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Major NGO Campaigns


In order to achieve a common goal, NGOs combine their expertise and resources to maximize their advocacy efforts. Networks of international NGOs usually come under one umbrella organization and can combine thousands of groups. Movements sometimes start off from the grassroots, with little financial resources. Campaigns aim at raising public awareness, lobbying governments and mobilizing citizens. Very successful campaigns achieve international change by laying groundwork for new treaties, standards or institutions. This site looks at selected NGO campaigns that are models for future advocacy.

Key Documents


NGOs and Global Policy-Making (June 2000)

An analysis by GPF Director James Paul, provides historical background and emphasizes NGOs growing contemporary importance, diversity, impact on policy, etc.


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NGOs and the International Criminal Court

The NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court successfully campaigned for the establishment of the International Criminal Court in 2002. The Coalition continues to campaign for further ratification of the Rome Statue and to work against US efforts to undermine the Court.




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NGOs and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) laid the groundwork for the International Mine Ban Treaty in 1997, which has been signed by 150 countries and ratified by 141 in 2003. The ICBL continues to work on ratification of the treaty by the remaining signatories and to promote the treatys implementation.


ngowg2NGO Working Group on the Security Council

The NGO Working Group on the Security Council founded in 1997 brings together thirty major NGOs for a series of weekly meetings with Council ambassadors. The exchange of information contributes to the transparency and accountability of the Council.

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