freedom of association

Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN (CRNGO) Annual Membership Meeting

Venue: Online and Baha’i International Community (866 UN Plaza, Suite 120)

RSVP required:

As we emerge from a pandemic-induced hiatus during which the Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN (CRNGO) largely carried out its activities through the CRNGO Climate Working Group, the CRNGO Bureau invites its members to come back together, in community, in a moment of reflection, to be together for its first Annual Membership Meeting in three years. 

The event will be hosted in a hybrid format in recognition of the fact that the pandemic is still ongoing, and each individual’s comfort level with gathering in physical space is different. 

The purpose and objective of the Annual Membership Meeting is to help foster community and facilitate learning and interaction among religious and spiritual NGOs working at the United Nations as well as those interested in engaging with the UN.

The Annual Membership Meeting will open with welcoming remarks by members of the Bureau, followed by a consultative process where participants are invited to reflect on how their organizations have successfully engaged with the UN in the past three years, and share their perspectives on some of the challenges to creating change at the UN.

At the meeting, annual membership dues will be collected, the results of the election of the new Bureau will be presented and it will launch a process to create our 2022 to 2024 programme of work, striving to deepen the Committee’s religious community engagement with the UN. 


CoNGO Notes: The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations is a Substantive Committee of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations. Likewise, for more information on the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values, and Global Concerns, please visit

High-Level Webinar: 10 years of protecting freedom of assembly and association

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The mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association is celebrating its 10 year anniversary. In a High-Level Webinar with Ministers and other prominent speakers, the Special Rapporteur calls for an assessment of the progress made and renewed commitments from States and civil society. Please join us on 12 November 2020 (9 AM New York time) for an exciting event to support the protection of freedom of assembly and association!
You will find the link to sign-up directly in the flyer or click here to register. Simultaneous French and Spanish interpretation will be provided.

High-Level Webinar: 10 years of protecting freedom of assembly and association

Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.

High-Level Webinar with:
Clément Voule – Special Rapporteur
Tomáš Petříček – Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic
Linas Antanas Linkevičius – Foreign Minister of Lithuania
Nada Al-Nashif – Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
Eamon Gilmore – EU Special Representative for Human Rights
Hina Jilani – The Elders, pioneering lawyer and pro-democracy campaigner
Mireille Tushiminina – Cameroon Women’s Peace Movement
Claudia Virginia Samayoa- Unit for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Guatemala

Douglas Rutzen – President of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law

• In 2010, the Human Rights Council created the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. The year 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the mandate. The current Special Rapporteur, Clément Voule, wants to use this opportunity to take stock and look forward.

• Over the course of the last ten years, the mandate has guided and contributed to many achievements in the protection of FoAA rights as well as civic space globally.

• Human rights in general and FoAA specifically are at a watershed in today’s difficult global context. The Covid-19 crisis, which has engulfed the world in 2020, has clearly exposed the detrimental effects that global crises, including public health ones, can have on an already battered civic space.

• This high-level webinar seeks to take stock on the first decade of the work of the mandate and initiate discussions with a view for the promotion and protection of the rights to FoAA around the world. The 10 year anniversary of the mandate provides a unique opportunity to build the next 10 years and beyond with renewed energy and commitments.

Nov 12, 2020 03:00 PM in Zurich


CoNGO Notes: 1. For information about the engagement of non-governmental organizations with the Human Rights Council, see: 2) For information about how CoNGO’s engagement with the issue of human rights and with the Human Rights Council, contact the NGO Committees on Human Rights in Geneva and New York. 3) See also