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2011 ECOSOC High Level Segment Open Call for Oral and Written Statements
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Deadlines:
  • Oral Statements: 22 April
  • Written Statements: 22 April
  • The NGO Branch of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs is pleased to announce an open call for oral and written statements for the 2011 ECOSOC High Level Segment (HLS) for NGOs in ECOSOC consultative status. The HLS will include sessions on the Annual Ministerial Review (AMR).

    The theme for the AMR segment this year will focus on 'Implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to education'. The HLS will be held on 4-7 July 2011 at Les Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. 

    The AMR will provide an opportunity to:
    • Assess the state of implementation of the United Nations Development Agenda with a focus on its education-related goals and objectives;
    • Analyze key challenges affecting the achievement of the internationally agreed goals and commitments related to education;
    • Consider recommendations and proposals for action, including new initiatives and partnerships to accelerate the implementation of education-related objectives at all levels;
    • Promote broad-based engagement by encouraging input from a broad-range of stakeholders.
    What is the expected outcome of the event?
    • A Ministerial Declaration to promote implementation of the education-related goals at all levels; and
    • Consideration of recommendations and proposals for actions for ECOSOC, including new initiatives.
    Who will participate?

    High level officials from ministries for Gender, Development Cooperation, Finance, Health and Foreign Affairs, Executive Heads and senior officials of UN Funds, Agencies and Programmes, and representatives from civil society, private sector and academia.

    For more information on the 2010 ECOSOC High Level Segment, please visit http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/amr2011.shtml

    How can NGOs participate?

    In accordance with ECOSOC resolution 1996/31 and at the recommendation of the ECOSOC Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations and with approval of the ECOSOC, organizations in general and special consultative status are encouraged to make oral presentations to the Council.

    In addition, ECOSOC resolution 1996/31 also includes a provision for NGOs in general, special, or roster consultative status to submit written statements relevant to the work of the ECOSOC on subjects in which the organization has a special competence.

    Oral Statements

    NGOs applying to be heard at the 2011 ECOSOC High Level Segment are encouraged to submit a brief summary of an oral statement. The request should be submitted online at CSONet by using your organization's username and password. The deadline for oral statements is 22 April 2011.

    Please Click here to submit a request for making an Oral Statement
    Written Statements

    NGOs in general, special, or roster consultative status are encouraged to submit written statements on the themes of the HLS, including the AMR Segment 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 22 April 2011.

    To submit a written statement, please first Sign In to CSO Net. Once signed in, visit the 2011 ECOSOC High-Level Segment event and click on "Statements".

    If you need to verify your organization's login and password, please contact the NGO Branch through our Contact Us Page.

    This is a unique opportunity for organizations 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.


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