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The 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference on Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities and Communities

August 25, 2019 - August 28, 2019

Organized by the United Nations

The 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference on Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities and Communities 

August 26 – 28, 2019

Salt Lake City, Utah


The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a blueprint for action, advocacy and partnership, and a compass to ensure that no one is left behind, including those who are poor and vulnerable. Women and young people are seizing opportunities to participate fully and prominently as leaders in these efforts, and there are numerous examples of local action contributing to achieving national frameworks and bringing about global impact. The SDGs were designed with direct participation from more than 10 million people globally over a three-year period and were launched in 2015 with the support of all 193 UN Member States. Civil society is key to promoting understanding of these ambitious Goals and achieving them by 2030.

Against this backdrop, this year’s UN Civil Society Conference2 , reflecting Salt Lake City’s leadership and demonstrated commitment on sustainability issues, will focus on SDG 11, “to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by 2030”. The agenda will explore the interlinkages among all 17 Goals, including critical issues relating to gender.

The three-day conference, co-hosted by the UN Department of Global Communications, Salt Lake City, and the NGO Executive Committee, will feature opening and closing plenary sessions, interactive thematic sessions, NGO-sponsored workshops, exhibits and a youth hub. Speakers and attendees will include leaders and other representatives from NGOs, UN agencies, academia, faith traditions, the public and private sectors and youth from around the world.

Proposed Thematic Sessions
1. Inclusive Communities – Leaving No One Behind
2. Climate Change – Communities in Action
3. Peaceful Societies – Recovering from Conflict and Nurturing Peace
4. Youth-led Session – Creating Economic Success for Youth
5. Infrastructure and Resource Use
6. Emerging Technologies and Innovation


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August 25, 2019
August 28, 2019
Event Category:


United Nations


Salt Lake City, Utah