DESA NGO Newsletter – March 2018


3 – 6 April: Intergovernmental negotiations on the global compact for migration
The intergovernmental negotiations on the global compact for migration will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Registration now open: multi-stakeholders in consultative status with ECOSOC and those with special accreditation to the GCM process are invited to register to attend all upcoming negotiations:

  • 3-6 April 2018 (Conference Room 2)
  • 14-18 May 2018 (Conference Room 2)
  • 4-8 June 2018 (Trusteeship Council Chamber)
  • 9-13 July 2018 (Conference Room 1)

Register through the following link:
For more information on the negotiations, please visit:

5 April: World Autism Awareness Day observance on “Empowering Women and Girls with Autism”
The 2018 World Autism Awareness Day observance at United Nations Headquarters New York will focus on the importance of empowering women and girls with autism and involving them and their representative organizations in policy and decision making to address these challenges.Through dynamic moderated discussions with experts and advocates, the observance will examine the particular challenges that women and girls with autism face in this context. Other key issues to be addressed include challenges and opportunities in fully exercising rights in matters relating to marriage, family and parenthood on an equal basis with others, as underscored in Article 23 of the CRPD and in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders at the United Nations in 2015 (SDG 5.6). For more information, please visit:

6 April: International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
On the occasion of the 2018 International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6 April, the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) is launching an online campaign to celebrate the growing contribution of sport to development and peace through the promotion of tolerance, respect, empowerment of women and youth, health, education and social inclusion. The online campaign #PlayforGlobalGoals seeks to encourage individuals and organizations who support or carry out sport for development and peace activities to participate in the commemoration of the International Day. Specifically, it invites individuals and organizations to share a picture on social media that represents for them the “power of sport to promote peace, unity and social inclusion”. Find out more on how to join:

9 – 13 April: 51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development
As an ECOSOC functional commission, the Commission on Population and Development plays the primary role in monitoring, reviewing and assessing the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development at the national, regional and global levels, identifying reasons for success and failure, and advising the Council thereon.

The 51st session will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 13 April 2018. The special theme of the session is “Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration.” More information on this session is available at:

ECOSOC accredited NGOs are welcome to register for this event from 1 November 2017 to 16 March 2018. For more information on pre-registration please visit:

16 – 18 April: Intergovernmental conference on marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (organizational meeting)
In its resolution 72/249 of 24 December 2017, the General Assembly decided to convene an Intergovernmental Conference, under the auspices of the United Nations, to elaborate the text of an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction, with a view to developing the instrument as soon as possible.

In accordance with that resolution, a three-day organizational meeting will be held in New York from 16 to 18 April 2018, to discuss organizational matters, including the process for the preparation of the zero draft of the instrument.
Non-Governmental Organizations in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), as well as those that were accredited to any of the conferences mentioned in paragraph 13 of resolution 72/249, are entitled to attend the conference as observers.

For more information on the meeting, please visit:
For information on NGO registration, please see:
Event registration page in Indico:
If you have questions, please contact:

16 – 27 April: 17th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)
The 17th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) will be held during 16 – 27 April 2018 at UN Headquarters in New York under the theme “Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources.”

The Forum members have decided on changes to the two week annual session. The first week will be all open plenary meetings. There will be no closed meetings during the first week. A condensed schedule during the first week will see the Permanent Forum discuss all substantive agenda items. During the second week of the 2018 session of the Permanent Forum, members of the Forum will hold informal meetings with representatives of indigenous peoples, Member States and UN entities. The purpose of these meetings will be to draw on information presented during the first week, and channel this into policy recommendations that are strategic, focused and actionable. Indigenous representatives, Member States and UN entities that are accredited to attend the 2018 session of the Permanent Forum are invited to attend these meetings.

Registration for NGOs with ECOSOC Status, IPOs and Academics and requests to hold a side event is now open. See here for more details:

23 – 27 April: The 17th session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA)
The 17th session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 23 to 27 April 2018.
There are three overarching issues on the agenda of the seventeenth session to be explored from a variety of perspectives, namely:

  1. Readying institutions and policies for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
  2. Building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels; and,
  3. Supporting the transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies: enhancing and equipping institutions.

NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC and other invited organizations, please register here.For those unable to attend in person, live and on-demand webcast coverage of this event will be available in six languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish).

24 – 25 April: High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace
The President of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák identified peacebuilding and sustaining peace as a key priority. Therefore he will convene a High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace on 24 and 25 April 2018 to assess efforts undertaken and opportunities to strengthen the United Nations’ work on peacebuilding and sustaining peace.

The High-level meeting is scheduled to take place on 24 and 25 April 2018. It will open on Tuesday, 24 April, with an opening segment and contributions from high-level speakers with experience on peacebuilding and sustaining peace. It will then be followed by high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, where Member States will be able to deliver their statements.

During the two-day event, four interactive dialogues will be held in parallel to the high-level plenary meeting, which will focus on objectives mentioned above and take into account the report of the Secretary-General as per resolutions 70/262 and 2282 (2016) on the Review of the United Nations Peacebuilding Architecture.

On the first day, two interactive dialogues will be held in the afternoon. On the second day, the plenary debate will continue and another two interactive dialogues will take place in the morning.

To register:
Additional information:

7 – 11 May: Thirteenth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF13)
The Thirteenth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF13) will be held in New York, from 7-11 May 2018. The Forum welcomes the participation of the nine major groups as identified in Chapter 23 of Agenda 21, including: women, children and youth, indigenous people, non-governmental organizations, local authorities, workers and trade unions, business and industry, scientific and technological communities, farmers and small forest landowners.

Major groups organizations that are accredited with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and the former Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) are encouraged to participate in sessions of the Forum by registering here:

Organizations that are NOT accredited to ECOSOC or CSD may attend as part of the delegation of their country or as part of the delegation of an accredited organization.


2018 ECOSOC High-Level Segment – Open Call for Oral and Written Statements (9 April – 4 May 2018)
The Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs is pleased to announce an open call for oral and written statementsfor the 2018 ECOSOC High-Level Segment (HLS) for NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC . The open call will be held from 9 April to 4 May 2018.

The theme for the 2018 session of the Economic and Social Council is “From global to local: supporting sustainable and resilient societies in urban and rural communities”.

The HLS will be held from 16 to 19 July 2018 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This is a unique opportunity for organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC – and for civil society at large – to be heard at ECOSOC deliberations, as well as to contribute to issues of critical concern to the global development agenda. It will also provide a platform to address specifically, steps toward implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to track progress at all levels and ensure that no one is left behind.

The HLS includes the three-day ministerial meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convened under the auspices of the Council. For information about the High-level Political Forum please click here.

Civil society hearing and high-level meeting on the fight to end Tuberculosis
The General Assembly will hold a one-day high-level meeting on the fight to end tuberculosis on 26 September 2018 with the overall theme “United to end tuberculosis: an urgent global response to a global epidemic”. As part of the preparatory process for the high-level meeting, the President of the General Assembly will convene a civil society hearing in New York in June 2018 with the participation of civil society organizations, academia, medical associations, the private sector, parliamentarians and Member States. The accreditation of civil society organizations without consultative status with ECOSOC will open in April for both events. Registration of all participants for the civil society hearing will open in May. For further information and updates, please visit:

2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
Registrations to the 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development will be launched in the last week of April on the Indico platform. The registration platform will be open to organizations that have status with ECOSOC or that are part of the CSD roster. When launched, the HLPF registration page will be available at

2018 ECOSOC e-Discussion: From global to local: supporting sustainable and resilient societies in urban and rural communities, 26 March – 8 April 2018
Stakeholders, experts, practitioners and policy-makers from all over the world are invited to engage in a global dialogue on specific aspects of the 2018 ECOSOC theme of “From global to local: supporting sustainable and resilient societies in urban and rural communities”. The 2018 e-Discussion will provide the Economic and Social Council with suggestions and recommendations on how to best address implementation challenges of the new Agenda, with a special focus on the national level.

