3-5 September 2011
The objective of the Conference “on the road” is to diversify and increase the geographical representation of NGOs associated with the Department of Public Information, as well as focus on the work of NGOs in that region. As a result of DPI’s recently revised policy, whereby priority is given to associating NGOs based in the region hosting the Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference, the new additions have contributed to solidifying the trend of increasing geographic diversity among the non-governmental organizations affiliated with DPI.
Consequently, the NGOs associated with DPI from Latin America and the Caribbean increased in 2009. Forty-three non-governmental organizations based in Mexico were newly associated in time for the Conference, and more than three-quarters of the attendees at the Conference also hailed from the region.
In 2010, NGOs from the Asia-Pacific region were given priority in associating with the DPI in advance of the Conference. As a result, in addition to the 62 newly associated NGOs, DPI/NGO Relations associated 41 NGOs in the Asia-Pacific region, including: Australia – 32, Fiji – 1, Philippines – 5, Tonga – 1, Vanuatu – 1.
This revised policy has proven to be an effective way to reach out to those NGOs and members of the civil society, who, otherwise, would not be able to attend the Conference, or become involved with the DPI/NGO community.
UN Information Centres play an instrumental role in assisting with the mobilization of NGOs.
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