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Consultations of the Committee with NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC regarding the evolving relationship between the NGOs and the United Nations

The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), is holding consultations with organizations in consultative status to discuss questions of interest to the Committee or to the organizations relating to the relationship between the NGOs and the United Nations in line with paragraph 61 (a) of ECOSOC resolution 1996/31. The ground-breaking consultations will take the form of written submissions and an interactive hearing which will be held in New York on 20 June 2018. The deadline for registration to the hearing is Monday 11 June 2018.

As part of the consultation process all NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC are invited to submit their contributions and views to the following questions ahead of the hearing. The deadline for submitting contributions is Thursday 31 May 2018.

Please refer to the concept note for further details. Your submissions to each question should not exceed 500 words.

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by Citizens' Coalition for Economic Justice [NGO]
22 Jun 2018
Sorry, I'm late... Please, Consider this!
Thank you.


[STATEMENT] The evolving relationship between NGOs and the UN: ECOSOC should change the consultative arrangements from “Greater Intervention” into “Sustainable Partnership

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This statement is a proposal to amend ECOSOC’s resolution 1996/31 on the Consultative relationship between UN and NGOs. Our statement has the purpose of reforming the poverty industry and improving their relationship by changing from “Greater Involvement” into “Sustainable Partnership” for NGOs in the consultative agreements with ECOSOC. With this purpose in mind, we replied to the four questions: 1) ECOSOC’s modalities for NGO’s contribution to the policy-making of UN’s bodies, 2) ECOSOC’s support in the accrediting process of NGO’s consultative status, 3) In LCDs NGO’s economic reforms and its participation in UN’s works, and 4) NGO’s approaches to UN’s processes. In response, as recalling its resolution E/1996/96, we suggested to revise the related agreements, stated in: paragraphs 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 18, 20, 31 as well as 37(d)(e)(f), 44, 46(d), 50, 57(a) and 61(c). This is because it is in dire need of expanding NGO’s role and responsibility as a partner of UN in order to be entitled to the same rights as Member States at ECOSOC itself in agreement with the mutual partnership of paragraphs 65 and 69, stated in the resolution; thereby, ECOSOC can achieve the evolving the consultative relationship.

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by The Brooke [NGO]
8 Oct 2018
I emphatically agree that it should be changed to 'Sustainable Partnership', partnership is a central part of the global goals and thus should be reflected in the language which links NGOs with ECOSOC. I hope this gains traction. I do wonder if there are other methods to input in this way as well?

by Citizens' Coalition for Economic Justice [NGO]
25 Jun 2018
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by Saudi Green Building Forum [NGO]
20 Jun 2018
Once the consultative status is granted to organizations, how best can NGOs access the opportunities given to them to take part in UN processes?
Arrangement of informal discussions on matters of special interest;
Access/ exchange of documentation/ statistics available;
Accommodation for workshop and/or smaller meetings.
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by Saudi Green Building Forum [NGO]
20 Jun 2018
How can the participation of NGOs from developing countries and countries with economies in transition in UN’s work be increased?
In Saudi Arabia there are only 8 NGOs, number is too low, increase number of NGOs will expand ECOSOC mission.
Every NGO must have at least one practical project (annual report) in association with UN.
Reachout both ends, unfortunately UNDP in Saudi Arabia not exchange support with NGOs.
Investing ECOSOC into NGOs as much it’s regional missions
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by Saudi Green Building Forum [NGO]
20 Jun 2018
What in your organization’s view should be done to provide better support to NGOs during the process of obtaining consultative status with ECOSOC?
Orientation to ECOSOC mission and objectives to NGO associations
Assign accredited NGOs to help within its region raise interest.
It’s important to setup basic score, helping information and documentation requirements before application submission, so much unnecessary waste of energy on NGO applications!
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by Saudi Green Building Forum [NGO]
20 Jun 2018
What are the most efficient modalities for NGOs to contribute to the United Nations policy-making, be recognized and be influential in these processes?
It’s general question, kindly, what are the models in place?
4000+ NGOs are great population for a consensus model based on experts’ weights on issues (themes or SDGs) that requests inputs policy making.
Empowering NGO access to issues, request institutions expertise input by selective invitations.
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by Saudi Green Building Forum [NGO]
20 Jun 2018
How can NGOs further contribute to the work of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies?
Expanding geographics, diversification and assignments.
Community Partnership (“overused slogan”), Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), in our region needs consultation with NGOs, it’s seems much attention paid to only Government/ Private Sector than NGOs.
NGO is a great local partners once relationship established on the bases of transparency, love and peace.
NGOs can be a great tool for fundraising when joined by ECODOC mission.
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by Qatar Foundation for Social Work [NGO]
11 Jun 2018
We are taking part in the coming gathering while we are now more aware of our duties derived from the consultative status and the contributions that enrich and pave the way for ECOSOC to walk on a common path to reach the goals of the sustainable development 2030. We believe that it may be useful to summarize through the four questions submitted by ECOSOC, hoping to that sharing our experiences with peer organizations would benefit all:

1/ The experience witnessed by NGOs in favor of targeted population groups provide -undoubtedly- valuable contributions with added value for the benefit of the Council and its departments.
First: advocate the principle that “people are the center of sustainable development”. Building on this, our NGO adopted a very ambitious vision seeking to trigger the change from “relying on others and being marginalized” of such social categories to the “donorship and empowerment”. In this trend, our experience has shown that it is possible to mobilize the civil society energies and a large spectrum of effective local, regional an international frontlines. This belief has led to visible success through creative methods and new vital data collected, and a correctional approach from bottom up to ensure that no one remains behind. (Doha Declaration about the Regional Conference on the Role of Arab Civil Society Organizations - April 2016).
Second: the use of the principles and provisions of Human Rights in defining implementation tools of full inclusion of the targeted population categories such as women, children, elderly, youth, orphans, and persons with disabilities.
The lessons and experiences derived from the reality of our NGO social work reflect a methodical addition in the review and monitoring process to implement comprehensive development plans in the countries. Such methodology is built on framing the causality connections among the goals and the objectives of 2030 Sustainable Development. We are convinced that sharing such

