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The sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March 2019.

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are expected to attend the session. Learn more...

UN Exhibits On Display


68 Million Girls at Risk

This exhibition celebrates the successes that have been achieved over the past decades in the urgent global fight to abandon female genital mutilation (FGM). It aims to raise awareness and encourage action regarding FGM and to present a compelling argument for the abandonment of FGM.

This exhibit is organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and #Dysturb.

On display 6 February - 25 March 2019

Equality is our goal, access is our right

This exhibition examines social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. It illustrates the challenges that women and girls face in each of these three sectors using examples of problems and solutions from countries across the world where the UN system operates to advance women’s rights.

This exhibit is organized by UN Women.

On display 6 - 27 March 2019

From UN News
SDG Planning Calendar 2019
Dear colleagues,
The UN System is making a concerted effort to increase visibility of the SDGs by putting coordinated focus on one goal each month:
In March, the focus is on Gender Equality (SDG-5), in the context of International Women’s Day (8 March) and the Commission on the Status of Women (11-22 March).
Please join us in using the new animated icon (see gif attached) on your platforms to promote material of your own related to the goal in focus, or use content from the editorial package provided each month – it includes exclusive interviews, stories of impact, videos and resources from across the UN system. A preview of the March package (to be released on 6 March) is below.
We would love to see how you are using the goal of the month branding! Please send links or screen shots to and
The following resources are available:
UN Environment Report: Frontiers 2018/19: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern
From the innovations and ethical dilemmas of synthetic biology to the options for appropriate international adaptation to climate change: Frontiers 2018/19 explores the emerging environmental issues facing the planet.  
Salt Awareness Week 2019
"It´s time to take ACTION on salt!"
The campaign on 4 - 10 March  aims to encourage the implementation of evidence-based interventions to reduce salt consumption in the population. The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) joins the global community effort sharing technical tools to develop and implement comprehensive policies for salt reduction and key messages to promote healthy practices at home, schools and working place.
On Wednesday, 6 March, join a webinar to present the initiatives taking place in the Region of the Americas to promote policies and measures to reduce salt intake. Learn more...

Applications for 2019 UN Global Climate Action Awards Now Open

The award, the focus of United Nations Climate Change’s Momentum for Change initiative, recognizes the most innovative projects in the field of climate action.
Winning activities encompass scalable and replicable examples of what people are doing to address climate change, in the hope of inspiring others to act. The selected activities will be recognized and celebrated at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 25) in Chile. Learn more...

Applications for the 2019 UN Global Climate Action Award will be accepted from 11 February through 30 April 2019 at:

UNAOC Fellowship - 2019 Call for Applications

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is pleased to launch the Call for Applications for the 2019 edition of its Fellowship Programme. The Call is open to participants between 25 to 35 years old, from the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and North America, with a strong interest in intercultural exchanges. The theme of the Fellowship in 2019 is “The role  of women in peacemaking and conflict prevention”. Candidates must also be able to present professional achievements in these fields.
Learn more...

UNFCCC Press Release: Record Registrations Set to Usher in Era of Ambition at Africa Climate Week

IFAD: The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture

Based on information provided by 91 countries and 27 international organizations, analysis of global literature and datasets, and contributions from over 175 authors and reviewers, The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture assesses biodiversity for food and agriculture and its management worldwide.
Download full report

Events at United Nations Headquarters

50th Session of UN Statistical Commission  5 - 8 March 2019

Since 2013, the motto "Better data, better lives", has been widely recognized as an effective way to communicate the ultimate aim of official statistics. In 2019, to celebrate the 50th session of the UN Statistical Commission, everyone is invited to answer Why better data make better lives?

We can count at least 50 good reasons, can you? 

Help us highlight the importance of data and statistics in real and day-to-day life, and in the broader context of development and the exercise of human rights. Join us in celebrating the importance of data for a better world! More...

#UN50SC #BetterDataBetterLives

UNFPA: ICPD25 What's Changed?

Join UNFPA for the first in the series of “ICPD25 What’s Changed?” conversations.
Date: Tuesday, 5 March 2019
Time: 8:30 - 9:30 A.M. EST

Screening of the documentary film “Naila and the Uprising”

Date: Thursday, 7 March 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. 
Location: Conference Room 2, United Nations Headquarters

The screening will be followed by a discussion with:
Filmmaker: Julia Bacha
Producer: Rula Salameh
Protagonist: Zahira Kamal

The use of new technologies for the promotion of work-life balance and the advancement of family policies for the social inclusion of women and men

Date: 14 March 2019
Time: 1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Conference room 7, General Assembly BuildingUnited Nations Headquarters
Concept note

On the occasion of the upcoming 63rd Session of the CSW, the Permanent Missions of Italy and Zambia are pleased to invite you to the Side Event: The use of new technologies for the promotion of work-life balance and the advancement of family policies for the social inclusion of women and men


Civil Society Unit (formerly NGO Relations Unit)

Tomorrow, 5 March 2019, join the UN Civil Society Unit at 2:30 p.m. (EST) for Tuesday Chat Series "New Year, New Name" - a conversation with our team about who we are and what we do.

New email address: 

Email sent to will be received

Civil Society Unit's new social media handles:


The 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference

Read the 68th UN Civil Society Conference Concept Note
68th UN Civil Society Logo for Non-UN Entities available for download here

In case you missed it:
68th UN DPI/NGO Conference
The Department of Global Communications is supporting Civil Society participation in UN High-level Events. Please visit our website for more information and to apply for accreditation/participation.
New Briefings, Chat Series and Events Calendar - Winter/Spring 2019

Civil Society Corner

Panel "Generation Girls = Global Citizens"

Date: 12 March 2019
Time: 10:30 A.M.
Location: 4 W 43rd Street, Green Room
Concept note

On the occasion of the upcoming 63rd Session of the CSW, Inwelle Study and Resource Centre is organizing a panel "Generation Girls = Global Citizens: Strengthening The Core Value of Women as Social Change Makers through Global Citizenship, Education for all, and Reinventing a New World with New Rules"

Announcement from SERVAS International
SERVAS International is willing to host attendees of the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA on 26 - 28 August 2019

In the meantime, the Servas International Development Committee is reaching out to people who would like to become members of the community and host Servas travellers in their homes, particularly in the following places: Central Asia and South East Asia, Central America and South America. A typical stay is for two nights, unless hosts are willing to prolong it. As a member of Servas in your country, you can also travel with Servas.
More information

Civil Society Resource Centre and Conference Room

Resource Centre

Hours of Operation

Monday: 9:45 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Tuesday: 9:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday: 2 - 4 p.m.
Friday: 9:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Conference Room Reservation

Monday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: It is mandatory for all visitors to sign-in at the Resource Centre and state the purpose of their visit. Failure to sign-in may result in denial of access to future conference room bookings.
To book the Conference Room please send your request via e-mail to (or call 212-963-7234). Please note, a Civil Society Representative/s of Organizations associated with the Department of Global Communications must be present during your scheduled meeting. We will need the following information: - Name of the organization - Name of person responsible for the booking - Contact information (e-mail address and phone number) - Purpose of meeting We will send a confirmation e-mail with the booking information.

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