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VOLUME 27, NO. 6   Celebrating 27 Yrs of Connecting NGOs Associated w 
UN DPI *    June 
2019
In This Issue
Editors' Note: 
This issue features a note about upcoming elections for the NGO DPI Leadership 
that will represent you in 2020.  More will follow shortly in a separate communique.
As news about the 68th Civil Society Conference and Executive Committee develop, 
the
NGO Reporter
will continue to be updated for your information.

IMPORTANT NOTICE RE: UPCOMING ELECTIONS 
NOMINATIONS SLATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY
DURING THE ELECTION, REMEMBER: ONE VOTE PER ASSOCIATED NGO

REGISTRATION SWELLING TO 3000++ 
INTERNATIONAL NGOs ARE URGED TO REGISTER EARLY

68th UNITED NATIONS CIVIL SOCIETY CONFERENCE
"BUILDING INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE 
COMMUNITIES AND CITIES"
26 - 28 August 2018, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Youth at #UNCSC2019 Conference
Youth involvement is key to the success of the 
UN Civil Society Conferences

The UN Department of Global Communications (DGC) Civil Society Youth Representatives Steering Committee advises the Department on strategies to engage young people serving non-governmental organizations and youth-led organizations affiliated with DGC on advocacy and outreach activities, with particular focus on the planning process for UN Civil Society Conferences.

A Conference Youth Sub-committee takes the lead in planning and organizing youth activities and advises the Planning Committee on youth related issues and concerns.

Youth Activities at the Conference listed HERE
Register Today: With nearly 3000 registrants today,
Registration will close in early July.  Don't be left out.  Registration is Free and Open to all associated NGOs, after review from UN registration office.
How to Register for the 68th UN Civil Society Conference
How to Register for the 68th UN Civil Society Conference

MORE ON THE CONFERENCE:

FROM CONCEPT NOTE TO SPEAKER CHOICES 
TO WORKSHOP AND EXHIBIT APPLICATIONS 
- AS WELL AS WHERE TO STAY: 
GET ALL THE INFORMATION HERE
The 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference Concept Note

Today 55% of the world's population lives in urban areas and that figure is expected to reach 68% by 2050 1. As the complexities of urban life grow, communities and local leaders are at the forefront of finding sustainable solutions to poverty and inadequate housing, hunger and health, clean water, energy, environmental degradation and climate change, infrastructure, transport, education, migration, violence and gender equality. These and other challenges are interconnected with similar issues in rural areas and municipalities of all sizes, where activists and civil society organizations partner with governments and the private sector to ensure that communities are inclusive, equitable and sustainable. 

More, HERE
Nominate Speakers for Thematic Sessions

Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities and Communities, the theme of this year's 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference, is arguably the most pressing issue facing the world today. 
 
Providing meaningful employment and housing for the world's growing population in a manner that protects the earth's climate and biological systems is a profound challenge.  This year's conference will be held in Salt Lake City and will provide unprecedented levels of participation from civil society. Workshop applications have come from over twenty different countries deadline for workshop applications has been extended until the end of May. 
 
The conference concept note outlines six key topics to be covered in the conference thematic sessions. (formerlycalled roundtables)  They are: 1. Inclusive Communities - Leaving No One Behind; 2. Climate Change - Communities in Action; 3. Peaceful Societies - Recovering from Conflict and Nurturing Peace; 4. Youth-led Session - Creating Opportunities and Economic Success for Youth; 5. Infrastructure and Natural Resource Use; and 6. Emerging Technologies and Innovation.  
 
These Thematic Sessions will provide conference participants an opportunity to: 
 
  • probe the systemic drivers of sustainable development; 
  • identify institutional, legal and financial frameworks for sustained transformative change; and,
  •  map out mechanisms and tools to empower civil society engagement.  
 
To ensure that these sessions include the most dynamic and important voices representing civil society we invite you  to submit nominees for panel participants using this speaker nomination HERE.

Exhibit Proposals Sought - Deadline 17 June 2019


The Exhibits Sub-Committee for the 68th UN Civil Society Conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, from 26 to 28 August 2019 now welcomes proposals for Exhibits from Civil Society, UN Agencies, private sector, national and local authorities.

Conference Title: "Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities and Communities."
All Exhibits must relate to the overall theme of the Conference.

The Exhibits area should provide an opportunity for Civil Society and other stakeholders to be creative, informative and possibly inter-active as they share their concepts for sustainable action solutions on the topics related to SDG11 and the connection with the other 16 SDGs to support the success of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to "Leave No One Behind."

