Preparation for two UN Commissions

Preparation for the Commision for Social Development to be held in New York February 2 – 11, 2011 and the Commission on the Status of Women February 22 to March 4, 2011 have already begun with the holding of expert group meeting in Addis Ababa and Paris respectively.  The papers from these meeting can be accessed at the following sites.  The Theme for the Commission for Social Development is ‘Poverty Eradication’     Read the paper presented by Catherine Ferguson on behalf of NGO’s.   The theme for the Commission on the Status of Women is “Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work”    Papers from the Expert Group Meeting held in Paris can be accessed here    From July 7th – 20th there was an online discussion on the topic.  You can read the comments and full report here  Ann Manning from Australia responded to question No 4

newNews and announcements

To NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC: Deadlines for submission of written statements are the following:

  • Individual organizations: 11 November 2010.
  • Joint written statements: 18 November 2010.
  • NGOs on the roster or joint statements that include NGOs on the roster: 4 November 2010.

Submission deadlines must be strictly observed in order to ensure timely processing and issuance of the statements as official United Nations documents for the Commission.

This is the recent announcemnt of dates for the submission of statements.  What would you want to see in that statement?  Why not send your ideas and thoughts to me within the next week – a few words, a sentence, an idea.  All is welcome.  You can do so by clicking on comment at the end of this article, inserting your own e-mail address and writing your comment.  Thank You! 

The Commission will also evaluate progress in the implementation of the agreed conclusions from its fifty-first session on  “The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child” following CSW 51.  The Working Group on Girls of which I am member will be focusing on this especially. See what is planned at     Some of you have been involved in and contributed to the CSW 51 Toolkit in 2008 and 2009  and you have been invited to contribute for 2010.  The specific theme for this year’s discussion is ‘Protection Migration and Trafficking of Girls’  See the link for more information in the purple box.  Why not hold a discussion group and send us a short report.