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Current Opportunities to Engage in United Nations Processes

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Apply for UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on the New Urban Agenda and UN-Habitat, 5-6 September 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York

On 5-6 September 2017, the President of the UN General Assembly will convene a two-day High-level Meeting of the General Assembly to discuss the effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the positioning of UN-Habitat in this regard. At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, the UN-NGLS NY office is facilitating a process to identify stakeholders wishing to speak at or attend this event, propose questions for the panel discussions, or serve on the Stakeholder Selection Committee for this process. Read more and apply here: http://bit.ly/5-6-Sept-NewUrbanAgenda-Habitat-Apply

      DEADLINES:
      6 August 2017 – Apply for stakeholder Selection Committee
      7 August 2017 – Apply for stakeholder speaking roles
      13 August 2017 – Submit proposed questions for the panel discussions
      20 August 2017 – Apply to attend the event as an observer

Apply for UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on the appraisal of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, 27-28 September 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York

On 27-28 September 2017, the President of the UN General Assembly will convene a two-day High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the appraisal of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, the UN-NGLS NY office is facilitating a process to identify stakeholders wishing to speak at or attend this event, or serve on the Stakeholder Selection Committee for this process. Read more and apply here: http://bit.ly/27-28-Sept-HLMTrafficking-Apply

      DEADLINES:
      17 August 2017 - Apply for stakeholder Selection Committee
      21 August 2017 - Apply to speak or attend

Apply for Solutions Summit 2017, UN General Assembly high-level week September 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York

Solutions Summit is an annual catalytic gathering at UN Headquarters in New York during UN General Assembly high-level week in September. This initiative lifts-up and advances the work of exceptional teams who are already developing innovative solutions that address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more and apply here: http://bit.ly/Solutions-Summit-2017-Apply

      DEADLINES:
      23 August 2017 - Apply to be a part of the Selection Committee 
      24 August 2017 - Submit a solution to be considered for inclusion in Solutions Summit

Apply for UN General Assembly High-level Plenary Meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, 26 September 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York

The President of the General Assembly is convening a one-day high-level plenary meeting on Tuesday, 26 September 2017 with the aim to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, UN-NGLS is facilitating a process for civil society to apply to attend this special event as observers, and to express interest in speaking at the event. Read more and apply here: http://bit.ly/26-Sept-Nuclear-Elimination-Apply

      DEADLINES:
      27 August 2017 – Apply for stakeholder Selection Committee
      28 August 2017 – Apply to speak or attend

Ongoing in 2017: Apply to attend Thematic Sessions and Multi-stakeholder hearings of Global Compact on Migration preparatory process in New York, Geneva and Vienna

At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, UN-NGLS, UN DESA, UN University, and the UN Global Compact, with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), are facilitating the participation of stakeholders in the informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings and the six informal Thematic Sessions of the preparatory process for a global compact on migration. More information and the application form is available here:
https://unngls.org/index.php/global-compact-migration/apply-to-attend-thematic-sessions

By 18 August 2017: Apply for UNFCCC Global Youth Video Competition 2017

UNFCCC is looking for compelling and concise videos about inspiring actions to combat climate change from youth between the ages of 18 and 30. Prizes include a round trip to COP23 in Bonn, Germany and the position as a youth reporter at COP23 this upcoming November. More information about the competition is available here: http://unfccc.int/cooperation_and_support/education_and_outreach/youth/items/10291.php

By 31 August 2017: Apply for UNAOC's Young Peacebuilders in Middle East & North Africa Programme

The Young Peacebuilders in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) edition is designed to engage young women and young men from the MENA region in an intercultural dialogue and peacebuilding experience. Read more and apply here: https://www.unaoc.org/what-we-do/projects/young-peacebuilders-in-mena/

By 29 September 2017: Participate in UN Environment Management Group's Online Consultations for Nexus Dialogues

During 2017, the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) will host a series of high-level and technical level Dialogues to discuss the environmental dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals from a nexus perspective. To enhance the content and discussion of each event in the Nexus Dialogue series the EMG is hosting four phases of online consultations. Information about the online consultations and Nexus Dialogues is available here:
https://www.globaldevhub.org/nexusdialogues

By 6 October 2017: Apply for UN Environment and Think Beyond Plastic's 2017 Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge

The Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge invites university students worldwide to submit fresh ideas in the fields of engineering, communications, economics and data modelling to find the next generation of solutions to the global problem of marine litter. More information about the challenge is available here: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/global-innovation-challenge-opens-students-fight-marine-plastic

