The 64th Annual Conference associated with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) will be held 3-5 September 2011, in Bonn, Germany. Conference will seek to highlight effective ways in which civil society can contribute to creating and maintaining sustainable societies.

Sub-themes could include environmental sustainability, green manufacturing and commerce, transparent governance, grassroots activism, and limiting personal carbon footprints. The Conference will seek to contribute to civil society preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The organizers include DPI/NGO Relations, NGO/DPI Executive Committee, the Government of Germany, the City of Bonn and UN Volunteers (UNV).

NGOs are invited to submit proposals for the Conference NGO Workshops. Eight workshops, 90 minutes each, will be held every day of the Conference for a total of 24 workshops. If your NGO wishes to organize a workshop please complete and return by E-mail only the enclosed Workshop Proposal Form.

Completed forms must be received by Monday, 16 May, 2011 at 5 PM (17.00) United States (New York) Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

Send completed forms to: unworkshop2011@aol.com 

The workshops provide valuable opportunities for NGOs to interact and discuss informally among themselves various aspects of issues raised by the Conference theme in general, and solutions to this global challenge in particular.

Workshop Proposal Form and more information can be found at: http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/dpingorelations/home/events/Confinf

 NGOs associated with DPI, in consultative status with ECOSOC, accredited with UN Volunteers and the Government of Germany are invited to register for the Conference.

NGOs not associated with DPI or have no consultative status with ECOSOC, but competent and willing to participate in the Conference may request a recommendation from United Nations Information Centre in Kyiv: tel.: (044) 254 00 35 or e-mail: registry@un.org.ua

The United Nations does not fund any costs associated with NGO Workshops. The sponsoring or co-sponsoring NGOs must pay all expenses associated with their workshops including, but not limited to, travel and accommodations for presenters, translations, and/or written materials as well as make all visa arrangements.