July 18-22, 2016

The International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. It is a chance to assess where we are, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learnt, and collectively chart a course forward.

The AIDS 2016 program will present new scientific knowledge and offer many opportunities for structured dialogue on the major issues facing the global response to HIV. A variety of session types – from abstract-driven presentations to symposia, bridging and plenary sessions – will meet the needs of various participants. Other related activities, including the Global Village, satellite symposia, the Exhibition and affiliated independent events, will contribute to an exceptional opportunity for professional development and networking.

The AIDS 2016 conference will be held at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) from 18 to 22 July 2016.

June 10-12, 2016

The United Nations will convene a high-level meeting from 8 to 10 June 2016, which will undertake a comprehensive review of the progress achieved in realizing the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Political Declarations on HIV/AIDS of 2006, and 2011, including successes, best practices, lessons learned, obstacles and gaps, challenges and opportunities, including with regard to partnership and cooperation, and recommendations to guide and monitor the HIV/AIDS response beyond 2015, including concrete strategies for action to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as well as to promote the continued commitment and engagement of leaders to accelerate a comprehensive universal and integrated response to HIV/AIDS.

May 22 – 26, 2016

Promoting Health and Equity, the Municipal Health Secretariat of Curitiba, the International Union for Health Promotion and Education and their partners are looking forward to hosting this important global public health and health promotion event. The 22nd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion will take place in Curitiba, Brazil. The aim is to create a global forum where researchers, practitioners and policy makers concerned by the promotion of health and equity will share and discuss new knowledge, innovations in practice and policy and cutting edge experience in Promoting Health and Equity Conference subthemes:

  • Ethical and cultural imperatives in interventions that promote health and equity
  • Urban change to make differences locally, paying attention to emerging voices
  • Health in all policy and intersectoral action: innovations in theory, evaluation and research
  • Pathways to achieve sustainable and healthy human development on a global scale
  • Creating shared research questions to bridge the research/practice gap

May 9-20, 2016

Theme: “Indigenous peoples: conflict, peace and resolution”.

The Permanent Forum is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council established by resolution 2000/22 on 28 July 2000. The Forum has the mandate to discuss Indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.

According to its mandate, the Permanent Forum will:

  • provide expert advice and recommendations on Indigenous issues to the Council, as well as to programs, funds and agencies of the United Nations, through ECOSOC;
  • raise awareness and promote the integration and coordination of activities related to Indigenous issues within the UN system;
  • prepare and disseminate information on Indigenous issues The Permanent Forum holds annual two-week sessions.

The first meeting of the Permanent Forum was held in May 2002, and yearly sessions take place in New York. The Permanent Forum is one of three UN bodies that is mandated to deal specifically with Indigenous peoples’ issues. The others are the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Special Rapporteur Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) meets for 10 days each year, at UN Headquarters in New York. According to the ECOSOC resolution that established the Forum (E/2000/22), the Forum may also meet at the UN Office in Geneva or at such other place that the Forum may decide.

It is a high-level advisory body that deals with Indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, environment, education, health and human rights. In addition to these six areas, each session has thematically focused on a specific issue. During the Forum”s first six sessions, a specific theme was discussed each year. Since 2008, the Forum has adopted a bi-annual working method of one year with a specific theme and the next year focusing on review of implementation.

April 19-22, 2016

UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs
The UN General Assembly will hold a Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs in 2016. This Special Session will be an important milestone in achieving the goals set in the policy document of 2009 “Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem”, which defined action to be taken by Member States as well as goals to be achieved by 2019.

In March 2014, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) conducted the high-level review of the progress made in the implementation of the Political Declaration and Plan of Action, the results of which are included in the Joint Ministerial Statement adopted. Member States identified achievements, challenges and priorities for further action on the way to the target date of 2019.

The General Assembly (GA) has requested the CND, as the United Nations organ with the prime responsibility for drug control matters, to engage in the preparatory process for the UNGASS. In response to this request, the Commission adopted resolution 57/5, entitled “Special session of the General Assembly on the world drug problem to be held in 2016”, in which it decided to ensure an adequate, inclusive and effective preparatory process for the 2016 Special Session.

As an initial step to facilitate that broader consultation with UN entities, international and regional organizations and non-governmental organizations, this website has been created, which is meant to enable global dialogue in an inclusive and transparent manner and to function as a resource tool for the Commission in its preparations for the 2016 Special Session. All relevant UN entities, international and regional organizations as well as all NGOs which regularly attend the Commission have been invited to contribute.

In its resolutions 69/200 and 69/201 the GA asked the CND to lead the preparatory process by addressing all organizational and substantive matters in an open-ended manner. Resolution 69/200 further requests that the Special Session on the world drug problem in 2016 shall have an inclusive preparatory process that includes extensive substantive consultations, allowing organs, entities and specialized agencies of the United Nations system, relevant international and regional organizations, civil society and other relevant stakeholders to fully contribute to the process, in accordance with the relevant rules of procedure and established practices.

The formal process is enriched by a series of informal activities with the aim of creating an environment for exchange to benefit from the extensive expertise the different stakeholders (member states, UN entities, IGOs, IOs, civil society including NGOs, academia and the scientific community) can bring to the table. The preparations are supported by a number of tools to facilitate an effective, transparent and inclusive process. The initiatives and meetings are documented on this website.

In preparation for the Special Session, the 58th Session of the CND in March 2015 adopted resolution 58/8, entitled “Special Session of the General Assembly on the World Drug Problem to be held in 2016”, making recommendations on organizational and substantive matters regarding the session for adoption by the General Assembly: e.g. the Special Session to be held from 19-21 April 2016 or the session to consist of a general debate and five interactive, multi-stakeholder round tables. In December 2015 the General Assembly adopted the recommendations on the modalities for the UNGASS made by the CND in its resolution 70/181.

April 6, 2016

Informal interactive civil society hearing, with the active participation of people living with HIV and broader civil society, attended by representatives of Member and observer States and observers, non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, invited civil society organizations and the private sector, as part of the preparatory process for the high-level meeting, and further requests the President to prepare a summary of the hearing, to be issued as a document of the Assembly prior to the high-level meeting.

March 14-24, 2016

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by Council resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946.

The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

In 1996, ECOSOC in resolution 1996/6 expanded the Commission’s mandate and decided that it should take a leading role in monitoring and reviewing progress and problems in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and in mainstreaming a gender perspective in UN activities.

During the Commission’s annual two-week session, representatives of UN Member States, civil society organizations and UN entities gather at UN headquarters in New York. They discuss progress and gaps in the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the key global policy document on gender equality, and the 23rd Special Session of the General Assembly held in 2000 (Beijing+5), as well as emerging issues that affect gender equality and the empowerment of women. Member States agree on further actions to accelerate progress and promote women’s enjoyment of their rights in political, economic and social fields. The outcomes and recommendations of each session are forwarded to ECOSOC for follow-up.

UN Women supports all aspects of the Commission’s work. We also facilitate the participation of civil society representatives.