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by Association de l?Unité Spéciale Républicaine (ASUS RELUC) [NGO]
11 Jun 2018
Les ONG peuvent plus efficacement contribuer à l’élaboration des politiques onusiennes :
-En prenant de plus en plus la parole et que le temps de parole qui leur est octroyé soit revu à la hausse ainsi qu’une augmentation du nombre d’ONG autorisées à présenter une déclaration pendant le débat général ou au cours des tables rondes, ce qui aboutirait au rallongement du nombre de mots et permettre ainsi à ces organisations de mieux exprimer leur point de vue et de se faire entendre
-En prenant part en tant qu’observateur aux sessions des organismes spécialisés des agences onusiennes avec le droit de soumettre desobservations écrites sur des questions ayant trait aux programmes de ces différents organismes.
-Organiser des consultations thématiques sur des questions relevant de leurs compétences avec les organismes spécialisés afin de les associer à l’élaboration des programmes des organismes spécialisés de l’ONU.
-Valoriser les contributions des ONG aux actions de l’ONU.

Ayant assisté à la session du comité des ONG de Février 2018, nous avons constaté que les représentants des ONG n’ont pas la possibilité de prendre la parole et de défendre le dossier de leur organisation si celui-ci soulève des questions.
Egalement, un seul membre du comité des ONG ne devrait pas bloquer le processus d’accréditation d’une ONG. Si les membres du comité des ONG prennent connaissance des documents relatifs aux organisations bien avant la tenue du comité des ONG, il serait judicieux que les différentes interrogations relatives à ces documents soient envoyées aux ONG avant la tenue de la session du comité, pour qu’elles puissent y répondre et ainsi ne plus retarder la décision sur l’octroi du statut consultatif. De même, le processus est long et demande à une ONG un investissement de temps et d’argent même si celle-ci détient tous les documents requis, ce qui pourrait décourager des organisations ne disposant pas suffisamment de ressources financières et humaines.

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by African Youth Movement [NGO]
10 Jun 2018
NGOs can play various roles to propagate the work of ECOSOC and it's subsidiary bodies. NGOs can disseminate their work and projects regionally to facilitate closer regional integration leading to a wider global impact for ECOSOC. It is our view that ECOSOC should consider a regional arrangement of an advisory ECOSOC body constituted by NGOs in
consultative status with ECOSOC from the regions. Our experience working with DPINGO has shown that the regional NGOs can be left out of the development processes and engagements at the global level but would be easily mainstreamed into a regional network to accelerate fulfillment of processes at the global level, So why don't we say the Africa Regional CONGO-ECOSOC, European Regional CONGO-ECOSOC and so on. Through such a network, NGOs will be influential and better assisted on how to engage with the UN and her subsidiary agencies in their countries and region. By allowing NGOs easier access to the UN offices in their countries of origin. UN can in collaboration with the afore-mentioned regional CONGO-ECOSOC structure organise refresher home courses and induction training for new ECOSOC affiliated NGOs.

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by Sultanate Ea Al Maurikanuus Estados [NGO]
7 Jun 2018
By Sultan Prince Charles E. L. Rogers El, Sultanate Ea Al Maurikanuus Estados

1-2 The purpose of long term growth and development must be made by the people on the ground. Therefore NGO's are the perfect buffer between the bureaucracy of countries not able to fully support People. The long term effect of Urban blight due to generational economic marginalization, has created apathy on all sides. Therefore a strong NGO based a modality created from the core of the NGO itself. The United Nations cannot be in all places at once, and due to it's immense responsibility, there must be a conveyance to NGO's that have the lay of the land. For example, supporting the consultive status of NGOs of indigenous status, can greatly alleviate the communications barriers that exist in different zones. To wit policy introduction can be presented by those the People have already come to know as helping them. Greatly increasing productivity in areas that need it most. NGO's are not marketed in ares of poverty. This because they are usually the ones for whom the cause is are for. The problems of forced migrations could be drastically reduced. If there were organizations among the indigenous population, who were encouraged to form NGOs. This would create a better infra structure for them to solve their own problems. This would allow the consultative status with ECOSOC to be put to proper use. Allowing the People to better effect policy making modalities. Making Productive partnerships.

3-4. Our Sultanate is based on the premise of uplifting fallen huemanity. We are mandated by Allah to produce Earthen works that reflect the heaven of our dreams. Therefore it is our wish that programs such as ECOSOC were more available to those humbler means. The promotion of international correspondence is almost none existent in areas that need it most. NGOS with consultive ECSOC status can better help with policy efforts with local officials. Freeing up other resources for development.

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by International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists [NGO]
5 Jun 2018
Question 1. How can NGOs further contribute to the work of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies? What are the most efficient modalities for NGOs to contribute to the United Nations policy-making, be recognized and be influential in these processes?
INWES can provide current information, data and issues at the international level with regards to Women in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) ranging from barriers for girls to study STEM topics above the elementary school level, to access and funding challenges to attend college, prejudices that inhibit finding jobs in STEM fields in different countries, and advancement of women in STEM with regards to salary and leadership opportunities.

Would be helpful if NGOs were provided more advanced notice of the issues and deadlines for upcoming policy-making sessions so that well thought out input based on data and a position on a given topic can be assembled and reviewed internally prior to submittal.


