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65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference


The 65th UN DPI/NGO Conference is titled ’2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda,’ is being organized by the UN Department of Public Information and the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, and will focus on the theme of ‘The role of civil society in the post 2015 development agenda’. The event seeks to provide an opportunity for civil society networks and activists to mobilize messaging, advocacy strategies, partnerships and accountability frameworks in the lead up to the start of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. The outcome of the conference will be a declaration that will be shared with the UN system, the UN Member States, the global civil society and other stakeholders.

dates: 27-29 August 2014

venue: UN Headquarters

location: New York City, US

contact:DPI/NGO Relations

phone:+1 212 963 7234

e-mail: undpingo@un.org

www: http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/2014/04/15/65th-dpingo-conference/

 http://www.unric.org/en/latest-un-buzz/29176-un-and-ngos-to-focus-on-post-2015

read more: http://post2015.iisd.org/events/65th-annual-un-dpingo-conference/


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Nominate civil society speakers and attendees for the UN 2014 Climate Summit

 

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At the request of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team (CCST), the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is conducting an open process to obtain nominations for 4 civil society speakers and 34 additional civil society attendees for the Secretary-General’s 2014 Climate Summit, which will take place on 23 September at UN Headquarters in New York. The roles for these representatives are outlined in Section A below. 18 of the 38 representatives will receive travel funding from the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited Heads of State and Government along with leaders from business, finance, and civil society to the Climate Summit to catalyze ambitious action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen climate resilience, and to mobilize political will toward achieving an ambitious, legally binding international climate change agreement by 2015. Complete information about the Climate Summit is available here.

Please read this entire post if you will participate in this process, as it has a few steps and specific requirements.

Kindly note: this nomination process is not open to representatives of the private sector. Participation of the private sector in the Climate Summit is facilitated by the UN Global Compact and the CCST.
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A. Submit nominations for the following 4 civil society speaking roles and 34 additional attendees for the Climate Summit

1. The following 18 civil society roles in the Climate Summit will receive travel funding from the Executive Office of the Secretary General. All candidates must be representatives of civil society organizations.

a) One speaker in the Opening of the 2014 Climate Summit on behalf of civil society at large

Criteria: For this speaking role, the CCST is seeking a young woman (under the age of 30) from a developing country. Candidates must have a proven track record of effective advocacy or implementation of community based solutions for climate change mitigation or adaptation, as well as proven strong communication and public speaking skills. This speaker will collaborate with a diverse civil society Selection and Drafting Committee for the development of this statement (see Section C below).

b) Three panellists for the Thematic Debate “Voices from the Climate Frontlines” (organized by UNICEF and UN Women)

Criteria: Candidates must be able to proficiently address the questions in the concept note for this Thematic Debate. At least one of these panelist roles will be given to an Indigenous person, and at least one will be given to a person under the age of 30. Two panellists will be from a developing country, and one from a developed country.

c) 14 Summit Attendees

Criteria: Candidates must have a proven track record of effective advocacy or implementation of community based solutions for climate change mitigation or adaptation. These attendees will not have speaking roles in the Summit programme.

2. An additional 20 civil society representatives will be invited to attend the Summit through this nomination process without offer of travel funding support. These representatives will not have speaking roles in the Summit programme.
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B. Instructions for submitting nominations to UN-NGLS

Please submit your nominations using this online form.

All nominations will automatically load into a google doc spreadsheet, published here.

Before submitting a nominee, please confirm the nominee:

> is a representative of a civil society organization, and officially authorized by their organization/network to speak on the organization/network’s behalf.

> has a proven track record of effective advocacy or implementation of community based solutions for climate change mitigation or adaptation.

> has excellent competency with climate change issues, experience with presenting climate change issues in public fora, and demonstrated ability to engage constructively with a variety of stakeholders.

> for a speaking role: is a compelling public speaker (the online nomination form requests links to writing samples or remarks delivered at speaking engagements).

> is available to be at UN Headquarters in NY at 8:30am on 23 September, and for travel if necessary. The nominee must have a US visa, or be able to obtain one within 3 weeks, for travel to the US.

Please note that the Climate Summit also involves Action Area Sessions, and leaders of civil society, non-governmental organizations and indigenous peoples that are actively contributing to announcements for those Sessions have already received invitations to the Summit via another process. Anyone receiving an invitation for an Action Area Session will not be considered for opportunities provided via this process to attend the Summit. Please check with potential nominees to see if they have received an invitation to an Action Area Session before submitting them to this process. The list of attendees for the Action Area Sessions will be provided to the civil society Selection and Drafting Committee for this process.
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C. Apply for the civil society Selection and Drafting Committee 

A civil society Selection and Drafting Committee will be facilitated by UN-NGLS to evaluate all nominees and determine a short-list of 76 candidates for the roles outlined above in Section A.

> 36 candidates will be submitted to the Secretary-General’s CCST for the 18 funded roles; and
> 40 candidates will be submitted to the Secretary-General’s CCST for the 20 unfunded attendees.

The final selection of speakers will be made by the Secretary-General’s CCST, with input by UNICEF / UN Women for the roles in the Thematic Session “Voices from the Climate Frontlines,” ensuring regional, gender and age balance, and diversity of expertise.

The civil society Selection and Drafting Committee will also serve to collaborate on the drafting of the statement to be delivered by the civil society speaker selected for the Opening of the Summit, to enable a diversity of constituencies to contribute perspectives to these remarks.

