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Apply to Speak or Attend: 24 January 2017 President of the United Nations General Assembly's High-level Dialogue on "Building Sustainable Peace for All"

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In recognition of the fundamental interlinkages between the 2030 Agenda and Sustaining Peace, the President of the General Assembly will convene a High-level Dialogue entitled "Building Sustainable Peace for All: Synergies between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustaining Peace Agenda" on 24 January 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York, with the participation of the President of the Security Council, the President of the Economic and Social Council, and the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission. At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is facilitating a process to identify two civil society speakers, and other civil society attendees wishing to be considered as observers for this event.

There are 2 categories for speaking roles:
    *    Opening Session (to address the overall theme of the event - see main title above)
    *    Panel Discussion: Taking a comprehensive approach to sustainable development and sustaining peace

The event will also feature the following three workshops:
    *    Workshop 1: Empowering women, girls and youth for peace and sustainable development
    *    Workshop 2: Managing natural resources for peace and sustainable development (updated 9 December)
    *    Workshop 3: Strengthening transparent, inclusive and accountable institutions for peace and sustainable development

Civil society attendees participating as observers in the workshops will have an opportunity to speak if time permits.

Travel funding will be available for the two selected speakers.
Travel funding is not available for observers.

Apply to attend to observe this event here (the deadline to apply to speak has passed):

21 December 2016 - Apply for civil society Selection Committee
27 December 2016 - Apply for civil society speaking roles
17 January 2017 - Apply to attend the event as an observer

UN-NGLS facilitated a civil society Selection Committee for the evaluation and short-listing of candidates for the speaking roles, to be presented to OPGA for their consideration. The Committee ensured regional and gender balance, and diversity of age and expertise in the overall set of candidates. The President of the General Assembly made the final selection of the speakers for this event.

The President of the General Assembly has now selected the following two civil society speakers through this process:

Opening Session
Ms. Julienne Lusenge
SOFEPADI / Fonds pour les femmes congolaises (FFC)
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Interactive Panel Discussion
Ms. Joy Onyesoh
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

Civil society could apply for the Selection Committee through 21 December 2016.

Selection Committee Members:

Yiombi Thona - APRRN (Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network)
Carmen Cristina Capriles Flores - Reacción Climatica, Bolivia
John Ede - Ohaha Family Foundation, Nigeria
Padma Prasad Khatiwada - National Alliance for Human Rights and Social Justice Nepal (Human Rights Alliance)
Omoyemen Lucia Odigie-Emmanuel - Centre for Human Rights and Climate Change Research and Women in Peace and Security Network Bayelsa
Ann Singeo - Ebiil Society, Palau
Dinah Wiley - Yoga in Daily Life US
Hugh Dugan - School of Diplomacy, Seton Hall University
Eszter Lukacs - Sri Swami Madhavananda World Peace Council
Kokulan Mahendiran - The Taprobane, Sri Lanka

All applications received to speak at the event, or attend as an observer can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/24Jan-UN-PGA-PeaceForAll-Apps-Received

Information about this event is available on the President of the General Assembly's website:

The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is an inter-agency programme of the United Nations mandated to develop constructive relations between the UN and civil society organizations.


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