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[16days_discussion] Fwd: Gentle Reminder! [Post 2015 Women's Coalition] Fwd: Nominations for PGA's 24-25 April Thematic Debate on "Ensuring stable and peaceful societies"

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Thu Mar 27 11:13:35 EDT 2014


Dear All:
Please, see below a message from the Post-2015 Women's Coalition:

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Dear All,

The Post 2015 Women's Coalition has been invited by UN-GLS and DESA-DSD (see message below from Susan Alzner) to provide nominations for 4 civil society speakers for the President of the General Assembly's 24-25 April Thematic Debate on "Ensuring stable and peaceful societies" taking place at UN Headquarters in New York.

We are writing to request nominations from you for each of the 4 speaking roles by 28th March 8:00pm Bangkok, 3:00pm Beirut, 2:00 pm Geneva, 9:00am New York, and 10:00am Santiago.

Before submitting a nominee, please confirm ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:

1) The nominee is officially authorized by their organization/network to speak on the organization/network's behalf.
2) The candidate is available to be at UN Headquarters in NY at 8:30am on the day of their speaking role, and for travel if necessary. As indicated above, the nominee must have a visa, or be able to obtain one quickly, for travel to the US.
3) The nominee has not already spoken at one of the two previous PGA events on the post-2015 agenda.

*If you would like to submit a nomination, please write to Selamawit Tesfaye<stesfaye at cwgl.rutgers.edu>  directly with the following information:
In addition to the criteria described below for each speaking slot, please submit
- the name of the nominee;
- name of organization/network;
- nationality;
- country of residence;
- email address;
- phone number;
- attached CV or detailed bio; and
- rationale for nomination.*

Please*consider the content of this event's concept note and background note when selecting candidates to nominate*, available here .

Panellist for*Panel discussion I: Nexus between sustainable development, peace and stability
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The*speaker must be able to address the following topics:

     * What has been the experience of Member States on integrating the links between sustainable development and peaceful societies into national development strategies and policies?
     * How can the nexus between sustainable development and peace and stability best be addressed in the post-2015 development agenda?
     * Given the universal importance of peace and stability for sustainable development, how can this issue best be framed in the post-2015 development agenda?
     * How best to utilise the post-2015 agenda to address root causes of instability?
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Panellist for*Panel discussion II: Strengthening national institutions towards achieving sustainable development*

The*speaker must be able to address the following topics:

     * What institutions can contribute to peaceful and stable societies in support of sustainable development?
     * How could the importance of institutions best be reflected in the post-2015 development agenda?
     * How can the international community support nationally-owned processes in order to strengthen national institutions?
     * What measures are required to address external stressors such as illicit trafficking and organized crime that may undermine stability and peace?*

Panellist for*Panel discussion III: Building Global partnership for ensuring stable and peaceful societies
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The*speaker must be able to address the following topics:

     * What capacities and partnerships would be required for building peaceful and stable societies for sustainable development?
     * How can global partnerships best support national efforts to ensure stable and peaceful societies?
     * What additional efforts are needed to minimize the risk of external factors in fueling violent conflict?
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_*Discussant*_for*Panel discussion III: Building Global partnership for ensuring stable and peaceful societies*

The*speaker must be able to address the following topics:

     * What capacities and partnerships would be required for building peaceful and stable societies for sustainable development?
     * How can global partnerships best support national efforts to ensure stable and peaceful societies?
     * What additional efforts are needed to minimize the risk of external factors in fueling violent conflict?*

Best wishes,
Savi

Savi Bisnath, PhD
Associate Director
Center for Women's Global Leadership
School of Arts and Sciences
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey



Begin forwarded message:

From: Susan Alzner<  alzner at un.org>

Subject: Nominations for PGA's 24-25 April Thematic Debate on "Ensuring stable and peaceful societies"