You are cordially invited join the 2018 ECOSOC e-Discussion, coordinated and organized by UN DESA and UNDP, at:

Sub-regional capacity building workshop for Major Groups and other Stakeholders on the HLPF and VNR process held in Dakar Senegal
DESA/DSD organised a sub-regional capacity building workshop for Major Groups and other Stakeholders on the HLPF and VNR process, in Dakar Senegal. Participants came from all west and Central African VNR countries (Benin, Cape Verde, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Republic of Congo, Senegal et Togo). Participants learned about the options for stakeholder engagement (as per resolution A/RES/67/290) and exchanged experiences and lessons learned with each other on What had been done so far in terms of engaging both at local, national and global level on the follow up and review of the 2030 agenda. The workshop also provided an opportunity for dialogue with the 8 member states on stakeholder engagement in the VNR process, including alternative reports.

Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development held in Bangkok
The Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development 2018 took place from March 25th to 27th in Bangkok in preparation to the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development. The meeting was attended by approximately 300 participants who also engage in the Asia-Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (AP-RCEM). More information can be found at

PFII Secretariat co-sponsored CSW side event on indigenous women’s rights
20 March 2018: The Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues co-sponsored a side event at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women with International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI), International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, International Fund for Agricultural Development and UN WOMEN on “Indigenous women’s rights: a vital tool to ensure gender equality and economic and social empowerment”. Speakers shared lessons and experiences of indigenous women to achieve social and economic empowerment, combat violence and discrimination and promote political participation in decision-making. Participants identified concrete policy ideas and measures to advance implementation of indigenous women rights and support their empowerment. Participants also advocated for the inclusion of the priorities and rights of indigenous women in the outcomes of the CSW62 and follow up on previous CSW recommendations relating to indigenous women.

PFII Secretariat co-organized CSW side event “Indigenous Women: Key actors in achieving the 2030 Agenda (Implementing SDG 5)”
15 March: The Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues/DSPD/DESA co-organised a side event at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women titled “Indigenous Women: Key actors in achieving the 2030 Agenda (Implementing SDG 5)” in partnership with the International Indigenous Women’s Forum, International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs, Indigenous Peoples Major Group and the Asia Indigenous Women’s Network. Indigenous women panelists from Kenya, Guatemala, Ecuador, the Philippines and Peru provided insights on the situation and challenges facing indigenous women in different communities and contexts. The side event was well attended, and highlighted the advances and challenges in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of indigenous women and girls, in rural areas to achieve Agenda 2030.

Save The Youth Madagascar – March 2018 Update

Save The Youth Madagascar – An Affiliate of The Family Africa

Activities at the CBA orphanage.

We are always very grateful for the donors who help us to supply rice and grain to the CBA orphanage. Before we started this ongoing project, the children were suffering from malnutrition and hunger, and several of the older ones had even run away from the center to find some food. This month again, we were able to bring them 500 kg of very nourishing local red rice, 100 kg of dried beans, eggs, oil, etc…. After story time we cooked them a very nourishing meal.

To give you a better idea of the situation of some of the children at the centre, we are including these photos of Miranto, 9, and her little brother, Tendry, 4.  In fact, they are 4 brothers and sisters, and the older brother and sister are young teenagers who are also living at the centre.  Their father died 3 years ago and sadly the mother became a prostitute to support her children. But she couldn’t cope so she left them with their 85-year-old grandmother.

​Since they are from a village close to the CBA, a few years ago Haja noticed them staying at their poor grandmother’s and so she decided to welcome them at the centre with their grandma’s agreement, where they are fed, housed and educated.


Antanimora (with the help of  Minaz, Voahangy, Michou and Nanou)

We were also able to visit the 125 underage inmates in the Antanimora Central Prison and we conducted a workshop on anger and fighting, which are recurrent problems in the prison. They listened well and participated, and we hope that it will have a positive effect on their attitudes and actions.

The guard made this very encouraging comment : “Several groups come to visit the young people from time to time, but generally they are very unruly and unresponsive. But when you guys come, they listen well and are always calmer, even after you leave, and they love the food you bring them!”

This time, the boys enjoyed chicken liver mousse sandwiches, pastries, dragées (sugared almonds –it was the first time in their lives they ate some!) and received fish, rice and oil for their dinner.

Our mission is to reach out to the most forgotten in society and to bring hope and change in their lives

UNAOC Fellowship 2018 – Call for applications

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) has launched the Call for Applications  for the 2018 edition of its Fellowship Programme. The Call is open to young civil society leaders between 25 to 35 years old, from the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and North America, with a strong interest in intercultural exchanges. The theme of the Fellowship 2018  being “Fostering youth resilience to prevent violent extremism and build sustainable peace”, candidates must also be able to present professional achievements in these fields.

