United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS)

Service de liaison des Nations Unies avec les organisations non gouvernementales (SLNG)
Servicio de Enlace No Gubernamental de las Naciones Unidas

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1975. An inter-agency programme of United Nations System; role and work endorsed by the Administrative Committee on Coordination in 1992 and by the UN General Assembly in 1993. Also referred to by initials UN-NGLS.


Promote dynamic partnerships between the United Nations and non-governmental organizations by: providing information, advice, expertise and support services; being part of the UN's efforts to strengthen dialogue and win public support for economic and social development; being concerned with the entire UN development agenda, including human development, environment and development, global economy, African recovery and development.

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In the pursuit of its mandate and objectives, executes a wide-ranging programme of information outreach activities, publications and meetings, and helps promote the participation of NGOs in major UN events and processes. Works with NGOs in both the North and South and with North-South NGO networks which are seeking access to UN system events, processes and resources. Also monitors and participates in the research, meetings and publications of a wide range of institutions on the changing roles of Northern and Southern development NGOs, and their relations with governments and multilateral organizations. Areas include: bringing important development-related activities and issues of the UN system to the attention of NGOs; assisting NGO networks active on issues and themes under discussion in the UN system, including through online consultations; assisting the UN system, its agencies and programmes in developing their relations, activities and cooperation with NGOs in the area of development information, education and advocacy work; jointly organizing meetings or other special events with NGOs and/or UN system offices and putting NGOs in touch with other organizations sharing similar interests and with appropriate UN system offices. Does not fund projects, provide scholarships, make available official UN sales publications, or distribute publicity items. Has no procedures for official registration or regulation of NGOs with the UN system.


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  • Social Activity
    • Nongovernmental
    • Services
  • Economics
    • Economy
  • Environment
    • Environment
  • International Relations
    • United Nations
  • Development
    • Development
  • Peace
    • Humanity
    • Humanitarian

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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