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October 28, 2019

Announcements for the Civil Society Representatives | Week of 28 October 2019

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UN75: 2020 AND BEYOND. Shaping our future together

To mark its 75th anniversary in 2020, the United Nations is igniting a people’s debate, UN75. Launched by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, it promises to be the largest and furthest-reaching global conversation ever on building the future we want.

In a world of dramatic changes and complex challenges, from the climate crisis to population shifts to the unknown course of technology, we need collective action more than ever before. Through UN75, the United Nations will encourage people to put their heads together to define how enhanced international cooperation can help realize a better world by 2045, the UN’s 100th birthday.
Learn how to join the conversation at

The Power of Small: Unlocking the Potential of the SMES

Micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (commonly abbreviated to SMEs) are responsible for more than two thirds of all jobs worldwide. They also account for the majority of new job creation.

But despite providing a huge share of global employment, SMEs still face major challenges when it comes to working conditions, productivity and informality.

Explore this InfoStory to find out how the ILO is supporting SMEs to reach their full potential and securing a better future of work for everyone. Click to read the full story

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#EYEONCLIMATE by United Nations Foundation

Share the solutions you see 

Every day, we read bad news about the climate crisis and the health of our planet. It’s easy to forget that solutions do exist in every region of the world. And some of the best solutions for the planet are from the planet.

We’re challenging photographers and change makers to spotlight solutions from nature and share them with the world on Instagram through the #EyeOnClimate campaign.

Learn more about how to participate here. If you’re interested in having your photo shared on the UN Foundation’s Instagram channel, please submit here.

Global Migration Film Festival:

28 November – 18 December 2019

100 countries | 30,000+ people | 500 screenings | 30+ films
Learn more about the GMFF 2019 here

Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2019
 24 – 31 October 2019, Worldwide

Media and Information Literate Citizens: Informed, Engaged, Empowered

The edition of this year will continue to focus on the cities and citizens in the digital age. MIL provides citizens with key competencies for life-long learning, work, and in all aspects of life. Citizens equipped with MIL competencies are informed, engaged and empowered. They are able to understand the dangers of disinformation, as well as the spiral of hatred and exclusion. When intercultural and inter-religious dialogue is promoted through free, independent and pluralistic media and information systems, the awareness of diversities can enrich our notion of the world around us, and improve our understanding of others and ourselves. Empowering citizens, in particular youth, the elderly and marginalized groups with MIL competencies lets more voices to be heard, and thus enables digital inclusion and enhanced opportunities.



UN DESA VOICE: October 2019

International Days

Urban October 2019

31 days of promoting a better urban future

World Cities Day | 31 October

2019 Theme: Changing the world: innovations and better life for future generations

The general theme of World Cities Day is Better City, Better Life, while each year a different sub-theme is selected, to either promote successes of urbanization, or address specific challenges resulting from urbanization.

Events at United Nations Headquarters

OHCHR SIDE EVENT: Addressing negative racial stereotypes and stereotyping of people of African descent
Concept Note
Date: 31 October 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Conference room 8, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY
The event is open to UN Grounds Pass holders

Celebration of World Cities Day “Better City, Better Life”

Hosted by UN-Habitat, the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY with the Permanent Mission of Slovakia to the UN and the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN and co-sponsored by The General Assembly of Partners, Habitat Civil Society Working Group, NGO Major Group Urban Cluster, Huairou Commission, UN2020, Humanitarian Focus Foundation, Youth for a Better World/MMUN, Global Family, CoNGO, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, and UNA-USA Council Organizations

Date: Thursday, 31 October 2019
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Conference room 11, United Nations Headquarters, New York  

RSVP is required by 10:00 AM on Monday, Oct. 28th:
Important: If you do not have a UN Grounds Pass, email your name as it appears on your Government-issued photo ID. The same ID should be presented to collect your Special Event Pass on 31 October 2019 from 9 to 10 a.m.

Look for our sign “Better City, Better Life” at the UN Visitors Entrance located on First Avenue between 45th & 46th Street, UN Headquarters, New York.

