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U.N. NGO conference to open in Korea

By 임정요

Published : May 27, 2016 - 16:38

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A U.N. conference of civic organizations will be held to discuss the theme of "Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Together" in South Korea's ancient city of Gyeongju next week, with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to be on hand, the event's organizer said Friday.

Some 2,000 NGO representatives, scholars and experts from more than 100 nations are expected to take part in the 66th U.N. Department of Public Information and Non-Governmental Organization Conference for a three-day run from Monday, the organizer said.

The meeting will focus on creating and strengthening global partnerships to support earlier-adopted 17 SDGs, goals for the world peace body and international community to endeavor to realize between 2016-2030 as part of efforts to solve global poverty and attain sustainable growth.

In particular, "quality education," the fourth goal of the 17 SDGs, will be the upcoming conference's main topic, the organizer said.

A Gyeongju declaration summarizing the outcomes of the conference will be adopted at the event's closing ceremony, it added.

Launched in 1946, the conference currently boasts some 1,500 member NGOs around the world, and the Gyeongju conference will the first U.N. NGO gathering to be held in Asia. (Yonhap)