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The United Nations (UN) is working to strengthen cooperation with NGOs across the entire UN system and in all areas of activities. Many UN agencies and bodies hold periodic consultations with NGOs and new forms of management and governance of United Nations entities are emerging to involve the participation of civil society. In this section you will learn about principal organs of the United Nations (other than the Economic and Social Council) as well as UN programmes, funds and specialized agencies. The section also provides brief overview of the divisions within UN bodies that work with NGOs to develop their active participation in work of the United Nations. To see the chart of UN System, please, go to: http://www.un.org/aboutun/chart_en.pdf


1. UN Principal Organs

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. Due to its unique international character, and the powers vested in its founding Charter, the Organization can take action on a wide range of issues, and provide a forum for its 192 Member States to express their views. UN Charter established 6 principal organs which besides Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) include General Assembly, Security Council, Trusteeship Council, International Court of Justice and Secretariat.

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2. Supporting interaction between UN and NGOs
The United Nations is both a participant in and a witness to an increasingly global civil society. More and more, non-governmental organizations and other civil society organizations (CSOs) are UN system partners and valuable UN links to civil society. CSOs play a key role at major United Nations Conferences and are indispensable partners for UN efforts at the country level. NGOs are consulted on UN policy and programme matters. The UN organizes and hosts, on a regular basis, briefings, meetings and conferences for NGO representatives who are accredited to UN offices, programmes and agencies. DPI/NGO and NGLS along with the DESA NGO Branch work to promote NGOs involvement in United Nations.
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3. UN Programmes and Funds
NGOs interact with the United Nations programmes and funds in a number of different ways. Some of the activities include information dissemination, awareness raising, policy advocacy, joint operational projects, and providing technical expertise, among other things. Formal interaction and consultation between NGOs and the United Nations are governed by the United Nations Charter and other related UN documents.
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4. United Nations Specialized Agencies
Specialized agencies are autonomous organizations that may or may not have been originally created by the United Nations, but they are incorporated into the United Nations System by the United Nations Economic and Social Council acting under Articles 57 and 63 of the United Nations Charter.
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