The Call will lead to the selection of a group of twelve participants from Europe, North-America (EUNA) on one end, and a group of twelve participants from the Middle East and North-Africa (MENA) on the other end. Participants from each geographic area will travel to their counterparts’ region for two weeks.

The goal of the Fellowship is to provide participants with first hand exposure to cultural diversity, while interacting with a wide range of local stakeholders. In every country they visit, participants will acquire crucial comprehension tools to help them understand the plurality of their host country’s culture, politics, society, religion, and media.

Candidates have until Sunday April 8th 2018 11:59pm EST to apply.

For more information please visit

US & THEM Dialog, tolerance and collaboration for good coexistence in a multicultural world!

Us&Them is a two year Erasmus+ project aiming to train educators who are working with adults to promote tolerance and understanding of the ‘others’ in a multicultural world, having ANJAF, a longtime WFO Member as one of its main partners.

The Project will improve the multicultural skills of the educators from the field of Adult Education (AE) and will offer high quality learning opportunities for learners living in mixed communities. To create a multicultural and mixed group, the project is made up of 8 participating countries encompassing various traditions, cultures, religions, this way valorising experiences that belong to representative cultures: Christian, Muslims, Jewish, Hindu.

Us&Them project will strengthen education and training paths of AE educators and will help them develop a set of new skills and competences (especially soft skills in socio-cultural conflict management, multicultural skills development to adapt the learning environment to various cultures and backgrounds, skills on implementing positive attitudes toward language, race, cultural & ethnic diversity, skills on managing learners’ group diversity), needed to enable them to better manage and deal with their groups of adult learners in the field of living, working and getting integrated within nowadays multicultural societies/communities. The newly acquired competences will be used by AE educators to promote (among their learners) tolerance and understanding of “the other” in such communities.

Click below for the Project Newsletter

Newsletter no. 1 – EN

Newsletter no. 1 – ES

Newsletter no. 1 – GR

Newsletter no. 1 – IT

Newsletter no. 1 – PT

Newsletter no. 1 – RO

Newsletter no. 1 – TR

World Family Summit 2017 – Participant’s registration now open

The World Family Organization, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research – UNITAR and the CIFAL Global Network, in partnership with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development, the United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development, the UN ECOSOC Office for Support and Coordination and the United Nations NGO Branch will hold the World Family Summit 2017 in Geneva on December 14 and 15  working on the theme:

“No Family Left Behind: Families and Local Authorities working together to transform cities and human settlements into inclusive, safe, resilient, sustainable with strong communities”

The registration for participants is now open (click here to download the registration form), the deadline is November 20th, 2017.

The Provisional Program is already available.

Últimas plazas del XVI Curso de Formación en Mediación Familiar – UNAF

Ofrecemos una formación especializada en un ámbito concreto de la mediación: la gestión de conflictos en situaciones de separación, divorcio o cese de la convivencia.

Accede a una formación completa que incluye tanto los contenidos teóricos de las distintas disciplinas que capacitan al mediador/a familiar, como las prácticas con familias, imprescindibles para poder ejercer la profesión.

Fórmate en una profesión con futuro con los mejores profesionales de la mediación, con una experiencia de más de 25 años.

La XVI Edición del Curso de Mediación comienza el próximo 17 de noviembre hasta el 30 de junio de 2018, se desarrollará en módulos presenciales los viernes por la tarde y sábado completo. Nuestro curso incluye el estudio de casos reales y training en las técnicas y procesos de intervención, además de la realización de prácticas en co-mediación con las familias usuarias del servicio de mediación familiar de UNAF.