Date: March 24, 2014 at 3:57:22 AM EDT

To: maria at peacewomen.org , Abigail.ruane at gmail.com , mrees at wilpf.ch , Helena Gronberg<  helenagronberg at gmail.com>, "Sascha Gabizon"<  sascha.gabizon at wecf.eu>, eleanor at wedo.org , isis.alvarez at globalforestcoalition.org , Simone Lovera<  simonelovera at yahoo.com>, savi.bisnath at rutgers.edu , Selamawit Tesfaye<  stesfaye at cwgl.rutgers.edu>


Dear WILPF, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, Women's Major Group, and Post-2015 Women's Coalition,

At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), in cooperation with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs - Division for Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD), is facilitating a process to obtain nominations from civil society networks for speakers during the President of the General Assembly's 24-25 April Thematic Debate on "Ensuring stable and peaceful societies" taking place at UN Headquarters in New York. The concept note and background note for this event are available here .

For this thematic debate, OPGA is seeking nominations for 4 civil society speakers: one panellist for each of the event's 3 panels, plus one discussant for the 3rd panel. Criteria for each of these speaking roles is outlined below. We invite your networks to collectively submit 1 nominee for each of the four speaking roles. (We are not seeking 1 nominee per speaking role from each of your networks; we are asking for the 4 organizations copied here to collaborate and together submit 1 nominee total for each role.)

Timeline for participation in the nomination process
(Full description and instructions below.)
By Friday, 4 April: Submit nominations to UN-NGLS
On Tuesday, 8 April: Vote on nominees
On Thursday, 10 April, 8:00-10:00am EST: Selection committee conference call

Travel funding
OPGA has indicated that for this event, based on availability of funds, travel funding may be possible for the civil society speakers, on a case by case basis, if other sources are not available.

Visa arrangements
OPGA will provide an invitation letter for the 4 civil society speakers. The speakers will be responsible for obtaining their own visas for travel. Please confirm with candidates you are considering for nominations that the US Embassy/consulate in their home country will be able to issue a visa for travel to the US within a week.

Description of the Nomination Process
For this nomination process, UN-NGLS is contacting a total of 26 constituencies:

1) 8 Major Groups: NGOs, Women, Children and Youth, Indigenous Peoples, Workers and Trade Unions, Farmers, Technological and Scientific Community, and Local Authorities. (OPGA is conducting a separate process for business and industry/private sector.)

2) 11 international civil society networks: Beyond 2015, Conciliation Resources, Global Call to Action Against Poverty, Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), Infrastructures for Peace, International Movement ATD Fourth World, Third World Network, Social Watch, Campaign for People's Goals for Sustainable Development, Center for Economic and Social Rights, and LDC Watch.

3) 7 groupings of regional, South-based networks from Africa, Arab States, Asia, Latin America, and the 3 Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) regions. For the list, please contact UN-NGLS.

Each of these 26 constituencies can submit one nominee for each speaking role (up to 4 nominees total).
UN-NGLS is allowed to send through 4 final nominees per role to OPGA, for a total of 16 nominees.
To determine the 4 final nominees per role, UN-NGLS will facilitate a one-day voting process on 8 April and a subsequent selection committee conference call on 10 April from 8:00-10:00am EST, involving one designated representative from each of the 26 constituencies.
UN-NGLS will send a subsequent seeking a designated representative from your network.

By 16 April, OPGA will select 1 speaker from amongst the 4 nominees submitted for each speaking role.
OPGA will prioritize civil society speakers from the global South for this event, and will ensure gender and geographic balance within the overall programme, which will also include speakers from governments, academia, and the private sector. UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD are not involved in the final speaker selection process. The remainder of the nominees will serve as alternates.

Instructions for submitting nominations to UN-NGLS
UN-NGLS has created an online nomination form for each of the four speaking roles; links are provided below. We invite your organizations to collectively submit one nominee per speaking role. You may submit a nomination for one or more of the 4 roles. All nominations will automatically load into a google doc spreadsheet, published here . Please note this spreadsheet has separate tabs for each speaking role.

