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Press Conference by Under-Secretary-General following Opening Session of Sixty-fourth Annual DPI/NGO Conference
At a press conference following the opening session of the sixty-fourth annual Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Conference, Kiyo Akasaka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, as well as keynote speakers and other major spokespersons, made remarks and answered questions about the three-day Conference.

Under-Secretary-General Akasaka said that more than 2,200 non-governmental organization representatives from about 100 countries and one territory had registered to take part in the Conference, a record registration with the potential to make the Bonn event one of the biggest yet. There were also a large number of young people and students involved. He said that in addition to four round-table discussions with prominent experts and civil society leaders, the Conference would have close to 40 workshops organized by NGOs and more than 25 exhibits and a number of public events.

Specifically, the Conference would examine best practices and discuss how to change consumption and production patterns, he continued. It would also discuss links between the green economy and poverty eradication, and the role of civic engagement and voluntary action in realizing sustainable development.

The United Nations was not the place to be na´ve about differences between countries and different agendas, he said, adding, however, that Rio could still be viewed as an opportunity for countries to discuss how to address some of the issues. The United Nations was often seen as an international bureaucracy, but throughout the Organization there was the extraordinary spirit of the United Nations Volunteers, who went to places where other people were not willing to go and stayed when others had left in order to help people. Those actions sometime made the difference between life and death, he stressed.

Conference Chair Dodds proposed a ?conversation? about values as part of Rio+20, saying it was important to recognize the importance of Brazil calling for a revisiting of the topic of sustainable development and applauding that country for doing so. The only way to deliver sustainable development was through a strong United Nations, he said, adding that a strong development framework was also important.

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