Question 2. What in your organization’s view should be done to provide better support to NGOs during the process of obtaining consultative status with ECOSOC?
INWES was provided with very good support and clear answers to our questions as we went the initial process of obtaining consultative status.


Question 3. How can the participation of NGOs from developing countries and countries with economies in transition in UN’s work be increased?

Thankfully, most communication including announcements, sharing of documents and meetings throughout the year can be conducted via the internet. However, in many developing countries obtaining access to reliable internet is a challenge, which in turn inhibits access to the UN websites and participation in conference calls. Therefore, providing or arranging for locations where NGOs might gain reliable internet access would be extremely helpful.

Question 4. Once the consultative status is granted to organizations, how best can NGOs access the opportunities given to them to

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by The Bahrain Young Ladies Association [NGO]
3 Jun 2018
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Question 4

Once the consultative status is granted to organizations, how best can NGOs access the opportunities given to them to take part in UN processes?

 At certain UN events they can organize their own side events.
 Once they granted their consultative status they can network with other NGOs, with whom they can form partnerships.
 NGOs needs to do lobbying and alliances with other partnerships to advocacy and advocacy work to promote further their priority goals.

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by The Bahrain Young Ladies Association [NGO]
3 Jun 2018
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Question 3
How can the participation of NGOs from developing countries and countries with economies in transition in UN's work be increased?

It is important to NGOs from developing countries and countries with economies in transition to increase its participate in UN's work. The UN system should maintain a flexible approach in its relations and cooperation with NGOs. The UN system may organize several conferences or workshops to address the best ways these NGOs participate in its work, by taking the led of informing NGOs about the conference, and managed funds to finance NGO participation.

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by The Bahrain Young Ladies Association [NGO]
3 Jun 2018
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Question 2
What in your organization's view should be done to provide better support to NGOs during the process of obtaining consultative status with ECOSOC?
During the process of obtaining consultative status with ECOSOC, an NGO may receive questions from the Committee and these questions should be answered in short time. Even the NGO try its best to deliver its replies to the committee during the session period, but unfortunately, all efforts fail because nothing reach the committee and make the NGO frustrated with the bureaucracy and the heavy administrative requirements that result in the end to lose interest and withdraw its application to obtain the consultative status with ECOSOC or taking so long time to get it.
So, we suggest to facilitate procedures and to support the Secretary of the NGOs’ Committee with more employees to handle efficiently the work load in the prober time. This will encourage more NGOs to apply for the consultative status.

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by The Bahrain Young Ladies Association [NGO]
3 Jun 2018
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Question 1
How can NGOs further contribute to the work of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies? What are the most efficient modalities for NGOs to contribute to the United Nations policy-making, be recognized and be influential in these processes?
1.To be commit to gender equality and women’s empowerment. To intensify efforts to close the persistent implementation gaps between commitments and women’s daily lives and realities; between women’s rights in the law and their enjoyment of those rights in practice; and between existing empowerment policies and strategies and women’s actual well-being and security.
2.Dramatically advance their efforts in every sphere by working with and for women and young people, as one of the opportunities to shape the world of tomorrow by the work they make today.
3.Actively involved in organizing and demanding political freedoms and dignity.
4.End violence against women, protect women’s human rights, and participate with other partners in order to legislate reforms to end discrimination and increase the number of women in political office and public life.
5.Join the calls for democracy.
6. Work to achieve full parity in the assemblies and bodies that are shaping the future of their country.
7. Their contribution should makes clear that democracy will remain incomplete as long as half of the population (i.e. Women) does not enjoy full and equal participation and citizenship rights.
8. Work toward empowering poor families and the economic support of female breadwinner.
9. Work with partners concerned to apply the 17 Sustainable development (SDGs), especially 1,5,8,10 and 16.
10. Join global calls for legal empowerment in order to strengthen the capacity of all women to exercise their rights, either as individuals or as members of a community. To ensure that law is not confined to books or courtrooms

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by Avabe Initiative for Community Development [NGO]
1 Jun 2018
1. NGOs can further contribute to the works of ECOSOC and it's subsidiary bodies if they are engaged as active consultants to work for ECOSOC and other bodies.
The modalities could be in a form of requesting them to forward the preliminary research or bills concerning the policy formation. They can also help in circulating the preliminary idea of the policy and collating the public views for ECOSOC through the member’s social media or website or organized focal discussions.
2. We believe that ECOSOC members could provide a great support to the potential applicants if they are grouped into regions and countries and publicly announced as consultants that could give support to intending applicants in a form of providing them training and guidance. My organization has done this severally through our social media but the public did not believe we speak on behalf of ECOSOC so we were not taken seriously.
3. The works of NGOs in developing countries need financial and moral support to get them fit and expand their operations. They need to be recognized by UN, ECOSOC and other subsidiaries as agents of development. Issue them a certificate of service; follow, like and possibly comment on their articles. These are recognitions that will make the public believe, trust and continue to support them which may eventually raise their financial and moral status. They also need to be introduced to their various countries’ UN offices for recognition and financial supports were necessary and accordingly. The organizations could be copied in the introductory letter for follow up.
4. In addition to various invitations for conferences and meetings extended to the consultative members, they should be issued a certificate of attendance that will boost the profile and confirm the status while applying to any UN subsidiaries for consultancy services and or funding.

