The 65th UN DPI/NGO Conference will return to United Nations Headquarters from 27-29 August 2014. The 64th Conference was held in Bonn, Germany, and previous Conferences were held in Melbourne, Mexico City and Paris. The Conference was last held at UNHQ in 2007. A major civil society gathering at the UN, the Conference will provide an opportunity for civil society, international networks and activists to develop an “Action Agenda” to mobilize messaging, advocacy strategies, partnerships and accountability frameworks in the lead up to the launch of intergovernmental negotiations at the beginning of the 69th Session of the General Assembly for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, due to culminate at a summit in September 2015. The Conference will also be an important milestone ahead of the Secretary- General’s September 2014 Climate Summit and UN General Assembly, finalization of the Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report on the post-2015 development agenda, and the Lima (2014) and Paris (2015) UNFCCC COPs.
The Conference will take place at a critical time in the post-2015 process. As the international community strives to achieve the Millennium Development Goals while formulating the post-2015 development agenda including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 2015 is recognized to be a once-in-a-generation opportunity for transformational change. The UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris and the launch of the post-2015 agenda will culminate within months of each other in the second half of 2015, with the potential to shape the future of our peoples and our planet for the better. Yet, beyond global policy makers and advocacy groups, most citizens are not fully aware of the contours and importance of this new sustainable development agenda. The purpose of this Conference is to harness the strategies, expertise and resources across the broadest spectrum of civil society to move poverty eradication, sustainability, human rights and climate justice into the mainstream discourse, and spark sustained public demand for lasting political action in support of an ambitious outcome from the post-2015 sustainable development process. A Conference Declaration, designed to frame an ambitious “Action Agenda” for civil society, shall be produced.
Full text of the CONCEPT NOTE, please click here.
The conference's sub themes are:
1) Eradicating Hunger
2) Sustainable Development
3) Human Rights
4) Climate Justice
Dates: 27-29 August 2014
Venue: UN Headquarters
Location: New York City, US
Contact: DPI/NGO Relations e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Full list and schedule of the Conference's WORKSHOPS, please click here.
DISCLOSURE: On behalf of The Light Millennium, Bircan Unver, Founding President and Head NGO Representative to the United Nations, has served to the Media Subcommittee of the 65th Annual UN/DPI NGO Conference' Planning Committee effectively and widely in terms of its media and reach out efforts as well as regularly attended and contributed to the Co-Chairs' Meeting of the Conference. - Updated on December 6, 2014.