Joint Meeting of ECOSOC and the Second Committee on “The Future of Everything – Sustainable Development in the Age of Rapid Technological Change”

Date: Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location:  ECOSOC Chamber, UN Headquarters

Watch live (coming soon)

The future will no longer be what we once thought. It is widely acknowledged that the pace and breadth of technological advances are intensifying, and by 2030 – the target date for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals – the world will have undergone further changes in the realm of daily human interaction.  Many changes already underway are having a profound impact on our economies, societies and ecosystems.  Industrial processes are becoming increasingly automated and robotized, with human intervention increasingly confined to specific tasks.  Rapid growth in large datasets, and the capacity to store and use them, offer new resources for research, analysis and problem-solving, but can also be used by cyber-criminals.  Ubiquitous computing, facilitated by advances in the Internet of Things in combination with 5G, big data and nanotech, will also be key drivers of change.  We may truly be at the beginning of what has been referred to as the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

In many of these areas, ethical questions arise around the potential of technological advancements to outpace policies and regulations and, in the process, undermine societal norms.  while many advances hold great promise for sustainable development and poverty eradication, they also risk leaving much of the world behind in a global context in which inequalities are already sharply felt.   To address these challenges and forge solutions for using technological change as a catalyst for inclusive development, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and Second Committee of the General Assembly will organise a joint meeting on “The Future of Everything – Sustainable Development in the Age of Rapid Technological Change”.  The joint meeting will include a three-hour panel presentation and interactive discussion between expert presenters from Government, academia, the private sector and civil society, and meeting participants.  The discussion will focus on best practices and new initiatives with respect to the latest developments in this area, including how policy-makers and their partners can harness the benefits of progress in science and technology, while minimizing their unintended, negative consequences.

56th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56)

Submission of written statements for the 56th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56) is now open:
Only NGOs in General and Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC can submit written statements to the CSocD56 to be held from 29 January to 7 February 2018 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The priority theme is: “Strategies for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”.
Please find the link to the online submission and general instructions for preparing the statements:
The deadline for submission is 19 November 2017. Please note that Statements sent by email cannot be accepted.
You will be notified only if your statement has been accepted by 22 December 2017.
For more information on the CSocD56, please visit:

Solutions Selected for Solutions Summit 2017 at UN Headquarters

Solutions Summit is an annual catalytic gathering at United Nations Headquarters in New York during UN General Assembly high-level week in September. This initiative lifts-up and advances the work of exceptional teams already developing innovative solutions that address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This year’s Solutions Summit will take place from 19-21 September from 12:00-1:00pm each day in the UN SDG Media Zone – a live broadcast event space at the United Nations focused on the SDGs – and will involve in-person accelerator sessions and social media interaction with the selected solution-makers.
The Solutions Summit is led by the UN Foundation, UN-NGLS, shift7, and the Global Innovation Exchange. UN-NGLS coordinated the open and transparent application and selection process to curate solutions to be featured during the Solutions Summit, involving a Selection Committee of 25 top innovators and technologists from around the world.
The Selection Committee agreed a short-list of 35 solutions from 535 applications received, and the Solutions Summit lead organizers selected the following 11 extraordinary solution-makers:
The leaders of these projects – a regionally and gender balanced group – will each give a ‘lightning talk’ outlining their breakthrough efforts at United Nations Headquarters on 19-21 September.
For more information, please visit:

United Nations Private Sector Forum 2017


On the occasion of the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations — the UN’s most high-profile week of the year — the United Nations Private Sector Forum will be held on 18 September from 12:30-15:00 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Hosted annually by the UN Secretary-General, the UN Private Sector Forum brings the voice of business to the UN when government leaders gather in New York for the opening session of the UN General Assembly. This unique luncheon event brings together leading CEOs and investors, Heads of State and Government, senior UN leadership and select civil society representatives for an interactive discussion and high-level networking opportunity designed to help participants identify new opportunities to work together to achieve shared objectives.

This year’s Forum theme is Financing the 2030 Agenda: Unlocking Prosperity. With just thirteen years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the global community needs to accelerate progress. Unlocking innovative forms of financing at an unprecedented scale, redirecting existing financial flows to be consistent with sustainable development, and catalyzing responsible business growth are critical. Recognizing that building sustainable financial markets comes with diverse challenges, including overcoming market tendencies toward short-termism, the Forum will focus on identifying solutions all sectors must take to drive capital towards achieving the SDGs.

Following a series of messages from leaders representing both government and the private sector, the UN Private Sector Forum will be an important opportunity to contribute to shaping the global agenda on financing for the SDGs. Guests will participate in solutions-focused roundtable discussions which will explore key actions each stakeholder must take to drive capital toward realizing the 2030 Agenda.