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World Ocean Festival in NY, June 4th, 2017

World Ocean Festival is dedicated to advocating for action on a global scale for the implementation of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14, which aims to promote conservation and sustainable use of the world's oceans. Millions of people and organizations care deeply about the oceans and will stand together for their protection. These are the voices that will be raised at World Ocean Festival 2017. The ocean sustains marine life and our own–connecting us all across the world, providing sustenance, transport, economies, livelihoods. Meanwhile, Illegal fishing threatens species, sustenance, and economies worldwide; pollution in the form of chemical run-off, spills, plastics and more damages and destroys marine life and enters our food chain, and climate change is killing our coral reefs, flooding human and animal habitats and feeding a disastrous feedback loop of rising world temperatures. This June, 5-9 2017 world leaders will gather in New York City at The Ocean Conference to focus on how to #SaveOurOcean. We must show world leaders that we care! World Ocean Festival Website:
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The Ocean Conference | 5-9 June 2017 – the United Nations

Our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14
The high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The Governments of Fiji and Sweden have the co-hosting responsibilities of the Conference. The Conference aims to be the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of our ocean for people, planet and prosperity. It will be solutions-focused with engagement from all. The Conference shall:
  • Identify ways and means to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14;
  • Build on existing successful partnerships and stimulate innovative and concrete new partnerships to advance the implementation of Goal 14;
  • Involve all relevant stakeholders, bringing together Governments, the United Nations system, other intergovernmental organizations, international financial institutions, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations and other actors to assess challenges and opportunities relating to, as well as actions taken towards, the implementation of Goal 14;
  • Share the experiences gained at the national, regional and international levels in the implementation of Goal 14;
  • Contribute to the follow-up and review process of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by providing an input to the high-level political forum on sustainable development, in accordance with resolutions 67/290 of 9 July 2013, 70/1 of 25 September 2015 and 70/299 of 29 July 2016, on the implementation of Goal 14, including on opportunities to strengthen progress in the future;
The Conference shall comprise plenary meetings, partnership dialogues and a special event commemorating World Oceans Day.The Conference shall adopt by consensus a concise, focused, intergovernmentally agreed declaration in the form of a "Call for Action" to support the implementation of Goal 14 and a report containing the co-chairs' summaries of the partnership dialogues, as well as a list of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Goal 14, to be announced at the Conference.The President of the General Assembly will convene a two-day preparatory meeting, on 15-16 February 2017, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, to be chaired by H.E. Mr. Alvaro Mendonya Moura, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the UN, and H.E. Mr. Burhan Gafoor, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the UN, the two co-facilitators, with a view to considering the themes for the partnership dialogues and elements for a "Call for Action". Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations is the Secretary-General of the Conference. Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel is the special advisor to the Presidents of the Conference on oceans and legal matters.
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Maasai Tribe: Between Two Worlds, February 28th, 2017


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When: February 28th, 2017        Where: 353 West and 12th Street

Doors open: 6:30pm             Presentation starts at 7pm


There is no charge for the discussion.Those who wish may donate to Tribal Link at the event via check or digital donation.

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Participation at the UN – UNGA Consultations

Following the briefing of the PGA’s Advisers on the process of the participation of Indigenous Peoples at the UN on 3 October 2016, the following indicative roadmap and approach to the consultation process was elaborated, taking into account the views of Member States and Indigenous Peoples representatives:
  • 14 and 15 December 2016
  • 30 January to 1 February 2017
  • 27 and 28 February 2017
  • The weeks of the Permanent Forum, 24 April – 5 May (specific dates to be confirmed, depending on the schedule of the Forum)
After these discussions a draft resolution would be finalized and adopted by the General Assembly as set out in General Assembly resolution A/RES70/232. For more information see: 
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PGA Consultation process, 30 Jan. – 1 Feb. 2017 UNHQ

Indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions will participate in the President of the general Assembly (71st Session) consultation on the participation of Indigenous peoples at the United Nations 30 January 2017 to 1 February 2017 Registration are now closed. For more information, please visit “Process under the PGA 71 – Sept 2016 – Sept 2017” >>>
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Expert Meeting on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

egm-2017At its fifteenth session in May 2016, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues recommended that the Economic and Social Council authorize an international expert group meeting to discuss the role of the Permanent Forum, as well as the other indigenous specific mechanisms in supporting the operationalisation of article 42 of the UN Declaration (which implies the operationalisation of the Declaration itself). At its regular session in 2016, ECOSOC approved the Forum’s recommendation. Following up on this, UN DESA/DSPD is organizing the expert group meeting on the “Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: the role of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and other indigenous-specific mechanisms (article 42)”. Click here for more information >>>
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UNDP and DESA E-Discussion on Implementing the 2030 Agenda: Moving from Commitments to Results

Organized and coordinated by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), this e-discussion is expected to provide suggestions and recommendations on how to best address implementation challenges of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with a special focus on the national level. It will focus on the theme of the 2016 session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on 'Implementing the 2030 Agenda: moving from commitments to results,' and it will consider the scope and implications of the 2030 Agenda, national implementation and follow-up and review. The e-discussion is open to stakeholder groups, experts, practitioners and policy-makers. Contributions made by participants will be included in a summary of the e-discussion posted on the ECOSOC website, and will be channelled through the report of the UN Secretary-General on the ECOSOC theme in support of deliberations during the Council's high-level segment in July.

dates: 29 February - 25 March 2016  

location: virtual

contact: Navid Hanif, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, DESA and Pedro Conceicao, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP




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