Maruxa Cardama, Secretary-General of the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport, has been selected by the United Nations Department of Global Communications as Chair of the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City.

“Salt Lake City is honored to be hosting the UN Civil Society Conference in August, and I am especially excited Maruxa Cardama has agreed to Chair the conference,” said Mayor Jackie Biskupski on the announcement. “Salt Lake City is leading the nation with our sustainability goals, so the Conference focus on sustainable development and Ms. Cardama’s expertise creates a perfect fit.”

Ms. Cardama has experience with multilateral institutions, particularly civil society organizations and local governments in more than 30 countries, to develop public policies, capacity and implementation projects, and multi-stakeholder governance and partnerships that advance sustainability and equitable prosperity.  That experience includes the Cities Alliance, a global partnership for poverty reduction and the promotion of cities in sustainable development.  The partnership is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), through which it operates a multi-donor fund supported by a flexible grant-making mechanism.

“I am profoundly honored and humbled to be selected as Chair of the sixty-eighth United Nations Civil Society Conference,” said Ms. Cardama.  “Thanks very much to the United Nations Department of Global Communications, the NGO Committee and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski for the trust.  I’m eager to roll up my sleeves and join the team.”  

The United Nations Civil Society Conference – formerly known as the United Nations Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations Conference – is the Organization’s premier event for civil society.  The sixty-eighth Conference will focus on Sustainable Development Goal 11 – making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.