Events and Issues

The Tinker Institute on International Law and Organizations


Contributions to the work of the United Nations system and the codification and the progressive development of international law



  • High Level Political Forum, 9-18 July 2018, UN HQ, New York
  • Open-Ended Working Group on Older Persons, 23-26 July, UN HQ, New York
  • Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, 4-8 June and 9-13 July,     UN HQ New York
  • Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ), Organizational Session, 16-18 April, and Inter-Governmental Conference, 4-17 September, UNHQ, New York
  • IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, 2-6 July, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • IUCN Conference of Judges and Prosecutors on Water Justice, 19-21 March, during 8th World Water Forum, 19-23 March, World Water Council, Brasilia, Brazil
  • International Conference on Climate Finance, Climate Finance Transparency Mechanism, 27-28 January,  Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies, Dhaka, Bangladesh


  • High Level Political Forum July 2017, UN HQ, New York
  • Oceans Conference (SDG Goal 14), 5 June-9 June, UNHQ, New York.
  • Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ), Preparatory Committee Sessions 3 and 4, 27 March-7 April and 10-21 July, UNHQ, New York for a possible international legally binding instrument on biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction


  • High Level Political Forum July 2016, UN HQ
  • UN High Level Water and Sanitation Days, 18-20 November, 2015
  • World Summit on the Information Society – 10 (WSIS-10) High Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, December 15-16, 2015
  • Second WSIS+10 Informal Interactive Stakeholder Consultations, October 19, 2015
  • Accreditation as observer to the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, Punta del Este, Uruguay, June, 2015
  • UN High Level Water and Sanitation Days 2015, 18-20 November, 2015
  • 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, UN HQ, NY:
    • General Assembly hearings with NGOs, civil society organizations, Major Groups, and the private sector in preparation in the United Nations General Assembly meetings on the preparations for the Summit on Sustainable Development and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development containing the Sustainable Development Goals, January-July 2015
    • Accredited as NGO to the Summit on Sustainable Development of heads of state and government, September 25-27, 2015
    • United Nations General Assembly Second Committee with Civil Society as member of NGO Major Group
    • Signatory on civil society letters in support of on-going modalities for civil society participation in the work of the United Nations at all levels in monitoring and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Development and for development of indicators to measure achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals
  • “Saving Lives and Building Society, The European Migration Agenda,” panel at ILA-American Branch International Law Weekend, Fordham Law School, NY, Nov. 6, 2015
  • “Women-led open briefing by the Counter-Terrorism Committee to highlight the recent initiatives in East and West Africa and the Middle East aimed at countering terrorism and violent extremism”, 9 September, 2015
  • 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (“CSW”59), and events related to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (“CEDAW”), 9-20 March 2015
  • 53rd Session of the Commission for Social Development (“CSocD”53), 4-13 February 2015
  • “Beijing + 20” events, March 2015, New York and Fourth World Conference on Women, September 1995, Beijing, China
  • “The Future of Migration into Europe:  Europe’s Challenges and Europe’s Failures,” panel organized by European Affairs Committee of the New York and the European Union Studies Center, CUNY Graduate Center, 2014 and 2015, NYC


  • High Level Political Forum 30th June- 9th July, 2014
  • Participation in meetings on Sustainable Development at United Nations Headquarters, New York:
    • High-Level Event on the MDGs and Post-2015 Development Agenda, 25th September 2013
    • Intersessional Meeting between Major Groups and other Stakeholders with the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, 22 November 2013
    • Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, 9th session 3-5 March 2014, 11th session 5-9 May 2014, 12th session 16-20 June 2014, 13th session, 14-18 July 2014
    • SIDS Intersessional, 21-25 April 2014; SIDS Final Prep Com Meeting, 23-27 June 2014
    • Participation in the meetings of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals regarding the final Report to ECOSOC in July, 2014


  • Accreditation to and participation in the meetings of the Commission on Sustainable Development (“CSD”) at UN Headquarters, New York:
    • CSD-12, 14-30 April 2004
    • CSD-13, 28 February-04 March 2005
    • Initial Discussions on “Rio + 20” & zero draft of outcome document, 25-27 January 2012
    • 3rd Inter-Sessional Meeting of UN Conference on Sustainable Development, 19-27 March 2012
    • 2nd Round of “Informal-informal” negotiations on zero draft of outcome document for Rio + 20, 23 April-04 May 2012
    • Global Major Groups Community, 12 June 2012
    • Major Groups and Other Stakeholders Briefing, 20 September 2013; CSD-20, 20 September 2013
  • Organized Side Event with Union Internationale des Avocats (“UIA”) on Cross-Cutting Issues during CSD-12 with representatives from the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, the United Nations Foundation, and the World Bank 2004
  • Accreditation to and participation in the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (“UNCED” or the “Earth Summit”), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May-June 1992
  • Accreditation to and participation in the final negotiating session of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, Nairobi, Kenya, May, 1992, and opening for signature of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. June 4, 1992
  • Participation in the meetings of the Conference of the Parties to the treaty in Nassau, Bahamas (COP-1, 1994); Jakarta, Indonesia (COP-2, 1995), Curitiba, Brazil (COP-8, 2006)