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New global education action agenda to mobilize civil society, adopted at UN DPI / NGO Conference


Gyeongju, Republic of Korea (ESCAP News) – Representatives of NGOs and academia finalized and adopted a global education action agenda at the 66th United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) / Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference that concluded today in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea.
The Gyeongju Action Plan provides concrete guidance for NGOs around the world to enhance their ability to lobby governments for commitment to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to mobilize NGOs in communities on the ground.

“This conference has demonstrated another example of the value for the United Nations in investing in partnership with academia and NGOs,” said Ms. Cristina Gallach, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.

“The United Nations is committed to continue to support and partner with NGOs and academia in our joint efforts to advocate for and successfully implement the 2030 Agenda,” Ms. Gallach added. “Youth have also come in great numbers, demonstrating the value that they see in partnering with the United Nations.”

The Gyeongju Action Plan includes a series of concrete measures as a reference for NGOs around the world to jump start implementation of the 2030 Agenda, at the grass roots level.

Dr. Scott Carlin, Co-Chair of the conference and Associate Professor of Geography at Long Island University said: “NGOs from around the world brought passion and expertise to lively final consultations on the outcome document. We are grateful for all of the inputs received and very proud of the Gyeongju Action Plan.”

Dr. YuKang Choi, Co-Chair of the conference and NGO Representative to the United Nations for Dream Touch for All, said: “We hope that Gyeongju was an inspirational setting for finalizing a truly unifying action plan that will be useful for NGOs, wherever they are working.”

For the first time in the history of the DPI/NGO Conference, youth also developed and issued a Youth Declaration.

“Unfortunately youth are still not involved enough in policy making processes around the world,” said Ms. Saphira Rameshfar, Representative of the Ba’hai Community to the United Nations and youth leader at the conference.

“The Youth Declaration is a necessary reminder that young people are needed as leaders and decision-makers not only in youth forums and special-purpose councils, but in those spaces where the course and direction of society as a whole are determined,” added Ms. Rameshfar.

The Gyeongju Action Plan was drafted through a global multi-stakeholder consultation process, leading up to, and during the conference. It was adopted at the final plenary session of the conference, and will be shared widely with civil society as well as the United Nations Secretary-General, the United Nations System, Member States and learning communities.

Download the Gyeongju Action Plan.

Application Form for Civil Society Speakers for 25-27 September Post-2015 Summit

At the request of the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (OPGA), UN-NGLS in cooperation with DESA-DSD is facilitating a nomination process to identify speakers from civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the Major Groups (except Business and Industry), for the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda. The Summit will take place on 25-27 September 2015 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. (OPGA will seek candidates from the business / private sector for speaking roles in the Summit through a separate process.) Continue reading

DPI/NGO Communications Workshop 2015

DPI NGO relations workshop logoThe NGO Relations Section within the Department of Public Information at the United Nations, in partnership with the NGO/DPI Executive Committee Communications Subcomittee is organising a communications workshop themed “Acting Globally in the Digital Age”. To take place on Thursday, 11 June 2015, 10:00 – 13:00 local time in the ECOSOC Chamber of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Continue reading

Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace visits Australia-Pacific Region

Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Under Secretary-General, Mr. Wilfried Lemke speaks to students at the  National Rugby Federation Learning Centre, Sydney

Social inclusion, health education and sport aid programs have been at the centre of the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Under Secretary-General, Mr. Wilfried Lemke’s visit to the Australia-Pacific region. Continue reading