2020 Calendar of Briefings, Chat Series and Events

Due to the current novel coronavirus outbreak, Briefings and Chats Series are postponed until further notice.
Civil Society Unit is organizing online sessions. Please continue to check this website and subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

Thursday, 30 January

Civil Society Briefing

Hate speech, Holocaust denial and distortion: why challenging it matters
Organized in observance of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust (27 January)


Monday, 3 May (Virtual)

World Press Freedom Day

Journalism Without Fear or Favour
Facebook Live event organized with UNESCO in observance of the World Press Freedom Day (3 May)

Tuesday, 11 February

Civil Society Chat Series*

Responding to Disasters: Rebuilding for a Brighter Future​


Monday, 18 May (Virtual)

Civil Society Briefing

Fighting Stigma, Xenophobia and Racial Discrimination in

Organized in observance of the International Day of Living
Together in Peace

Thursday, 27 February - Postponed

Civil Society Briefing

UN with Civil Society in Action: Stories Reshaping Our Future​


Wednesday, 24 June (Virtual)

Civil Society Chat Series
Inspiring Global Action: Reframing responsibilities to one another and our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday, 4 March

Civil Society Youth-led Briefing

"Decade of Youth Action" organized in partnership with the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF)


Thursday, 23 July (Virtual)

Civil Society Communications Workshop

Communication Challenges and Opportunities in the COVID-19 Era
Organized in partnership with the Global NGO Executive Committee

Thursday, 12 March - Canceled

Civil Society Briefing

Civil Society Progress Towards Achieving the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
Organized as a side event to the 64th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women


11-12 August (Virtual)

International Youth Day Event

A Decade of Action for Youth Engagement: A virtual youth dialogue and regional conversations
Organized in partnership with the DGC Youth Representatives Steering Committee in observance of International Youth Day

Tuesday, 24 March - Postponed

Civil Society Orientation

Orientation Programme for Newly Associated Civil Society Organizations​


Friday, 23 October (Virtual)

Civil Society Youth-Led Event

UN75 Day Youth Jam: Reflections on the UN Experience
Organized in cooperation with the DGC Civil Society Youth Representatives Steering Committee

Thursday, 2 April (Virtual)

Civil Society Youth-led Community Call

A global conversation in light of COVID-19
Organized with the DGC Civil Society Youth Representative Steering Committee


Friday, 20 November (Virtual)

Civil Society Chat Series

Break the Chains: Shackling of People with Psychosocial Disabilities Worldwide
Organized in partnership with Human Rights Watch in observance of Human Rights Day

Wednesday, 7 April (Virtual)

Civil Society Briefing

2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife
Launch of the WHO World Nursing Report​


Thursday, 17 December (Virtual)

Wrap Up Event

Strengthening Engagement with Civil Society in this time of COVID-19: Reflections and Lessons Learned

Friday, 27 April (Virtual)

Civil Society Youth-led Community Call

COVID-19 and Climate Emergency
Organized with the DGC Youth Representative Steering Committee
in celebration of World Earth Day


Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) recently joined the Civil Society Unit, DGC.
For the complete list of Stakeholder Opportunities supported by NGLS: 

*Civil Society Chat Series are located in the Civil Society Resource Center at 801 UN Plaza, New York

**Please note that the Calendar is tentative and subject to change