United Nations NGO Conference Declaration on Post-2015 released in six UN languages
Provides global platform for civil society support of post-2015 development agenda
New York, 10 November – The 65th Annual Department of Public Information (DPI) Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference, entitled “2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda”, ended successfully on 29 August with the adoption by civil society representatives of a Conference Declaration. The Declaration outlines a civil society vision for the post-2015 development agenda, and includes recommendations on Monitoring and Accountability, the Sustainable Development Goals, Means of Implementation and a Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. The Outcome Document, comprised of the Conference Declaration and a Resource Document, was adopted by acclamation after a global consultation process which culminated over the course of the three-day Conference at United Nations headquarters in New York City. Over 2,200 civil society participants representing an estimated 700 NGOs from 100 countries around the globe, gathered to share their ideas and to develop a common platform to advocate for an ambitious and successful post-2015 development agenda.
Conference Chair, Jeffery Huffines, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, UN Representative, heralds the Declaration, “as a clarion call by NGOs worldwide that urges governments to take the strongest possible action to adopt next year and to advocate with maximum impact from this common platform, built on consensus, for a truly ambitious set of SDGs that leave no one behind.”
Maher Nasser, Acting Head of the UN Department of Public Information stated, “The unprecedented participation in this Conference demonstrates the resolve among civil society to capitalize on the success of the Millennium Development Goals and help construct the post-2015 development agenda. The United Nations will continue to engage closely with civil society around the world as we work towards building as
inclusive an agenda as possible.”