Friday, February 27, 2015

Here's Your Chance - Gertrude Mongella to speak at CSW Forum!

 Dr. Gertrude Mongella, former UN Secretary General of the Fourth World Conference on Women to speak on Consultation Day 8 March during the NGO CSW Forum 2015.
                                   
Dr. Gertrude Mongella, former UN Secretary General of the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing will give a special address at the NGO CSW/NY Consultation Day (8 March 2015 at the Apollo Theatre). In 2004, she became the first woman President of the Pan African Parliament. She was awarded the U. of Georgia Delta Prize for Global Understanding and an honorary PhD from Ewha Womans University in Seoul.
Consultation Day will open with songs from Mexico, Denmark, Kenya and China performed by the “Women of the World” singers. Speakers include Ruchira Gupta, this year’s Woman of Distinction Awardee, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women, NGO leaders and youth activists.

You can register here.

The  deadline to register for Consultation Day has been extended to:
Sunday, 1 March 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NGO ACCESS AT CSW59

Dear Organizations with pre‐registered representatives for CSW59,

NGO access will again be extremely limited for CSW59, due to the significantly high number of NGO representatives who have pre‐registered. There will be approximately 200 seats in the plenary room for the 4000‐6000 NGOs that are expected. That is why all official meetings will be webcast.

You are encouraged to follow these broadcasts live or on demand via United Nations Web TV at http://webtv.un.org/  You can also follow @UN_CSW on Twitter to find out about side events, overflow rooms, venue changes, and when registration lines are shortest. Join the Twitter conversation using #CSW59 to share information about your own events.

Please note:
 The United Nations grounds pass will be sufficient to gain access to the General Assembly Building, the Conference Building, and the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, where official CSW meetings and side events will take place.
 The only open official meetings that will require tickets are the opening and the ministerial round tables, both of which meetings are webcast. There are very few tickets available. One ticket per organization will be given out during registration at the information desk, as long as supplies last.
 Most of the official meetings will take place in Conference Room 4 (plenary room). Conference Room 1 will serve as overflow room for the first week of CSW – except Tuesday, 10 March in the morning when both CR‐4 and CR‐1 will host ministerial round tables.

For more information on CSW59, please see: http://unwomen.org/en/csw/csw59‐2015
For more information on NGO participation, please see: http://unwomen.org/en/csw/ngo‐participation 

We encourage you to follow CSW on Twitter and Facebook for updates:
https://twitter.com/UN_CSW and https://facebook.com/UNCSW

Join the Twitter conversation using #CSW59 to share information about your own events

Parallel Events Schedule

The listing of the Parallel Events is now out!

Lots to choose from! Check it out here. 


Monday, February 23, 2015

International Women's Day, in New York!

New film to be released at the CSW!

The Women's Learning Partnership and the Gender Studies Program at the New School launches a new film


A Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion:




6:00-9:00 PM, Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The Auditorium at Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street, New York, NY


Register now!

Join us for the premiere of WLP’s new documentary film, Human Rights: The Unfinished Journey, on advancing human rights in the 21st century. Leading experts and activists from across the globe examine how the communications revolution and international emphasis on “hard security” have impacted human rights in the past fifteen years and discuss effective strategies for human rights advocacy under these new conditions.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Important Notice - Side Events Schedule now posted

The schedule of CSW side events on UN premises is now available at http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw59-2015/side-events/calendar-of-side-events
 
NGOs with valid UN grounds passes need not indicate prior interest in attending events unless specified by event sponsors. Side events on UN premises are not ticketed this year unless they are by invitation only.  Please check the schedule page frequently as times and venues of side events may change."

