NGO Working Group on UN-NGO Relations


The NGO Working Group on UN-NGO Relations brings together key NGO representatives based at UN headquarters, including the leadership of the NGO-DPI Executive Committee, the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO), and NGOs that have been active over many years on access issues. Founded in mid-2009, the Working Group advocates for a positive and open partnership between the United Nations and NGOs. The Working Group on UN Access brings together a number of active members with NGO participants in New York, as well as corresponding participants from other worldwide locations. The group addresses issues such as the accreditation process, NGO participation in UN meetings and conferences, and physical access to the Headquarters complex. The group has initiated several campaigns between the Working Group and UN officials on key NGO access issues. It maintains contact with a similar group in Geneva and other concerned NGOs worldwide.