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1999 Report of the Secretary General on NGOs (September 8, 1999)

Kofi Annan's Report to the 54th session of the General Assembly on NGO interaction and participation in the UN system. Includes views of Member States, members of the specialized agencies, observers, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations from all regions.

UN Requests NGO Input on the Secretary General's 1998 Report (May 7, 1999)

At the request of the General Assembly, the Secretary General asks for comments on his July 1998 report so that a further report to the GA, at its fifty-fourth session, will take into account the views of NGOs.

1998 Report of the Secretary General on NGOs (July 10, 1998)

"Arrangements and practices for the interaction of non-governmental organizations in all activities of the United Nations system." A 17-page report considered by the General Assembly in the 53rd session.



Goal Must Be to Make Globalization an Equitable, Inclusive Process, Says Secretary-General (January 27, 2003)

In this statement to the World Social Forum, Kofi Annan emphasizes the vital role NGOs play in global policy development. NGOs must hold governments accountable while at the same time working with them to ensure that a more equitable world becomes a reality. (UN Press)

Secretary General Calls on NGOs to Create Worldwide Anti-Racism Movement (August 30, 2001)

In a speech at the NGO Forum parallel to the Racism Conference in Durban, Kofi Annan emphasizes the role civil society played in the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, taking it as a model for the global fight against racism.

Secretary-General Urges NGOs to Campaign For Genuinely Open Markets (May 15, 2001)

Secretary-General Kofi Annan left the Third United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries to deliver a speech at the Non-Governmental Forum in Brussels. He said that everyone in this conference should be listening to NGOs – so why isn't it so? (M2 Presswire)

Annan Says NGOs Essential to Work of UN (August 29, 2000)

Although our 'beloved' SG welcomed the NGO conference praising NGOs as "our best defence against complacency, our bravest campaigners for honesty and our boldest crusaders for change," that there is still no concrete commitment to NGO access by the UN and its member states. Hopefully this will be addressed at the upcoming Millennium Summit and Assembly. (Agence France Presse)

Kofi Annan: "Global People-Power" Best Thing for UN (December 8, 1999)

Text from the Secretary General's speech at the World Civil Society Conference in Montréal Canada.

Message from Kofi Annan at the 52nd Annual DPI/NGO Conference (September 15, 1999)

At the 1999 Conference: "Challenges of a Globalized World: Finding New Directions", the Secretary General discusses the difficult challenges posed by globalization and the need draw on many different fields of expertise to address the great problems of the coming century.

UN Press Release on Kofi Annan's Address to the DPI/NGO Conference

The Secretary-General's address to the Conference, entitled "The Meaning of International Community", given on September 15, 1999.

Quaker UN Office (June 6, 1999)

Letter by Jack T. Patterson, Quaker Representative to the UN, addressed to Hanifa Mezoui, Chief of the NGO Section, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

CONGO (June 3, 1999)

Statement by the Congress of NGOs (CONGO).

Union of International Associations (May 21, 1999)

Statement by Anthony Judge, Director, Communications and Research Union of International Associations, Brussels, Belgium.

Kofi Annan: Greater Role for NGOs at the UN Welcomed (May 7, 1999)

Hague Appeal for Peace Press Release about Secretary General's speech in Berlin.

International NGO Task Group on Legal and Institutional Matters (May 3, 1999)

Written by William R. Pace, Chair of INTGLIM, discusses the background of a new draft resolution on NGO participation in the work of the General Assembly.

Kofi Annan: Speech at NGO Forum in Berlin (April 29, 1999)

Secretary General Calls Partnership of NGOs, Private Sector, International Organizations and Governments Powerful Partnership for Future.

International Information Service (November 11, 1998)

Statement by Rosalind W. Harris of the International Information Service, emphasizing NGO access to the General Assembly.

International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (Novermber 11, 1998)

Statement by Beatrice von Roemer of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.


Kofi Annan: Growing Role for Civil Society (July 14, 1998)

Speech by the Secretary General in Sao Paulo, Brazil on the achievements of citizens' groups in a wide range of international activities.

Kofi Annan: Editorial on NGOs

Guest editorial in "Go Between" magazine (December 1997-January 1998) affirms the growing importance and influence of NGOs at the UN.

Razali Ismail: NGOs and the Future of the UN (September 15, 1997)

Extract from the address by General Assembly President to the session's closing meeting.

Boutros Boutros-Ghali to the DPI/NGO Conference (September 10, 1996)

Speech delivered by the Secretary General at the DPI/NGO Conference giving his view of NGOs and promising a better location for the NGO Resource Center.



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