United Nations Academic Impact J. Michael Adams Lecture: I was 20 in 1945
The lecture, entitled “I was 20 in 1945”, will be delivered this year by international human rights pioneer Peter Weiss. Learn more here

Date: 20 November 2019
Time: 3 – 4:40 p.m.
Location: Conference room 4, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY
Registration, which is required for all attendees, closes at at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, 15 November 2019. Read full details here

United Nations High-Level Midterm Review of the Implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action (VPoA) for landlocked developing countries (LLDC’s) for the decade 2014-2024

Date: 5-6 December 2019
Location: United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY
Register by 3 November 2019
More information

Application for Special-accreditation to the 2020 United Nations Ocean Conference Now Open 

Interested Stakeholders NOT in consultative status with ECOSOC must apply for special accreditation prior to 15 November 2019
More information

Achieving menstrual equity and keeping girls in school: Raising awareness and improving access to feminine hygiene products

An event to raise awareness, share best practices and support work that address menstrual health management globally.

New Date: 22 November 2019 
Time: 1:30 – 1 p.m.
Location: Conference room 12, United Nations Headquarters, New York
RSVP by 15 November 2019

Exhibits at the UNHQ in New York

Mind the Earth

The exhibit presents a new perspective on our planet through satellite imagery. It highlights the challenges, dilemmas and best practices related to climate change with the aim of inspiring visitors to think about what possible actions they can take to have a positive impact on climate change and sustainable development. 

The exhibition is organized by the MIND THE EARTH (MTE) and the Danish Architecture Center (DAC).

On display 17 October – 1 December 2019

Sexual Violence in Conflict: Youth Speak Out through the Arts

This exhibition marks the ten-year anniversary of the 2009 mandate to combat sexual violence in conflict and provokes reflection on what the future may hold. It casts a spotlight on the plight of victims and survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, as seen from the perspective of young, emerging artists from diverse backgrounds working in New York, as well as two young artists working in Iraq, a country torn by war.

The exhibition is organized by the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

On display 18 October – 19 November 2019

17 Goals to Transform the World

This exhibit illustrates the Sustainable Development Goals through photos from around the world, bringing to life what the 17 Goals mean for people and the planet.

The exhibition is organized by the UN Department of Global Communications. It is presented in connection with United Nations Day (24 October).

On display 23 October – 3 December 2019

Civil Society Unit

UN-NGLS: Special accreditation guidelines

Did you know?
Organizations that are not in Consultative Status with United Nations ECOSOC may apply for special approval to attend High-Level Events at the UN.
Watch the video below to find out how UN-NGLS now part of UNDGC Civil Society Unit supports the special-accreditation process to facilitate stakeholder’s participation!

Conference Recap Briefing

Join us to discuss lessons learned, successful outcomes, and moving forward after the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference

Date: 7 November 2019
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Conference Room 6, United Nations Headquarters, New York 
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Call for Conference Success Stories

If you participated in the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference that took place 26-28 August 2019 virtually or in person, we’re calling for your Conference Success Stories! Think about new partnerships and friendships you have started, information and insights you have learned, and the fun you had thanks to the Conference and share your short stories and photos by 28 October 2019 via

In case you missed it

Chat Series “Green Climate Fund: Raising Ambition and Empowering Action” 

On Tuesday, 15 October 2019, the Civil Society Unit held a Chat Series event titled “Green Climate Fund: Raising Ambition and Empowering Action” in collaboration with colleagues from Green Climate Fund. H.E. Mr. Luis Alfonso de Alba, the Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Climate Summit, and H.E. Mr. Martin Bille Hermann, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the UN also joined the panel discussion which was moderated by Jeff Brez, Chief of the NGO Relations, Advocacy and Special Events Section.
The Chat introduced the Green Climate Fund, its objectives and financing mechanism, and focused specifically on the current process of replenishment. In addition, special attention was devoted to the role of civil society in the work of the Green Climate Fund. The questions and comments from the audience indicated the engagement and commitment of civil society representatives to climate action in general and support to the work of the Green Climate Fund in particular. 
To learn more and watch the Facebook Live session of the Chat “Green Climate Fund: Raising Ambition and Empowering Action,” please click here.

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