Following months of planning and coordination with representatives from all over the globe, the local community is invited to take part in the upcoming 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference, taking place Aug. 26-28 in Salt Lake City.
“It’s here,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski. “The planning, meeting and coordinating should lead to a series of events that everyone in Salt Lake City can be engaged with and certainly proud of. This is an incredible opportunity for our state, city and community overall.”
Salt Lake-area residents can get engaged by volunteering or attending a host of free events and activities around the Salt Lake City downtown area. Beyond that, the 68th annual United Nations Civil Society Conference – themed “Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities & Communities” – is expected to attract between 3,000-5,000 representatives from more than 200 non-governmental organizations, representing some 138 countries from around the world.
Activities and events taking place as part of the conference will include the following:
Exhibits Open to the Public: Aug. 26 11:30 am – 6:00 pm; Aug. 27 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Aug. 28 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
More than 100 exhibitors will be part of the Conference, most of which will be located at the North side of the Salt Lake Palace Convention Center (Brown Zone) Access: off the Convention Center (East of the Radisson Hotel).
Saturday, Aug. 24
The Youth Host team has put together a number of community service and engagement activities on Saturday, Aug. 24. This day of community-based action will coincide with similar initiatives around the world to demonstrate gratitude and support for the Conference. These efforts are made with the intent of promoting the importance of acting local in order to spur global change.
Several activities are scheduled at the International Peace Gardens, including a commemorative tree planting with Tree Utah, an all-levels yoga class, an exploration and trash clean-up in the gardens, and a Jordan River clean-up with canoes provided by the Jordan River Commissions. In the afternoon, a conversation on the Sustainable Development Goals with a DGC representative and a local middle school that has implemented the SDGs into their curriculum will be held at the SLC Public Library. The day will end at the Jordan River with an ornithologist from the Tracy Aviary.
MCCARTHEY PLAZA PROGRAMMING: LIVING TRADITIONS PRESENTS
Tuesday, Aug. 27 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
This will be an evening of music and dance featuring seven of Utah’s most dynamic cultural performing groups. This special Living Traditions Presents event features a musical lineup that includes the following artists and performing groups: Ballet Folklorico de las Americas, Divya School of Dance, Flamenco del Lago, Kenshin Taiko Drummers, Malialole Music and Dance, Mariachi Alma Ranchero De Utah, and Samba Fogo.
Volunteers are still needed for the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference. Opportunities are available throughout the entire conference and range from greeters at the airport, community ambassadors stationed around the city near the Salt Palace Convention Center and information specialists within the center and the Hall of Friendship.