International: Linking armed violence prevention and women's empowerment

15 April 2010

This announcement is of interest to those IANSA members with ECOSOC status at the UN, and provides an opportunity to highlight the links between armed violence prevention and women's empowerment.

From 28 June - 2 July 2010 the ECOSOC High Level Segment will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York. This will include sessions on the Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) and this year's theme is "Implementing the Internationally Agreed Goals and Commitments in regard to Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women". It will also include sessions on the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) with the theme of "Development Cooperation in Times of Crises: New Commitments to Reach the MDGs".

What is the expected outcome of the event?

  • A Ministerial Declaration to promote implementation of the gender-related goals at all levels; and
  • Consideration of recommendations and proposals for actions for ECOSOC, including new initiatives.

How can NGOs participate?
This is a unique opportunity for organisations in consultative status with ECOSOC - and for civil society at large - to be heard at ECOSOC deliberations, as well as to contribute to issues of critical concern to the global development agenda. It will also provide a platform to specifically address the issue of gender equality and empowerment of women this year, which is a crucial cross-cutting theme for the achievement of the MDGs.

Open Call For Oral And Written Statements
Organisations in general and special consultative status are encouraged to make oral presentations to the Council.

Oral Statements
NGOs applying to be heard at the 2010 ECOSOC High Level Segment are encouraged to submit a brief summary of an oral statement. The request should be submitted online at CSO Net by using your organization's username and password. The deadline for oral statements is 26 April 2010.
http://esango.un.org/irene/?page=viewContent&nr=42&type=22&section=15

Written Statements
NGOs in general, special, or roster consultative status are encouraged to submit written statements on the themes of the the AMR and the DCF Segments mentioned above. NGOs submitting written statements must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • A written statement must be submitted in either English or in French;
  • A written statement submitted by an NGO in general consultative status should not exceed 2,000 words;
  • A written statement submitted by an NGO in special consultative status should not exceed 500 words;
  • A written statement submitted by an NGO in roster consultative status should not exceed 500 words.

Written statements should be submitted online at CSO Net by using your organization's username and password. The deadline for written statements is 30 April 2010.
http://esango.un.org/irene/?page=login&next=viewStatementsANDnr=7462ANDt...

For more information on the 2010 ECOSOC High Level Segment, please visit http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/amr2010.shtml

Source:
UN DPI