United Nations Civil Society Conference
August 26 – 28th 2019 in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City hosted the 2019 United Nations Civil Society Conference in August 2019. The theme was “Building Inclusive and Sustainable Communities.”
The conference attracted more than 5,000 representatives from over 130 countries. More than 40% were young people between the ages of 18 and 32.
Two important documents were presented to Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the United Nations General Assembly. The first — called the outcome statement — outlines a global vision for building inclusive and sustainable cities and communities by 2030. Adopted unanimously by conference participants, the document proposes steps that communities around the world should take to meet that 2030 goal.
The second, is the Youth Climate Compact, which lays out steps to reduce the devastating effects of the climate crisis and adapt our communities in both mindset and structure. You can read both by clicking the buttons below:
Each United Nations Civil Society Conference focuses on a different UN topic of interest related to the work of civil society and non-governmental organizations.
The Conference is traditionally held at UN Headquarters, but has recently been hosted by global cities, including Melbourne, Australia; Paris; Mexico City; and Bonn, Germany. The 2019 UNCSC was the first Civil Society Gathering in the U.S. outside of New York City.
Mayor Biskupski encouraged the United Nations to make Sustainability Goal 11 the focus of the 2019 Conference. United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 lays out a series of targets for cities to reach by 2030, including access to safe and affordable housing, transportation, and green and public spaces. Goal 11 also encourages cities to adopt and implement plans to reduce the environmental impact of cities, particularly air quality.
Goal 11 Videos:
Salt Lake City’s Sustainability Director Vicki Bennett discusses the United Nations’ Sustainability Goal 11 and breaks down the different ways the Capital City is working to reach its clean energy goals.
Official Conference Announcement:
In November 2018, Mayor Jackie Biskupski, United Nations officials, along with local dignitaries, announced plans for Salt Lake City to host the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference– the first conference in history to be held outside of UN Headquarters in the United States. Below is the full press conference:
*Please note, this conference was formerly named the UN DPI/NGO Conference.