After the hectic winter, finally the spring has come with occasional cold days. Among the numerous meetings at the UN, following are some of the highlights:
9-10 April: GA and ECOSOC Joint Event: On the role of partnerships in the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The joint thematic debate was to provide a platform for Member States to address how strengthened global partnerships for sustainable development including multistakeholders’ partnerships can contribute to the implementation of the post 2015 development agenda. There is growing concerns among the civil society regarding the partnership with the private sector, particularly in the area of accountability.
7-12 April: Spring meeting of the World Bank and International Monitory Fund : The Civil Society Forum of IMF& WB was held in Washington DC, Celine and 3 colleagues were among the 539 participants. The World Bank has two main goals: End poverty by 2030 and create shared prosperity. The WB has an Inspection Panel (IP) if any of its projects are affecting people’s health or the environment, those concerned can complain to the IP. There were several events sponsored by the Bank/IMF and Civil society. Some of the WB retired officers were very critical of the Bank’s policies and requested the board to learn from the past mistakes. A book” fore closing the future” by Bruce Rich was about the WB and the politics of environmental destruction. I was touched by their transparency and his concerns resonated with that of the NGOs. While in DC, I got a chance to enjoy the peak day of the Cherry blossom which was awesome. On April 12th before leaving DC, I enjoyed meeting with Sr.Janet Gottschalk and Susan Thomson for a discussion over lunch.
14-15 April: Global Dialogue on Financing for Development : The spring meeting of the IMF,WB and UNCTAD with the UN ECOSOC was held with the theme “Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of financing for sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda”. The morning session on 14 April featured a High-level Panel of Ministers on “World economic situation and prospects”. The meeting included thematic debates on: (a) Mobilization of financial resources and their effective use for sustainable development; and (b) Global partnership for development in the context of post-2015 development agenda. We gave a statement on 14th is posted in www.mms-un.org (control and click) MMS Statement
24-25 April: GA Thematic Debate – Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies: The thematic debate will provide a platform for Member States to reflect, deliberate on this theme with a view to make concrete proposals and contributions to the ongoing process of developing sustainable development goals in the context of the post 2015 development agenda. Share stories of Climate Change: – Organizing for Action (OFA) is asking for stories if you or your community has been affected by climate change, they say “people need to hear about it”. Take a minute and share your climate change story with OFA or send it to me.
Follow up of Open Working group: The CO-chairs of the OWG on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) have issued a revised working document in preparation for the 11th OWG from May 5-9th. The new document is the latest version of the “Focus Area” under consideration of SDGs.
22 April : Earth Day- in harmony with Nature organized by the UN General Assembly and the Mission of Bolivia. Had a very interesting Panel on Organic Farming, diff between Environment and Nature etc.
Upcoming events and Conferences in UN Head Quarters
April 25: World Malaria Day: Every 60 seconds a child dies of Malaria and the global struggle against malaria is being threatened by drug-resistant parasites.
April 23 –30 : World Immunization Week
August 27-29: UNDPI Annual Conference in New york
Sept 23 : UN Climate Summit
Sept 22-23 : World conference on Indigenous peoples