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by Association of Christian Counsellors of Nigeria [NGO]
31 May 2018
SUBMISSIONS BY THE ASSOCIATION OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELLORS OF NIGERIA
1.We consider the use of “Interactive Assignments” such as this contributory submissions as a creative way NGOs can contribute to the work of ECOSOC. Well-defined themes and policy thrusts should be sent to NGOs ahead of time to deliberate and make submissions to the council. = Regional meetings can be used to deliberate on issues and adoptions sent as bloc submissions to ECOSOC for consideration. It will also create a platform for interaction, networking, empowerment and capacity building for NGOs. =The registration process for attendance to ECOSOC meetings is still cumbersome. There are technical complexities with the Indico platform. We believe that NGO contributions will improve if registration procedures for participation in ECOSOC meetings are made less cumbersome. 2.The form filling stage is very critical for an NGO to qualification or be disqualification therefore NGOs need guidance to fill the form. 3.Participation will increase if UN’s decisions are broken down to actionable sectors. Therefore, presenting decisions in formats that elicit actions will greatly enhance participation from NGOs 4.There should be greater involvement by way of engaging NGOs with requisite skills in specific studies/surveys. Also national associations with membership spread can be used for authentic survey/data collection. Fund should be made available the NGOs. Similarly, and a uniform reporting template will enhance uniform report despite regional uniqueness. =On the other hand, the process of registering and participating is complex. As noted above, the Indico platform needs simplification. Our absence at the 56th session was because the system did not deliver the acknowledgement for participation after a successful registration. If the Indico platform could be made more user-friendly, NGOs will be able to access their opportunities to participate and deliver papers during UN processes.

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by Dianova International [NGO]
31 May 2018
CONTRIBUTION FROM DIANOVA INTERNATIONAL:
Question 1:
• Give more room to CoNGO, Major Groups and other large civil society representative bodies: NGOs can have a meaningful and influential role through the coordinated representation via NGO platforms, such as the Conference of NGOs (CoNGO) and its Substantive Committees and the Major Groups. If such platforms have official means and effective channels to continuously engage with the UN in the different thematic areas, civil society representatives can have a stronger voice at the international level. This by no means is meant to be interpreted so that individual representation of NGOs is restricted.
• Include NGOs in official negotiations: NGOs need to be part of the official discussions. It is not unusual in negotiations that the participation from civil society is restricted to “hearing of civil society” for example, but not as part of the discussion itself. This must change. NGOs can provide valuable expertise and field experience for the discussions and the negotiations would often benefit from having the voices of the people on the table. Besides, this would be another way to ensure that NGOs messages come across to member states.
• Make fund available for the participation of grassroots: citizen participation is a necessary instrument to create effective policies. The voices of the most affected persons need to be included in policy-making processes. The fund available for civil society participation must be consistent throughout the different ECOSOC-led processes.
• Open access to conference rooms to NGOs: Another important way of influencing policy-making is done through events. For this reason, one way of increasing NGOs inputs would be to facilitate access of NGOs to meeting rooms at the UN. A middle ground could be to grant large NGO representative bodies such as CoNGO and Major Groups the right to rent conference rooms inside the UN without the need of sponsorship from a member state or UN agency.

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by Humanitarian Foundation of Canada [NGO]
31 May 2018
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We sent you the answered submissions/contributions to your 4 questions. Did you receive them ? We sent them on May 29 th.We filled out the FILL OUT FORM and clicked it/sunmitted it.

Joseph

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by Aid Organization [NGO]
31 May 2018
1. Promote regional events in which success experiences can be shared or to expose regional problems and together build up solutions. Giving assessment on HOW we can deliver projects. We think many NGO´s are not skilled enough to prepare and submit projects.

2.NGOs should be encouraged to participate in the activities of United Nations at local level for certain period of a year.
To achieve this, it is critical for United Nations Country Teams and Agencies to widely recognise Organizations with UN ECOSOC Consultative Status to enable them (the UN Country Teams and Agencies) function as country-based Economic and Social Council Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations.

3.That the NGO´s office in ECOSOC addresses invitations to all members encouraging submission of improved proposals of our environment according to our charisma or internal policies of each NGO.

4. This recognition of Organizations with UN ECOSOC Consultative Status by the UN Country Teams and Agencies would pave way for their inclusion in the activities of UN Country Teams and Agencies; to enhance this, such Organizations should be formally inducted by the country-based UN Committee on NGOs.

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by Naija Worldwide Charities Inc. [NGO]
31 May 2018
Naija Worldwide Charities is honored to be a contributing member of this group and we look forward to attending the upcoming event regarding the evolving relationship between the NGOs and the UN.

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by Young Women's Christian Association of Nigeria [NGO]
31 May 2018
Q1. There are many grass-root NGOs who are doing enormous work but are not recognized because they do not have ECO-SO status due to the stringent conditions of obtaining the status they can further contribute to the work of ECO-SO if given the opportunity. NGOs should on the other hand ensure and monitor policy agreements in their various countries. They should also raise alert when such policies are violated in their countries.
Q2. NGOs are promoters of new ideas and through their various works they have been able to alert the International Community to emerging Issues. Through their on the field and hands-on experiences, they have been able to develop expertise and talent which in a number of areas, have become very important to the work of the UN, both of the policy and operational levels. Having this at the back of our minds therefore it would be highly appreciated if some of the conditions of giving the ECOSOC Status is reviewed to accommodate grass root NGOs by the best minimal conditions.
Q3.The big problem and limitation to the increased participation of NGOs from developing countries and countries with economies in transition in UN’s work is funding. Visa refusals limit enormously the number of women who would have contributed their brilliant ideas and experiences. If there is anyway the UN can give mandates to the countries where these NGOs are working tirelessly, to support the participation of at least 20 different NGOs, 2 per NGO ,to UN meetings which they can also alternate to cover all NGOs within the country.It will also help it more visas can be granted for all registered participants and also drastic reduction in visa fees for UN meetings and activities.
Q4.NGOs that gains the Consultative Status with the UN should endeavour to make an optimal use of their emails and internet to ensure that they do not miss valid information for NGOs. They should also constantly update themselves on UN processes. They should attend UN meetings and conferences.


