NGOs & the UN
The UN’s scope of work is enormous and NGOs engage in many fields and in many ways. These documents from the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), an inter-agency programme of the United Nations mandated to develop constructive relations between the UN and civil society organizations, provides some general insights and perspective.
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UN NGLS Documents
UN System Engagement with NGOs, Civil Society, the Private Sector, and other Actors: A Compendium.
The Year in Review provides useful and concise overview of the UN system’s engagement with the non-governmental community throughout a given year.
UN-NGLS delivered a series of policy briefs to the UN General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG on SDGs) presenting civil society recommendations on the subjects in focus during their sessions.
Civil society interaction with the United Nations (UN) system has increased significantly over the past 15 years. So far, the majority of these relations have been with non-governmental organizations of various kinds, including humanitarian and development NGOs, advocacy groups and faith-based organizations.
Practical recommendations for the creation and maintenance of a safe and enabling environment for civil society, based on good practices and lessons learned, and in this regard to continue to engage with and seek the views of States, the special procedures of the Human Rights Council, the treaty bodies, relevant United Nations bodies and agencies, regional human rights mechanisms, national human rights institutions, civil society and other stakeholders, and to submit the compilation to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-second session.