Apply to the UN Youth Delegate Programme

Participation in decision-making is one of the key priority areas of the United Nations agenda on youth. One form of youth participation at the United Nations is through the inclusion of youth delegates in a country's official delegation to the United Nations General Assembly and various functional Commissions of the Economic and Social Council. The youth delegate programme is coordinated by the Focal Point on Youth at the global level, but it is the responsibility of the Member States to establish a youth delegate programme at the national level, and to decide who will represent the young people of their country. The roles of a youth representative varies from country to country, but normally includes providing input to their delegation on issues related to youth and participate in their delegation's general work through attending meetings and informal negotiations. More information on the UN Youth Delegate Programme is available here: https://www.un.org/development/desa/youth/what-we-do/youth-delegate-programme.html

 

Past Opportunities to Engage with the UN, 2015 - 2017

Past opportunities in 2015 -2017 have included:

  • By 15 August 2017: Apply to attend UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples' 28th Session of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review and Treaty Body sessions
  • By 8 August 2017: Apply to attend the commemoration of International Youth Day 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York
  • By 2 August 2017: Apply to attend the commemoration of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York
  • By 31 July 2017: Nominate an individual or organization to UNEP's Champions of the Earth award
  • By 4 June 2017: Apply to speak at, attend, or serve on Selection Committee: UN President of General Assembly's SDG Action Event on Education, 28 June 2017 at UNHQ
  • By 8 May 2017: Pre-register for the UN Ocean Conference
  • By 31 March: Submit proposals to host a side event at the Ocean Conference, 5 to 9 June 2017
  • By 17 April: Apply for Special Accreditation to UN General Assembly preparatory process for a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration
  • By 16 April: Apply to become one of Momentum for Change’s 2017 Lighthouse Activities
  • 24 March: Meeting between stakeholders and the Co-Facilitators of the preparatory process of the Ocean Conference - 3:00-4:00pm in Conference Room 8 at UNHQ, with WebEx connection option
  • By 23 March: Civil society and social entrepreneurs apply to speak at the President of the General Assembly's 18 April High-level SDG Financing Lab at UNHQ
  • By 22 March: Civil society and social entrepreneurs apply for stakeholder speaker Selection Committee for the President of the General Assembly's 18 April High-level SDG Financing Lab
  • By 16 March: Apply to attend the President of the General Assembly's High-level Action Event on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda
  • By 16 March: Register to attend UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Oceans Forum on trade-related aspects of SDG 14, 20-22 March at UN Geneva
  • By 8 March: Submit nominations for the Equator Prize 2017
  • By 25 February: Apply to speak at the President of the General Assembly's High-level Action Event on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda
  • By 23 February: Apply for Stakeholder Selection Committee for the President of the General Assembly's High-level Action Event on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda
  • By 22 January: Register for the 15-16 February preparatory meeting for the UN Ocean Conference
  • By 17 January 2017: Apply to speak or attend President of the UN General Assembly's High-level Dialogue on "Building Sustainable Peace for All"
  • By 1 December: Register for the 1-4 February 2017 WFUNA International Model United Nations (WIMUN) at UN Headquarters New York
  • By 30 September: Apply for FAO's World Food Day Poster Contest
  • By 28 September: Join open consultation to inform discussion at United Nations 4th meeting of IAEG-SDGs on 20-21 October in Addis Ababa
  • By 21 September: Apply to attend / express interest in speaking at 26 September United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
  • RSVP for United Nations General Assembly side event on "SDGs coming to life" hosted by United Nations Development Group on 23 September, 9:30-11:00 am, Conference Room 2, United Nations Headquarters New York
  • Apply for Stakeholder Selection Committee or to attend 4th meeting of Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators in Addis Ababa 20-21 October 2016
  • Register for the 18-19 September Social Good Summit in New York City
  • By 12 September: Apply to attend UNSG special event to accelerate ratification of Paris Agreement on 21 September at United Nations Headquarters in New York
  • By 28 August: Submit your presentation for international conference on indigenous knowledge and climate change, 2-4 November 2016, Marrakesh
  • By 28 August: Submit project proposals for inclusion in Solutions Summit during UNGA
  • By 21 August: Apply for Solutions Summit Selection Committee
  • Join New York City Bar Association event on "Selecting the United Nations Secretary-General: Process, Politics and Potential" on 15 August 6:30 - 8.00 pm
  • Apply to attend or speak at UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants
  • By 15 July: Apply for UN-DESA one million USD Grant on Energy for Sustainable Development
  • By 15 July: Nominate a Young Leader for Young Leaders SDG Nominations
  • Apply to attend or speak at the President of the UN General Assembly's High-level Thematic Debate on Human Rights at United Nations Headquarters, New York 12-13 July 2016
  • By 1 July: Apply for UN Women Project Inspire on how to change the world for women and girls
  • Participate in the World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship at United Nations Headquarters in New York
  • By 20 May: Register for 66th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference in Gyeongju, South Korea
  • Apply for United Nations High-level Mid-Term Review of Istanbul Programme of Action for Least Developed Countries from 27-28 May 2016 in Antalya, Turkey
  • Apply to participate in UNCTAD 14 Conference, parallel events, and preparatory hearings
  • By 4 May: Apply for grant of UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women
  • By 30 April: Apply to UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development
  • By 22 April: Apply to organize side events at the first annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum)
