2019 Expert Group Meetings, Panel Discussions and Seminars

Conservation and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
23-25 January 2019 Nairobi, Kenya

Every year, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs organizes an international expert group meeting (EGM) on a theme recommended by the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and endorsed by the Economic and Social Council. In 2019, the expert group meeting was held on the theme “Conservation and the rights of indigenous peoples” as recommended by the Permanent Forum at its 2018 annual session. Indigenous peoples have consistently expressed their concern with mainstream conservation efforts that frequently fail to consider the rights and knowledge of indigenous peoples in the designation of conservation areas leading to displacement and loss of livelihoods for a significant number of people.

Eradicating Rural Poverty to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”
27 February – 1 March 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly at its seventy-fourth session a report on the status of the implementation of and follow-up to this resolution in order to identify the gaps and challenges faced in rural poverty eradication, especially in developing countries. In view of this, the Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs organized an Expert Group Meeting on the “Eradicating rural poverty to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The meeting was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 27 February to 1 March 2019.

Harnessing the Power of Cooperatives to achieve Sustainable Development for All
26-28 March 2019, Nairobi, Kenya

The Expert Group Meeting (EGM) was organized by the Division for Inclusive Social Development of the Department of Economic and Social Development; in Nairobi, Kenya, from 26 to 28 March 2019. The EGM brought together a group of experts on cooperatives, with the view to review and reflect on experiences and lessons gained since the International Year of Cooperative (2012), analyse to what extent previous plans of action have achieved their desired impacts and make policy recommendations in the changing global contexts in particular the 2030 Agenda. The outcome of the EGM, provided, among others, an expert analysis and policy recommendations that shall inform the preparation of the report of the Secretary-General on the issue concerning cooperatives in social development in 2019.

UNU-WIDER — UN DESA workshop on inequality
6 May 2019, UN Headquarters, New York

On 6 May 2019, UNDESA partnered with UNU-WIDER in organizing a workshop on inequality. The workshop provided an opportunity to present and discuss some of the lessons learned in measuring and understanding trends in inequality. It brought together several outstanding international scholars and the UN community, with the aim of contributing to the in-depth review of SDG10 during the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development ‘Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’, being held in July 2019.

Older Persons in Emergency Crises
15-17 May 2019, UN Headquarters, New York

The meeting brought together international experts and relevant stakeholders to explore and propose some key recommendations on the issue of older persons in emergency crises both as a group that faces specific risks and as a group to be tapped for their experience in national and international emergency relief systems. The conclusions and recommendations of this expert group meeting served to position UNDESA to better support Member States in the context of two important policy processes: (a) the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and (b) the General Assembly’s Open-ended Working Group on Ageing.

Affordable housing and social protection systems for all to address homelessness
22-24 May 2019, UN Office at Nairobi (UNON), Gigiri Compound

The meeting aims to review major drivers of homelessness, identify existing gaps and priority areas for interventions, and make specific policy recommendations on effective housing and social protection policies to address homelessness in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The meeting will build on the outcomes of the fifty-seventh session of the Commission for Social Development that have discussed on how to address inequalities and challenges to social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies. The meeting will focus on affordable housing policies and strategies that have proven to be successful in providing social protection for all at the national levels. The meeting also aims to deepen the understanding of the complex causes of homelessness, the challenges faced by homeless people and the effects of homelessness on individuals and societies. The meeting will also review systemic barriers that perpetuate existing inequalities and exclusion, especially for vulnerable groups and individuals who live in the margins of society, within the context of the 2030 Agenda.

Training Workshop on Cooperative Healthcare
21-23 May, Istanbul Aydin University

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), in collaboration with AFRIKAM Centre of the Istanbul Aydin University, organised a training workshop on the role of cooperatives in sustainable development with particular focus on its contribution to achieving the sustainable development goal target 3 – the provision of universal health care. The event took place at the Istanbul Aydin University from 21 – 23 May, attended by Co-operators and government officials from Turkey, Brazil, Fiji, Kenya, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Spain, Uganda, and Vietnam.


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