GYEONGJU, Republic of Korea, 2nd June, 2016 (WAM) — Representatives of NGOs and academia finalised and adopted a global education action agenda at the 66th United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Conference that concluded today in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea.

The Gyeongju Action Plan provides concrete guidance for NGOs around the world to enhance their ability to lobby governments for commitment to implementing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to mobilise NGOs in communities on the ground.

“This conference has demonstrated another example of the value for the United Nations in investing in partnership with academia and NGOs,” said Ms. Cristina Gallach, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.

“The United Nations is committed to continue to support and partner with NGOs and academia in our joint efforts to advocate for and successfully implement the 2030 Agenda,” Ms. Gallach added. “Youth have also come in great numbers, demonstrating the value that they see in partnering with the United Nations.”

The Gyeongju Action Plan includes a series of concrete measures as a reference for NGOs around the world to jump start implementation of the 2030 Agenda, at a grass roots level.

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