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27 – 29 August, NYC, UNHQ

The 65th Annual DPI NGO Conference

(And don’t miss out on the Opening Night Reception, either!)


Dear NGO Representative,

You are cordially invited to participate in the 65th Annual United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference, organized in partnership with the NGO DPI Executive Committee, which represents the 1800 NGOs worldwide associated with DPI. The conference will be held at United Nations Headquarters, from Wednesday, 27 August, to Friday, 29 August, 2014. This will be the first time since 2007 that the Conference has returned to the UN Headquarters in New York.

The Conference, whose title is “2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda”, is being organized through a partnership of the United Nations Department of Public Information and civil society, through the NGO/DPI Executive Committee which represents the more than 1,300 NGOs worldwide associated with DPI.

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 start of the intergovernmental negotiations which will culminate in the adoption of the post- 2015 development agenda at a summit in September 2015. The Conference outcome declaration will aim to inform the Secretary-General’s September 2014 Climate Summit the Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report on the post-2015 development agenda, due out in December 2014, and the Lima (2014) and Paris (2015) UNFCCC COPs.

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 ambitious SDGs. A Conference Declaration will be produced through an open process to frame an ambitious “Action Agenda” for civil society. Please visit the conference website to view the “zero draft” document, which will serve as the basis for the declaration.

The Conference will provide valuable network-building opportunities for all participants. In addition to representatives of NGOs, also present will be civil society organizations, grassroots constituencies, the UN system and Member States, representatives of the media, academia, the private sector and other institutions.

The Conference is expected to engage participants in sharing experiences and articulating perspectives on how to enhance their activities in the promotion of an ambitious and successful post-2015 development through roundtable panel discussions, interactive dialogues, workshops, building partnerships for the green economy, and other activities.

Background documents and information on the programme will be available on the Conference website. All NGOs, regardless of their association with DPI or consultative status with ECOSOC, are invited to register for the Conference. Please extend this invitation to members and staff of your organization, including youth and grassroots representatives. Please also note that this year the number of participants from any one organization is unlimited. There is no registration fee to attend the Conference.

All participants are required to register for the Conference regardless of whether they already hold a UN grounds pass or not. On-line registration is almost closed – please register today. Please take note of future announcements that will appear regularly here, and on Twitter @undpingo and Facebook.com/undpingo. Registration deadline is Wednesday, 13 August. If you have not already done so, please register now, here.

Kindly note that DPI/NGO Relations cannot assist NGO representatives in obtaining visas to the United States and cannot fax confirmation letters to embassies or consulates. Arrangements for travel, visas and accommodations, as well as all expenses related to participating in the Conference, must be provided for entirely by the participants or their sponsoring organizations.

We look forward to your participation in the 2014 UN DPI/NGO Conference in United Nations Headquarters. Join the conversation with #unngo2014.

Yours Sincerely,

Jeffrey A. Brez, Chief NGO Relations & Advocacy UN Department of Public Relations Co-Chair, Planning Committee

Jeffery Huffines, Chair, 65th Annual DPI/NGO Conference and Co-Chair, Planning Committee, UN Representative, CIVICUS

The NGO/DPI Executive Committee cordially invites you to attend

The 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference Reception

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

6:30-9:30 PM

Delegates Dining Room at United Nations Headquarters

The cost for the reception is US $60 per person. Reservations are necessary due to limited space.

Please return your reservation request with your check or money order for US $60 payable to: NGO/DPI Executive Committee with a note on your check or money order “Conference Reception” – by August 15, 2014.

Mail to: NGO/DPI Executive Committee

P.O. Box 20482 New York, NY 10017 USA

Write on your envelope Attention: – Reception

Please read on for further details and visit the NGO DPI Executive Committee site to reserve using PayPal

All contact information must be completely filled in (Please Print Clearly)



Further Information:

Reception Reservations are separate from the Conference Registration. All Conference participants are welcome to attend the Reception with advanced registration and payment. No reservations will be accepted without payment.

As per UN Security regulations, you are required to list the name and affiliation for EACH of your guests for whom you purchase a Reception Ticket. Reception tickets can be picked up at the Conference Registration Area and you must present valid Photo ID to collect your ticket.


You are able to pay for the reception via PayPal by making a US $60 payment to the NGO/DPI Executive Committee here.

You will receive an email confirmation as receipt of your PayPal payment.

You must print your PayPal confirmation and bring it to the Conference Registration Area.


Your generous donations have always been an integral part in ensuring the success of the Conference.  To find out how you can contribute to the success of the Conference, please click here to read the appeal by Anne-Marie Carlson, chair of the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, and Jeffery Huffines, chair of the Conference.

Please click here to donate to the Conference

The UN Department of Public Information is committed to providing full access to the conference for all participants. Please email [email protected]  regarding your accessibility needs, such as wheelchair access and seating in the Conference Room, Braille and other accessible document formats, hearing loops, etc. as soon as possible and no later than 31 July 2014.  Please click here to learn more about the Accessibility services that are available.

The Conference Planning Committee is looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks.  Please click here to register to be a volunteer.

United Nations Conference to convene Civil Society to support Post-2015 Development Agenda. Please click here to read the entire media advisory.

Among your many travel options, there is a handy accommodations package that will support the conference, keep you close by the UN, and promote delegate networking?  Please click here for more information.

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