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by DESSI International [NGO]
31 May 2018
- How can NGOs further contribute to the work of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies? What are the most efficient modalities for NGOs to contribute to the United Nations policy-making, be recognized and be influential in these processes?
1. Through participation in the conferences as observers and can organize side events
2. Give statements on the issues, agendas and policies
3. With support of UN, accredited NGOs can organize events, campaigns and activities at local level to compile their recommendations for further policy-making
4. NGOs can help monitoring and strengthening in giving volunteer support to UN funded projects particularly involving SDGs/MDGs

- What in your organization’s view should be done to provide better support to NGOs during the process of obtaining consultative status with ECOSOC?
1. Accredited NGOs should organize local awareness events and campaigns to support and guide other NGOs in obtaining consultative status.

- How can the participation of NGOs from developing countries and countries with economies in transition in UN’s work be increased?
1. Travel grant should be awarded to accredited NGOs for at least one representative per conference because NGOs usually don't have sufficient justifiable funds to cover the costs

- Once the consultative status is granted to organizations, how best can NGOs access the opportunities given to them to take part in UN processes?
1. NGOs should organize side events, give statements and contribute assisting UN meetings, conferences and forums through participation and after its participation, spread the theme/result at their respective areas
2. NGOs should be provided or have an access to comprehensive timely updates of country-wise UN activities so that accredited NGOs can have better access to the opportunities near them
3. Capacity building sessions may also be provided to accredited NGOs for better understanding of UN processes and its effective participation

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by Thalassaemia International Federation Limited [NGO]
31 May 2018
With 193 Member States and more than 5,000 NGOs with consultative status, it is evident that the Committee on NGOs needs to be allocated with resources (staff and budget) in order to be able to function properly and effectively address existing issues. NGOs need to be categorised per topic of interest/activity, relevant Committees and Sub-committees need to be informed about the NGOs’ very existence and activities, while information on news, events and the convening of meetings need to be timely and regularly disseminated. Moreover, webinars need to be delivered with instructions on how NGOs can be actively involved, using appropriate UN terminology and methodology. All information need to appear in a user-friendly website, communicated to all NGOs.

Besides internal organisation, ECOSOC needs to ensure that all meetings are accessible to everyone. This can be achieved via either the sponsorship or co-sponsorship of travel costs, the e-participation of NGOs from the local UN agencies (that need to have teleconferencing equipment at their disposal) or the decentralisation of meetings/ organisation of regular regional meetings.

Even if the physical or virtual participation of NGOs is ensured, another major challenge to be addressed is NGOs’ actual participation in the policy-making process. The existing processes of submitting oral and written statements are not adequate because Member States do not recognise in practice the importance of grassroots work by allocating sufficient time for statements or incorporating them in their official reports or minutes. This implies that NGOs need to have a certain level of power in recognition of their role, that could be translated into issuing opinions on their own initiative which Member States have to discuss or institute proceedings before the International Court of Justice if an opinion was not taken into consideration, thus leading to the deterioration of a given situation.

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by Pak Women [NGO]
31 May 2018
1. NGOs can conduct research on affect and impact of United Nations policies on world or some specific countries and can come up with policy recommendations for ECOSOC.

Similarly NGOs can conduct research on implementation status of SDGs in their specific country or countries and can give policy recommendations to ECOSC, which could be submitted to the ministers of those countries in AMR of ECOSOC for further action.

2. To provide more information as can on the role of NGOs once it will be in consultative status with ECOSOC, also if ECOSOC is writing letters to some institutions or departments in that NGO country, a copy should be share with the NGO who applied for the consultative status, so the NGO will be in a position to make follow up, as may the letter send to the federal department and NGO is working at provincial and district level, then there is fear that the department will not get enough information.

3. One major problem with NGOs from developing countries is that, they are not in a position to afford the expenses of attending meeting at ECOSOC New York and mostly are not able to express their inputs in written form.

Also majority of NGOs did not know that they can have consultative status with ECOSOC and therefore they are not applying for that, so ECOSOC must launch an awareness campaign on it, so more and more NGOs will be able to apply and play their vital role, contributing to national and international policies and instruments.

4. To enable NGOs to take part in UN processes, are to provide them with financial support for participation in UN meetings and sessions.

ECOSOC should organize capacity building sessions for NGOs, to train them how better they can play their role, what are the major goals, policies and instruments in which they can contribute, how they can monitor implementation status of SDGs, policies and other instruments in their respective country or countries.

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by Women Educators Association of Nigeria [NGO]
31 May 2018
Delegation of some of the responsibilities of the Economic and Social Council [as stated in Paragraph 61 (9) of its Resolution 1996/31] as it relates to regular monitoring of the evolving relations between Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC), to United Nations Country Teams and Agencies.

This is with a view to bringing the Committee on Non-Governmental Organisations closer to Organisations with UN ECOSOC Consultative Status.

To achieve this, it is critical for United Nations Country Teams and Agencies to widely recognise Organisations with UN ECOSOC Consultative Status to enable them (the UN Country Teams and Agencies) function as country-based Economic and Social Council Committee on Non-Governmental Organisations.

Bringing the UN ECOSOC closer to Organisations with ECOSOC Consultative Status through the country-based UN ECOSOC Committee on NGOs would create a formidable platform for information/experience sharing, peer review and discussion around the United Nations’ policy issues.

This recognition of Organisations with UN ECOSOC Consultative Status by the UN Country Teams and Agencies would pave way for their inclusion in the activities of UN Country Teams and Agencies; to enhance this, such Organisations should be formally inducted by the country-based UN Committee on NGOs.