  • By 1 April: Apply to speak at 18 April Civil Society Forum for United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem
  • By 30 March 6 PM EST: Apply to speak at 1 April stakeholder consultation on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • 29 March 9 AM: Participation of civil society at the preparatory meeting of experts for the Comprehensive High-level Midterm review (MTR) of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA)
  • By 28 March 5 PM EST: Register to 21 April High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Implementation of SDGs and/or contribute to the discussions
  • By 28 March 5 PM EST: Apply to attend 19-21 April United Nations General Assembly Special Session on World Drug Problem in New York
  • By 27 March: Propose questions to the UN President of the General Assembly for UN Secretary-General candidates
  • By 25 March: Join the global online discussion for delivering results towards the SDGs
  • By 20 March: Apply for Speaking Role at United Nations 22 April Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony
  • By 10 March: Vote for your favourite ICT project for the WSIS Prizes 2016
  • By 3 March: Provide your input to World Health Organization (WHO) survey on Priority Assistive Products List
  • By 29 February: Apply to speak at UN High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs
  • By 25 February: Apply for Senior Indigenous Fellowship by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • Register for UNAIDS webinars for United Nations General Assembly 8-10 June High-level Meeting on HIV/AIDS
  • Apply to attend 3rd meeting of Interagency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators
  • By 15 February: Apply to participate in United Nations General Assembly 8-10 June High-level Meeting on HIV/AIDS
  • By 12 February: Apply for World Humanitarian Summit side events, exhibition fair & innovation marketplace
  • By 1 February: Nominate candidates to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for the term 2017-2019 from indigenous peoples' organizations
  • By 17 January 2016: Apply to Youth Event at 7th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Global Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan on April 25, 2016
  • By 31 December 2015: Apply for funding by the United Nations Democracy Fund for projects to advance and support democracy
  • By 15 December (9 pm EST): Participate in Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) Consultation
  • By 9 December: Add your voice to the World Humanitarian Summit Global Consultation
  • By 30 November: Engage in the Global Green Survey in preparation of the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly
  • By 15 November: Participate in survey on critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review in preparation for the 2016 meeting of the HLPF
  • By 15 November: Register your initiative towards the Sustainable Development Goals
  • By 7 November (9:00am EST): Participate in stakeholder consultation on the proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Indicators
  • By 30 October: Have your say on air quality in the context of the United Nations Environment Assembly
  • By 25 October: Apply to Advisory Group for United Nations Inter-agency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • By 13 October: Apply to speak at the Informal Consultations with NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC on the agenda and work of the Second Committee on 22 October 2015
  • By 30 September: Apply for the Intercultural Innovation Award
  • Organizing a side event for the UN Sustainable Development Summit?
  • By 8 September: Register for the 2nd Meeting of the IAEG-SDG Indicators in Bangkok, Thailand from 26-28 October 2015
  • By 7 September: Participate in the IAEG-SDGs consultation on the global indicator framework
  • By 24 August: Apply to register for the 25-27 September UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda
  • By 7 August: Apply for Special Accreditation for non-ECOSOC accredited NGOs for the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda
  • By 31 July: Submit written inputs to the review process for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10)
  • By 23 July: Apply for speaking roles at the 25-27 September Post-2015 Summit
  • By 17 July: Apply to participate in Civil Society Selection Committee for 25-27 September Post-2015 Summit
  • By 26 June: Provide feedback on the zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda
  • By 27 May: Submit nominations for Equator Prize 2015
  • By 18 May: Submit nominations for United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize 2015
  • By 17 May: Apply to speak at the President of UN General Assembly's 29 June High-level Event on Climate Change
  • On 12 May, 9:00-9:45am: Meeting between civil society and the co-facilitators of the Financing for Development Conference process
  • By 12 May: Accredited organizations may register for the hearings of the General Assembly with NGOs, civil society organizations, major groups and the private sector in preparation for the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, 26-27 May 2015;
  • By 12 May: Apply for civil society Selection Committee for President of UN General Assembly's 29 June High-level Event on Climate Change
  • By 10 May: Nominate civil society speakers for the United Nations Secretary-General's Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum 18-21 May 2015;
  • By 10 May: Submit your inputs for the UN PGA's 29 June High-Level Event on Climate Change
  • By 27 April: Apply to speak at the 18-22 May post-2015 Development Agenda negotiations
  • By 27 April: Apply to speak at the 26-27 May interactive hearings for the Post-2015 Agenda
  • By 26 April: Provide feedback on proposed indicators for the Post-2015 Agenda
  • By 24 April: Respond to questionnaire on the impact of free trade and investment agreements on an equitable and democratic international order
  • By 23 April: Apply to participate in the stakeholder Steering Committee for the 18-22 May post-2015 development agenda negotiations
  • By 17 April: Provide input to the Report of the UN Secretary General on the death penalty
  • By 12 April: Apply for 4 May post-2015 civil society capacity building workshop in Santiago, Chile
  • By 6 April: Questionnaire on follow-up to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
  • Extended to 31 March: Comment on the UNEP Access-to-Information Policy
  • By 31 March: Participate in survey on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325

