UN Civil Society Conference

68th UN Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City

Start date: 25.08.2019
End date: 30.08.2019

Duration: 5 days

Main topic

The United Nations have proposed to EWEI to select 100 students to be trained in order to be ready to participate to the 68th UN Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City.

This time we are not proposing a simulation but the participation to a real UN Conference meeting, where 5000 students from every country in the world will work for a final document which will be delivered to the Secretary General of the UN.


Today 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas and that figure is expected to reach 68% by 2050.

This makes it a priority for communities and local leaders to find sustainable solutions to poverty and inadequate housing, hunger and health, clean water, energy, environmental degradation and climate change, infrastructure, transport, education, migration, violence and gender equality.

Participation in the project means:

  • Direct contact with the main actors of the international arena
  • Work on concrete issues, working directly on the field
  • Brainstorm and draft an outcome document that will be presented at the closing plenary for adoption
  • Understand the world of international relations and open new and exciting professional paths.
The 17 SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals are a footprint for action, advocacy and partnership, and a compass to ensure that no one is left behind.

The 17 SDGs were designed with direct participation from more than 10 million people globally over a three-year period and were launched in 2015 with the support of all 193 UN Member States.

Civil society is key for the promotion and understanding of these goals, as well as their achievement by 2030.

About the UN C.S. Conference

The 68th UN Civil Society Conference, in Salt Lake City, will focus on SDG n°11:

«To make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by 2030»


Speakers include leaders and other representatives from NGOs, UN agencies, academia, faith traditions, the public and private sectors, youth from around the world

Working themes

  • Inclusive communities – Leaving no one behind
  • Climate Change – Communities in Action
  • Peaceful societies – Recovering from conflict and nurturing peace
  • Youth-led session – Creating Economic Success for Youth
  • Infrastructure and Resource use
  • Emerging Technologies and Innovation

At the end of the three days, an output document will be drafted by the students, then submitted for global consultations during the conference and presented at the closing plenary for adoption.

The final outcome

The UN Civil Society Conference project will help students to understand the criticality of urban challenges nowadays and the importance of giving and implementing sustainable solutions. They will brainstorm together on topics that have to become part of their everyday life.

Students will get to participate to the UN conference in Salt Lake City and draft an official document, finding concrete solutions to sustainable urban growth.

It is a unique opportunity to interact with young people coming from all over the world and having the inputs of different knowledge areas and international backgrounds.

By the end of the program, students will have gained a deeper understanding of how UN conferences develop, what the current situation concerning urban growth is around the world and which objectives to set for the future.

The goal of the project is to allow participants to open their minds and be part of the decision-making process themselves. They will discover in practice how dialogue and collaboration constitute always an asset.


The structure of the UN Conference meeting is divided in three parts:

  • A webinar course held by experts, organized in lessons between June and July, with a special focus on Sustainable Development Goals
  • In Salt Lake City, 3 days of meetings with Institutions, diplomats, managers, professors and opinion makers.
  • Site-visits: additional 2 days for site visits to the city and surrounding areas. The city is the capital of Utah and the centre of the Mormon culture: it is in fact considered the Vatican of the Mormons. At only one hour from the centre, we will see the incredible scenario of the Salt Lake.
How to participate

To participate to the preparatory course and to the UN Conference meeting, candidates must successfully pass a selection interview. Selection criteria will include the candidate’s motivation to participate in the program, interest in international relations and a good level of English.

Interview results will be communicated to the applicants within 48 hours.

Candidates who successfully pass the interview will receive the EWEI Service Contract via the email address indicated in their application form.

The EWEI Service Contract, which shall be completed and signed by the selected party, must be returned within 72 hours of receipt, together with proof of payment by wire transfer of a €250,00 down payment to guarantee the participation.

This down payment of €250,00 will be subtracted from the balance still to be paid by the participant.

Wire transfers should be sent according to the following instructions:

  • Wires sent to:

UNICREDIT Bank S.p.A. Account Number: IBAN IT 23 T 0200803292000104987144

  • Beneficiary: “EUROPEAN DIPLOMACY” (the operative company of the EWEI Institute)
  • Transfer Funds for: “First and Last Name of participant, Down payment EWEI for UN Conference Salt Lake City”
  • Proof of Wire Transfer sent to

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Elise Lloyd

University of Leeds | United Kingdom
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Giovanni Bray

SOAS, University of London | Italy
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Lucia - Costanza - Riccardo

Economic Diplomacy

Arianna Pepponi

Luiss Guido Carli University - Rome | Italy
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Raffaella Novacco

Cesare Alfieri - Florence University | Italy
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Cecilia Paone

Torvergata University - Rome | Italy
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Lorenzo Caltabiano

Utrecht University | Italy
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Kalkidan Veronesi

Bocconi University - Milan | Italy
Economic Diplomacy
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