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65th session (24 October – 18 November 2016) and Pre-sessional Working Group for the 67th session (21-25 November 2016)
Geneva, Palais des Nations, Room XVI, A Building.
The Committee will examine the reports of the following countries during its 65th session: Antigua and Barbuda (in the absence of a report), Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bhutan, Burundi, Canada, Estonia, Honduras, Netherlands, Switzerland.
The pre-sessional working group will convene in closed meeting and prepare lists of issues for the following States parties that are scheduled to be considered at the 67th session: Barbados, Costa Rica, Italy, Montenegro, Niger, Nigeria, Thailand.
In addition, it will prepare a list of issues prior to reporting for Luxembourg under the new simplified reporting.
7 October – Side event registration
31 October – Conference registration
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene the first-ever Global Sustainable Transport Conference from 26-27 November 2016 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
The Conference will be held at the highest level and will bring together key stakeholders from Governments, the private sector, and civil society to engage in dialogue that emphasizes the integrated and cross-cutting nature of sustainable transport. All modes of transport—road, rail, aviation and maritime—will be addressed as well as transport both in urban and rural areas, energy and transport, public transport, countries in special situations, road safety, and financing for sustainable transport, as well as finding a new paradigm for transport sustainability. The concerns of developing countries, including least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States, will receive particular attention.
The Conference will feature opening and closing ceremonies, morning plenary sessions with statements of commitment and ambition, followed by parallel thematic roundtables on various sustainable transport-related topics. NGO representatives will be able to attend the plenaries, intervene in the round tables, subject to the availability of time, and organise side events.
Pre-registration is required and will be open for NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council from 19 September – 31 October 2016, using the registration form at http://bit.ly/SustainableTransportConf. Registration is non-transferrable. If a representative of an accredited organization is not able to attend the Conference, he or she cannot be replaced by another representative.
- represent an NGO in consultative status with ECOSOC working in the transport field;
- be officially authorised to speak on behalf of their organization or institution;
- have expertise in the transport sector;
- be available to be in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on 26 and 27 November;
- arrange for travel, visa, accommodation and all other related expenses.
IMPORTANT: Government representatives and intergovernmental organizations DO NOT use this registration form. Please observe standard protocol arrangements via your official UN delegation or organization.
The deadline for submitting applications for side events is 7 October 2016. For more information on the Conference and organising side events, please visit the Global Sustainable Transport Conference website: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/Global-Sustainable-Transport-Conference-2016.
The first UN World Data Forum will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 15-18 January 2017, hosted by the Government of South Africa and Statistics South Africa.
The Forum will bring together key experts from governments, businesses, civil society and the scientific and academic communities to discuss opportunities and challenges and showcase the latest innovations to improve data and statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Information on the Forum is now available at http://undataforum.org. You can also follow updates and information via the twitter handle @UNDataForum. We would be grateful if you could share the information about the Forum with your professional networks.
Pre-registration for the Forum can be accessed here: undataforum.org/WorldDataForum/registration/
The deadline to pre-register is 2 December 2016.
We hope you will be able to join the Forum and contribute to the success of this important event. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to [email protected]
Official pre-registration for the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women, to be held from 13 to 24 March 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, is open through 27 January 2016. Please find attached the invitation letter containing instructions on how to pre-register online.
For more information on participation in CSW61 please visit:
AAA members can find out how to use the Association’s credentials to attend meetings on the AAA website.
The fifty-fifth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1 to 10 February 2017. The priority theme for the 2017-2018 review and policy cycle would be “Strategies for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”.
- Provisional agenda and documentation for the CSocD55:
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- Future organization and methods of work of the Commission for Social Development:
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- Expert Group Meeting on Strategies for Eradicating Poverty to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 1-3 June 2016, UN Headquarters, New York
NGO Participation at the 55th Session of the Commission for Social Development
The Fifty-Fifth Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55) will take place from 1 to 10 February 2017 at United Nations Headquarters in New York under the priority theme “Strategies for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”.
From 30-31 January 2017, a Civil Society Forum will be convened at UN Headquarters. The Forum is hosted jointly by UNDESA-DSPD, the NGO Committee for Social Development (https://ngosocdev.org/) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
Learn more about NGO Participation at the CSocD55 here: https://www.un.org/development/desa/civil-society/csocd55.html
SPA Conference in 2017
Our 2017 conference will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana. More information about the avenue is available here. Situated at the Bourbon Street of New Orleans, the Royal Sonesta New Orleans effortlessly combines timeless elegance and southern refinement, setting itself apart from other French Quarter hotels. Special conference rates are available for registered members, and rooms can be booked now by clicking here. If you would like to find a roommate for the conference, please use our Roommates forum.
A preliminary schedule for the conference is also available on our website, highlighting our exciting plenaries, special event with the SPA Lifetime Achievement Winners, and Saturday banquet.
If you would like to register for the conference, details are available on our “Registration” page. Those interested in submitting an abstract can find detailed instructions on our “Submissions”page. If you are a panel organizer interested in seeking participants for your session or someone seeking a session to participate in, you can use our forum Papers and Panels to share details with other SPA members.
If you have any questions about the conference, please contact us.