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December 9, 2019

Announcements for the Civil Society Representatives | Week of 9 December 2019

Civil Society Unit | Department of Global Communications | United Nations

Please be informed that instructions for the Annual Review process will be shared by 13 December 2019.

From UN News

UN chief urges emergency fund support as one of the ‘most effective investments’ in humanitarian action

The UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), is “one of the most effective investments you can make in humanitarian action”, Secretary-General, António Guterres told a high-level pledging event at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday.
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The Human Development Report 2019

Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: Inequalities in human development in the 21st century

Inequality threatening human development, new global UN report warns

Despite global progress in tackling poverty, hunger and disease, a “new generation of inequalities” indicates that many societies are not working as they should, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) argues in its latest report released on Monday. 

The 2019 Human Development Report (HDR) states that just as the gap in basic living standards is narrowing for millions of people, inequalities surrounding education, and around technology and climate change, have sparked demonstrations across the globe. 

Left unchecked, they could trigger a ‘new great divergence’ in society of the kind not seen since the Industrial Revolution, according to the report.  Read more…

Goal of the Month: SDG 7

Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy for all is essential. Working towards this goal is especially important as it interlinks with other Sustainable Development Goals.

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It is not enough to preach climate action, we need to act to reach climate ambition.
Learn more about UN Youth Envoy’s Climate Action here

COP25: Madrid Climate Change Conference

The Madrid Climate Change Conference – COP 25 – will bring the world together to consider ways to strengthen the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Taking place from 2 to 13 December in Madrid, the Conference comes at a time when new data shows the climate emergency is getting worse every day, and is impacting people’s lives everywhere, whether from extreme heat, air pollution, wildfires, intensified flooding or droughts.

5 Things You Need to Know about COP25

On 2 December, the United Nations kicked off critical negotiations on how to address the global climate emergency collectively and urgently. World leaders, experts, activists, creative thinkers, and private sector and local community representatives are gathering to work on a collective action plan to realize critical commitments made by all the countries of the world in Paris, four years ago.

UN News put together this guide on COP25 to answer some of the biggest questions you may have and make sure you’re all caught up, with a ringside seat on the action.

Ways to stay informed

The conference Trello Board featured background information and digital assets. Follow @COP25CL@UNFCCC@UN and @GlobalGoalsUN for updates. 

The UN Climate Change app will share the latest news, live content and social media updates from Madrid. It can be downloaded on iOS or Android devices.

UNESCO invites the governments of Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions, as well as international and regional professional non-governmental organizations, active in the field of press freedom, to nominate candidates for next year’s UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
Nominations for the Prize should be submitted by filling out the form in English or French and sending it before 15 February 2020 
Learn the details and submit your nomination here

UN DESA VOICE: December 2019

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

UN Democracy Fund: 2019 Call to Civil Society to Apply for Funding

The United Nations Democracy Fund invites civil society organizations to apply for project funding. Project proposals may be submitted on-line in English or French bewtween 22 November 2019 and 22 December 2019 at you can find guidelines, FAQs and lessons learned for applicants at

This is the Fourteenth Round to be launched by UNDEF, which provides grants of up to US$300,000 per two-year project. Proposals are subject to a highly rigorous selection process. 

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International Days

Human Rights Day | 10 December

2019 Theme: Youth Standing Up for Human Rights

  • Youth participation is essential to achieve sustainable development for all
  • Youth can play a crucial role in positive change
  • Empowering youth to better know and claim their rights will generate benefits globally

2019 Campaign materials are available here

International Universal Health Coverage Day 2019: Keep the promise

Following the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage on 23 September 2019 — where world leaders endorsed the most ambitious and comprehensive political declaration on health in history – the theme for the UHC Day 2019 campaign is: “Keep the promise.”

Governments, international organisations, civil society organisations, the private sector, academia, and media are encouraged to use this year’s theme to keep holding leaders, our health systems and ourselves accountable to the promise of health for all.

More information can be found on the official campaign microsite:

WHO: Universal health coverage?

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!

Invitation ‘The COP25 Impact & UN75 for the UN We Need’

Date: 16 December 2019
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Location: Bahai International Offices: 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 120, New York, NY (East 48th St, between First Ave and FDR Drive)
RSVP: As seating is limited your RSVP is required: email your name as it appears on your Gov. issued photo ID to:, by 11 AM: Thurs., Dec. 12th

The event is organized by NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY and co-sponsors

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