This platform can also be used for awareness raising and sensitisation around the benefits of obtaining UN ECOSOC Consultative Status, as well as country-based training on the procedure for obtaining UN ECOSOC Status.

This suggestion cuts across most of the questions raised and is hinged on our concern regarding the insignificant recognition of Organisations with UN ECOSOC Consultative Status by UN Country Teams and Agencies and the attendant lack of participation by these Organisations in the activities of the UN Country Teams and Agencies.

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by Centre for Convention on Democratic Integrity Ltd/Gte [NGO]
31 May 2018


1.NGOs can further contribute to ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies through the following channels:

• NGOs can facilitate negotiations by giving politicians access to competing ideas from outside the normal bureaucratic channels
• NGOs often have much better analytical and technical skills and capacity to respond more quickly than government officials
• NGOs can influence the public through campaigns and broad outreach
• NGOs can help vocalize the interests of persons not well-represented in policymaking
• NGOs can deliver technical expertise on particular topics as needed by government officials as well as participate directly in operational activities
• NGOs can help strengthen international agreements by monitoring negotiation efforts and governmental compliance


2.NGOs should be encouraged to participate in the activities of United Nations at local level for certain period of a year.

3.How can the participation of NGOs from developing countries and countries with economies in transition in UN’s work be increased?

In order to increase the participation of NGOs from developing countries in the UN’s work, the following could be done:
• NGO representatives can be included in different delegations to international conferences to advise delegates from their governments.
• Representatives from an NGO can be included in delegations to an international conferences to represent the NGO and conduct negotiations.
• The UN can set up an advisory group that includes experts from NGOs
• The UN can give NGOs an opportunity to participate in ongoing policy development
• The UN can enlist NGOs to help in implementing programs in different countries
• The UN can hold more special sessions to give NGOs the opportunity to make presentations

4.Once the consultative status is granted to organizations, how best can NGOs access the opportunities given to them to take part in UN processes?
• They can set up booths at certain UN events as well as organize their own e

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by Bureau d'Informations Formations Echanges et Recherches pour le Developpement "B.I.F.E.R.D." [NGO]
30 May 2018
From : BIFERD / NGO
Coubtry : Democratic Republic of Congo
Contact : Jonas Habimana, Tel : +243990634880, E-mail : biferutsh@yahoo.fr

1. How can NGOs further contribute to the work of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies?
I thing NGO has responsibility to send periodic reports to give ECOSOC inputs and evidences that will facilitate in doing advocacy. NGO has to create strong partnership with subsidiary bodies. For example BIFERD is now working with IOM in doing stabilization activities and around 2 proposals are submitted to the MONUSCO negotiating a strong implementation partnership.
2. What are the most efficient modalities for NGOs to contribute to the United Nations policy-making, be recognized and be influential in these processes?
There are many modalities to be considered within attending UN conferences, webinars, Skype calls , sharing reports . Assessments and surveys on existing policies in countries should be done and link them with UN policies. Example how countries are achieving Sustainable Development Goals. Unfortunately there are no Funding mechanisms to help ECOSOC members for doing a kind of these works and have evidence based.
3. What in your organization’s view should be done to provide better support to NGOs during the process of obtaining consultative status with ECOSOC?
I thing ECOSOC should organize a kind of spot checks and asking for reference persons who know well the organization. You hava also to define clearly what are your expectations when an NGO need to receive ECOSOC status. There are many French Speakers Organizations who need to understand well your process but they don’t know English as a language barrier. A kind of coaching and workshops should be organized trough different countries to clarify what is the process, what is needed and how to apply
4. Once the consultative status is granted to organizations, how best can NGOs access the opportunities given to them to take part in UN pro

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by Mouvement alternatives citoyennes [NGO]
30 May 2018
Question II
Pour mieux aider les ONG au cours du processus d’octroi du statut consultatif, nous proposons que les associations ayant déjà le statut en question accompagnent ces ONGs dans ce processus et organisent des ateliers pour mieux faire comprendre le statut consultatif et les attributions des ONG dans L’ECOSOC.
QUESTION III
Pour accroitre la participation des ONG de pays en développement et de pays aux économies en transition aux travaux, nous proposons :
- Organisation des réunions de concertation avec des ONGs de pays en développement et de pays aux économies en transition aux travaux,
- Invitations des ONG pour assister aux travaux de l’ONU ;
- Invitation des ONG à élaborer des recommandations sur les thématiques qui seront traitées dans les travaux de l’ONU.
- Renforcement des capacités des ONG à travers des programmes ciblés.
- QUESTION Iv
Les ONG peuvent contribuer aux travaux du Conseil économique et social et de ses organes subsidiaires à travers :
1. Entreprendre des activités permettant l’accomplissement du plan de développement de l’ECOSOC et naturellement de celui des Nations Unies ;
2. Organiser des activités pour soutenir l’atteinte des d’objectifs de développement internationalement convenus, en particulier les Objectifs du développement durable ODD.
3. Participer aux forums intergouvernementaux, aux différentes réunions ainsi que; l’organisation de réunions ou d’évènements parallèles entre ONG.
4. Elaborer les rapports parallèles d’une manière participative avec des autres organisations.
5. Elaborer une stratégie à l’échelle locale et continentale pour traduire sous forme d’actions les politiques onusiennes et converger vers l’atteinte des ODD.
Diffuser les politiques onusiennes par le biais de communication et d’information pour faire adhérer un grand nombre d’ONG de façon à « ne laisser personne de coté » et que tous et toutes contribue à l’édification de sociétés viables et résilientes

