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Looking Ahead - 2014

 
 

 
Millenium Devopment Goals And the post-2015 dEVELOPMENT aGENDA

In 2014, there will be 3 key objectives: promote the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); and set the stage for two highly-anticipated agreements by Member States in late 2015: on the post-2015 development agenda and on climate change.

Key dates:

• 10-21 MARCH - 58tCommission on the Status of Women, Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the MDGs for women and girls
• JULY (tbc) - Launch of MDG Report 2014, at opening of ECOSOC High-Level segment
• AUG/SEPT - Secretary-General’s report to the GA on MDGs and post-2015 development agenda
• SEPTEMBER - Launch of MDG Gap Task Force Report.
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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

World leaders have called for an ambitious long-term sustainable development agenda to succeed the MDGs after their 2015 target date. This post-2015 sustainable development agenda will build on the successes of the MDGs while accelerating remaining work on the MDGs. It will also promote the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

2014 will be a key year for moving forward with intergovernmental negotiations to establish the post-2015 sustainable development agenda and build consensus on a new set of ambitious, global goals to succeed the MDGs.

This agenda may carry forward many MDG targets, such as eradicating poverty, reducing hunger, increasing education opportunities and improving access to healthcare, clean water and sanitation. In addition, targets may be added to address challenges not included in the MDGs, such as inequalities, human rights, and the impacts of conflict and migration.

Key dates:

• 6-10 JANUARY - 7th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals
• 1 FEBRUARY - Sustainable Development Implementation Forum
• 3-7 FEBRUARY - 8th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals
• 10-11 FEBRUARY - PGA thematic debate on water, sanitation and sustainable energy in the post-2015 development agenda
• 3-7 MARCH - Third Session of Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing
• 12-16 MAY -
Fourth Session of Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing
• JULY
- Launch of World Economic and Social Survey: Reducing inequality for sustainable development
• SEPTEMBER - Conclusion of Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals
• SEPTEMBER - Report of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing
• SEPTEMBER - Intergovernmental negotiations on post-2015 sustainable development agenda
• 10-12 NOVEMBER - UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development
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Climate Change

Climate change will continue to be a major priority for the Secretary-General. Recent developments have revived media and public interest in the issue in some regions. There will be several key communications opportunities in 2014, including launches of parts of the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report and the Climate Summit hosted by the Secretary-General.

Heads of State and Government along with business, finance, civil society and local leaders have been invited to a Climate Summit to be held in New York on 23 September 2014 as part of a global effort to mobilize action and ambition on climate change.

Countries will continue the process of negotiating a legally binding instrument, protocol or outcome with legal force, as well as strengthening global efforts to address climate change, at the Climate Change Conference in November 2014 in Peru. (UNFCCC Process)

Key dates:

• 31 MARCH - Release of IPCC 5th Assessment Working Group II Report (Yokohama, Japan)
• 12 APRIL (tbc) - Release of IPCC 5th Assessment Working Group III Report (Berlin, Germany)
• 23 SEPTEMBER - Climate Summit 2014 (New York)
• 31 OCTOBER (tbc) - Release of IPCC 5th Assessment Synthesis Report (Copenhagen, Denmark)
• 3-14 DECEMBER - Climate Change Conference – COP 20 (Lima, Peru)
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Population and Development

Preparations will be getting under way for the 2014 General Assembly review of implementation of the action plan agreed at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The roadmap established by the GA for the ICPD Beyond 2014 Review will assess progress made since ICPD, and examine the barriers to addressing poverty and inequality, and how these can best be tackled.
Key dates:

7-11 APRIL - 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development: Assessment of the Programme of Action of the ICPD (New York)
11 JULY - World Population Day
22 SEPTEMBER - UNGA Special Session on ICPD: 20 Year Review (New York)

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Economic Prospects

Economic issues remain major communications opportunities, as the world economy continues its recovery. The global analysis of World Economic Situation and Prospects for 2014 will be launched by DESA on 18 December 2013 in New York, and regional analyses will be launched in January in key regional hubs, in cooperation with regional commissions and other partners. A mid-year update will be issued in May or June 2014.
Key dates:

• 18 DECEMBER 2013 - Launch of global analysis of World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) Report 2014 (New York)
JANUARY - Regional launches of WESP 2014 (multi-site)
• MAY/JUNE - WESP Mid-Year Update Report
10-12 OCTOBER - World Bank/IMF annual meetings (Washington, DC)

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YOUTH

Highlighting young people as drivers of political and social change has been identified by the Secretary-General as a priority for his second term and will remain high on the UN agenda. The UN Focal Point on Youth aims to build awareness of the global situation of young people, as well as promote their rights and aspirations, working toward greater participation of young people in decision-making as a means for achieving peace and development.
Key dates:

• 14 FEBRUARY (tbd) - One-year anniversary of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth event
24-25 MARCH -
PGA High-level meeting for post-2015 with theme of Women, Youth and Civil Society
• JUNE - ECOSOC Youth Forum
• 16 JUNE - GEFI (Global Education First Initiative) – A World At School Youth Event for Day of African Child
• 12 AUGUST - International Youth Day (Theme: Youth and Civic Engagement)
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AFRICA

The key themes identified for 2014 are: the post-2015 development agenda, in which the African Union plans to be actively involved; NEPAD Agency’s priorities on Africa’s economic development, particularly in the areas of infrastructure and agriculture, as well as its annual Africa Week at the UNHQ during the General Assembly’s special debate on Africa, and progress towards attainment of the MDGs..