It is recommend that people register for the events that require prior registration asap as they tend to fill up quickly.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

NGO Regional Caucuses at CSW 59


(Regional Caucuses will focus on the Methods of Working with the CSW)


MONDAY, 9 MARCH



10:30 – 12:00p Asia and Pacific (CCUN, 2nd floor)

12:30 – 2:00p Africa (CCUN, 2nd floor)

4:30 – 6:00p Latin America/ Caribbean (CCUN, 2nd floor)





TUESDAY, 10 MARCH



4:30 – 6:00p North America/Europe (CCUN, 2nd floor)





WEDNESDAY, 11 MARCH



6:15 – 7:30p: North America/ Europe (CCUN, Chapel)

6:15 – 7:30p: Arab States (CCUN, Drew Room)





THURSDAY, 12 MARCH



6:15 – 7:30p: Latin America/ Caribbean (CCUN, Boss Room)




FRIDAY, 13 MARCH

6:15 – 7:30p: Africa (CCUN, 2nd floor)
6:15 – 7:30p: Arab States (CCUN, Boss Room)


MONDAY, 16 MARCH

6:15 – 7:30p: Asia and Pacific (CCUN, Boss Room)
6:15 – 7:30p: Latin America/ Caribbean (CCUN, Hardin Room)


TUESDAY, 17 MARCH

4:30 – 6:00p: North America/Europe (CCUN, 2nd floor)
6:15 – 7:30p: Africa (CCUN, 2nd floor)
6:15 – 7:30p: Arab States (CCUN, Boss Room)



*CCUN = The Church Center, 777 UN Plaza (corner of 44th and First Ave), New York, NY

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

CSW 59 FAQ from UN Women


How many participants are coming this year?
1100 organizations have preregistered 8600 individuals to attend CSW 59. There are 188 UN side-events.

(The NGO CSW Forum has registered 450 parallel events—a record number).

Will there be secondary passes this year?
There are no secondary passes this year. However, each organization will only be issued one special event ticket to attend the opening ceremony, and one pass for each of the ministerial roundtables

Where will the Opening Ceremony be held?
The opening ceremony will take place in the General Assembly and the entire first day will be in the GA. Overflow rooms will be conference room four and conference room one (for Opening ceremony only).

After the first day, CSW 59 plenary sessions will take place in conference room four and conference room one will be the overflow room.

Can I get in with my annual UN badge?
If you have an annual UN Pass you can enter the UN building. However, you are encouraged to register (preferably after the first few days) so that your organization is credited with your attendance.

There will be a separate line with pre-printed badges for everyone who has attended CSW within the past three years. When you enter the building you need to let the greeters know that you attended before.

Do I need to bring a copy of my letter for Registration?
You must bring a copy of your letter of confirmation and the grounds pass form. There is no printing on site. You must also, have a government issued photo ID to register.

When will registration start?
Registration at the UN will begin on Thursday, 5 March in the afternoon. For Friday, Saturday & Sunday hours will be expanded until 8:00 pm. Registration will continue throughout the CSW.

Can I substitute pre-registered delegations for the UN?
Deadline to make changes to delegations is: 12 February 2015.

How can I sign up to speak during the Panel General Discussions (Q &A)? 
NGOs will be allowed to sign up to speak during the general discussion portion of the panels. There will be 6 sign off sheets, watch the website for the lists.

NGO written Statements are now available on-line (unwomen.org)

What are some highlights of the UN Women events?
Sunday, 8 March - Public March hosted by the City of New York, UN Women and NGOs to celebrate the International Women's Day.
Tuesday, 10 March - Public concert at the Manhattan Center
Friday, 13 March - All day Intergenerational Dialogue

 
All plenary sessions will be webcast: www.unwebtv.org
For updated schedule of UN events see: http://webtv.un.org

Friday, February 6, 2015

Update from UN Women and other news

February 5, 2015,
Some important updates below.

UN Women Update:

Statistics: 

1100 organizations have registered 8600 individuals to attend CSW 59
Official UN Side-events = 188 (133 in the first week) schedule will be available on the UN Women website the 3rd week in February. 

Logistics:

UN Women will begin shortly to send out advisories to the NGO organization delegation organizers as they did last year with details such as hours and times of registration.