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by Mouvement alternatives citoyennes [NGO]
30 May 2018
Question I
Notre organisation, Mouvement alternative citoyenne /ALCI est convaincue que la société civile est un acteur incontournable et contribue efficacement aux travaux de l’ECOSOC . D’ailleurs dans sa dernière déclaration en tant que Président de l’ECOSOC, M. Shava a rappelé la participation remarquée de la société civile et en 2017 le conseil avait accordé le statut consultatif à quelque 460 organisations non gouvernementales, dont beaucoup œuvrent dans le monde en développement. En plus la nouvelle présidente, Mme Marie Chatardová a affirmé que la société civile doit être prise en compte dans toute sa diversité dans les travaux de l’ECOSOC.
Nous pensons que les ONG peuvent davantage contribuer aux travaux de l’ECOSOC et à l’élaboration des politiques onusiennes et d’être plus influentes dans ce processus à travers :
1. La participation efficace à tous les débats organisés chaque année, et dans les réunions décisionnelles sur les politiques onusiennes notamment celles relatives aux problèmes de développement les plus urgents.
2. Les ONG ont un rôle capital pour apporter des éclairages sur les réalités du terrain vu qu’ils ont une expérience de proximité.
3. Les ONG doivent faire des propositions qui permettent de penser globalement et agir localement de façon à traduire les politiques onusiennes à l’échelle locale notamment pour atteindre les ODD.
4. Le partage des stratégies onusiennes avec les autres ONGs pour élaborer des recommandations sur certains points pertinents pour les réunions à venir.
5. Les ONG peuvent travailler en réseaux pour se préparer aux travaux annuels et se focaliser sur une question ou plusieurs selon leurs centres d’intérêt et programmes pour présenter lors des travaux une conception globale et collective à un objectif de développement durable et qui peut réellement avoir un impact sur la vie réelle des populations
6. La participation des ONGs dans des réunions de suivi de l’ECOSOC et ses organes subsidiaires notammen

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by Somali Help-Age Association [NGO]
29 May 2018
by Somali HelpAge Association (NGO)
I have sent my contribution and don't see it here, don't know if it was misplaced, what about if I have sent through FILL OUT FORM

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by Somali Help-Age Association [NGO]
29 May 2018
by Somali HelpAge Association (NGO)
I have posted my contribution and don't see it, don't know if it was misplaced

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by International Confederation of Christian Family Movements [NGO]
29 May 2018
29MAY2018

International Confederation of Christian Family Movements (NGO)
Contributions
1.Encourage, promote participation projects to all NGO´s (recognize all those NGO´s who participate the most), and asking them to contribute with ideas, proposals (according to their charisma or their internal policies).

Accept all points of view, that means, to listen to all voices, promoting plurality and inclusion

Acknowledge all projects improving our world environment.

Promote the innovation of proposals (i.e. new technologies, modern performance models etc.)

2. It is necessary to have an available format that includes a Time Table to comply with ECOSOC's requirements and that will enable the applicant to have enough tools to follow up his registration.

3.That the NGO´s office in ECOSOC addresses invitations to all members encouraging submission of improved proposals of our environment according to our charisma or internal policies of each NGO.

Promote regional events in which success experiences can be shared or to expose regional problems and together build up solutions.

Giving assessment on HOW we can deliver projects. We think many NGO´s are not skilled enough to prepare and submit projects.

4.Addressing from ECOSOC frequently invitations to participate.

Remarking the benefit that the NGO obtains when reaching a Consultative Status.

Promoting those NGO´s with proved, successful performances so they can support those new brand ones, or those which have been credited since long time ago and have delivered very few or none proposals.







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by African Hope Committee Inc. [NGO]
29 May 2018
Question #3

It is a milestones for every NGO's to achieve the process and be accredited by the UN with ECOSOC. This gives NGO's to fully participate at the international level and work and meet with other international organizations. There are challenges in securing resources either at local, national and international levels to achieve the goals. There should be some form of funding for NGO's in ECOSOC to receive each year to manage their programs and activities. SDG goals will only be achieve if there is access to funding to most ECOSOC NGO's. Lack of access to visas of ECOSOC members from developing countries create great challenges to meet these goals. NGO's work with other organizations and partner with institutions at the international level. Therefore access to visa to their partners to attend forums, meetings and conferences at the UN should not be so much of a problem. UN can work with NGO's to help them take part of the opportunity available. To get a focal staff to help answer questions and direct them.

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by African Hope Committee Inc. [NGO]
29 May 2018
question #3

NGO's from developing countries and countries with economies in transition in UN's work can be increased by: giving opportunity to NGO's to obtain small funding and facilitating NGO's to participate in forums, conferences and meetings geared toward SDG. This to enable them to attain their goals and the goals of the SDG. Developing different capacity training in countries where NGO's are accredited. UN can work with other ECOSOC accredited organization with full capacity to help train organizations in developing countries.

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by African Hope Committee Inc. [NGO]
29 May 2018
Question # 2

Thank you for the opportunity and to give the chance to NGO's to add their voices in improving the work of ECOSOC.
First we would like to speak about the process of obtaining consultative status with ECOSOC. The process is somehow little complex and not very accessible to grassroots organization with very low technical support but achieving in program designs and implementations with low or no funding available. We would like ECOSOC to have a simple system especially for countries with low technical support. Provide directions to NGO's as to obtain training before and after they have obtain the accreditation. Provide orientation training to NGO's and work with other NGO's in place like African hope Committee to assist them with the process. The United Nations ECOSOC department should be able to respond to email and letters sent to their attentions . most emails are disregarded and these leaves members with no answers. NGO's dropped their applications simply because they cannot even retrieve back their emails, passwords and others in orders to continue their applications. We hope to see a simple system being that some NGO's come from countries where even emails are not so accessible because of energy and lack of computer access to answer their emails on time.

