Media accreditation opens for annual UN DPI/NGO Conference in Republic of Korea

Education for Global Citizenship and Sustainable Development Goals to top agenda

The 66th United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) / Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference will be held under the theme ‘Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together’ in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea from 30 May to 1 June 2016.

Organized in cooperation with the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, the NGO community, the Government of the Republic of Korea and the National Organizing Committee of Korea, this will be the first time the DPI/NGO Conference will be held in Asia.

The Conference provides a unique opportunity for participating representatives of NGOs and academic institutions to engage members of civil society, diplomats, United Nations officials, policy experts, scientists, educators, businesses, trade unions, parliamentarians, local authorities and others from around the world in discussing key issues relevant during that given year. The 2016 Conference will focus on creating and strengthening global partnerships in support of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A strong participation of youth is expected.

What: The 66th United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference

When: 30 May to 1 June 2016

Where: Hwabaek International Conference Center (HICO), City of Gyeongju, Republic of Korea

- United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
- Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Kyo-ahn HWANG
- United Nations Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information, Ms. Cristina Gallach
- United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Dr. Shamshad Akhtar
- Under-Secretary General and Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin
- UNESCO Director in Bangkok, Mr. Gwang-Jo Kim
- UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Ms. Yuna Kim [tbc]
- Seung-chul Lee, Performer, Republic of Korea
- Han Biya, Travel Writer and Humanitarian Assistance Advocate, Republic of Korea

Media Highlights

Sunday, 29 May 2016
14:00 – 15:00 Flag Raising Ceremony Opening

Monday, 30 May 2016
10:00 – 12:00 Opening Session
12:00 – 12:15 Press Briefing

Tuesday, 31 May 2016
12:00 – 13:34 Intergeneration Mentoring Event
15:15 – 15:45 Youth Flash Mob

Wednesday, 1 June 2016
10:30 – 12:30 Closing Session
12:45 – 13:15 Press Briefing
13:15 – 13:45 Youth Social Media Moment

Note to Editors
Please note the above schedule is subject to change. The timetable is available on the Conference website at:

Media Accreditation
Media registration will close on Monday 23 May 2016. To apply for accreditation please visit: and send a digital copy of a passport-sized photo to [email protected] so that we can print the badge in advance

Media Facilities
Journalists will have access to a Media Centre at the HICO Conference Centre equipped with Wi-Fi, desktops, printers, and photocopier.

Interview Requests
Interview requests with senior UN officials or delegates, should be directed to [email protected]

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