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24 Civil Society Speakers Selected for the UN Sustainable Development Summit

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24 representatives of civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations and the Major Groups have been selected to speak during the UN Sustainable Development Summit. These speakers were identified through an open, transparent and participatory process involving a civil society Selection Committee, facilitated by UN-NGLS in cooperation with UN DESA, at the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly. The civil society Selection Committee created a short-list of 80 candidates from 435 applications received, and the President of the General Assembly made the final selection of a diverse set of speakers for this historic Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.

Keynote speaker during 25 September opening plenary

Mr. Salil Shetty - Amnesty International

Interactive Dialogues

25 September, 12:00-3:00pm - Ending Poverty and hunger

Ms. Winnie Byanyima - Oxfam International
Ms. Åsa Skogström Feldt - The Hunger Project
Mr. Mosharraf Hossain - ADD International

25 September, 3:00-6:00pm - Tackling inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind

Ms. Muna AbuSulayman - Directions Consulting
Ms. Maryanne Diamond - International Disability Alliance
Ms. Camilla Croso - Global Campaign for Education

26 September, 10:00am-1:00pm - Fostering sustainable economic growth, transformation and promoting sustainable consumption and production

Mr. Paul Quintos  - Campaign for Peoples Goals for Sustainable Development
Mr. Madani Koumare - Réseau national d’appui à la promotion de l’économie sociale et solidaire (RENAPESS)
Ms. Patrícia Iglecias - Secretariat for the Environment of the State of São Paulo

26 September, 3:00-6:00pm - Delivering on a revitalised Global Partnership

Ms. Jennifer Vinas-Forcade - LAC Youth Alliance / Alianza Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Juventudes (member of the Youth Leadership Working Group and Major Group of Children and Youth)
Ms. Ranja Sengupta - Third World Network and part of Asia Pacfific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism
Ms. Sivananthi Thanenthiran - Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW)

27 September, 10:00am-1:00pm - Building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions to achieve sustainable development

Mr. Larry Attree - Saferworld
Ms. Joan Carling - Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
Ms. Aysel Asgarova - Youth Peer Education Network

27 September, 2:00-5:00pm - Protecting our planet and combatting climate change

Ms. Aby Drame - ENDA Energy
Mr. Roberto Mukaro Borrero - International Indian Treaty Council
Mr. Wael Hmaidan - Climate Action Network International
Ms. Yolanda Kakabadse - WWF International

Plenary meetings

Dates and times for each of these speakers to be confirmed

Ms. Sharan Burrow - International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Workers and Trade Unions Major Group
Mr. Steve Lalande - International Forum Of NGO Platforms
Ms. Sylvia Beales - HelpAge International and Stakeholder Group on Ageing
Ms. Luisa Emilia Reyes Zúñiga - Equidad de Género: Ciudadanía, Trabajo y Familia and Women's Major Group


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