The United Nations held its 65th DPI/NGO Annual Conference in New York City, US from 27th to 29th of August. The Conference, titled ¡°2015 and Beyond----Our Action Agenda¡± and focused on the role of civil society in the post 2015 development agenda, was attended by over 2000 representatives from 902 NGOs of 117 countries. The organizer featured opening and closing ceremonies and 8 roundtables on issues of poverty eradication, sustainable development, human rights, climate justice, etc and participating NGOs held dozens of workshops relating to these topics. A declaration was adopted at the closing ceremony, proposing the initiatives by the global civil society for the post-2015 development agenda.
The Chinese delegation consisted of the following: China NGO Network for International Exchanges (CNIE), Chinese People¡¯s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), Chinese Association for International Understanding (CAFIU), Chinese People¡¯s Association for Peace and Disarmament (CPAPD), Chinese Foundation for Peaceful Development (CFPD), China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE), China Care Association (CCA), Beijing NGO International Exchange Association, etc. CNIE Deputy Secretary General Shi Guohui served as head of the delegation.
The delegation attended different functions and had exchanges with foreign NGO representatives in the occasions of conference intervals, lunches, and receptions etc. Shi Guohui delivered a keynote speech in the roundtable ¡°Climate Justice in Practice¡± on behalf of Chinese NGOs. The delegation also met with DPI Acting Head Maher Nasser and Co-Chairs of the Conference Planning Committee Jeffery Huffines and Jeffrey A Brez. The delegation also had negotiations with NGOs including the United Nations Millennium Campaign.