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

Special Events

Sixteenth International Children’s Painting Exhibition

This exhibit, featuring paintings collected from the Sixteenth International Children’s painting competition on the environment, was inaugurated by Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, and John Scanlon, Senior Policy Advisor to the Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme.

Date: 5 September 2007
Venue: South Lobby, United Nations, 6 p.m.

Conference Reception

A reception organised by the NGO/DPI Executive Committee. Tickets cost US $50 per person, if paid by 31 August 2007 and US $60 per person, if paid after 31 August 2007.

Date: 5 September 2007
Venue: Delegates’ Dining Room, Conference Building, United Nations 4th Floor, 6 p.m.-9 p.m

Networking Breakfast Meetings

The purpose of the networking breakfast meetings was to provide Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) with an opportunity to develop partnerships. It also allowed them to process information from the Conference, identify and share individual and collective goals, as well as set objectives on the topic of climate change.

Date: Wednesday 5 September 2007 and Friday 7 September 2007
Venue: United Nations Cafeteria at 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Introduction for New Comers at the UN Networking Breakfast Meetings

On the first morning of the Conference, the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) in cooperation with the DPI/NGO Section invited those attending the Conference and coming to the UN for the first time to attend an orientation session. This session offered an overview of the wide range of services provided by the UN to the NGO community and civil society at large.

Date: Wednesday 5 September 2007
Venue: United Nations Cafeteria at 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m

Open Forum for the Annual Report from the NGO/DPI Executive Committee

  • Report from Joan Kirby, Chair
  • Introduction of New Officers and Directors
  • Comments on DPI/NGO Partnership – Juan Carlos Brandt
  • Outreach:
    • Appointment of Regional Representatives in Sub-Saharan Africa, India and Latin America – Anne Marie Carlson, Aaron Etra
    • Program in Costa Rica– Lester Wilson for Juanita Carrillo
  • NGO Reporter On-Line – Lester Wilson
  • Report from the Special Advisor on NGO Relations in the Office of the President of the General Assembly – Shamina de Gonzaga
  • Conference 2008 and Beyond – Jeffery Huffines and Shamina de Gonzaga
  • Closing Remarks – Jeffery Huffines

Date: Thursday 6 September 2007
Venue: United Nations Conference Room 4 at 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m

Art Center College of Design: Raising Public Awareness

The Art Center College of Design is an NGO associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information. Students and faculty team of the Art Center College in Pasadena, California, designed the following four public service announcements (PSAs) for the 60th Annual DPI/NGO Conference: Climate Change: How It Impacts Us All. These pieces call the NGO community as well as civil society to address climate change and its dire impact on our planet.

The G.G. Meeting, Directed by Alice Park
Moving Day, Directed by Gregg Casson
Apathy, Directed by Hugo Stenson
Blowing Smoke, Directed by Jonas Mayabb

Instructors for the Cinematography Workshop, Film Department at Art Center College of Design:
Mike Berkofsky and Andrew Harlow

Produced by Elisa Ruffino for Designmatters at Art Center College of Design

For more information, visit the Art Center College of Design website.

Date: 5-7 September 2007
Venue: Studio 4, United Nations Headquarters at 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Multigenerational Sub-Committee: UN DPI/NGO Film Project

The Multigenerational Sub-Committee of the 60th Annual DPI/NGO Conference is in the process of producing a documentary film under the title United Differences: Family Impacts on Climate Change. The documentary will explore potential roles of both families and individuals in preventing climate change. The project was directed by Mr. Jun Ren, an Independent Film and Theatre Director, and member of the Multigenerational Sub-Committee. The documentary project was also supported by a family photo album, Say NO to the Shadow of Earth.

Date: 5-7 September 2007
Venue: Studio 4, United Nations Headquarters at 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

‘What Moves You?’ Travelling Exhibition

‘What moves you?’, an organisation that creates awareness campaigns aimed at educating and involving people in global social issues, will be conducting interviews and photographic portrait sessions during the 60th DPI/NGO Conference.

‘What moves you?’ would like to feature your portrait and personal statement in their travelling exhibition, offering in depth portrayals of the unique individuals, who dedicate their efforts and expertise to help realise the goals of the United Nations.

Portraits and interviews will be conducted on site at the United Nations - in the ‘what moves you?’ booth located in the General Assembly Lobby.

Interested parties are invited to send an e-mail to info@whatmovesyou.net to schedule their portrait and interview.

Previous installations of ‘what moves you?’ have been held at the United Nations, Manhattanville College, and the Aspen Institute.

Date: 5-7 September 2007
Venue: General Assembly Visitors' Lobby, United Nations Headquarters

Co-founders of ‘What Moves You?’ Initiative
Gala Narezo, Photographer, and NGO Representative, Art Center College of Design,
Shamina de Gonzaga, Special Adviser on NGO Relations, Office of the President of the General Assembly, and NGO Representative, Fundación Cultural Baur.

A Tribute to Effective Partners that Contributed to the Live Earth Initiatives (RSVP)

Honouring effective partners that contributed to the live earth initiatives, there was a screening of three SOS/ Live Earth short films. Organised by Suzanne Engo, President of the Girl Behind the Camera Productions, this event featured Kevin Wall, Co-creator of Live Earth, Kit Hawkins from SOS Live Earth Short Films Programme and Oscar nominated film maker Amy Berg.

Date: Thursday 6 September 2007
Venue: Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium, United Nations, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.