Important to Link major UN Agendas into ONE NGO Agenda
Human Rights (HR) >> Climate Justice (CC) >> Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) >> Environment >> Refugees/Migrants >> Cultural and Spiritual Values >> Humanitarian Response
all negotiations and outcomes related to CC and the SDGs need to be embedded in a solid human rights framework, so that indeed “nobody is left behind”
Many, mostly Western, states do not want human rights to be included in any UNFCC document, as ratification of a number of Treaties and Conventions mean that states have legal obligations and of consequences, responsibilties.
It is obvious that SDGs are an important factor towards climate mitigation and climate justice..
Important for the COP21 (“Paris Agreement”) to aim for long-term environmental stability.
It is paramount for NGOs to make sure SUSTAINABILITY is the main focus of development and for these as well to be embedded in a human rights framework, for the SDGs to contribute to long-term environmental stability and to climate mitigation
SDGs: A/69/L.85 – Draft outcome document of the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda
On special procedures of the Human Rights Council:
The special procedures of the Human Rights Council are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic perspective. The system of Special Procedures is a central element of the United Nations human rights machinery and covers all human rights: civil, cultural, economic, political, and social. As of 27 March 2015 there are 41 thematic mandates.
Unless otherwise stated all FSV meetings take place at UNOG’s NGO Resources Centre at the Palais des Nations in Geneva at 10h00.
There will be at least 8 meetings per year which are held at the United Nations. We also endeavour to organise social times, e.g. lunches/dinners.
FSV Members will be attending
The Human Rights Council / HRC: Session 31 from February 29 to 25 March – Session 32 from June 13 to July 1 – Session 33 from 12 to 20 September. For those interested to subscribe to Weekly Updates, send an email with your e-address to: civilsociety (at) ohchr (dot) org. We highly recommend the following free app: Geneva Human Rights Agenda – Programme of Work and documents
The Universal Periodic Review / UPR: January, May and October Sessions
the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples /EMRIP: July
The Forum on Business and Human Rights: November
COP Sessions / UNFCCC: either in November or December. These are held in rotation in Africa – Asia – Europe – Americas.
NGO Alliance Meetings for FOE and FSV Members
This years annual NGO Alliance Members Meeting will take place on June 7 at 10h00 at UNOG’s NGO Resources Centre at the Palais des Nations in Geneva followed by lunch, location tbc.
The NGO Alliance Board will be meeting on March 31 at 10h. NGO Alliance members are always welcome as Observers.
A Triennial General Assembly will be called in the first quarter to 2018.
Additional meetings can be called if and when required.