Events - Monday, 11 March 2013

E-discussion on Sustainability and Growth

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) are convening an e-discussion on Sustainability and Growth, from 31 January-15 March 2013. This e-discussion, taking place on the World We Want 2015 website, is one of a series of four on growth and employment, as part of the Global Consultation on Growth and Employment for the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 31 January - 15 March 2013   location: virtual  


The 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will address proposals to amend the Convention appendices and several administrative, strategic and financial issues. CITES was adopted in Washington DC, US, on 3 March 1973, and the 40th anniversary of the Convention will be celebrated at the March 2013 event.  

dates: 3-14 March 2013   location: Bangkok, Thailand  

CSW 57

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. At its annual sessions, the CSW systematically reviews progress in the implementation of areas of concern identified in the Beijing Platform for Action, and adopts recommendations to facilitate increased implementation. The priority theme for the 57th session of the CSW (CSW 57), which will convene in March 2013, will be the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.  

dates: 4-15 March 2013   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York, US  

Online Discussion on Disability in Post-2015 Development Agenda

In preparation for the UN High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development on 23 September 2013, an online consultation on disability is taking place to address: challenges to implementing disability programmes and policies; approaches that have been successful in the past; recommendations for action; and stakeholder roles. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) are organizing the discussion.  

dates: 8-28 March 2013   venue:   location: virtual  

Third Africa Wide Consultation on Post-2015 Development Agenda

This meeting represents the third and final regional consultation to define Africa's position on post-2015 development priorities. The consultation will include panel discussions and sessions on development issues, including education, human development, inclusive and sustainable growth and technological innovation. The meeting is expected to finalize a common African position that will be endorsed by Ministers at the African Union (AU) Summit in May 2013. The African Development Bank (AfDB), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Africa Union Commission (AUC) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) are the co-organizers of the consultation. Previous consultations were held in in Mombasa, Kenya, in October 2012, and in Dakar, Senegal, in December 2012.  

dates: 11-12 March 2013   location: Tunisia   additional: Hammamet  

High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy: Towards More Drought Resilient Societies

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in collaboration with a number of UN agencies, international and regional organizations and key national agencies, are organizing the High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP) in Geneva, Switzerland, in March 2013. HMNDP will provide practical insight into useful, science-based actions to address the key drought issues being considered by governments and the private sector under the UNCCD and the various strategies to cope with drought. HMNDP will start with a half-day opening plenary, with a major keynote address, followed by three days of scientific segment, and a High Level segment for ministers.  

dates: 11-15 March 2013   venue: International Conference Centre (CICG)   location: Geneva, Switzerland  

Reorienting Technical and Vocational Education and Training Towards the Green Economy

This seminar is organized by the Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago) and the National Learning Institute of Costa Rica. It aims to: share good practices and experiences between the countries of the region; identify challenges and opportunities for the reorientation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) toward green jobs; come up with recommendations to strengthen TVET for green jobs in the region; and develop competencies in the management of solid waste.  

dates: 11-15 March 2013   location: San Jose, Costa Rica  

E-discussion on Integrating Energy into Post-2015 Development Framework

An e-discussion on how to effectively integrate energy issues into the post-2015 development framework is taking place on the World We Want 2015 platform, from 11-22 March. Topics include the global goals, targets and indicators needed to ensure integration of energy into the post-2015 agenda, and how to ensure effective implementation. Participants are invited to comment, discuss and debate key questions on this topic through the online platform. This e-discussion is one of four online consultations that are part of the Global Thematic Consultation on Energy, which aims to build consensus on a set of global objectives and priorities for energy within the post-2015 development agenda. This consultation is co-led by UN-Energy and the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy For All Initiative (SE4ALL) and supported by the Governments of Mexico and Norway.  

dates: 11-22 March 2013   location: virtual