Before submitting a nominee, please confirm:
1) The nominee is a representative of a civil society organization, and officially authorized by their organization/network to speak on the organization/network's behalf.
2) The nominee is a good public speaker.
3) The candidate is available to be at UN Headquarters in NY at 8:30am on the day of their speaking role, and for travel if necessary. As indicated above, the nominee must have a visa, or be able to obtain one quickly, for travel to the US.
4) The nominee has not already spoken / been selected to speak at one of the previous PGA events on the post-2015 agenda.

Please consider the content of this event's concept note and background note when selecting candidates to nominate, available here .

The 4 speaking roles, specific criteria per role, and links to submit nominations:

1 Panellist for Panel #1 - SUBMIT A NOMINATION USING THIS ONLINE FORM .
Panel focus: "The nexus between sustainable development, peace and stability"
The speaker must be able to address the following topics:
1) How can the nexus between sustainable development and peace and stability best be addressed in the post-2015 development agenda?
2) Given the universal importance of peace and stability for sustainable development, how can this issue best be framed in the post-2015 development agenda?
3) How best to utilise the post-2015 agenda to address root causes of instability?

1 Panellist for Panel #2 - SUBMIT A NOMINATION USING THIS ONLINE FORM .
Panel focus: “Strengthening national institutions towards achieving sustainable development”
The speaker must be able to address the following topics:
1) What institutions can contribute to peaceful and stable societies in support of sustainable development?
2) How could the importance of institutions best be reflected in the post-2015 development agenda?
3) How can the international community support nationally-owned processes in order to strengthen national institutions?
4) What measures are required to address external stressors such as illicit trafficking and organized crime that may undermine stability and peace?
5) How can political, economic and social institutions be strengthened in such a manner that they work harmoniously to replace the legacy of conflict and violence with a new, inclusive and more people-centred order of relations in support of achieving sustainable development?

1 Panellist for Panel #3 - SUBMIT A NOMINATION USING THIS ONLINE FORM .
Panel focus: "Building Global partnership for ensuring stable and peaceful societies"
The speaker must be able to address the following topics:
1) What capacities and partnerships would be required for building peaceful and stable societies for sustainable development?
2) How can global partnerships best support national efforts to ensure stable and peaceful societies?
3) What additional efforts are needed to minimize the risk of external factors in fueling violent conflict?

1 Discussant for Panel #3 - SUBMIT A NOMINATION USING THIS ONLINE FORM .
Panel focus: "Building Global partnership for ensuring stable and peaceful societies"
The speaker must be able to address the following topics:
1) What capacities and partnerships would be required for building peaceful and stable societies for sustainable development?
2) How can global partnerships best support national efforts to ensure stable and peaceful societies?
3) What additional efforts are needed to minimize the risk of external factors in fueling violent conflict?


You may also submit written input to OPGA on the substantive issues for this event until 17 April here .

For more information about the PGA's post-2015 events, including how to attend as an observer, please see the PGA's Frequently Asked Questions web page.

We invite your suggestions on how to improve on this process, which was designed with a two-week time constraint in mind, while seeking to achieve a participatory and transparent approach.
UN-NGLS, in cooperation with DESA-DSD, will also facilitate civil society nomination processes for the remaining PGA events on the post-2015 agenda taking place in May and June 2014. The nomination processes for these events will be launched individually in the coming weeks. Each will have different criteria for the nominees, in accordance with each event's programme. We will have more time to conduct the subsequent nomination processes for the remaining PGA events, and will seek to continually refine the approach as we go along. We would like to give thanks to the Major Group of Children and Youth for sharing their practices for nomination processes with us.

Thank you and best regards,
UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD


Susan Alzner
Consultation Coordinator, Post-2015 Development Agenda
United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)
www.un-ngls.org
NGLS on Twitter @unngls



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