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The 66th United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference will be held in the City of Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, from 30 May to 1 June 2016.

The conference is the first in its history to be held in Asia. The first 60 conferences took place in New York at the United Nations Headquarters, as was the 65th conference. In between, the conference was held in Paris (2008), Mexico City (2009), Melbourne (2010) and Bonn (2011).

Organized by the NGO Relations and Advocacy Section of the United Nations Department of Public Information, in partnership with the Republic of Korea, the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, and the National Organizing Committee of Korea, the theme of the 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference is “Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together.”

The Conference will take place during the launch year of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals, and aims at mobilizing civil society and academic organizations around the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, focusing on education and global citizenship as drivers for change and action.

Through various round table discussions and workshops, conference participants will explore a range of educational initiatives that ensure inclusive education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. The three pillars of the Conference, Formal Education; Informal Education and Training; and Advocacy and Public Information, will be examined as means to eliminate inequalities that create or perpetuate marginalization and disenfranchisement. Conference participants will finalize an education action agenda to mobilize civil society –its local and international NGOs, networks and activists, academics, educators, policy makers, businesses and youth– reflecting the aspirations and ambitions of all global citizens. This agenda will be drafted through a global multi-stakeholder consultation process, leading up to, and during the conference. The agenda will be offered for adoption at the final plenary session of the conference, and will be shared widely with civil society as well as the UN Secretary-General, UN System, UN Member States and learning communities.

While the Conference is open to all civil society organizations, the following groups are automatically pre-approved for registration:

– NGOs associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI); in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); in Consultative Status with the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO);

– Students and faculty from academic institutions that are members of the United Nations Academic Impact initiative (UNAI);

Other organizations not associated with DPI, nor in Consultative Status with ECOSOC or UNESCO, or not part of the UNAI may be required to present additional information for their registration. Visit the Registration page for more information.