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Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs): United Nations

NGOs and the United Nations

Non-governmental Organizations helped found the United Nations and have partnered with the UN ever since. The UN Charter has arrangements for UN consultations with NGOs described in the Economic and Social Council in Article 71.  The UN partners with civil society to advance its ideals and support its work over a wide range of fields.  

United Nations and Civil Society

Coalition for the International Criminal Court. Includes 2,500 civil society organizations in 150 different countries working in partnership to strengthen international cooperation with the ICC.

The Global Compact. UN compact with businesses worldwide to address principles in the fields of human rights, labour, the environment and corruption.

Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect. International NGO created to transform the principle of the responsibility to protect into a practical guide for action in the face of mass atrocities.

Integrated Civil Society Organization System. Provides general profiles for civil society organizations, including address, contacts, activities and meeting participation, etc.

International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect. Coalition bringing together NGOs from all regions of the world to strengthen normative consensus for RtoP.

International Peace Institute. Independent, international not-for-profit think tank dedicated to promoting the prevention and settlement of conflicts between and within states by strengthening international peace and security institutions.

NGOs Associated with the UN Department of Public Information. Directory of over 1,400 NGOs affiliated with the UN Department of Public Information.

UN Department of Economic & Social Affairs NGO Branch.  Includes engine and listing of NGOS with UNECOSO counsultative status, reports, and other links.

UN Democracy Fund. UN General Trust Fund whose chief function is funding projects that strengthen the voice of civil society in democratic processes around the world.

United Nations Foundation. Foundation created in 1998 from Ted Turner's one billion gift to support UN causes and activities.

United Nations and Civil Society. Gateway site to various elements of the UN involved in partnerships with civil society: business, the media, and NGOs.

United Nations Association of the United States of America.  Non-profit association working to support the United Nations and educate Americans about its purpose.

United Nations Civil Society Unit. AKA the NGO Relations and Liaison Service. Mandated to link the Organization with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) associated with the UN DPI. 

United Nations Fund for International Partnerships. UN liaison office for the United Nations Foundation - "the UN and the private sector working together."

World Federalist Movement/Institute for Global Policy. Includes programs working to protect civilians from the threat of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity and promote the application of the rule of law.

UN Office at Geneva, NGOs. Directory of NGOs which have consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN. Can be searched by field of activity.

UNESCO Database of Non-Governmental Organizations. Provides fully searchable profiles and contact information of the NGOs affiliated with UNESCO

Sample Books

UN Reform

Center for UN Reform Education Independent non-profit policy research organization working to encourage, generate and sustain discussion of proposals to reform and restructure the United Nations through its website; its monographs, papers and books; and conferences.

Free United Nations Coalition for Access.  Aims to hold the UN to its stated purposes, by making it transparent and accessible without discrimination.

Inner City Press.UN investigative reporting service based in New York City, it also investigates human rights, transparency, corporate accountability, community reinvestment, predatory lending, environmental justice, fair housing, and social exclusion.

Security Council ReportPublishes monthly reports on the prospective program of work of the Security Council supplemented by longer published reports and ad hoc reports on key thematic issues on the agenda of the Council.

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