Civil Society Conference

UN Civil Society Conference co-organized with NGO Executive Committee is the premier event for civil society at the United Nations. The conference attracts an average of 2,000 representatives of more that 500 NGOs, from over 100 countries, and focuses on a different UN topic of interest related to the work of civil society and NGOs. This international forum gathers UN System officials, prominent international NGOs, public opinion makers, members of academia and media to discuss issues of global concern.



UN Photo/Evan Schneider Participants at the opening of the 62nd annual UN Department of Public Information (DPI) and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) Conference in Mexico City on 9-11 September 2009

United Nations is both a participant in, and a witness to, an increasingly global civil society; this dynamic relationship has become substantially more cooperative and productive over time. Partnerships are essential to ensure the continued and appreciating achievements of both the UN and civil society community. Association with the UN Department of Global Communications is one platform for civil society to work together with the UN, gain recognition and access to resources.

Resource Centre

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The UN Civil Society Resource Centre serves as a repository of information about UN events, activities and campaigns available to both DGC and ECOSOC associated civil society organizations. The Centre also serves as a place where civil society representatives can hold meetings or network. Visit the Civil Society Resource Center located at the UNITAR Building, United Nations Headquarters in New York, 801 First Ave, 2nd Floor, New York, NY, 10017, USA. 

Civil Society Briefings

Civil Society Briefings Calendar

The Civil Society Unit of the UN Department of Global Communications holds Briefings on a regular basis on topics on the UN’s agenda that are of interest or relevant to the work of civil society organizations. The Briefings assist civil society organizations with their advocacy efforts on behalf of the UN and offer a unique opportunity to interact and network with representatives of civil society, academia, business communities, and Member States working on similar issues. Learn more...

Annual Review

Orientation for Newly Associated NGOs

Civil society organizations associated with the UN Department of Global Communications are expected to maintain an active relationship with the Department and must submit a report known as the Annual Review with information on the activities, projects and events organized during the year by the organization. Civil Society Unit evaluates the Annual Review submissions and determines whether the organizations have fulfilled their association responsibilities. Learn more...

About Civil Society Unit

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Greetings to civil society organizations from all over the world, whatever your affiliation. The Civil Society Unit facilitates the exchange of information and develops partnerships with civil society to enhance their interaction with and understanding of the work of the UN. Whether you are here just to look around, planning to become a member of the civil society community at the United Nations, or searching for the latest information on Civil Society Briefings, welcome! Learn more...

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