Conference of NGOs (CoNGO)

GFMD Civil Society Preparatory Meeting {Live}

Invitation: follow the opening of the GFMD Civil Society Preparatory Meeting LIVE  

Throughout 2020, civil society has been actively engaging in all GFMD activities, by participating in the GFMD regional consultations and also by consulting and preparing for them with a large number of civil society representatives from different regions.

As civil society delegates meet in a Civil Society Preparatory Meeting to prepare to engage in the 2020 GFMD Summit hosted by the United Arab Emirates, we invite you to join us for the Opening Plenary, which will take place on 7 January 2021 at 2 different time slots: 10:00 and 17:00 (CET). All participants are invited to attend one session only.

To watch the live stream of the Civil Society Preparatory Meeting Opening Plenary, click on the button below (no registration required).

Watch the Opening Plenary live stream
The opening of the Civil Society Preparatory Meeting will be livestreamed on the GFMD Civil Society website main page.
It will start automatically at 10:00 and 17:00 CET on Thursday, 7 January 2021.
7 January 2021

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PyeongChang Youth Peace Challenge (YPC) 2021





§  19:00 GMT-5 (New York), Sunday, 10 Jan. 2021

§  23:59 GMT/UCT +0 (London), Sunday, 10 Jan. 2021   

§  07:00 GMT+7 (Bangkok, Thailand) Monday, 11 Jan. 2021 

§  09:00 GMT+9 (Seoul, Korea) Monday, 11 Jan. 2021

The YPC 2021 is a youth leadership empowerment program for peace through reflection and sharing of experiences, ideas and visions about the challenges youths are facing now. The YPC 2021 is an international initiative to commemorate and promote PyeongChang Peace Spirit which is characterized by the transformation of hostile confrontation into peaceful dialogue on de-nuclearization and peace on the Korean peninsula according to the Olympic ideal for peace at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

We welcome you to participate PyeongChang Youth Peace Challenge (YPC) 2021.


CoNGO Notes: CoNGO is an international partner of the PyeongChang Peace Forum.

In new year message, CoNGO president rallies NGOs to increase hope and decrease fear

New York City, 4 January 2021 (CoNGO InfoNews) —  In a new year message, CoNGO president Liberato (Levi) Bautista called on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to decrease fear and increase hope. He lamented the surplus of fear and deficit of hope in the year just ended.

“To decrease fear, we must continually affirm human dignity and human rights as inherent, inalienable, indivisible and interdependent. To increase hope, we must build a common future for all the inhabitants of the earth and their natural ecology, refusing pillage and plunder in our economic life, and instead, promoting and safeguarding the common public goods and services indispensable to securing life and life’s flourishing” Bautista said.

President Bautista foresees more consultation and collaboration with all its members and partners, and with the numerous entities of the United Nations System. This statement comes  after meetings in late December of 2020 with Marc-André Dorel and Lydiya Grigoreva. Dorel is officer-in-charge of the NGO branch at the office of intergovernmental support and coordination for sustainable development at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Grigoreva is the head of the NGO liaison unit of the Office of the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

A global briefing on UN-NGO relations and areas of consultation and collaboration is envisioned to be held sometime in February. NGO liaison officers at UN Office at Vienna will be contacted.

In issuing President Bautista’s message in English, French, Spanish and Esperanto, CoNGO aimed to reach more of its growing membership and constituency, hoping to engage them in varied arenas of collaboration and cooperation. Membership recruitment is also ongoing. Under Bautista’s leadership, eighteen NGOs have been added to CoNGO’s membership roll which stands at a little over 500.

President Bautista also announced a discount of 25 percent in membership dues for NGOs whose applications for new membership are approved and paid by the end of February.

Read the full text of President Bautista’s new year message in four languages, here.

Learn more about how to become a CoNGO member here. Get the application form here.

[UN Observance] World Braille Day

Every year on January 4, the United Nations commemorates World Braille Day.  To learn more and stay apprised of this year’s events, visit To learn more about the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the importance of eradicating ableism, click here.


