Season Wrap-Up

Thursday, 22 June 2017 11:00 am – 12:45 pm
ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, NY

Join us as we present the highlights of the past season of DPI/NGO events, the annual review stats and the upcoming Intergenerational Dialogues happening this summer at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The NGO/DPI executive committee elections will follow.

Jeff Brez, Chief of NGO Relations, Advocacy and Outreach, Department of Public Information
Kim Quarles, Vice-Chair of NGO/DPI Executive Committee and World Jurist Association, NGO Representative to the United Nations Department of Public Information
Mary Norton, Felician University, NGO Representative to the United Nations Department of Public Information
Maxton Scotland (via videoconference), Rotaract, Youth Representative
Jadayah Spencer, Executive Director of the International Youth Leadership Institute and Co-Chair of the DPI/NGO Youth Steering Committee
Lawri Lala Moore, Senior Editor, Basic Facts about the United Nations 

Briefing Summary

"Season Wrap-Up" DPI/NGO Briefing on 22 June highlighted the past thematic briefings, workshops, and orientations aimed at strengthening engagement with DPI associated NGOs.

  • 17 briefings were held in Winter/Spring 2017 season
  • 9 Briefings were organized in observance of a specific event or day:
  • International Day for Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust (January)
  • ECOSOC Youth Forum (January)
  • CSW61 (March) [3 Briefings held in Observance of the Commission on the status of women]
  • International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (March)
  • World Press Freedom Day (May)
  • International Day of Families (May)
  • 2 NGO orientation programmes
  • 3 NGO-led Briefings
  • Over 20,000 Followers total on Facebook and Twitter as of June 2017 and there were over 200 mentions of #DPINGO this Briefing season
  • The highest attended briefing, with about 500 attendees was the 13 April Briefing: “Focus on Faith: Faith Based Organizations and Refugee Assistance.”
  • Our total of Youth Representatives has reached 533 which is a 108 percent increase from last year. These youth representatives represent of 100 countries from around the world.
  • Highlight statistics from one particular briefing this season – The youth orientation held on 10 March for newly appointed youth representatives. The ECOSOC youth forum side event attracted over 3000 views on the UN webcast.

The discussion and feedback also focused on the upcoming event, co-organized by DPI NGO Relations and the NGO/DPI Executive Committee entitled, "Intergenerational Dialogues on the SDGs" which is planned to take place on 1 August 2017 at UNHQ.

Specifically, the Questions-and-Answers session featured a discussion between the panelists and the audience on the upcoming Intergenerational Dialogues event.  Members of the audience kindly offered their suggestions and comments in relation to the topics and thematic format of the dialogues. Some of the suggestions included:

  • Ensure that everybody understand the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) are all about.
  • Ensure that the voices of people from less privileged backgrounds and vulnerable populations are heard.
  • Ensure more thematic inclusion and participation of older people and the resources they can offer. E.g. “Grey is Green” movement.
  • The subjects are related and should be addressed likewise. In relation to unemployment, the attitude of powerful corporation should be addressed.
  • Ensure young people engagement for community outreach.
  • Ensure follow up in different ways.
  • Create and provide toolkits to facilitate and maximize cooperation for multiple generations.
  • Discuss quality of life, sustainable cities, migration, poverty and success stories of people born into poverty.

We encourage suggestions on the topics to be highlighted and the expert speakers on thematic issues.

Intergenerational Dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals 

List of Co-Chairs as of 21 June 

Planning_CommitteeProgrammee_subcommitteeIntergenerational SubcommitteeOutreach_&_Publicity    SubcommitteeReporting_SubcommitteeLogistics_subcommittee

Provide coordination  and leadership to sub- committees;
lead on opening and closing plenaries

Plan breakout sessions; Identify and provide rapporteurs for break-out sessions


Ensure interaction across generations, in support of Programme Subcommittee

Promote registration and visibility among diverse NGO reps worldwide via appropriate channels.

Determine modality of reporting back to participants by civil society co-chairs; and guarantee on-time delivery

To assist participants as needed; signage at venue; special needs and accessibility;  liaison with technical support with UN; manage volunteers

Co-Chairs (3)Co-Chairs (2)Co-Chairs (2)Co-Chairs (4)Co-Chairs (2)Co-Chairs (2)

Jeff Brez (DPI)

Dr. Mary Norton, Felician University

Maxton Scotland, Rotaract, African Union

Bruce Knotts, Unitarian Universalists

Xiaomeng Luo (Sherwin), The Resolution Project

Sandra Timmermann International Federation on Ageing,

Steve Chiu, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

Fannie Munlin- National Council Of Negro Women

Anne Riccitelli- Syrian Orthodox Church of America

Subhajit Saha, Dayemi Foundation,

Reeva Gupta, Oxford Centre for Hindu,

Brian Muzas-Seton Hall University,

Chuck Hitchcock, Peace Action

Zineb Touzani, Rotary International

Margo LaZaro Global Family,

Dena Mekawi- Women's National Book Association

Ex-Officio Members     
Scott Carlin, Long Island University,