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Black Tie International:
2015 NGO Conference at the United Nations
Article by GMK

2015 NGO Conference at the United Nations

22-27 August 2015,
UN Headquarters
and New York City Venues


Honoring the Past
Recognizing the Present
Imagining the Future

Join Permanent Missions, UN Agencies,
High-Level Staff, Very Special Guests,
And Civil Society from Across the Globe
 Celebrate the 70th Anniversary
of the United Nations and Its Special
Relationship with NGOs.


Lead Endorsers

The Permanent Missions of Canada, Denmark,
 São Tomé and Príncipe, Suriname, and Ukraine to the United Nations

Concept Note

The UN’s 70th anniversary is a very special time to gather NGOs,
celebrate their efforts and leadersover many years, focus on the post-2015
agendaof the SDGs, and cast an eye to the future with a special highlight on
Youth in NGOs.

We wish to honor the past successes of civil society, recognize present challenges and opportunities, and focus on the future we all want: for increased youth involvement in our NGOs and all UN policy-making going forward.

Plenaries   Workshops   Exhibits  Special Events   Receptions

70 Years Later, Civil Society Looks Forward

If you would like to recognize your past, understand
our shared responsibility, and look forward to a new generation in Global NGOs,

 For more information,

please contact


Black Tie has a limited number of  guest passes.
   Premium  sponsorship opportunities are still available
 for the  2015 NGO Conference.
 Please contact
 Priority will be given to Individuals, Companies and Organizations who can
actively engage with  the NGO Community in achieving the SDG targets


2015 NGO Conference
at the United Nations

The United Nation’s 70th anniversary is a very special time to gather NGOs, celebrate their successes and leaders over many years, focus on the post-2015 agenda of the SDGs, and cast an eye to the future with a special highlight on Youth in NGOs.

The cooperation among certain Member States and civil society honors a wish to respect the past successes of civil society, recognize present challenges and opportunities, and focus on the future we all want: increased youth involvement in all our NGOs
 and all UN policy-making going forward.

Organizers and Partners

This special event would not have been possible without the lead endorsement and faithful commitment of several Permanent Missions to the United Nations, to secure rooms, provide security, and grant approvals necessary to hold this wonderful event.

The lead organizers of the event include the Permanent Mission of Canada,
São Tomé and Príncipe, Suriname, and Ukraine, along with several UN agencies.
 All programme development and coordination, as well as hospitality services and external networking events, are planned by Friendship Ambassadors Foundation.

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, a longstanding NGO at the UN, is also a conference planner and events manager, particularly in regions of the world where cultural strengthening is necessary for peace-building, volunteerism, and development. The Foundation is proud to offer its services to this conference;

FAF is also the producer of the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations, the Rhythms of One World International Choir Festival, the Ebola Relief Concert, the Humanicy conferences, and other major events at the UN over the past decade.

 In 2014, FAF produced the successful Rhythms of One World in Geneva, with proceeds flowing to the Kofi Annan Foundation. Considered as one of FAF’s most notable alumni, Mr. Annan was on the first-ever cultural exchange sponsored by Friendship Ambassadors Foundation. Romanian Ambassador to the UN,
 H. E. Ambassador Simona Miculescu and Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi were also among the tens of thousands who have partaken in FAF programming in their youth.


NGOs affiliated with the UN Department of Public Information (UN DPI) and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) face challenges such as lack of funds, political repression, and ever-widening regional divides and income gaps, around a variety of climate, population rates, and human rights issues throughout the world. Gatherings such as the NGO Conference provides enormous impact on these challenges as it allows cooperation, networking, information gathering, and consensus building between and among these NGOs. Sponsorship and donation, which will be presented before the global NGO stage, will help support delegates from the developing world.


Sponsorship for the 70th Anniversary NGO Conference at the United Nations will allow support for speakers, workshop leaders, and delegation from least developing countries, and will enable presentation of exhibits, workshops, and panels of interest to the sponsors. As sponsors and donors help amplify the voice of civil society and recognize their unique value to the United Nations, NGOs will recognize them, in turn, through this service.