Good news there are no secondary passes this year! However, Please note Each organization will only be issued 1 special event ticket to attend the opening ceremony, and for each of the ministerial roundtables. 
The opening ceremony will take place in the General Assembly and the entire first day will be in the GA. Conference Room 4 will be an overflow room all day and Conference room 1 will be an overflow room for the opening ceremony. All meetings will be webcast.

After the first day, CSW 59 plenary sessions will take place in conference room 4 and conference room 1 will be the overflow room, again all the plenary sessions will be webcast.

Passes/Badges:
If you have an annual UN Pass that will be sufficient to get you into the UN building; New this year; if you have attend a CSW in the last 3 years and your information is in the computer they plan  to have a separate line and to have your ID badges pre-print those badges and you will not have to be photographed, cutting down on the time & numbers in line. When you enter the building you need to let the greeters know that you attended before.

Registration:
We have been asked to remind you that as in previous years you must bring a copy of your letter of confirmation and the grounds pass form, there is no ability or computers available to print them out for you at registration. You must also, have a government issued photo ID to register.

Will begin on Thursday, 5 March in the afternoon, will be available Friday, for Saturday & Sunday (hours will be expanded until 8:00 pm ) and then every day of the commission. Watch for notices being sent by UN Women and their web-site for the exact hours. (They are requesting that NY area based individuals to register early to avoid the crowds on the first few days). If you have an annual grounds pass you do not need to register the first few days but if you want your organization to receive credit towards your re-accreditation that you attended you need to check in when lines are not as long.

Substitutions of Pre-registered delegates:
If you need to make changes to your delegation the deadline to make those changes is 12 February, 2015, none will be accepted after that date.

Speaking Spots during the Panel General Discussions (Q &A): 
NGOs will be allowed to sign up to speak during the general discussion portion of the panels. There will be 6 sign off sheets, watch the website for the lists.

NGO written  Statements are now available on-line (unwomen.org)

Schedule:


UN Women events:
Sunday, 8 March - Public March hosted by the City of New York, UN Women and NGOs to celebrate the International Women's Day. Details are not confirmed yet watch for the website for details
Tuesday, 10 March - Public concert at the Manhattan Center (save the date announcement recently sent out)
Friday, 13 March - All day Intergenerational Dialogue

Substantiative Issues: 
Ms Mlambo Ngcuka (ED UN Women) will be sending a letter to all the national gender ministries asking that this year delegations include at least 50%  civil society  and also, the highest level of ministerial members. She further is asking that civil society should be considered experts and have the ability to negotiate with the delegations.

UN Women & NGO CSW/NY has received many questions/comments if it is important to come to this CSW, if the negotiations are going on now without NGOs. Lopa Banerjee responds this way to those concerns: This CSW is important, the outcome of this CSW is the Beijing Platform for Action; there is nothing undecided about this commission therefore we do not need an outcome document. This is a 20th anniversary review year the same format occurred  at the 5, 10 & 15 year anniversaries. What we do need is high level ministerial commitments to action, it is crucial to get the ministers to sign off and take ownership of BPfA recommitment. What we do need is when all the high level people from capitals are in NY for NGOs/civil society to push for implementation, in fact this will be the space where we should push for an accelerated implementation. NGOs need to work as hard as ever.

On 23 January, UN Women hosted a workshop for governments and civil society to discuss the working methods. The discuss was very enlightening and some governments shared their issues and concerns about the working methods as openly as the NGO reps who were present. Members of the Bureau and the commission listened intently to civil society and it is clear that the message was heard by the facilitator and those working on the draft  look at bullets 18, 19 & 21.. while it's not perfect it is an opening of the door.

The two processes currently being negotiated are the declaration and the working methods of CSW (see below the 1st reading drafts, they are also available online on the UN Women's website). 

We have been asked to make it clear the declaration is meant to be a political declaration and needs to be signed by the top level ministers if there is to be an acceleration of the implementation back in the capitals. Therefore, the negotiations will be concluded well in advance of csw and declaration will be adopted on the first day.   It will be finished in about 2 more weeks. They believe it will give it more weight. The document is not a place that the bureau plans to insert new issues other than giving UN Women it's legitimacy as the secretariat but they see this declaration as a recommitment to BPfA (which still remains the stronger document in the UN system on gender). We have even been told in discussions with the bureau that governments have been asked to restrain themselves. The document currently 3 pages will be short, concise and action oriented.