To learn more about the Selection and Drafting Committee, and to apply to be a member, please click here.

Please note that members of the Selection and Drafting Committee cannot be considered for the civil society roles in the Climate Summit to be filled through this process.
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D. Timeline for participation in the nomination process

Friday, 8 August: Deadline for applications to participate in the civil society Selection Committee
Friday, 15 August: Deadline for submission of civil society speaker nominations
Wednesday, 20 August, 8:00-10:00am EST: Selection Committee conference call #1
Thursday, 21 August, 8:00-10:00am EST: Selection Committee conference call #2
Friday, 22 August, 8:00-10:00am EST: Selection Committee conference call #3 (if necessary)
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E. Visa arrangements 

The Secretary-General’s CCST will provide an invitation letter for the selected civil society speakers and attendees. These participants will be responsible for obtaining their visas for travel. Please confirm with candidates you are considering for nominations that the US Embassy/consulate in their home country will be able to issue a visa for travel to the US within 3 weeks.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.
Thank you and best regards,
UN-NGLS

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

8 August 2014
3:00PM-6:00PM
United Nations Headquarters

New York
ECOSOC Chamber

International Day of Indigenous
 

” Bridging the gap: implementing the rights of indigenous peoples”

As the International Day falls on a Saturday, the Day will be observed at UN Headquarters on Friday 8 August 2014 in the ECOSOC Chamber from 3pm to 6pm. It will be organized by the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in cooperation with the NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

The Commemoration for the International Day is open to the public. If you are interested in attending please send an email with your name, affiliation and contact information torequesens@un.org by Monday 4 August 6:00pm (New York Time).

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Pre-Registration for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Pre-Registration for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Pre-registration is now OPEN for the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples which will take place on 22 September and on the afternoon of 23 September 2014 at UN Headquarters in New York. Please click here for more information.

*** Pre-registration is OPEN, the deadline is Tuesday, 29 July 2014 ***

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Natural Resources Stewardship Circle identified as a best practice by Indigenous Peoples Organizations

A new publication entitled “Indigenous Peoples Guidebook on Free Prior and Informed Consent and Corporate Standards” identifies the Natural Resource Stewardship Circle (NRSC) as a best practice in private sector standard setting processes. The publication, developed by First Peoples World Wide (FPW), the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC), and Trillium Asset Management (Trillium), seeks to provide a range of strategies that Indigenous Peoples can choose from to secure their rights, “based on what best suits their needs and talents.” The first section of this Guidebook lists the public-sector mechanisms adopted at the international level by governments, while the second section lists the pri­vate-sector mechanisms.

As the public sector seeks to better develop partnerships with the private sector toward finalizing the United Nations post-2015 Development Agenda, the Guidebook serves as a timely “resource for Indigenous Peoples affected by business activities” at various levels. Whether they are in negotiations with corporations, working to strengthen government protections, or seeking redress for violations of their rights, Indigenous Peoples can engage both public-sector and private-sector strategies to advocate for their rights and pave the way for culturally-appropriate development.

Within this context, the Tribal Link Foundation recommended a case study on the NRSC to the publications developers, who independently assessed the merits of inclusion.  The study includes region of operation, membership size and membership requirements, member examples, specific language addressing Indigenous Peoples, and an organizational summary including highlights from the NRSC’s mission.  The Guide also features High Level Indigenous contributors including International Chief Wilton Littlechild, Chair, UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Myrna Cunningham, member and former Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).  The Guidebook, available electronically in both English and Spanish, was presented at side-event during the 13th session of the UNPFII this past May.

FPW is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to strengthening Indigenous communities through the restoration of their authority and control over their assets. IITC is an organization of Indigenous Peoples working for the sovereignty and self-determination of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition and protection of Indigenous rights, treaties, traditional cultures and sacred lands. Trillium is an independent investment management firm providing equity, balanced, and fixed income portfolios dedicated solely to sustainable and responsible investing. The inclusion of the NRSC case study in this publication is significant as it provides positive international visibility and endorsement of the Circle’s commitment to Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities.

Review the NRSC case study on pp. 54-56: http://firstpeoples.org/corporate-engagement/fpic-guidebook

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Tribal Link’s Project Access Training Program and Participants Featured on BBC

Threatened tribes visit UN to fight for indigenous issues

23 May 2014

New York is one of the most diverse cities in the world – but for the past two weeks it has been even more cosmopolitan than usual.

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues attracted people from almost every continent. Many of them had never left their country before.

The BBC spent time with a group including a Maori, a Masai and a Sioux as well as a Mororo from Cameroon and a Khoisan from South Africa.

They discussed their shared concerns over how to protect their lands and traditions – and held late-night sessions preparing to deliver speeches at the UN.

Produced by the BBC’s Anna Bressanin

VIEW THE VIDEO PROGRAM AT http://m.bbc.com/news/magazine-27509957

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Thirteenth Session of the Permanent Forum Update

UNPFII 13th Session

Thirteenth Session of the Permanent Forum

12-23 May 2014
Trusteeship Council Chamber
UN Headquarters, New York

Pre-registration

NEW organizations:
Pre-registration is now:
 CLOSED

Organizations which have previously participated:
Pre-registration is:
 OPEN
Deadline: 30 April 2014

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