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Education, Learning, and Literacy, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at and/or For more information on the NGO Committee on the Rights of the Child, please email the co-chair at

Discussion with Ms. Michiko Hattori, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima

Every Second Counts for the Survivors! – Peace Boat Hibakusha event with #Youth4Disarmament

An event organized by Peace Boat and #Youth4Disarmament.

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (New York)
Monday, 14 December 2020

Seventy-five years after the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world still faces the grave threat of the existence of nuclear weapons and a nuclear arms race, despite the 75-year-long plea for their total abolition by hibakusha, survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as Global Hibakusha – those impacted by nuclear testing, uranium mining and other nuclear development around the world.

As the hibakusha age, there are fewer opportunities to listen to their first-hand stories are becoming. We, therefore, must continue honoring the Hibakusha by celebrating their lives and work. To honor them we must not simply remember them, but we must discuss possible actions we can take together and individually.

A discussion among the panelists will be followed by a youth-led question-and-answer session.

For more information about the Peace Boat Hibakusha Project Online, please see

Learn more about #Youth4Disarmament at

CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security (New York), please visit For information about the NGO Committee on Peace (Vienna), email its Chair, Helga Kerschbaum at

UN Office at Geneva and World Academy of Art and Science lead e-Conference on Global Leadership in the 21st Century; partners include CoNGO

UPDATE: See UNOG news release.

14 December 2020, New York City (CoNGO InfoNews) – An e-conference on Global Leadership in the 21st Century will be held on 15 and 16 December, under the joint leadership of the  United Nations Office at Geneva and the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS). The Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO) is one among 24 partner organizations from the UN System, academia, civil society, foundations and the private sector.

In an advance message, CoNGO President Liberato C. Bautista said: “Global leadership today must have a focus and a locus at once local and global. It will require transborder and transnational organizing, and mobilizing for glocal consciousness and action.”

At this two-day conference, the results of a year-long project to develop catalytic strategies to address the challenges of global leadership facing the world will be presented.  Online events will include sessions on peace and human security, economy and employment, health and food security, environment, finance, education, civil society, the media, youth networks, social movements, and integration of research and implementation.

Speakers include UN Office at Geneva Director General Tatiana Valovaya, Columbia University Center for Sustainable Development Director Jeffrey Sachs, actress and activist Jane Fonda, WAAS President and CEO Garry Jacobs, and numerous political, civil society and thought leaders from around the world.

The President of CoNGO, Liberato C. Bautista, will address the conference at 11:00AM (Geneva) | 05:00AM (New York) at the panel on “Mobilizing Civil Society: Building Global Social Consciousness”.

For further information and registration, please see, the agenda and schedule at and speaker bios here. Videos will be available online after the event, at the World Academy of Art and Science.

{Virtual Town Hall} Paving the Way to OEWGA11 in Conversation with Experts

REGISTER to IFA: press here


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-NY, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit

Human Rights Day 2020: Celebrating COVID-19 Frontline Heroes

Frontline workers have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis has laid bare issues of gender equality and racial justice, and public participation.

This online event, hosted by the New York Office of UN Human Rights, will showcase the contribution the heroes of the pandemic are making to achieving the rights of others and underline the fact that they have rights themselves.

Join us to hear from people working to make human rights a reality around the globe. The event includes personal testimony from health workers in Thailand and Guatemala, and women’s support network leaders in Nigeria and Egypt. It also features a mask-maker, an advocate for the elderly and refugees, an educator and a performer from SpainPoland, Jamaica and the United States.

The event will begin with an opening address by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, followed by remarks by Carmelyn P. Malalis, Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and closing comments from Ilze Brands Kehris, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.

Please note that the event has been pre-recorded and therefore will not feature a question and answer session, but that you are welcome to follow-up with the New York Office of UN Human Rights with comments or requests for information.

The event video will be available on-demand on UN Human Rights YouTube and from 2:00 pm EST on December 10.

#HumanRightsDay   #StandUp4HumanRights


CoNGO Notes:For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at  or

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