Who takes part

Modeled after the UN Department of Public Information conferences that have taken place sporadically over the past five years, the 70th anniversary NGO conference was derived from the organizers’ institutional knowledge from these and the long 65-year tradition of NGO gatherings at the UN and around the world.

Culturally diverse delegates are anticipated from across the globe this year. With Permanent Missions’ lead endorsement and a stronger NGO program development, thousands of NGO leaders are anticipated to register and partake in the celebration of UN’s 70th anniversary, participate in the discussion regarding the UN’s Post-2015 Development Agenda, and share a special focus on youth leadership in NGOs,
 as a topic of special interest.

Sponsorship and Donations

Sponsorships and Donations of $5,000 and above are recommended to have impact on NGO travel and preparation costs. All sponsorship and donations are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law and provide free registrations, workshops, exhibit space, and gifts, in thanks for support.NGO CONFERENCE AT THE UN

NGO Sponsors

Support delegates’ travel from least developing countries, special events to select NGOs, and NGO conference administration and insurance.

Corporate Sponsors

UN Global Compact and other visionary corporations are invited to support all aspects of the 70th Anniversary gathering, specifically select delegates travel, underwriting workshops and exhibits, and in-kind support to help identify qualified speakers for specific events.

All donations will assist with delegate travel and will help make the conference a success. All donations and sponsorship are fully tax deductible as allowed by law.


2015 NGO Conference at the UN

On the Occasion of the 70th anniversary of the UN Charter
Honoring the Past, Recognizing the Present, Imagining the Future

A Report and Celebration: Five Continents, 70 Years, Changing the Planet

Link to final Program

Detailed Final Program print friendly PDF


Tuesday, 25 August, 2015 – Past

10:00 AM

UN General Assembly Hall

Musical Interlude

UC Peace Arts Festival Official Choir/Orchestra

United Nations Welcome

Ban Ki-moon (Video, Invited)

Secretary-General, United Nations

Conference Address

Sam Kutesa, President of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly

Host City Welcome

Bill di Blasio, Mayor of New York City

Member State-Lead Endorsers Presentations

Permanent Mission of Canada

Permanent Mission of Sao Tome and Principe

Permanent Mission of Suriname

Permanent Mission of Ukraine

Keynote Opening Address

Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General

NGO Recognition Video

Opening Keynote Speakers/Panel

Coming From, Going To: Civil Society and the United Nations

Jeffery Huffines, Chief UN Representative, CIVICUS: World Alliance for

Citizen Participation

Susan Alzner, NGLS

Soon-Young, CoNGO

Maria-Luisa Chavez, retired Chief, UN DPI/NGO Section

United Nations Association

World Vision International

Honoring the Past

UN NGO Stories and Personas

Morning Wrap Up and Conference Overview

Patrick Sciarratta, Conference Chair

Light Lunch for Participants

1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

NGO Led Workshops

Alphabet Conference Rooms • Conference Building Basement

2:15 P.M. – 3:45 P.M.

Roundtable I

Conference Room 1

4:00 - 5:30 P.M.

The Road Taken – Showcasing Successes and Lessons Learned Celebrating

70 Years of Civil Society’s Legacy



Josh Tannenbaum

Ravi Karkara

UN Official

Permanent Representative

First Day’s Closing Address

Maruxa Cardama, Executive Coordinator & Co-founder, Communitas

Evening Activities

Opening Night Reception, DDR, UN HQ, 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Each person highlighted on opening day will be provided special honors at

the Opening Night Reception

Wednesday, 26 August, 2015 – Present

NGO Internal Consultation: A Breakfast Sharing

8:00 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. - UN Cafeteria

Member State-Lead Endorsers Presentations

Permanent Mission of Denmark

Permanent Mission of Ecuador

Permanent Mission of Korea

Keynote Address

UN’s Relationship with Civil Society

Ms. Cristina Gallach, Undersecretary General for Communications and

Public Information

Roundtable II

Conference Room 1

10:15 AM – 11:45 A.M.

