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HLPF Side Event hosted by the UN Major Group for Children and Youth

This HLPF Side Event hosted by the UN Major Group for Children and Youth brought to my attention global perspectives on the challenges and barriers that affect the Sustainable Development Goals. I learned of the importance of the Voluntary National Reports and the need for accurate and reliable data that must come from every nation around the world to successfully achieve the goals discussed at the High Level Political Forum.

CoNGO Board of Directors (2018-2021) in Attendance at Oct. 2-4 Meeting

CoNGO Board of Directors (2018-2021) in attendance at the Oct. 2-4, 2018 meeting at the Church Center for the United Nations. Seated in front row, from L to R: Yamile Eusebio (Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, Secretary), Cyril Ritchie (First Vice President), Liberato Bautista (President), Martina Gredler (Second Vice President), and Margaretha Jones (International Humanist and Ethical Union, Treasurer). Standing in back row, from L to R: John T. Digilio (Knight Templars, OSMTH), Julianna Taimoorazy (OSMTH), Daniel Jeon (OSMTH), Paul Jensen (OSMTH), Robert Bateman (OSMTH), Anders Olauson (Agrenska Foundation), Varun Anand (International Planned Parenthood Federation, South Asia Region), George McClean (OSMTH), Humphrey Tonkin (Universal Esperanto Association), Jerry Price (OSMTH), David Kisrchbaum (Nonviolence International), and Saionara-Koenig-Reis (Dianova International, Vice President-at-Large), Not in photo is Patrick Rea (OSMTH, Vice President-at-Large).


Thank you delegates of the 26th CoNGO General Assembly for this signal honor to be, once again, at your service as President of CoNGO. What an honor and privilege to be associated with this distinguished conferential body of dedicated nongovernmental organizations gathered for consultation, collaboration, and cooperation under the umbrella of what we call CoNGO—the Conference of Nongovernmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations. Seventy years of existence for an organization like CoNGO is no mean feat. This veritable gathering of nongovernmental organizations is almost synonymous to the life of a compelling proposition seventy-three years ago which is the United Nations. In 2002, during that decade of international consultations and conferences, we sought consultative status with the UN, by way of its Economic and Social Council. In so doing, we formalized our affirmation of what its Charter required the UN to do: to find  “suitable arrangements for consultation” with nongovernmental organizations. + Read More

Liberato Bautista Elected New President of CoNGO

Rev. Liberato C. Bautista is the President of CoNGO—The Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations. CoNGO is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1948. It relates to the United Nations through its General Consultative status granted by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

In the seventy years of CoNGO, Bautista is one of only two among nineteen CoNGO Presidents who have served two terms in non-consecutive fashion. He was CoNGO President between December 2007 and January 2011. Rosalind Harris, who represented the International Social Service at the UN, was president between 1972 to 1976 and between 1991 and 1994.

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