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The United Nations and Civil Society - 70 Years Working Together: How Do We Make a Difference from Geneva?

Monday, 22 June 2015 - 10:00 to 17:00
Palais des Nations, Geneva – Room XI

"The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN’s history and take stock of its enduring achievements. It is also an opportunity to spotlight where the UN – and the international community as a whole – needs to redouble its efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development, and human rights." - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message for UN70

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, the Office of the Director-General at UNOG together with the World Federation of United Nations Associations, the Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO) held an event to assess the relationship between the United Nations and the civil society and to examine how this partnership could be strengthened, with particular emphasis on how the work in Geneva could have an even more important impact on the situation in different parts of the world. This was an opportunity to exchange the experience, practices and lessons learnt for the continued engagement. The discussions were structured along the three overarching goals: peace, rights and well-being, along with the synergy of values and ideals of the United Nations. A conference report will be compiled.

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  • Permanent Missions
  • NGOs with Consultative Status with ECOSOC
  • International Organizations
  • Academic institutions and other stakeholders in Geneva.

Opening Remarks by the Director-General

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