NGO access to and at the UN is UN’s access to the voice, expertise and support of civil society to the multilateral body, CoNGO President asserted at a meeting called by the ECOSOC President


New York City, 7 April 2021 (CoNGO InfoNews) – The United Nations and non-governmental organizations are each the poorer without the other. Grassroots, national, regional and international diplomacy have benefited from UN and NGO consultation and collaboration in addressing wide-ranging issues and problems confronted by governments, peoples, and humanity’s shared habitat.

This is the gist of the presentation by Liberato Bautista at the February 1, 2021 joint meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the Chairs of its functional commissions and expert bodies. Bautista, the president of the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO), was invited to address the meeting by the ECOSOC President, Ambassador Munir Akram.

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14 March 2013. Al Koma: Women dance traditional songs performed by a local singer in Al Koma village, North Darfur. Nearly 500 men and women in Al Koma village, some 80 kilometers west of El Fasher, celebrated International Women's Day in an event facilitated by UNAMID's Gender Advisory Unit and the Government of Sudan. Women leaders from North Darfur attended the event, which featured traditional nomadic songs and dances.<br /> Photo by Albert González Farran, UNAMID.


Are women making any progress in participation in leadership and decision-making?
Three NGO leaders ask on the eve of 2021 International Women’s Day

New York City, 5 March 2021 (CoNGO InfoNews) – “Women enable a just, equitable and peaceful world,” said the presidents of Soroptimist International (Sharon Fisher), International Alliance of Women (Cheryl Hayles), and Associated Country Women of the World (Magdie de Kock) in a joint statement they issued on the occasion of the 2021 International Women’s Day on March 8.

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WAAS and CoNGO invite NGOs in a survey in collaboration with UN Trust Fund for Human Security


New York City, 4 February 2021 (CoNGO InfoNews) – The World Academy of Art & Science (WAAS) and Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO) are working in collaboration with the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) to conduct a survey of Non-Governmental Organizations around the world to assess views on the UN concept of Human Security as the basis for promoting more effective policies and implementation programs to foster peace and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The same survey is being conducted among Member States of the UN. Participate in the survey, no later than March 7.

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Commitments made 25 years ago in Beijing not matched by action, investments and accountability, NGO Committee on Status of Women Vienna asserts in a statement

“Gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls are inextricably linked to achieving sustainable development for all. We acknowledge the recognition by global leaders that the commitments made 25 years ago in Beijing have not been matched by action, investments and accountability. We welcome the commitment of governments to significantly accelerate concrete actions towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal #5, Gender Equality,” says the opening paragraph of a statement by members of the NGO Committee on Status of Women Vienna submitted to the sixty-fifth session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UN CSW).”

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CoNGO president, and three other NGO leaders, join in a statement on the International Day of Education 2021

Education is a human right. Inclusion and equity are crucial for transformative education. Education as common public good requires public funding. Education at primary and secondary levels is universal and adult education primordial. Online education has blessings and perils. Safety and wellbeing is crucial at education venues. Education must be portable across borders. Global citizenship education is critical to multilateral collaboration. Educate to increase hope and decrease fear.

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