United Nations and Civil Society team up to make cities more sustainable and inclusive

Civil Society representatives will have the opportunity to meet senior UN officials and discuss a wide range of solutions to urban life challenges.

The theme of this year’s conference, “building sustainability and inclusive cities and communities,” reflects the fact that more than half of the world’s population, some 55%, is now living in urban areas, with this figure expected to rise to 68% by 2050.

Conference sessions will address key subjects, including climate change; youth possibilities; and emerging technologies and innovation.

Leaders of large urban centers such as Utah’s Salt Lake City, the communities that live in them, as well as the private sector, are at the forefront of finding sustainable solutions to poverty; climate change; clean water and energy; and many other urban-related challenges.

The sustainability credentials of Salt Lake City include developing a Climate Positive Plan, setting out a path for a transition to 100% clean energy by 2032, and an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2024. Furthermore, the neighboring Utah Valley University is working to educate the campus and the bigger community on the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Agenda, and has been an affiliate part of the Department of Global Communications (DGC) of the United Nations since 2017.

“As a town committed to being inclusive, secure, resilient, and viable, it’s an honor to be the UN Civil Society Conference’s first US host town outside New York,” Mayor Jackie Biskupski said in a declaration. “I can’t believe of a better moment and a better location than Salt Lake City, the UN and the world’s NGOs to raise consciousness of sustainable development goals and the importance of worldwide unity in this nation.” Highlights include interactive thematic meetings, workshops sponsored by NGOs, displays and a youth hub. Leaders and other officials from NGOs, UN agencies, academia, religious traditions, the government and private industries and youth from around the globe will be among the speakers and attendants.

The UN Civil Society Conference is defined by the UN as the “Civil Society Calendar First Event” of the Organization, concentrating on UN problems of interest to civil society and NGOs, where problems of worldwide concern can be debated.

Registration for the Conference is still open, but prospective participants are encouraged to sign up here.

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