UN / CIVIL SOCIETY CONFERENCE

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The 68th UN Civil Society Conference got underway Monday (26 Aug) in Salt Lake City, Utah to discuss a wide range of solutions to the challenges of urban life and the modern world. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 26 AUGUST 2019, SALT LAKE CITY UTAH

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1. Wide shot, city view
2. Wide shot, conference venue exterior
3. Wide shot, people arriving at conference venue
4. Wide shot, plenary
5. Various shots, Native American musical performance
6. Wide shot, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, Alison Smale at the podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Alison Smale, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications:
“It is my hope through this conference that we recognize the challenges we face are not insurmountable and can be overcome if we work in unison. This is a platform for civil society, member states, academia, and the private sector to create new partnerships and conceive best multilateral approaches to help tackle global crises.”
8. Wide shot, audience
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Jackie Biskupski, Mayor, Salt Lake City:
“As cities become denser, they become more diverse in terms of ethnicity, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation, and economic status. For mayors and local leaders like myself, this growth presents great challenges and tremendous opportunity.”
10. Wide shot, audience applause
11. Wide shot, press conference
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Alison Smale, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications:
“What was really great was to feel the energy of young people and the power of young people. Just seeing several hundred, slash, a few thousand people gather together like this is entirely different than debating this digitally.”
13. Wide shot, press conference

STORYLINE:

The 68th UN Civil Society Conference got underway Monday (26 Aug) in Salt Lake City, Utah to discuss a wide range of solutions to the challenges of urban life and the modern world.

The theme of this year’s conference, “building sustainale and inclusive cities and communities”, reflects the fact that over half of the world’s population, some 55 per cent, now live in urban areas, with that figure expected to rise to 68 per cent by 2050.

The head UN global communications, Alison Smale, whose department co-organizes the event told participants that she hoped that through this conference “we recognize the challenges we face are not insurmountable and can be overcome if we work in unison.”

She said, “this is a platform for civil society, member states, academia, and the private sector to create new partnerships and conceive best multilateral approaches to help tackle global crises.”

For her part, the Mayor of Salt Lake City, Jackie Biskupski, said, “as cities become denser, they become more diverse in terms of ethnicity, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation, and economic status. For mayors and local leaders like myself, this growth presents great challenges and tremendous opportunity.”

Biskupski is Salt Lake City's first openly gay mayor.

Later, during a press encounter, Smale said “what was really great was to feel the energy of young people and the power of young people. Just seeing several hundred, slash, a few thousand people gather together like this is entirely different than debating this digitally.”

The 2019 conference has been set up to ensure that young people have a large say in the proceedings, holding a co-chair on nearly all planning sub-committees, and developing a separate outcome document for adoption on the final day of the event.

The 68th UN Civil Society Conference 68th UN Civil Society Conference runs until Wednesday (28 Aug) when the Outcome Document will be presented by the President of the General Assembly María Fernanda Espinosa.
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