March 16, 2018
The United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Care and Older Persons: Links to Decent Work, Migration and Gender was held from 5 to 7 December 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. The meeting brought together 12 experts from across regions and from a cross disciplinary selection of universities and civil society and intergovernmental organizations over two and a half days.
The issue of care for older persons is garnering growing visibility and attention amidst rapid population ageing. The population of older persons has been on the rise and is further projected to double between now and 2050. This trend is shedding light on the absent or inadequate care systems currently in place in many countries, and the need for swift policy action to not only meet existing care gaps but to also expand the supply and quality of care in line with growing demand. Notably, the General Assembly’s Open-ended Working Group on
Ageing selected long-term care – as well as palliative care – as one of two areas of concentration for its next session in 2018. One session of the expert group meeting examined this broad issue, focusing on care models and trends and the promotion of high-quality care. Read more
March 12, 2018
The 62nd session
of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the UNHQ in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018.
Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls;
Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women (agreed conclusions
of the forty-seventh session);
Briefing for indigenous peoples: Monday March 12, 1pm – 2:30 pm,
Secretariat building, Room S-1521 Read more
March 9, 2018
The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women
will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 March to 23 March 2018. The priority theme for CSW62 is challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls and the review theme is participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women (agreed conclusions
of the forty-seventh session). Several side and parallel events will include and address issues related to women and girls with disabilities. Read more
March 2, 2018
The theme for the 2018 International Day of Cooperatives (IDC) is "Sustainable societies through cooperation"
, creating an opportunity for cooperatives to show how they run successful businesses while respecting our natural environment and the resources it offers.
The slogan was selected by cooperators from around the world. Through the IDC, local and global policymakers can learn how cooperatives contribute to more sustainable and resilient societies and work towards including cooperatives in policy processes related to sustainability issues.
The 2018 International Day of Cooperatives will be celebrated on the 7th of July. Read more
February 26, 2018
17th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)
16-27 April 2018
United Nations Headquarters, New York
“Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources”
The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is a high- level advisory body to the Economic and Social Council. The Forum was established on 28 July 2000 by resolution 2000/22,
with the mandate to deal with indigenous issues related to economic and social development
, the environment
and human rights
. Read more
February 21, 2018
2018 World Autism Awareness Day observance on
"Empowering Women and Girls with Autism"
Thursday, 5 April 2018
Economic and Social Council Chamber, United Nations Headquarters
The 2018 World Autism Awareness Day observance at United Nations Headquarters New York will focus on the importance of empowering women and girls
with autism and involving them and their representative organizations in policy and decision making to address these challenges.
Girls with disabilities are less likely to complete primary school and more likely to be marginalized or denied access to education
. Women with disabilities have a lower rate of employment
than men with disabilities and women without disabilities. Read more
February 20, 2018
The 56th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56) held a High-level Panel Discussion on “Towards inclusive, resilient and sustainable development: an evidence-based approach to the mainstreaming of disability in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Agenda 2030”
under sub-item 3(b) during its 56th session. The following panelists discussed evidence-based approach to the disability-inclusive implementation of the 2030 Agenda: H.E Ms. Zhang Haidi, Chairperson, China Disabled Persons’ Federation; Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; Mrs. Mary Crock, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney; and Ms. Margaret Mbogoni, Senior Statistician, Statistics Division, UNDESA. The discussion was moderated by Ms. Venus Illagan, Secretary General, Rehabilitation International.
Executive Summary Read more
February 15, 2018
The UNPFII Forum members have decided on changes to the two-week annual session. The first week will be all open plenary meetings. There will be no closed meetings during the first week. A condensed schedule during the first week will see the Permanent Forum discuss all substantive agenda items.
The second week will consist of bilateral and closed meetings of the PFII members, with the adoption of the report on the final day. During the second week, Members of the Permanent Forum will engage in closed meetings with indigenous peoples, Member States and UN entities as well as to prepare the Forum’s annual report, carefully considering information provided during the first week. Read more