Information Technologies from 23 to 24 October 2009 at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) in Castelldefels, Barcelona. The Conference, organised by the UOC and co-financed by the Agència Catalana de Cooperació al Desenvolupament, will be themed “Mobile Phones and Internet in Latin America and Africa: What benefits for the most disadvantaged?”

 

If interested in submitting a paper for this event, visit the UOC website. The deadline for papers has been extended and abstracts are now due by 8 May 2009.

 

 

International Peace Bureau Annual Conference, 12 – 18 November 2009, Washington D.C.

The International Peace Bureau Annual Conference will be held from 12 to 18 November 2009, in Washington D.C. The provisional title for the conference is “Rolling back militarism: a task for the global movement”.

 

The programme will include a central event (the weekend conference) and additional activities before and after, depending on the wishes of partners and participants. Suggestions are welcome. This is intended to be a participatory event, including a top-class range of speakers, cultural presentations and opportunities to interact with key people in Washington D.C. and beyond. Check out the IPB initial announcement for more information.

 

 

World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Call for Registration, 19 November 2009

The Women’s World Summit Foundation is campaigning to prioritize the prevention of abuse and violence against children. Launched in 2000, the World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse (19 November) is intended to create a global culture towards the worldwide prevention of child abuse.

 

For more information on the campaign and how to register, visit the campaign’s website.

 

 

“The Forgotten Children: A major European Conference addressing the subject of Children of Parents with a Mental Illness”, 26 – 27 November 2009, Vilnius, Lithuania

The European Federation of Associations of Families of People with Mental Illness (EUFAMI), in association with Lietuvos Sutrikusios Psichikos Žmoniu Globos Bendrija (LSPŽGB), its Lithuanian family member association, will host “The Forgotten Children: A major European Conference addressing the subject of Children of Parents with a Mental Illness” from 26 to 27 November 2009 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

 

Details on the conference programme, registration and accommodation arrangements can be found on the conference website.

 

 

2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions, 3 - 9 December 2009, Assembly Meeting, Melbourne, Australia

The Parliament of the World’s Religions will hold its 2009 assembly from 3 to 9 December 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. The gathering is expected to bring together more than 8,000 people of faith, spirit and goodwill from around the world. For more information about the upcoming 2009 assembly, visit the Parliament of the World’s Religions website.

 

Information on the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions event held in Labouisse Hall, UNICEF House, on 8 January 2009 in New York, as well as photos, can be viewed here.

 

 

Campaigns and Initiatives

 

Countdown to Copenhagen Campaign

www.churchworldservice.org/site/PageServer?pagename=how_adv_copenhagen

 

Decent Work - Decent Life Campaign

www.decentwork.org

 

Global Campaign against Poverty

www.whiteband.org

 

Appeal and Petition for a Nuclear Weapon-Free World

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

 

Launch of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Prize – Call for Nominations

assembly.coe.int/Committee/JUR/HumanRightsPrize

 

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

www.un-instraw.org/en/community-of-practice/general/gender-training-community-of-practice-gt.html

 

International NGO Journal – Call for Papers

www.academicjournals.org/INGOJ

 

NGO Resources

 

Integrated Civil Society Organization System – UN/DESA Civil Society Participation Database

esango.un.org/civilsociety

 

UN-NGO-IRENE Best Practices Network

www.un.org/esa/coordination/ngo/irene

 

First Committee Monitor – Resource on the General Assembly’s First Committee on Disarmament and International Security

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

 

Globethics.net Library – A Global Digital Library on Ethics

www.globethics.net

 

Resources and Calendar for Peace Issues – International Peace Bureau

www.ipb.org and www.ipb.org/i/newsletters-and-publications/VI-A-ipb-newsletters-and-calendars.html

 

Internet Governance Caucus Website

www.igcaucus.org

 

2009 UNDP Procurement Training Calendar

www.undp.org/procurement/training.shtml

 

International NGO Journal

www.academicjournals.org/INGOJ

 

African Journal of Political Science and International Relations

www.academicjournals.org/ajpsir

 

 

Previously Published Events

 

 

OHCHR Indigenous Fellowship Programme, call for applicants for 2010 programmes

http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/indigenous/fellowshiprogramme.htm

 

25-29 May 2009: Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Geneva

http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cescr/cescrwg42.htm

 

18-22 May 2009: 7th International Workshop of Women in the 21st Century, Havana, Cuba

http://www.mujeres.cubaweb.cu/articulo.asp?a=2009&num=421&art=44 (in Spanish language only)

 

17-20 June 2009: Building Community Centred Economies – Conference, Brisbane

www.cdconference.com.au

 

7-9 and 9-10 July 2009: InterAction Forum 2009 – 2009 International Aid+Trade, Arlington, VA, and Washington, D.C.

www.aidandtrade.org/view.overview

 

10-13 July 2009: 2nd International Symposium on Academic Globalization: AG 2009, Orlando

www.iiis2009.org/wmsci/website/default.asp?vc=22

 

23-30 July, 20-27 November 2009: Center for Asia Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP) training courses on “Making Governance Gender Responsive,” Manila, Philippines

http://www.capwip.org/training/mggr.htm

 

16-22 August 2009: World Water Week, Stockholm

www.worldwaterweek.org/Downloads/1st_Announcement_09.pdf

 

2-6 September 2009: 2009 World Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health, Athens, Greece

http://www.wmhc2009.com/static/index.html

 

7-10 September 2009: Children and the Law: International Approaches to Children and their Vulnerability – International Conference, Prato, Tuscany

www.med.monash.edu.au/socialwork/conference09

 

29-30 September 2009: 2009 Global Youth Enterprise Conference, Washington, D.C.

http://www.youthenterpriseconference.org/

 

17-20 October 2009: 5th Asia and Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights,

Beijing, China

http://www.5apcrshr.org/yc.html

 

17-21 October 2009: SIGNIS World Congress 2009 – Registration Open, Chiang Mai, Thailand

http://www.signisworldcongress.net/2009/spip.php?rubrique2

 

Africa Youth Foundation – call to NGOs for volunteers

http://www.ayf.de/activities/weltwaerts.html

 

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