Meetings 2016-2015






Meeting HLPF WG Monday 22 Feb, 9:30 am EST

Members of the NGO MG are invited to provide their inputs for 4 representatives of Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGoS) who will be attending a retreat hosted by Germany and Republic of Korea for the 2016 HLPF volunteering countries in New York from 23-24 February (see attached draft programme and concept note).

Last Friday UN DESA/DSD informed members of the HLPF Working Group that there will be a retreat hosted by Germany and Republic of Korea for the 2016 HLPF volunteering countries in New York from 23-24 February. They informed us that there will be space for 4 representatives of MGoS however with no travel funding available. They suggested that due to the short time frame, we follow the cluster practice of Rio+20 of having 4 seats allocated based upon four clusters of the 9 major groups plus the “other stakeholders”. Each cluster would be responsible for selecting a representative by today, Friday, 19 February.

Children & Youth, Women and NGO Major Groups were invited to designate one of the four MGoS representatives. The organizing partners of each MG were responsible for selecting a candidate from their respective constituencies. Three candidates that were then reviewed collectively by the OPs of MGCY, WMG and NGO MG who were responsible for choosing one representative. With apologies, the NGO OPs had little time to inform and conduct a formal nomination process to the wider NGO MG in advance, however we did receive nominations from NY-based NGO representatives based upon the announcement made by UN DESA to the HLPF Working Group.

Following a review of these nominations, the OPs of MGCY, WMG and NGO MG are pleased to announce that we have chosen Nicole Cardinal, Senior Advocacy Adviser of Save the Children, to be one of the four representatives of the MGoS. Nicole has led their organization’s work on the post-2015 agenda at the UN since 2013 and has been highly engaged in multiple post-2015 processes and outreach with Member States, including the OWG on the SDGs and the intergovernmental negotiations.

From: Isabela Cunha <>
Date: Wed, Feb 17, 2016
Subject: Meeting HLPF WG Monday 22 Feb, 9:30 am EST
Cc: Lotta Tahtinen <>, Beppe Lovoi <>


Please find below the information to join the HLPF WG meeting with the four MGOS representatives attending the retreat hosted by the German Mission on 23 and 24 February. As you know, the representatives are yet to be announced by their respective clusters.

Meeting info:
Monday, 22 February, 9:30-10:30 am room S-26MM2

HLPF WG Meeting – Retreat
Monday, February 22, 2016 
9:30 am  |  Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)  |  1 hr 
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Meeting number:  797 995 525 
Meeting password: Meet1234

Best regards,

Isabela Cunha | Stakeholder Engagement Programme 
Division for Sustainable Development | DESA
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4th GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting 29 Jan 2015

Dear all,

Every three years environment leaders from the six Greater Mekong Subregion countries gather to assess the subregion’s environment challenges and opportunities, and set the direction for regional responses for more sustainable and inclusive development. The 4th GMS Environment Ministers Meeting (EMM4) has brought together over 250 leading policy and decision makers from government and non-government for 3-days of deliberations under the theme “Increasing Investments in Natural Capital in the GMS.”

Events include:

27 January: Natural Capital Business Forum, Biodiversity Landscapes Forum, and Youth Environment Meeting
28 January: Natural Capital Dialogue
29 January: 4th GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting

All event information is hosted on
Presentations and speeches will be uploaded throughout the 3-days.

You can also follow the event on twitter:
hashtag: #EMM4

Kind regards

Duncan McLeod
Outreach Specialist

GMS Environment Operations Center
Asian Development Bank, 23rd Floor, The Offices at Central World
999/9 Rama I Road, Pathumwan Bangkok 10330 Thailand


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