UN DPI NGO 65th Annual Conference Report
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65th DPI/NGO Conference The United Nations Department Public Information for Nongovernmental Organizations (DPI.NGO) held its 65th Conference its headquarters the United Nations New York from August 29, 2014. This was the first annual conference attended Judicial Watch since its association with the UNs Department Public Information 2006.* According the history the annual conferences posted DPIs website, for sixty years the annual conferences have been held the United Nations headquarters New York. The UNs Department Public Information held its first conference off-site the UNESCOs (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) headquarters Paris, France, 2008; and 2011, the conference was held Bonn, Germany. This year marked the first time since 2006 that the DPI.NGO conference was held its headquarters New York. And provided opportunity for Judicial Watch attend the conference and observe how its mission promoting good governance through transparency and accountability might used for the benefit the global community. *Judicial Watch associated with the United Nations Department Public Information (UN-DPI) nongovernmental organization, whose mission promote transparency, accountability and integrity government, politics and the law. fulfills its educational mission through litigation, investigations, and public outreach. Its International Program serves integral part its educational program. Since 2001, has been meeting with delegations from all over the world who participate U.S. State Department-sponsored leadership programs. The theme this years conference focused the role civil society the post-2015 development agenda, with outcome document compiled and shared with the community and other stakeholders its conclusion. The theme this conference was designed lead-in the Climate Summit take place September and the 69th annual session the United Nations General Assembly, meeting from September through October Headquarters New York, to deliberate the worlds most pressing issues: poverty and hunger; persistent unemployment; violent armed conflicts; faltering education systems; climate change and rising sea-levels; and inadequate infrastructure. post-conference article, 2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda the IISDs (International Institute for Sustainable Development) Internet site reported An estimated 4,000 civil society representatives, from 100 NGOs, and 120 national delegates participated the Conference, seeking bring their input the discussions the post-2015 development agenda. reported the ISSDs conference summary, both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Jan Eliasson, the Deputy Secretary-General, their addresses conference participants, lauded the work and importance civil society NGOs. The Secretary-General, video message the Opening Session, told participants: depend NGOs push world leaders along the right path. You understand that sovereignty carries responsibility. You know that political power sacred duty. And you have grassroots influence that can make history. Jan Eliasson, stated further that the work civil society, often with limited resources and personal and political risk, has been central the promotion peace, development and human rights. You are out there the field, building bridges solidarity. You advocate and engage. You debate and defend. You push and then push some more. And the world better for it, added. truly remarkable gather one place with representatives NGOs from every corner the world for the purpose networking and collaborating solutions some the worlds most challenging problems, from security issues such crime and violence, hunger and disease, persecution and war, major development issues education, job opportunities, and womens empowerment. There were 117 countries represented this years 65th DPI.NGO conference. someone who chose fight against system injustice India, Bollywood superstar Mallika Sherawat was highlight for conference attendees and role model for successful activism. She has used her stardom furtherance two MDGs: women empowerment and universal primary education. She chose expose the treatment women her country, where women are denied educationand survived assassination attempt for speaking out. Further, citing statistics, she said that India was the most dangerous place for woman born and that on average, every minutes woman India raped. The Bollywood superstar was well received the conference attendees and offered compelling testimony courage for her activism and outreach behalf the women India. Yet the real superheroes the conference were the thousands individuals who gathered from all over the worldmany living dangerous and difficult circumstancesyet persevering their commitment make positive impact the lives their communities. Consider the words Hadiza Bala Usman, the Nigerian activist who, following the abduction over 200 Nigerian school girls the terrorist group Boko Haram, started Twitter campaign, #BringBackOurGirls, organize rally and gather community support for the missing girls. She wasnt dissuaded the concerns friend who feared one would show up. Her response: Even [only] people come out [to the rally], means that people care. And she has since held numerous rallies keep the pressure Boko Haram and promote rural school safety towards the fulfillment one the Millennium Development Goals: achieving universal primary education. And these stories successful outreaches are just small sampling taken from the hundreds civil society groups and activists represented the conference who have stepped the gap variety ways make difference their communities. This the face success. Success found the unrelenting and incremental step-by-step movement forward individual civil society groups and activists they work alleviate suffering and promote justice around the world just-one-step-at-a-time. Judicial Watchs mission the promotion transparency and accountability government, politics, and the law cornerstone good governance the most influential nation the world, the United States America. set forth its Mission Statement, through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards ethics and morality the nations public life and seeks ensure that political and judicial officials not abuse the powers entrusted them the American people. Judicial Watch fulfills its educational mission through litigation, investigations, and public outreach. The International Program integral part its educational program.