  • By 30 March: Apply for civil society speaking role or selection committee for President of General Assembly's 21-22 April High-level Thematic Debate on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation
  • By 29 March: Apply for stakeholder steering committee for the 26-27 May 2015 United Nations General Assembly interactive hearings for the Post-2015 Development Agenda
  • By 17 March: Submit suggested text for the post-2015 development agenda Declaration
  • By 17 March: Join the E-discussion on the 2015 ECOSOC Theme of “Managing the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the sustainable development goals: What it will take.”
  • By 15 March: Deadline for pre-registration for the second Preparatory Committee session of the Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)
  • By 15 March: Respond to questionnaire of the Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes
  • Apply for the civil society Steering Committee and speaking roles for the 8-9 April Interactive Hearings in Preparation for the Financing for Development Conference
  • By 8 March: Apply for unfunded speaking role in the March negotiating session of the post-2015 agenda
  • By 6 March: Call for nominations for 2015-2017 UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board
  • By 2 March: Questionnaire to Indigenous Peoples on implementation strategies for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • By 1 March: Apply for funded speaking role in the March negotiating session of the post-2015 agenda
  • By 1 March 2015 (23:59 hours, CET): Submit applications for the 2016 UN Fund for Victims of Torture and the UN Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery
  • By 26 February: Apply to serve on the Stakeholder Steering Committee for the March negotiating session of the post-2015 development agenda
  • 20 February: Deadline for pre-registration for the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
  • 18 February 1:15-2:30pm in Conference Room 7 at UN Headquarters: The perspectives of African Parliamentarians, Civil Society and Volunteer Groups for a transformative Post-2015 development agenda
  • By 8 February: Apply to speak in the 20 February interactive dialogue with Major Groups and other stakeholders
  • By 3 February: Nominate civil society speakers for the UN President of the General Assembly's High-level Thematic Debate on "Achieving gender equality and empowerment of women and girls for a transformative post-2015 development agenda"
  • By 31 January: Comment on SDSN report "Financing for Sustainable Development: Implementing the SDGs through Effective Investment Strategies and Partnerships"
  • By 31 January: Contribute to a report on "Exploitation of natural resources" by the Special Rapporteur on rights to freedoms of peaceful assembly and association
  • By 30 January: Apply for civil society Committee to select speakers for the UN President of the General Assembly's High-level Thematic Debate on "Achieving gender equality and empowerment of women and girls for a transformative post-2015 development agenda"
  • 29 January from 9:00-9:45am - Dialogue between the co-facilitators of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, civil society and the business sector
  • 29 January from 1:15-2:45pm - Briefing for civil society by UNCTAD and UN-NGLS on upcoming negotiations on a multilateral legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring processes
  • 27 January: Deadline for pre-registration for CSW59
  • 23 January: Deadline for pre-registration and requests to make statements at the 53rd session of the Commission for Social Development
  • By 18 January: Submit written input to the President of the General Assembly's High-level Thematic Debate on Means of Implementation for a Transformative Post-2015 Agenda
  • 16 January Stakeholder Preparatory Forum for the 19-21 January post-2015 negotiating session
  • 16 January Interactive Dialogue with the President of the General Assembly
  • Civil Society Steering Committee for 19-21 January post-2015 negotiating session
  • By 11 January: Nominate civil society speakers for 17-20 February post-2015 negotiations  

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