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  1. Security Council Open Debate on Threats to International Peace and Security, December 2014

    On 19 December 2014, the Security Council held an all-day debate, presided over by the Foreign Minister of Chad, call

    Friday, December 19, 2014
    Security Council Debate87 238
  2. Response to the Secretary-General's Synthesis Report "The Road to Dignity by 2030"

    The Women's Major Group presents its analysis and response to the United Nations Secretary-General's

    Thursday, December 18, 2014
    Reports/Policy Briefs90 980
  3. Women's Major Group. Response to the Secretary-General's Synthesis Report. "The Road to Dignity by 2030"

    The Women's Major Group presents its analysis and response to the United Nations Secretary-General's Report “Th

    Thursday, December 18, 2014
    Reports/Policy Briefs90 982
  4. Afghanistan (S/PV.7085)

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014
    Secretary General Reports91 598
  5. Security Council Open Debate on the Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-Regional Organizations, December 2014

    On 16 December 2014, the Security Council held an open debate on the Cooperation between the United Nations and regio

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014
    Security Council Debate87 237
  6. Truth, Trust Time -- Journey from Conflict

    I have just returned from Colombia. A beautiful country, with an ugly decades old conflict.

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014
  7. An inspirational vision made plain in a declaration;

  8. A practical plan for that declaration, laid out in an integrated set of goals, targets and indicators;

  9. Adequate means to implement the plan and a renewed global partnership for development;

  10. A framework to monitor and review implementation to ensure promises made become promises delivered.

  11. To bring about a truly universal transformation of sustainable development, the Secretary-General's report makes a number of key recommendations, including the necessity to commit to a universal approach; to integrate sustainability in all activities; to address inequalities in all areas; to ensure that all actions respect and advance human rights; to address the drivers of climate change and its consequences; to base the analysis in credible data and evidence; to expand the global partnership for means of implementation to maximum effect; and to anchor the new compact in a renewed commitment to international solidarity.

    The report identifies six essential elements to frame and reinforce sustainable development:

  12. Dignity - to end poverty and fight inequalities; [para 67]

  13. People - to ensure healthy lives, knowledge, and the inclusion of women and children; [para 69]

  14. Prosperity - to grow a strong, inclusive, and transformative economy; [para 72]

  15. Planet - to protect our ecosystems for all societies and our children; [para 75]

  16. Justice - to promote safe and peaceful societies, and strong institutions; [para 77]

  17. Partnership - to catalyse global solidarity for sustainable development. [para 80]

  18. The importance of enabling civil society participation is highlighted in the report

    Several paragraphs in the report draw attention to the need to ensure strong participation of civil society, including:

    para 78: An enabling environment under the rule of law must be secured for the free, active and meaningful engagement of civil society, and advocates reflecting the voices of women, minorities, LGBT groups, Indigenous Peoples, youth, adolescents and older persons.

    para 123: We must establish effective modalities for multi-stakeholder cooperation and sharing the costs for Research, Development, Demonstration and Diffusion for new technologies across all stakeholders: public, private, civil society, philanthropic, and other sectors, inclusive of indigenous knowledge.

    para 129: Executive institutions, parliaments and the judiciary will need the capacity to perform their functions in this endeavour. Also, institutions of civil society must have the capacity to perform their critical, independent role.

    para 145: If we are to succeed the new agenda must become part of the contract between people, including civil society and responsible business, and their governments, national and local. [...] Empowered civil society actors, through action and advocacy, must rally to the cause, and contribute to a sustainable, equitable, and prosperous future.

    para 149: National accountability: It would be built on existing national and local mechanisms and processes, with broad multistakeholder participation, including national and local governments, parliaments, civil society, science, academia and business.

    A call to action

    "The stars are aligned for the world to take historic action to transform lives and protect the planet," the Secretary-General states at the conclusion of Section 1 of the report. "I urge Governments and people everywhere to fulfill their political and moral responsibilities. This is my call to dignity, and we must respond with all our vision and strength." [para 25]

    The final report will be available in all six UN languages by 31 December 2014.

    In early January 2015, the Secretary-General will formally present the report and further discuss it with Member States.


Related resources:

Read the Secretary-General's statement about the report here:

http://www.un.org/sg/statements/

Watch a video of the Secretary-General's briefing about the report here.

For more information, please visit here.

