UN/NGO Activities

ICIS is a nongovernmental organization (NGO) affiliated with the Department of Public Information at the United Nations. ICIS NGO delegates are particularly focused on sustainable development including the work of the Earth Charter, women and development, and values.

Millennium Development Goals

Millennium Development Goals, which were adopted by the General Assembly in 2000, were the focus of the 2004 Annual DPI/NGO Conference. Five key themes were focused on: current status of the Millennium Development Goals globally; obstacles to their realization; requirements of North/South partnerships to support the Goals; identifications of strategies that can enable NGOs to have better impact at the local and national levels, and concrete recommendations of conference participants concerning civil society support of the Goals. Creating partnerships among governmental, private and NGO sectors and UN agencies was emphasized as a critical way to support the Millennium Development Goals. The conference was attended by 1,800 NGO delegates from 555 organizations and 66 countries.

Earth Charter

The Earth Charter has grown out of a unique, multi-year international effort to identify “fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society”. It is a comprehensive statement that recognizes the interdependence of human rights, environment protection, sustainable human development, and peace. The Earth Charter provides a guiding framework for students, community groups and policy makers addressing issues of sustainable development and the healthy communities. It draws upon insights of science, international law, the wisdom of the world's great philosophical and religious traditions, as well as previous work of the United Nations and nongovernmental organizations, the global ethics movement and best practices in sustainable development.