Suggested topics can include, but not be limited to safe secure cities, sustainable communities and resilient infrastructure, inclusive and affordable housing, addressing inequality, upgrading slum dwellings, sanitation and waste management, circular economy, food security, population dynamics, urban design and planning, all levels of education, people with disabilities, health and well-being, climate justice and action, environmental sustainability, green public recreational spaces, safe clean energy and water, impact on coastal cities of rising sea levels, indigenous people and traditions, grassroots communities, tourism, preserving historic and cultural heritage sites, transportation, partnerships with all stakeholders, private sector, business and industry, financing for development and housing, entrepreneurship opportunities, economic growth and employment, vocational training, gender balance, youth leadership, aging population, inter-generational empowerment, arts and entertainment, sports, emerging innovative technologies for smart cities, media and communication methods, governance, community leadership, national and local authorities, diversity, migration, conflict and fragility solutions, faith based groups, achieving a sustainable culture of peace with respect and human rights for all.

The Conference  Concept Note provides an overview and it is strongly recommended that you read it.
 
THE CONFERENCE CHAIR

INTRODUCING THE CONFERENCE CHAIR

"The United Nations Department of Global Communications is pleased to have Ms. Cardama as the Chair of what will be a historic endeavour," said Maher Nasser, Director of the Department's Outreach Division.  "This will be our largest United Nations civil society conference and will address the aspirations of the many partners behind the conference," he added.  "Ms. Cardama is well positioned to lead this important and inclusive event."

Ms. Cardama has experience with multilateral institutions, particularly civil society organizations and local governments in more than 30 countries, to develop public policies, capacity and implementation projects, and multi-stakeholder governance and partnerships that advance sustainability and equitable prosperity.  That experience includes the Cities Alliance, a global partnership for poverty reduction and the promotion of cities in sustainable development.  The partnership is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), through which it operates a multi-donor fund supported by a flexible grant-making mechanism.

WHERE TO STAY IN SALT LAKE CITY DURING THE CONFERENCE
THE NGO/DPI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Publishers of the  NGO Reporter, the NGO/DPI Executive Committee was founded in 1962 to create a link between the United Nations and the Non-Governmental Organizations associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI). It is composed of eighteen Directors and encourages and assists NGOs, as members of civil society, to communicate their interests throughout the United Nations system and to support United Nations' goals and objectives.   In partnership with the United Nations Department of Public Information, the NGO/DPI Executive Committee sponsors annual conferences for the 1500+ accredited DPI/NGOs around the world


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EDITORIAL BOARD 

NGO Reporter 
Co-Editor
Patrick L. Sciarratta 
World Development Foundation

NGO Reporter 
Co-Editor
Lester N. Wilson
UN Graduate Studies Program
Long Island University 

Members 


Chair, NGO DPI Executive Committee
Bruce Knotts

NGO Reporter Site Technician
and
NGO DPI Web Master
Isaac Humphrie

EDITORIAL
Lester Wilson
Long Island University

LAYOUT
Patrick Sciarratta
WDF

ONLINE ARTICLE LAYOUT
Isaac Humphrie
Unitarian Universalist 
UN Office


COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS 

Patrick Sciarratta (patrick@vnclm.org) 
Lester Wilson (Lester.Wilson@liu.edu)



NGO/DPI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE / Spring 2018

OFFICERS

Chair
Bruce Knotts
Unitarian Universalist UN Office

Vice-Chair
Kim  Quarles
World Jurist Association

Vice-Chair
Fannie Munlin 
National Council of Negro Women

Secretary
Brian Muzas
Seton Hall University

Treasurer
Elisabeth Shuman
Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)


BOARD MEMBERS

Debra Tzeng Tzehuei Boudreaux
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

Barbara Burns
International Public Relations Association

Scott Carlin
Long Island University

Bill Hunter
Lehigh University

Bernice K. Leber
American Bar Association

Judy Lerner
Peace Action

Samantha Lu
NAFSA International Educators

Padmini Murthy  
Medical Women's International Association
                                     
Mary Norton
Felicia University

Out Uwem Robert
African Youth Movement

Chonita Spencer
UNA New York

Janet Stovin
World Union for Progressive Judaism

Richard Yep
American Counselling Association


Jessica Rojas Alegría
Tendiendo Puentes AC
 
Emele Duituturaga
Pacific Island Association of NGOs
Suva, FIJI
 
Azza ElSherbiny
Seeds of Peace
Cairo, EGYPT

Dr. Valerie Obot
Medical Women's Association of Nigeria
Uyo, NIGERIA

Exequiel L ira 
Ibañez
Rotary Club de Santiago
Santiago, CHILE

Graciela Yanovsky
FRANV, Buenos Aires, Argentina

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INFORMATION

Hawa Diallo
DPI NGO Relations
Public Information Officer

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Anne-Marie Carlson
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International
Ex-Officio, Past Chair

Cyril Ritchie & 
Soon-Young Yoon
Ex-Officio, CONGO 

Aaron Etra
UNA-USA

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* Investigations  here and elsewhere demonstrate that the  NGO Reporter , under former Editor Dorrie Weiss, was in its fifth year in 1997. That makes 2019 its 27th consecutive year of publication.
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