60th Annual DPI/NGO Conference - United Nations, New York, 5-7 September 2007


Conference Programme

This year’s DPI/NGO Conference will focus on the facilitation of individual action plans that address the growing concerns associated with climate change and its profound and decisive impact on human well-being. The world is now equipped with a vast body of information, scientific as well as social and political, all pointing to the potential devastation of our common world. This conference will address solutions by helping interested parties to develop concrete practices that can be both implemented and shared. The goal of this conference is to build our knowledge of climate change into the viable habits of everyday practice that ensure a better future.

More than 2,000 Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) and other civil society partners from 90 countries are expected to attend the three-day event, from 5 to 7 September 2007, organised by the Department of Public Information (DPI) in collaboration with NGO/DPI Executive Committee.

United Nations, government, and NGO representatives as well as other influential or expert individuals will lead two plenary sessions, seven roundtables and thirty-two midday workshops to review the latest scientific evidence on climate change, including its impact on vulnerable populations, water security, land use, and the politics of energy. According to experts and scientists, some of the worst-case scenarios can be avoided by acting swiftly and decisively at every level of the decision-making process. Additionally, the conference will highlight the interconnection between climate change and other Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). We cannot aspire to have sustainable improvement in the environment without addressing the root causes of poverty and the necessity of basic education. The international community’s ability to meet the MDGs will continue to be challenged unless all actors including governments, civil society and others take action now.

The knowledge gained at this conference should assist NGOs in disseminating information, not just to agencies and governments, but to friends and neighbours. The information received can help educate communities of the importance in reducing carbon emissions; the necessity of encouraging fuel conservation and the search for energy-efficient alternative fuel sources. Contacts made will encourage the exchange of best practices and the acceptance of recommended international standards of behaviour. It will equip NGOs with the skills to form effective partnerships and create those viable action plans to carry their efforts forward.

As global citizens, and for the sake of generations to come, we all have a responsibility to find concrete solutions and to implement effective, everyday, and meaningful measures. It is not too late to influence the present and plan for a safer and more sustainable future.

Conference Schedule

Conference Opening Session


Conference participants can attend four of the following seven multi-stakeholder roundtables, featuring representatives of the United Nations, governments, civil society and the private sector. Each roundtable will have a proactive moderator and four to six speakers, who will engage in a dialogue with each other and with the audience. The roundtables will address the following themes:

Conference Closing Session