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New Year, New Name

Dear civil society colleagues,

We would like to thank you for working with us and supporting all our activities in 2018.

The beginning of the new year marks several changes to our office and the department.

As of 1 January 2019, the name of our department has changed and is now Department of Global Communications. The new name anticipates the new ways of working underscoring the interactivity and co-operation in information management between the United Nations and its stakeholders. 

Due to the expansion of activities of our Unit, NGO Relations is changing its name to become Civil Society Unit. The Liaison functions of the former Non-governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) are a new addition to the Unit which will allow for a well-rounded coordination of the civil society engagement in the United Nations activities.

The Conference – which is the paramount event on our calendar – will now be called the United Nations Civil Society Conference. As you may know, this year the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference (formerly known as UN DPI/NGO Conference) will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA on 26 – 28 August 2019.

Once again, we thank you for your commitment and dynamic work and we look forward to your continuous engagement with the United Nations in this new year and onwards.

With best wishes for 2019,

Civil Society Unit
Department of Global Communications
United Nations