Peace-building will be the Commonwealth’s theme for 2017, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland announced today.
The theme informs events to mark Commonwealth Day, which is celebrated on the second Monday in March, and helps to guide activities by Commonwealth organisations throughout the year.
A Peace-building Commonwealth’ is a natural follow-on from this year’s theme of ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’, and reaffirms the Commonwealth Charter principle that “international peace and security, sustainable economic growth and development and the rule of law are essential to the progress and prosperity of all.”
In 2017, Commonwealth Day will be celebrated on 13 March. Individuals and groups are encouraged to draw inspiration from and interpret the theme in their own ways, for example by organising a community debate or art competition.
At CPAUG@10 We shall be hosting a commonwealth debate focusing on the youth and peace-building on 13th March 2017 in Kampala.
Keep you posted and please share your views on the theme via our social media platforms
On 21 September 2016, the UN General Assembly will host a High-level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance at UN Headquarters in New York. The primary objectives of the meeting are to increase awareness, to summon and maintain strong national, regional and international political commitment, and to establish a long-term basis for moving forward in addressing antimicrobial resistance comprehensively and multi-sectorally.
At the request of the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly, UN-NGLS, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and OIE – World Organisation for Animal Health are conducting an open process for stakeholders to apply to attend the meeting, including civil society, academia, and private sector entitites.
Please apply here if you are interested in attending this event:
15 August: For entities not in consultative status with UN ECOSOC, who must apply for special accreditation*
28 August: For entities that are in consultative status with UN ECOSOC
*As per the organizational modalities very recently agreed by UN Member States, the list of organizations applying for special accreditation must be circulated to UN Member States on a non-objection basis.
To learn more about this High-level Meeting, please visit:
he Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency are pleased to announce the call for applications for the fourth African School on Internet Governance. The 2016 School will be held in Durban, South Africa from 11 to 15 October 2016 in conjunction with the African Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
Have you ever thought about the massive and significant role that the internet plays in the world? In Africa, even though connectivity is still not nearly sufficient, the internet touches on multiple aspects of daily life, economic and social development, governance and government. This adds new dimensions and challenges to privacy, security, human rights, women’s rights, and business, to mention a few. These are issues that are not new to the realm of governance, but dealing with them in the context of a fast-changing, cross-border internet adds new dynamics and complexity.
The goal of AfriSIG is to give Africans from multiple sectors and stakeholder groups the opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence to enable them to participate effectively in internet governance processes and debates at the national, regional and global levels. AfriSIG also builds the capacity of people with existing expertise as the School facilitates peer learning and many participants are already established experts in internet policy and regulation. In addition to a five-day intensive learning event, AfriSIG provides all the participants with the opportunity to participate in the African IGF.
Building on the model of the European and Latin American Internet Governance Schools, APC and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency launched the first AfriSIG in July 2013 in Durban, South Africa. The second AfriSIG took place in November 2014 in Mauritius and the third in Addis Ababa at the African Union from 1 to 5 September 2015.
We believe that AfriSIG can increase the diversity, extent, quality and effectiveness of African participation in internet governance at the national, regional and global levels. AfriSIG’s broader goals are to strengthen African perspectives and voices in global internet governance and to achieve more inclusive and transparent internet governance on the continent.
Through learning and knowledge sharing, AfriSIG aims to build a multidisciplinary cadre of African expertise in internet governance. The School will bring together a diverse group of professionals from government, business, academia and civil society who are interested and involved in internet policy and development. The School prides itself in offering a world-class learning environment, with a faculty that has the experience and expertise to convey both practical and theoretical knowledge. AfriSIG graduates will better understand internet governance from a public interest perspective, have a grasp of internet policy processes and institutions, and be able to engage more effectively in national, regional and international processes and networks.
Who should apply?
The school is intended for leaders and professionals from:
- Government ministries and departments, national and regional communications regulatory authorities, and public sector information and communications services such as public libraries.
- Parliamentary portfolio committees that deal with communications issues.
- Network operators, service providers and other businesses who form part of the internet industry.
- Civil society and non-governmental organisations who interact with or operate in the internet-related information and communications sector.
- Human rights institutions dealing with internet issues, such as national or regional human rights commissions.
- Community-based information and communications services and the broader community informatics sector.
- The judiciary and other members of the legal community working with internet and communications law.
- Members of law enforcement agencies who deal with internet issues.
- The internet technical community.
- Academic and research institutions that deal with internet issues.
- Media organisations and outlets that focus on the internet.
The topics to be covered include:
- History and overview of internet governance
- The World Summit in the Information Society (WSIS) and the internet in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Internet and communications policy and development
- Human rights-related issues
- Internet standards and protocols
- The domain name and numbering system
- Multistakeholder approaches to internet governance
- Regional, national and international institutions involved in internet policy and regulation
- Topical issues such as the so-called “right to forget”, internet shutdowns, women’s rights and the internet, net neutrality, online “hate speech” and human rights on the internet.
