I am pleased to update you on the upcoming 52nd Annual DPI-NGO Conference: Challenges of a Globalized World: Finding New Directions, which is taking place at UN Headquarters from 15 -17 September 1999. Nearly 3,000 NGO representatives from 60 countries have registered -- a record by far. For those of you who do not attend, a report on the Conference will be sent to you as quickly as possible and will also be posted on the NGO Section's website (www.un.org/MoreInfo/ngolink/welcome.htm).
As a forum for representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to confer with officials of the United Nations system, Governments, and representatives of civil society, our Conference will examine the impact of globalization on people around the world. The Conference will identify policies and partnerships that can be promoted through the United Nations system to channel the process of globalization in directions that will help eliminate poverty, preserve cultural diversity, and promote human rights, good governance and a healthy environment, while pursuing economic opportunities for all.
The Conference will focus on key aspects of globalization, including trade and finance, agriculture, labour, technology and communications, and building partnerships and new institutions through panel discussions and midday workshops. Panellists include high-level Government and UN officials, and representatives of civil society, including NGOs, the private sector, academics, and the media. Opening speakers include Secretary- General Kofi Annan, Queen Noor of Jordan and Nobel Laureate President Oscar Arias. The closing speakers include Ugandan Vice President Mrs. Specioza Wandira Kazibwe, Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Harvard University and Mr. Brian Atwood, former Director of USAID. For the complete list of panels and Midday NGO Workshops, please check our website.
The staff of the NGO Section look forward to seeing you at the Conference. For those of you who are not able to join us, we will be sending a survey which will help us determine how useful the information provided by the UN is to you and how we can best advance our common agendas.
With best regards,
Chief, NGO Section
Department of Public Information
26 August 1999