The 64th Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference, entitled “Sustainable Societies; Responsive Citizens” will be held on 3-5 September 2011 in Bonn, Germany. This conference could be considered as one of the major NGO events in preparation for the Rio+20 Conference and the tenth anniversary for the Year of Voluntarism.
There are four key round tables:
1. Shaping Sustainable Lifestyles and Livelihoods: Sustainable Consumption and Production Aspects of a Globalizing World;
2. Green Economy and Poverty Eradication: Climate justice as a bridge to a new global Economic Paradigm;
3. Role of Civil Society in a Fast-changing World: Civic Engagement and Voluntary Action for Achieving Sustainability;
4. Sustainable Development Governance Issues from Local to Global: The Role of Citizen Participation.
High level speakers have been invited and those who have accepted to date include: UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyotaka Akasaka, and Executive Coordinator of UNV Flavia Pansieri. The Conference will be chaired by Felix Dodds, Stakeholder Forum’s Excutive Director
Participants will include representatives of NGOs, academia, civil society organizations, grassroots constituencies, media, Member States, private sector UN System and other significant stakeholders.
NGOs are invited to submit proposals for the Conference NGO Workshops. Eight workshops, 90 minutes each, will be held every day of the Conference for a total of 24 workshops. NGOs wishing to organize a workshop should complete and return by E-mail only the Workshop Proposal Form, which can be downloaded from http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/....
The workshops provide valuable opportunities for NGOs to interact and discuss informally among themselves various aspects of issues raised by the Conference theme in general, and solutions to this global challenge in particular.
Workshop proposals should supplement the Roundtable Themes.
The United Nations does not fund any costs associated with NGO Workshops. The sponsoring or co-sponsoring NGOs must pay all expenses associated with their workshops including, but not limited to, travel and accommodations for presenters, translations, and/or written materials as well as make all visa arrangements. The language of the conference is English.