The NGO ALLIANCE was founded to help overcome the inevitable teething problems associated with penetrating the arcane world of the UN in Geneva. A group of experienced international representatives from a wide range of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) accredited with the United Nations (UN) or related agencies, have some together and volunteered their time to make participation of NGO visiting Geneva for the first time to Geneva more effective and more productive. The NGO ALLIANCE provides guidance to the UN in Geneva, offering assistance and opportunities of engagement with other NGOs and CSO Networks.
The “NGO ALLIANCE ON GLOBAL CONCERNS AND VALUES” is a non-profit membership association that welcomes NGOs with special competences whose work is related to one or more areas of the work of the United Nations and who wish to be more efficiently engaged through dynamic dialogue , consultations and collaborations on thematic and substantive issues with other organisations working with similar mandates.
We created the NGO ALLIANCE because we recognized a very real need for more bridge-building between NGOs. Accredited NGOs can listen and give a voice to relevant thematic and substantive issues many civil society and non-governmental organisations are engaged in. In an increasingly globalised world, the problems facing us everywhere are often caused by a breakdown of global systems though with localised effects and needing local solutions. Like you, we too, were unsure about where or how to start working with the United Nations and all its affiliated agencies.
It took many of us years to find our way around, frequently feeling frustrated and anxious with a wish for friendly, uncritical guidance that would enable us to immediately put our passion and expertise to good use.
Eventually, we recognized that the various UN offices in New York, Geneva and Vienna operate in different ways, have different institutional cultures and offer diverse opportunities for NGO participation. Not only that, their objectives, giving the illusion of overlap, are actually often diverse and changing.
Because of past frustrations and countless meetings listening to NGOs expressing similar encounters with the complex architecture of the UN system, we became convinced of the need for targeted assistance to NGOs to help them integrate quickly and effectively into the work of the UN. As most of us work with the UN office of Geneva (UNOG), we shall initially focus on this location. The work of civil society in Geneva is inherently expensive but it should and can be cost effective.
We have created the NGO ALLIANCE to help overcome the inevitable teething associated with penetrating the arcane world of the UN. Our executive board has volunteered their time to make your time more productive. We provide guidance to the UN world, offering assistance on how to operate more efficiently with UNOG or during your visits to Geneva.
One of the most useful tools to begin with is our website which provides information and insider tips and links that allow NGOs to be informed on the work of the UN and related agencies. We shall build up our website by initially providing information related to the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG)
Our NGO Forums provide enhanced opportunities for NGO participation where the sharing of information and the pooling of expertise maximises NGO contributions and networking but with significant and important multiplier effects at the level of NGO outreach to civil society at large.
Many NGOs contributing to areas of the work of the United Nations are either accredited with a UN, an UN Agency or are not accredited with the UN at all but their work and contributions are of great value to those NGOs who have accreditation. In a globalised world with efficient communication technologies, many NGOs today offer expertise to or collaborate and consult with NGO Networks that address specific issues, e.g. on climate change, health, human rights, the environment or sustainable development.
While NGOs of a network might attend e.g. a Conference of the Parties (COP) Session in Peru, France or Morocco, other NGOs working with that same NGO Network might be attending the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The sharing of real time information and the willingness to collaborate and contribute competences enhances NGO efficiency on all levels.
The NGO ALLIANCE strongly encourages and supports efficient and expert collaboration among NGOs. NGO Forums and its website offer NGOs insights on how such networking collabrations can be achieved. This complementarity in partnerships and of expertise, and the will to work together on complex issues is of greatest value and strengthens NGO outreach. Join us! and also about our…
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Read about… our thematic NGO Forums
Link to… the NGO Forum on Environment / FOE / Mission
Link to… the NGO Forum on Spirituality and Values / FSV