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The 67th UN DPI/NGO Conference Outcome Document Conference Logo

Conference draft

​Two Townhall consultation events will be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 20 and 22 August to gather feedback on the revised draft. 

For download: Draft Action Plan (English) 

The Draft Outcome Document will also be available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Russian.

New York Action Plan (Second draft)

“We the Peoples... Together Finding Global Solutions for Global Problems”
UN Headquarters, New York
22-23 August 2018


  1. Two years ago in Gyeongju, We the Peoples committed ourselves to “an ethos of global citizenship.”[1] In that spirit, today We the Peoples commit ourselves to foster people-centered multilateralism – a multilateralism dedicated both to human rights and sustainable development, a multilateralism pledged equally to uplift those whose human rights are most under threat and protect our planet by living in harmony with nature, a multilateralism that shares responsibility and accountability among all stakeholders.
  2. People-Centered Multilateralism requires expanding the role of civil society partnerships to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Thus, on behalf of We the Peoples, the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) assembled here on 23 August 2018 in New York adopt this Action Plan to ensure that the Global Agenda leaves no one behind..

    A Time to Reawaken International Cooperation
  3. Each day at the United Nations, governments affirm that it is only by working together across divisions that we prosper together. They are inspired by the promise of a world governed by law rather than force, by a vision of a better world in which the United Nations is the beating heart of order, justice, and equity for all human beings. Since its inception, the United Nations has helped billions of people lift themselves out of poverty, but much more remains to be done.
  4. Prosperity for everyone has not yet been achieved. Violations of international norms by those with power, together with widening inequality, have cast doubt on whether the potential benefits of international cooperation can be realized. Some strains of nationalism seize on the failures of the current multilateral system to argue against the idea that cooperation helps everyone. In place of multilateralism, false nationalism promises development for some at the expense of the most vulnerable people. Such false nationalism asks We the Peoples to pledge our allegiance to our nations even at the expense of our planet.
  5. We the Peoples reject this pessimism and offer people-centered multilateralism as an optimistic and realistic antidote. The multilateralism we envision – a people-centered multilateralism – must maintain yet go beyond the legacy of cooperation among states towards common ends by robustly including non-state actors in transparent decision making processes with adequate accountability mechanisms built in. To build a stable foundation for people-centered multilateralism, we, as civil society, pledge to work side by side with governments, corporations, and other stakeholders to pursue the Sustainable Development Goals and address shortfalls whenever and wherever these goals are not met. We recognize the official role of states within the United Nations system, but we also recognize that civil society plays an indispensable role in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Therefore, civil society claims its unique space for action that transcends national identities and other affiliations.

    A Time to Renew Civil Society Commitment
  6. As civil society, we identify across the full spectrum of wealth, age, race, gender, power, religion, and culture. We are citizens of our countries and of our world. We embrace our distinct identities, and we pledge to work together across our differences to guarantee that the benefits of development are shared equitably across generations, now and in the future.
  7. Civil society has already boosted equitable development for humanity’s most vulnerable communities through advocacy for and investments in education, employment, environmental protection, mental health, justice, and legal initiatives. At this conference, we express our intention to go further, to tackle extreme economic inequality, protect vulnerable minorities and migrants, stamp out gender injustice, and protect our planet for future generations.
  8. Therefore, as civil society, we commit:
  9. To ensure gender equity is integral to the social justice at the heart of our work
  10. To operationalize the Global Compact on Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees by prioritizing the rights of migrants and people in fragile and conflict-affected countries – those most in danger of being left behind
  11. To advance the Declaration on Human Rights by working to ensure the safety, expression, and freedom of association of those who defend the victims of human rights abuses
  12. To develop wisely-chosen, coordinated partnerships, reducing and preventing unnecessary and wasteful duplication of efforts
  13. To foster cooperation within the global South to increase the autonomy and sustainability of developing societies and nations
  14. To prevent individual and corporate tax evasion and rights violations, and to focus international public attention on such evils when they occur, with particular attention to the upcoming Special Session on Financing for Development
  15. To financially support and promote change-makers, regardless of age, in public policy decisions, and to follow the example of innovative and powerful social movements
  16. To act in solidarity to protect civil society representatives from threats to their physical safety and their rights to advocate and assemble
  17. To work with and empower youth within our respective organizations and communities to carry out the actions outlined in the New York Youth Declaration 
  18. To build on our economic and cultural innovations that strengthen the nexus between the social, economic, and environmental foundations of development, and
  19. To serve as independent voices of analysis and advocacy to allow states, corporations, and other stakeholders to hold themselves and each other accountable to their constituencies.

    A Time to Join with Civil Society

  20. To achieve Agenda 2030, cooperation and partnerships with Member states, the UN development system, and the private sector, are needed on all levels.
  21. Therefore, as civil society, we call upon:
  22. All Member states, to respect, protect, and promote the role and rights of civil society to play a meaningful role to / help advance a people-centered multilateral system, ensuring an open and transparent ecosystem for civil society to hold public and private institutions accountable​.
  23. Corporations to become best practice leaders on tax transparency and accountability, on fair labor policies, on building equitable supply chains that deliver fair economic returns on value added by poor communities, and to measure their success in ways beyond maximizing profits for wealthy shareholders.
  24. The United Nations to play its historic role as a convener of states and stakeholders, to guarantee that the most marginalized peoples throughout the world are heard most clearly and to ensure that our planet remains a place where all of humanity can flourish.

  25. The current international order must transform. We, as civil society, commit to support the successful repositioning of the United Nations system with our collaboration, passion, and ideas. Through its institutions, culture, and work around the world, and supported by its activity in a robust and protected civil society space, People-centered multilateralism will generate the political support needed to endure for this generation and future generations.
  26. We, the people gathered at the 67th United Nations DPI/NGO Conference, therefore commit to redouble our efforts to transform the world through people-centered multilateral cooperation in a spirit of global citizenship. We call upon states, corporations, other institutions, and other collective and individual stakeholders to join our effort. By so doing, together we will further the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and ensure that no one is left behind.

[1]Annex to the letter dated 11 July 2016 from the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations addressed to the President of the General Assembly: Action plan adopted at the sixty-sixth annual Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations Conference, “Gyeongju Action Plan,” A/70/980 (11 July 2016),