UN DPI/NGO: Draft Declaration of the 64th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference

The final version of the conference declaration is now available:

The participants of the 64th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference, assembled from 3-5 September 2011 in Bonn, Germany, seat of UN organizations and conventions working for sustainable development worldwide and home to an interdisciplinary cluster of NGOs and institutions working in the fields of volunteerism, environment and development;

Noting that the 64th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference is a major stakeholder event aimed at contributing to the two volunteer-focused sessions of the UN General Assembly scheduled to take place on 5 December 2011 in New York to mark the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers;

Further noting that the 64th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference also aims to inform the preparatory process towards the UN Conference on Sustainable development (“Rio + 20”) in Rio de Janeiro, 3-5 June 2012;

Bearing in mind the objective of Rio + 20, as mandated in the UN General Assembly Resolution A/64/236, to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assessing the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development and addressing new and emerging challenges which include the themes of green economy in the context of poverty eradication and sustainable development and the institutional framework for sustainable development;

Mindful of the failure of states to subsequently address the urgency conveyed in the opening paragraph of Agenda 21: “Humanity stands at a defining moment in history. We are confronted with perpetuation of disparities between nations, and a worsening of poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy and the continuing deterioration of the ecosystem on which we depend for our well being (Agenda 21, UNCED, 1992).”

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