Key dates:

• 24-31 JANUARY - African Union Summit, under the theme: “Year of Agriculture and Food Security” (Addis Ababa)
• 27 MARCH - 1 APRIL - Africa conference of Ministers of Finance, Economic Planning and Development (Abuja, Nigeria)
• 7 APRIL - Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide
7-9 MAY- World Economic Forum on Africa 2014 (Abuja, Nigeria)
• 25 MAY - Africa Day
• 18 JULY - Nelson Mandela International Day
• MID-OCTOBER - NEPAD Africa Week at UNHQ (New York)Visit us on Facebook for the latest information. Facebook button

 

 
Human Rights

1) GENDER EQUALITY AND WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT
The Secretary-General has identified working with and for women as a priority for the Organization during his second term. The theme of the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will be challenges and achievements in the implementation of the MDGs for women and girls. The Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, which runs through 2015, continues to be a priority. International Women’s Day 2014 in March and the International Day of the Girl Child in October will also be opportunities to raise awareness about progress on achieving gender equality.

Key dates:

10-21 MARCH - 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, focused on challenges and achievements in the implementation of the MDGs for women and girls
• 8 MARCH- International Women’s Day
• 30 SEPTEMBER - Fifth anniversary of Security Council resolution 1888 on women and peace and security (addressing sexual violence in conflict)
• LATE OCTOBER - 14th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 on women and peace and security
• 25 NOVEMBER - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
• 25 NOVEMBER - 10 DECEMBER - 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

2) RACISM/RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT
The 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide is a stark reminder of the need for the UN and Member States to better protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, and to live up to the Responsibility to Protect.

The dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice will also be the focus of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust and the programme of outreach on the theme, “Journeys through the Holocaust.”

The annual observance on 25 March of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade - focused on “Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond” (marking 210 years of Haiti’s independence) - serves as another opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers of racism and prejudice.

Key dates:

• 7 JANUARY -
Launch of “Kwibuka Memory in Action” – Rwanda’s global campaign to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide.
• 27 JANUARY
- International Day of Commemoration to Honour the Victims of the Holocaust
• 21 MARCH - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
24-27 MARCH - Commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
7 APRIL- International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda

3) INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
In September, the UN General Assembly will convene the first-ever high-level plenary meeting on indigenous peoples, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. The two-day meeting, as well as a number of events leading up to it, are opportunities to improve understanding of indigenous peoples’ issues, highlight the commitment and political will of the international community to advance the rights of indigenous peoples, and raise awareness of the role of the UN in advancing and promoting the objectives laid out in UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Key dates:

12-23 MAY - 13th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
(New York)
• 9 AUGUST - International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
• 22-23 SEPTEMBER - World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (New York)
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DISARMAMENT, NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION AND ARMS CONTROL

On 26 September, the United Nations will observe a first-ever International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, which was established by the 68th session of the General Assembly in the wake of the 2013 High-Level General Assembly Meeting on nuclear disarmament.

The United Nations will continue to provide its full support towards making the Arms Trade Treaty work. This landmark treaty, endorsed by the General Assembly on 2 April 2013, is considered a turning point in regulating the international trade in conventional arms, from small arms to battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships.

Actions countering the illicit trade and uncontrolled circulation of small arms and light weapons will continue to be among the top priority issues on the United Nations disarmament agenda in 2014. As more than a decade has passed since the adoption of the UN Programme of Action (PoA) on small arms and light weapons in 2001, the Fifth Biennial Meeting of States to Consider Implementation of the PoA will take place in New York from 16-20 June 2014.

Key dates:


20 JANUARY - Conference on Disarmament begins its 2014 session (Geneva)
24-25 MARCH - Nuclear Security Summit (The Hague)
7-25 APRIL - United Nations Disarmament Commission (New York)
28 APRIL-9 MAY - Third Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (New York)
16-20 JUNE - Fifth Biennial Meeting of States to Consider Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (New York)
23-27 JUNE - Third Review Conference of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Antipersonnel Mines and on Their Destruction (Maputo, Mozambique)
22-26 SEPTEMBER - Annual General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (Vienna)
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Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking

In March 2014, the Vienna-based Commission on Narcotic Drugs will hold the High-Level review of Member States’ implementation of the 2009 Political Declaration and Plan of Action on the World Drug Problem, which is part of the preparations for the General Assembly Special Session to be held in 2016 on the world drug problem.

There will be regional meetings in 2014 in preparation for the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Qatar in April 2015. The main theme will be “Integrating crime prevention and criminal justice into the wider UN agenda to address social and economic challenges and to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels, and public participation.”
Key dates:


• 4 MARCH
(tbc) - Launch of the annual report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) (London)
• 13-14 MARCH
- High level segment of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (Vienna)
• 12-16 MAY - Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Vienna)
• 26 JUNE -
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking and launch of the World Drug Report
• 6-10 OCTOBER -
7th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (Vienna)
• 9 DECEMBER -
International Anti-Corruption Day
• FINAL QUARTER OF 2014 -
Launch of UNODC’s Human Trafficking Report (Vienna)
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