Successful applicants will be provided with a return economy class ticket, accommodation, meals and course materials. Participants or their employers will have to cover the costs of visas and local transport (to their nearest airport). There are limited spaces for full sponsorship and we encourage self-funding or co-funding for eligible participants who are not awarded full sponsorship.
To apply please complete the form here by Friday, 26 August 2016. For more information visit the AfriSIG website www.afrisig.org or contact the AfriSIG team: Dr. Towela Nyirenda Jere at firstname.lastname@example.org and Anriette Esterhuysen or Emilar Vushe at email@example.com.
The 11th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting will be held from 7-8 September 2016 in Apia, hosted by the Government of Samoa on the theme of ‘Gender equality through sustainable development in an inclusive commonwealth’.
WAMM has been held triennially since 1985 and provides the opportunity for ministers, senior officials, civil society, private sector and partner agencies to discuss critical issues in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.
It also contributes to the setting of Commonwealth priorities and the global agenda for sustainable and inclusive development. The 10th WAMM was held in Bangladesh in 2013. View outcomes from 10WAMM here
- To inform on proposed Commonwealth priorities on gender equality and women’s rights in the period of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
- To discuss emerging issues and increasingly critical development issues on gender equality, women’s empowerment and development to promote inclusive development and democracy.
- To reposition the Commonwealth and its commitments to gender equality and women’s rights.
- Gender and Climate Change
- Women’s Leadership
- Violence Against Women and Girls
- Intergenerational Partnerships for Sustainable Development
In the interests of the environment this will be a paper free meeting. All meeting papers will be distributed via the 11WAMM workspace on Commonwealth Connects and delegates are encouraged to access and download these prior to their attendance.
Two side event meetings will be held to share Commonwealth work to facilitate dialogue between key stakeholders including government, civil society and the private sector:
- Sustainable development through women as leaders and women as entrepreneurs
- Strengthening jurisprudence of equality on violence against women and girls
Date: Monday 5 September 2016
Venue: Government Convention Centre, TATTE Building, Beach Road, Apia
Participation in these side events is encouraged from Commonwealth youth and civil society organisations. For further details and how to register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Officials Meeting
Date: Tuesday 6 September 2016
Venue: Taumeasina Island Hotel, Taumeasina Island, Beach Road, Apia
The Commonwealth Association-Uganda (CPAUG@10) WITH SUPPORT FROM THE National Drug Authority (NDA) has since 2013 been facilitating and participating in our health promotion campaigns in secondary schools in Uganda in the districts of Mbale, Wakiso and Kabarole and its on this premises that we are now proposing a National Symposium on substance and drug abuse targeting the out and in-school youth, the musicians, civic and religious leaders in KCCA through the C-HEALTH Initiative of CPAUG@10 an initiative that started in 2014 that aims to engage a wide participation and acceptance of the underlying challenges to Uganda’s transformation process from the health and youth perspective. The event is expected to attract between 200-600 participants for a period of three months(September, October and November) in Central Uganda.
The purpose of this activity is to continue the campaign and compliment NDA’s ongoing work on creating awareness among the youth in and out of school about the need to engage and have them participate in the campaign against substance and drug abuse in Uganda. Other partners will include selected media houses, the ministry of Health and the Uganda Performing Rights Society (UPRS).
Details will be shared from time to time
This report builds on a pioneering report last year of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, Sustainable Development Goals: Are the Rich Countries Ready?, which benefited also from the collaboration with the SDSN. Last year’s report described the status of the SDGs in mostly high-income countries. This report extends the work in several directions, by adding more indicators, refining the methodology, and by taking a global approach including non-OECD countries as well, with a coverage now of 149 of the 193 UN member states.
The purpose of this report is to assist countries in getting started with implementing the new SDGs. The SDGs are a universal agenda of sustainable development, calling on all nations to pursue a holistic strategy that combines economic development, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. We are gratified that throughout the world, local and national governments are already rallying around the new goals, seeking ways to incorporate them into planning processes. Businesses, universities, and civil society are also recognizing that the SDGs are truly “something new,” requiring a new orientation of strategy.
Both the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the SDSN are deeply committed to the universal success in achieving the SDGs. As this report is written to help countries start the process of implementing the SDGs, we will jointly produce it for the coming three years. We look forward to the opportunity to improve the quality and coverage of the SDG Index and Dashboard over time. As this is the maiden voyage, we encourage and welcome feedback on the usefulness and limitations of the SDG Index and Dashboard, and advice on how the report can be made more useful and accurate in the coming years.
Aart De Geus and Jeffrey D. Sachs