Today’s Challenge: Realizing the SDGs at the Grassroots Level



Jan Peterson, YIRU Commission

Amina Mohamed, Former Chairwoman of the International Organization

for Migration and the World Trade Organization’s General

Jeffery Sachs, Earth Institute, Columbia University

Kevin Cassidy, ILO

Kathy Calvin or Aaron Sherinian, UN Foundation UN


Permanent Representative

Report with Q&A

The World We Want

Review by the Substantive Committees from the Open Working Groups

Mitchell Toomey, Director, UNMC


Juan Chelby, Coordinator, World We Want


Ravi Karkara

Special Closing Event/Presentation/Video with comments

Civil Society’s Role in the Success of the SDGs


Lunch Break


Alphabet Rooms in UN 1:15 A.M. – 2:45 P.M.

Roundtable III

Conference Room 1

4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Helping Each Other Help the World;

An Interactive Session where proposals and relations are shared for mutual




Samira Salman, Salman Solutions

Michael Drexel, World Economic Forum

World Bank

Asian Bank with NGO

UN Official

Permanent Representative

Special Focus

Issues Facing Small Island Development & Climate Change

Interactive roundtable on issues affecting implementation of SDGs among

small islands and states

Conference Room?



Dr. Josephine Ojiambo, Kenya, Deputy Director,

Commonwealth of Small Islands

Italian Prince

Australia representative STP


Asian Development Bank

Second Day’s Closing Address

NGOs – MDGs to SDGs – Partnerships for Progress

Speaker, Title

Evening Activities

Conference Hotel



Thursday, 27 August, 2015 – Future

Musical Interlude

9:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

Youth Arts Musicians from UC Peace Arts Festival

Conference Address

Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark

Incoming President of 70th Session of General Assembly

Roundtable IV

Conference Room?


The Future is Now: Youth, Policy, Action and the Leadership of Our Very

NGOs: Succession IS Sustainability



Patrick Sciarratta, Conference Chair

Jan Krushell

Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Youth

Brittan, Youth Voice/ Australia

UN Official

Permanent Representative

Afternoon Address

12 Noon

Youth Speaker

Lunch Break

Workshops 2:15 P.M.

Closing Plenary Session

3:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Conference Room 1


UN Youth Ambassador

Adoption of Conference Declaration

Ihor Dlaboha, Events Manager, 2015 NGO Conference at the UN

Closing Keynotes

Tomorrow’s Leaders, Today


An Intergenerational Call to Action

Older NGO Leader and Youth Activist

Closing Remarks

Onto the Future

Special Guest

Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani youth activist

Emma Watson, English actress and activist

Musical Interlude

UC Peace Arts Festival Choir/Orchestra

Evening Activity

5:15 PM board buses for WEST SIDE

Hudson River Dinner Cruise at 7PM (Sharp!)

WORKSHOP Suggestions

• Making the Past 15 Years Sustainable

• Honoring the Past as a Development Tool for NGOs

• Archiving and Capturing the Past Using 21st Century Devices

• Building Institutional Knowledge over Decades in the Field

• Informal NGO Declaration Writing Session, Part 1

• Capacity Building Workshop on How to Lobby

• Regional Meetings to Prepare for SDGs and Post-2015 Agenda

• Helping the Helpers: Prep for Full Session Roundtable

• Informal NGO Declaration Writing Session, Part 2

• Building Youth Leaders in Legacy NGOs

• Intergenerational Workshop

• Youth-Led Development: Tomorrow’s Powerhouse NGOs

• Informal NGO Declaration Session, Parts 3

• How to Organize NGOs for Success (Samira)

• Engaging with Youth (Jan Krushell)

• Social Media for NGOs (Open JC & World We Want)

• Multiculturalism; Interculturalism; Tolerance



Sponsorship Packages

By becoming a sponsor to the 2015 NGO Conference at the United Nations, you invest in a long-term, sustainable footprint for your company with the international NGO/civil society community. Friendship Ambassadors Foundation
is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Donations are deductible to the full extent of law.

For more information, please contact


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