Lopa suggests that civil society shouldn't focus on the timing of the negotiations but rather that it is up to us (civil society) to make sure that in the governments push to have a short, concise document that we don't lose out  we need to hold governments accountable, we need to ensure there is funding for civil society organizations, that there is space for civil society and to most importantly as the focus turns to reducing the number of goals for the SDGs that the Gender goal remains there. Recently, there have been articles in the economist, in the guardian about the need to reduce the number of goals. Jeffrey Sacks and the Gates Foundation are supporting the decrease in numbers and collapsing goals.. they're not talking about human rights & gender equality and they have a powerful voice so she charges civil society to keep the pressure on to retain a gender goal. 

Some strategies she suggests is that we focus on individual member states who can put the language we need in... We need to find friends in the G77, the EU, and of course, the Nordics.

There is some wiggle room of the adopting of the working methods and there may be some negotiations happening at the beginning of csw but they do not want late night sessions.Lopa shared that this is the time to not only rally our troops in the capitals but we need to make a concerted effort to get to the members of the commission ow while they are negotiating. She also, made what I believe is a good strategy that we cross check which members of the commission are also on the 3rd committee and really focus on those people as they will be seen as the experts in gender by all members. We need to be strategic and not ask everyone for all our wants we need to figure out who would be comfortable raising a particular issue.

Centre for Women's Global Leadership announces programs

Some of you may have heard about Charlotte Bunch - a woman who had fought for women's human rights for a very long time. Charlotte was key to establishing UN Women, and strengthening the voices of women from civil society and the NGO community. It was Charlotte who founded the Centre for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University.
The Centre for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) always has an interesting series of programs during the meetings of the CSW - and this is what follows.

 UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
59th Session • March 9 - 20, 2015

Implementing the Beijing Platform for Action

Statements
  • Equality, Development and Peace: 2015 and Beyond
    In preparation for the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in March 2015, CWGL drafted a statement to encourage UN Member States to fulfill their human rights obligations toward the full realization of women’s rights.
CWGL Sponsored and Co-Sponsored Events
  • March 9, 2015 (2:30pm): Equality, Development and Peace: 2015 and Beyond, Armenian Convention Center, Ballroom 2, 602 2nd Ave (at 35th St), New York, NY.
  • March 10, 2015 (11:30-12:45pm): Post 2015 Women's Coalition event, UN Headquarters, Conference Room 11, New York, NY.
  • March 10, 2015 (12:30-2pm): Political Will & Public Will Fine Tuning for Gender Advocacy, Armenian Center, Guild Hall, 602 2nd Ave (at 35th St), New York, NY. Sponsored by IFWLC, Due Diligence Project, WUNRN, Musawah and CWGL.
  • March 11, 2015 (6pm): City University of New York Law School’s Dean’s Social Justice Award, 2015 recipient Charlotte Bunch, CWGL Founding Director & Senior Scholar, Long Island City, NY.
  • March 11, 2015 (8pm-12am): CWGL Dance Party! Celebrating International Women's Day, Katra Lounge, 217 Bowery St (2 blocks south of Houston St), New York, NY.
  • Marh 12, 2015 (10:30am): Gender-Based Violence in Conflict and the Role of Donor Government Policies in Supporting Access to Comprehensive Post-Rape Care, Armenian Convention Center, Ballroom 1, 602 2nd Ave (at 35th St), New York, NY. Sponsored by CHANGE, Human Rights Watch, EngenderHealth and CWGL.
  • March 12, 2015 (3-5pm): Post 2015 Women's Coalition General Meeting, Baha'i International Community offices, 866 UN Plaza, Suite 120, New York, NY.
  • March 13, 2015 (4:30-6pm): 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign Discussion, UN Church Center, Boss Room, 8th floor, 777 UN Plaza, New York, NY.