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Post-2015 Agenda Synthesis Report Advance unedited

NGOWG November 2014 MAP

Monday, November 17, 2014
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NGOWG November 2014 MAP

Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Author: 
Sally L. Kitch

Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders by Sally L. Kitch (University of Illinois Press, 2014)

Sally L. Kitch explores the crisis in contemporary Afghan women's lives by focusing on two remarkable Afghan professional women working on behalf of their Afghan sisters. Kitch's compelling narrative follows the stories of Judge Marzia Basel and Jamila Afghani from 2005 through 2013, providing an oft-ignored perspective on the personal and professional lives of Afghanistan's women. Contending with the complex dynamics of a society both undergoing and resisting change, Basel and Afghani speak candidly--and critically--of matters like international intervention and patriarchal Afghan culture, capturing the ways in which immense possibility alternates and vies with utter hopelessness. Strongly rooted in feminist theory and interdisciplinary historical and geopolitical analysis, Contested Terrain sheds new light on the struggle against the powerful forces that affect Afghan women's education, health, political participation, livelihoods, and quality of life. The book also suggests how a new dialogue might be started in which women from across geopolitical boundaries might find common cause for change and rewrite their collective stories.
Go to: http://www.go.illinois.edu/F14KITCH for more information.

ENews91 153
  • Reports/Policy Briefs90 978
  • December 2014 NGOWG MAP

    In its regular work, the Council should ensure that all country reports and mandate renewals evaluate the level of pr

    Monday, December 1, 2014
    Reports/Policy Briefs90 979
  • Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the Security Council: December 2014

    For December, in which Chad has the presidency, the MAP provides recommendations on the situations in Afghanistan, DR

    Monday, December 1, 2014
    Monthly Action Points91 263
  • Security Council Open Debate on Threats to International Peace and Security, November 2014

    On 19 November 2014, the Security Council held an open debate on threats to international peace and security caused b

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014
    Security Council Debate87 236
  • Papers from UN Women Expert Group Meeting on "Envisioning Women's Rights in the Post-2015 Context"

    Expert Group Meeting: Envisioning women's rights in the post-2015 context

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    UN Engagement Documents87 394
  • NGOWG November 2014 MAP

    Monday, November 17, 2014
    Reports/Policy Briefs90 976
  • 1325+14: Amplifying Women's Voices for Peace

    Women peace leaders from all over the world came together at the

    Monday, November 17, 2014
    ENews91 152
  • Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the Security Council: November 2014

    For November, in which Australia has the presidency, the MAP provides recommendations on the situations in Darfur, Gu

    Saturday, November 1, 2014
    Monthly Action Points91 265
  • Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders

    Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders by Sally L. Kitch (University of Illinois Press, 2014)

    Thursday, October 30, 2014
    Reports/Policy Briefs90 974
  • Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, October 2014

    Overview

    On October 28, 2014, the Security Council held its annual open debate on Women, Peace and Security w

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Security Council Debate87 235
  • Reports/Policy Briefs90 971
  • Women, disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control

    The General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to seek the views of Members States on ways and means of promoti

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014
    Reports/Policy Briefs90 972
  • Reports/Policy Briefs90 973
  • Sex and Drone Strikes: Gender and Identity in Targeting and Casualty Analysis

    This paper from Reaching Critical Will and Article 36 addresses concerns that the sex of individuals is being used as

    Monday, October 27, 2014
    Reports/Policy Briefs90 975
  • Reports/Policy Briefs90 977
  • Gender and Peace, No. 3 - October 2014

    ISIS: Sexual abuse and violence in Iraq

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    Reports/Policy Briefs90 969
  • Voice

    “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced”

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    ENews91 151
  • Women and Gun Ownership

    Policy and research on the role of firearms in women's lives usually stress women as victims of gun violence.

