At the request of the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (OPGA), UN-NGLS in cooperation with DESA-DSD is facilitating a nomination process to identify speakers from civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the Major Groups (except Business and Industry), for the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda. The Summit will take place on 25-27 September 2015 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. (OPGA will seek candidates from the business / private sector for speaking roles in the Summit through a separate process.)
This nomination process seeks candidates for:
- one civil society speaker in the opening ceremony
- three civil society speakers for each of the six Interactive Dialogues in the Summit.
Please see the descriptions for the six Interactive Dialogues themes agreed by UN member States here:
Travel funding will be available for a number of the speakers selected through this process.
Information on the precise number will be available before the selection of candidates begins.
Before submitting a nomination or application, please confirm that the candidate:
• is a high-level representative of a civil society organization, non-governmental organization, or an organization participating in one of the Major Groups except Business and Industry, and officially authorized by their organization or network to speak on the organization or network’s behalf;
• has expertise in the post-2015 development agenda process, and in the theme of any interactive dialogue for which the application is being submitted;
• has demonstrated ability to engage constructively with a variety of stakeholders;
• would be a compelling public speaker;
• is available to be in New York on 25-27 September 2015 and for travel if necessary;
• has a visa for travel to New York, or is able to obtain one within 6 weeks for travel to New York. Please check with the US Embassy or Consulate in the candidate's country. The Office of the President of the General Assembly will provide an invitation letter to the selected candidate to support a Visa application. The participant will be responsible for obtaining the visa for travel and for any costs associated with obtaining the visa.
Applications received will post online automatically here:
A civil society Selection Committee will choose at least 15 candidates to present to the Office of the President of the General Assembly per speaking role as a short-list for their consideration. The Committee will ensure regional and gender balance, and diversity of age and expertise in the overall set of candidates. The President of the General Assembly will make the final selection of the civil society speaker for this event.
To apply for the civil society Selection Committee, please visit:
For more information about the post-2015 development process, please visit: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015
- A nominee will only be represented once in the responses spreadsheet. If a candidate is nominated more than once, the first nomination will be retained and all others removed. Candidates will be reviewed on how well they meet the criteria, not on how many people nominate them.
- If you submit a nominee that does not meet all of the criteria, the nominee will be automatically disqualified, and the text for the entry in the responses spreadsheet will be changed to light grey.