Thematic Forums


Thematic NGO Forums

What are NGO Forums?

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 input at the United Nations and outreach to civil society at large.

What is a Thematic NGO Forum?

Thematic NGO FORUMS are spaces for open discussion and expression of ideas to strengthen participation, consultation and support the coordination and sharing of NGO expertise and engagement to more efficiently contribute to all areas of the work of the United Nations.

NGO FORUMS are networks of NGOs with similar aims and with special competences to collaborate on substantive issues to address global issues and to discuss future   strategies for a strengthened and more effective NGO participation at the United Nations, according to Article 71 of the Charter of the United Nations, as well as ECOSOC Resolution 1296 (XLIV) of 23 May 1968 and 1996/31.

The NGO FORUMS on thematic and substantive issues can be established by at least five members in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.

All members of NGO FORUMS have to be full or associated members of the NGO ALLIANCE.

Establishing NGO Forums

How to establish and participate in a NGO Forum?

The establishment and participation in the work of a NGO FORUM requires:

a) NGO activities and mandate to be connected to the work of the United Nations;

b) for its work to be consistent with the purpose and Rules of the NGO ALLIANCE;

c) to hold periodic elections of officers for the creation a Steering Committee comprised of, at least, a Chair, a Vice-Chair,  a Secretary and a Treasurer (if a yearly subscription fee is levied);

d) to hold a minimum of four meetings per year;

e) the  setting (optional) of an annual subscription fee from its members;

f) yearly meeting records (agenda/minutes) and annual financial reports to be made available annually to its membership and to the NGO ALLIANCE’s Board. Report guidelines will be provided by the NGO ALLIANCE’s Board.


Current NGO Forums

The NGO Forum on Environment / FOE

The NGO Forum on Spirituality and Values / FSV

A third Forum is currently being established


Read about… the NGO Forum on Environment / FOE / Mission

More on the NGO Forum on Spirituality and Values / FSV

Link to…About the NGO Alliance on Global Concerns

Read on… Why we created the NGO Alliance on Global Concerns

More on… Joining Forces

More about… the UN Office at Geneva

Want to know about Membership… Categories and Criteria