    Friday, October 17, 2014
    Reports/Policy Briefs90 968
  • Darfur (S/2013/607)

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014
    Secretary General Reports91 791
  • Monthly Action Points on Women, Peace, and Security: October 2014

    The Security Council is expected to hold an open debate to mark the 14th anniversary of the adoption of resolution 13

    Sunday, October 5, 2014
    Reports/Policy Briefs90 967
  • Integrated approach to gender dimension of sustainable development within the context of post-conflict recovery

    2015 will be a significant year, encompassing the adoption of the post-2015 development framework, the 15th anniversa

    Friday, October 3, 2014
    UN Engagement Documents87 388
  • People's Climate March of 2014

    Telling the Story of Today's Climate Movement

    Friday, October 3, 2014
    UN Engagement Documents87 389
  • People's General Assembly 2014

    This September at the UN General Assembly in New York, governments and leaders will again meet to set the next global

    Friday, October 3, 2014
    UN Engagement Documents87 390
  • Ensuring Justice and Governance in the Post-2015 Development Goals

    The inter‐governmental negotiations of the Post‐2015 Development Agenda is entering a critical stage.

    Friday, October 3, 2014
    UN Engagement Documents87 391
  • Overheard at the UN General Assembly 69th Session

    Infographic of Select Quotes on Gender Equality

    Friday, October 3, 2014
    UN Engagement Documents87 392
  • Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the Security Council: October 2014

    For October, in which Argentina has the presidency, the MAP provides recommendations on the situations in Haiti, Iraq

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014
    Monthly Action Points91 267
  • 69th Session 2014/2015

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    The General Debate of the 69th session of the General Assembly was held on 24 -30 September 2014.

    General Assembly Sessions47 370
  • International Peace and Security Summit, September 2014.

    On 24 September 2014, forty-eight speakers, predominantly heads of state, unanimously adopted SCR 2178 in a summit pr

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    Security Council Debate87 233
  • Voices from Ukraine: Civil Society as a Driver for Peace

    VOICES FROM UKRAINE: CIVIL SOCIETY AS A DRIVER FOR PEACE

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    Reports/Policy Briefs90 963
  • You Get What You Pay For

    Achieving gender equality requires examining root causes of inequality and finding ways to overcome them.

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    Reports/Policy Briefs90 964
  • Women: Peace, Human Security & Development Report

    With the Pacific region having one of the lowest numbers of women in parliament and local government the scheduled el

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    Reports/Policy Briefs90 966
  • People Demand Climate Justice

    World leaders come to the UN this week to dialogue, to debate and to decide policy.

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    ENews91 150
  • Are We Listening? Acting on Our Commitments to Women and Girls Affected by the Syrian Conflict

    The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is publishing this report, Are We Listening?

    Sunday, September 21, 2014
    Reports/Policy Briefs90 970
  • Security Council Meeting on Iraq and ISIL

    On 19 September 2014, the Security Council met concerning the situation in Iraq, specifically on the group calling it

    Friday, September 19, 2014
    Security Council Debate87 234
  • UN Engagement Documents87 387
  • A Feminist Brief: Post 2015 Development Agenda - "Women and Girls at the Center: Our Human Rights are Non-negotiable"

    Currently, Member States, the UN system, civil society organizations, academia, private sector and businesses, resear

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    UN Engagement Documents87 386
  • Report on the Process of Resolution 2013, Women's Approach to the Peace Process, Suggestions for a Lasting Peace

    In 2009, women from different ethnic, political, social and religious backgrounds, sexual orientations and identities

    Monday, September 15, 2014
    Reports/Policy Briefs90 962
  • Position Paper on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals

    As a network of peacebuilding organizations, constituted regionally and with a global reach, GPPAC's position on the

    Thursday, September 11, 2014
    Reports/Policy Briefs90 960
  • Reports/Policy Briefs90 961
  • Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict, September 2014

    On 8 September 2014 the UN Security Council held an open debate on Children and Armed Conflict.

    Monday, September 8, 2014
    Security Council Debate87 232
  • Monthly Action Points on Women, Peace and Security: September 2014

    For September, in which the United States has the presidency, the MAP provides recommendations on the situations in

    Friday, September 5, 2014
    Reports/Policy Briefs90 959
  • Middle East (S/2013/524)

    Thursday, September 4, 2014
    Secretary General Reports91 743
  • A Feminist Brief: Post 2015 Development Agenda - "Women and Girls at the Center: Our Human Rights are Non-negotiable" (NGO Statements)

    Currently, Member States, the UN system, civil society organizations, academia, private sector and businesses, resear

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014
    Reports/Policy Briefs90 965
  • Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the Security Council: September 2014

    For September, in which the United States has the presidency, the MAP provides recommendations on the situations in A

    Monday, September 1, 2014
    Monthly Action Points91 269
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