- The 48th Session of the Commission on Social Development begins for NGOs on 2 February 2010, with a civil society forum where NGOs will be briefed on the commission’s theme of social integration and finalize a civil society declaration to be delivered the first day of the commission. Louise Cleary worked with the collation of an NGO survey on good practices of social integration. The executive summary of this survey has been printed and will be distributed to the governments at the commission.Coalition Coordinator, Catherine Ferguson, will be one of the persons assisting with NGO orientation on the first day of the commission and will be speaking on a panel on 10 February to discuss how NGO grassroots projects have been affected by the global economic crisis.
- The54th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 1–12 March 2010. Because the UNANIMA International board meeting occurs from 4-6 March many of the board members will also participate in part of the commission meetings. UNANIMA International is the lead sponsor of a panel discussion entitled “If there is no demand there would be no supply.” Catherine will be one of the speakers and will discuss UNANIMA’s STOP THE DEMAND campaign.