Global Policy Forum

Frequently Asked Questions

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1. General Information


What is the Mission of GPF?
Global Policy Forum monitors policy making at the United Nations, promotes accountability of global decisions, educates and mobilizes for global citizen participation, and advocates on vital issues of international peace and justice.

When and Why Was GPF Founded?
A group of citizens from several countries founded Global Policy Forum in December 1993 to monitor global policy making at the United Nations. The founders of GPF saw that in a globalizing world, officials, diplomats and corporate leaders take important policy decisions affecting all humanity, with little democratic oversight and accountability. They set up GPF to address this democratic deficit by monitoring the policy process, informing the public, analyzing the issues, and urging citizen action. GPF focuses on the United Nations - the most inclusive international institution, offering the best hope for a humane and sustainable future.

Where is GPF Located?
GPF's head office is located across the street from the UN headquarters in New York, at 777 UN Plaza, Suite 3D, New York, NY 10017 - USA. GPF's European office is located at Bertha-von-Suttner Platz 13, D-53111 Bonn - GERMANY. Contact GPF

What Kind of Organization is GPF?
Global Policy Forum is a non-governmental organization (NGO) with consultative status at the UN. GPF is incorporated in the State of New York, registered as a charitable organization and recognized by the US Internal Revenue Service as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the revenue code. The European office is separately incorporated in Germany.

What Does It Mean that GPF Has Consultative Status at the UN?
Global Policy Forum has what is referred to as "special consultative status" with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). NGOs in consultative status have a political relationship with ECOSOC and therefore have certain rights. These include the right to designate representatives to attend public meetings, to submit written statements, and to make oral presentations. Read more about NGOs and the UN.

How Is GPF Governed?
A Board of Directors governs GPF. The board of GPF currently meets four times a year and Joel Krieger is its chair. The Board sets overall policy, overseas the organization's finances, and provides direction and guidance to the Executive Director. See more information about the GPF Board Members.

 

2. GPF's Work


How Does GPF Work?
GPF works on international peace and security (with special emphasis on the UN Security Council), global social and economic policy, UN reform, financing for the UN, the role of nongovernmental organizations, and more. Read more about GPF's major Programs

GPF seeks to accomplish its mission through informational and advocacy work. Our unique location across the street from the UN, and our well-established network with other NGOs, UN staff and missions, makes GPF particularly well-suited to carry out informational and advocacy work at the UN.

The GPF website is our most important tool for reaching out and providing information to the public. The activity on the site is steadily increasing. Every week the site attracts about 1 million hits from over 150,000 visitors. The website is an excellent research tool for students, professionals and others interested in the UN and UN related issues. Every week we post 30 - 40 new pages to the site, including articles from newspapers and other publications worldwide as well as longer reports and papers from research institutes, NGOs and UN agencies.

GPF also produces its own articles, policy papers and data. Recent Publications include papers on Iraq, the Security Council, and global taxes and tables and charts on Social/Economic Policy and UN finance. All GPF publications are posted on the website.

GPF provides many interviews to print and broadcast media on such topics as Iraq, the UN Security Council and NGO access. Every Friday we publish an electronic newsletter with links and comments on all the articles posted in the week. The newsletter goes out for free to subscribers in over 130 countries. Subscribe to the GPF Newsletter. Also see past newsletters.

We also do direct advocacy work with the UN Security Council. GPF is the organizer of the NGO Working Group on the Security Council (NGOWG) which brings together a number of citizen organizations for discussion on peace and conflict issues with Security Council ambassadors. Since 1997, the Working Group has met increasingly regularly with delegations sitting on the Council. Every year GPF organizes about 50 meetings between NGOs and Security Council ambassadors as well as high UN officials. These meetings are decisive in promoting transparency of the Council. NGOs dealing with issues ranging from human rights, humanitarian relief, disarmament, the environment, and the concerns of women and children are able to raise questions and keep themselves informed about the workings of the Council. The delegations, on their part, enjoy the valuable information provided by the NGOs and are briefed about special NGO concerns.

GPF regularly organizes international roundtables in social and economic policy matters. Past roundtables have dealt with the UN Global Compact, UN finances, official development assistance, global taxes, reform of the IMF and corporate accountability.

Please look at our Highlights and Annual Reports for a summary of GPF's main accomplishments.

 

3. Internship


How Can I Apply for an Internship at GPF?
Every year GPF's head office in New York welcomes around 15 interns from all around the world, divided into three teams: spring, summer and fall. GPF Europe also welcomes interns to work in our European office in Bonn. On our Internship page you will find extensive information about the internship, including application procedures and deadlines, comments from former interns and general information.

 

4. Article Submission


Can I Send Articles and Other Documents for Publication on the GPF Website?
Global Policy Forum does not publish articles not directly solicited. Occasionally we receive unsolicited articles and documents, however we cannot promise to review and evaluate them. More often GPF reproduces articles that have already been published elsewhere. If you have an already published article relevant to our work, we can consider it. Send us the article by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We review submitted articles for quality, style, timeliness and relevancy to our work.

 

5. Copyright


Do I Need to Seek Your Copyright Permission if I Want to Publish Articles from Your Site?
If you wish to use GPF's own material, i.e. where the source at the top of the document clearly states "Global Policy Forum," please send us a request at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Include information on how the information will be used, how many copies you wish to re-publish, and what the cost of the final publication will be.

Every day, GPF posts many articles from a variety of news sources to the website. At the top of these articles we put the name of the source, i.e. the copyright owner, and, when available, a link to their website. At the bottom of these articles we post a "FAIR USE NOTICE" explaining that the page contains copyrighted material, for which we have not been specifically authorized to use by the copyright owner. Since GPF distributes this material without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes, we believe this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in 17 U.S.C § 107.

If you wish to use copyrighted material from our site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. Hence you should contact the original source, displayed at the top of the page.

 

6. Budget and Funding


How Much Does GPF Spend Each Year?
GPF's budget for 2008 is $350,000. The largest single budget item is the Project on the Security Council. GPF is able to achieve many accomplishments on such a small budget because we are helped by interns and volunteers and we work very efficiently.

Who Funds GPF?
Global Policy Forum is supported primarily by contributions from individual donors. GPF also receives grants from foundations and other institutions. Visit our Support GPF, Donate Now! page and make a donation!

Does GPF Provide any Funding or Grants to Other Organizations or Individuals?
Global Policy Forum is a small organization with a small budget and does not fund or give grants to other organizations or individuals

 

7. Membership and Donations


How Do You Become A Member of GPF And What Do Members Do?
A member of Global Policy Forum is someone who donates $35/year or more to our organization (The membership fee is generally $35, but for students and other low-income groups we offer membership for $10. But any contribution, large or small, is welcome!). To remain a strong independent voice we do not accept any corporate or government funding, so GPF depends primarily on contributions from individual members. These contributions help GPF to monitor policy making at the United Nations, promote accountability of global decisions, educate and mobilize for global citizen participation, and advocate on vital issues of international peace and justice.

What Are the Benefits of Becoming a Member of GPF?
All members get a free subscription to our Membership E-Newsletter. Benefits also depend on what level of membership you join. If you give $100 or more, we will send you a copy of one of our most recent publications. But members' greatest satisfaction is their participation in the GPF community and their knowledge that they help advance GPF's work.

For more information visit our Donate Now! page.

 

 

FAIR USE NOTICE: This page contains copyrighted material the use of which has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Global Policy Forum distributes this material without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. We believe this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in 17 U.S.C § 107. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.