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by Centre d?Education et de Développement pour les Enfants Mauriciens [NGO]
29 May 2018
Answer to Question 4:

The achievement of a consultative status is in itself as a milestone for NGOs, through which they can have a voice that impact on international laws. However, lack of resources can hinder many NGOs from participating in these events. It is therefore very important that ECOSOC and the UN implement strategies that can increase the involvement of NGOs and help them foster a sense of ownership to UN goals and the MDGs. According to CEDEM, access to opportunities could be improved through the following possible ways:

1) Sending regular emails about ECOSOC conferences and activities;
2) Emailing updated news on ECOSOC’s activities and prompting for feedback from NGOs in consultative status;
3) Circulating final reports and feedback summaries to all registered NGOs;
4) Providing more support on how to register for events on the ECOSOC online platforms;
5) Emailing reminders to NGOs in consultative status about the requirements of the quadrennial report;
6) Empowering NGOs on effective report writing within ECOSOC;
7) Offering face-to-face or web-based training to registered NGOs on the workings of ECOSOC and on how to make the most of their membership opportunities;
8) Providing partial or full sponsorships to selected NGO representatives to attend ECOSOC events; and
9) Creating a support group for all NGOs in consultative status of a particular country or region to allow for the sharing of ideas and to facilitate the ECOSOC applications of prospective NGOs.

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by Centre d?Education et de Développement pour les Enfants Mauriciens [NGO]
29 May 2018
Answer to Question 3:

CEDEM believes that it is more and more important that NGOs from developing countries and countries with economies in transition are made aware about applying for consultative status with ECOSOC. Although the strategy of asking NGOs who are already in consultative status to spread the news locally is good, CEDEM thinks that this information must also be publicised in other ways such as through the Press, local events organised by UN representatives or through the relevant embassies in these countries. Other ways of improving participation could involve actions such as:

1) Identifying regions or countries that have little visibility and participation in UN’s work and sending ECOSOC representatives to sensitise NGOs at these locations;
2) Decentralising the organisation of ECOSOC and UN events in different regions of the world, for example, sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian Ocean, South Asia, among others, to improve access and participation in person;
3) Providing full or partial sponsorships to enable NGO delegates from these countries to attend events at UN’s headquarters; and
4) Setting up ECOSOC/UN hubs equipped with video-conferencing facilities for NGOs who cannot afford travelling to participate in conferences.

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by Centre d?Education et de Développement pour les Enfants Mauriciens [NGO]
29 May 2018
Answer to Question 2:

In CEDEM’s view, there was adequate information provided on the ECOSOC’s website and guides during the application process for consultative status. However, initially there were some difficulties to understand the application timeframe and processes involved at the level of the approving committees. In terms of better support, more guided videos on the use of the application platform could have been helpful. Along with obtaining help via email, a live web chat facility might be useful if NGOs have spontaneous questions during the application stage. It could have been interesting for NGOs to receive face-to-face help on ECOSOC matters from United Nations representatives based in their respective countries.

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by Centre d?Education et de Développement pour les Enfants Mauriciens [NGO]
29 May 2018
Answer to Question 1:

ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies provide a huge platform for NGOs in consultative status to have a say on matters relevant to the United Nations initiatives and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In view of achieving these international targets, ECOSOC creates opportunities for the sharing and enrichment of knowledge and competences among NGOs and other bodies. Many NGOs around the world possess considerable experience and expertise in working for the welfare and empowerment of different target groups including vulnerable adults and children, homeless people, persons with disabilities, deprived communities among others. NGOs are undoubtedly valuable resources in furthering the work of ECOSOC and it is important to facilitate their contributions to the United Nations policy-making.

The Centre for the Education and the Development of Mauritian Children (CEDEM) believes that the following modalities could potentially improve NGOs’ input and influence in the processes of the United Nations:

(1) Sending more regular emails/e-newsletters to NGOs with regards to news and activities of ECOSOC;
(2) Requesting regular written submissions and feedback from NGOs on questions relevant to their various fields of expertise and the goals of ECOSOC;
(3) Allowing for submissions and feedback to be shared in different media such as audio, podcasts, videos, or secured social networking platforms;
(4) Improving the visibility of NGOs that are in consultative status on the ECOSOC website, perhaps through a dedicated webpage for these NGOs and links to their organisational websites; and
(5) Providing full or partial sponsorships to delegates from NGOs in consultative status (especially those from developing countries and economies in transition) to attend and contribute in person to ECOSOC committees.

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by International Federation on Ageing [NGO]
29 May 2018
1.How can NGOs further contribute to the work of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies? What are the most efficient modalities for NGOs to contribute to the United Nations policy-making, be recognized and be influential in these processes? (Part 2 of response)
With respect to sustainable development issues, General Assembly resolution 67/290 makes provision for participation of Major Groups and Other Stakeholders (MGOS), and in this context, many opportunities are offered for the participation of NGOs at the High Level Political Forum, including the official document with summaries of “sectoral or position” papers submitted by the MGOS. However, that document is not discussed.
Neither are reports submitted pursuant to paragraph 89 of the 2030 Agenda. NGOs may be given the opportunity to express their views, but there is no official discussion on their work or recognition of possible contribution to policy-making. The outcome of the High Level Political Forum, namely the Ministerial Declaration, refers only in broad terms to the general contribution made by all stakeholders. There is no evidence of any contribution by NGOs that could be used for policy-making.
The vast majority of NGOs have limited funds, but they have a tradition of reaching those left furthest behind, those who are marginalized and most vulnerable and yet their dedication, experience, achievements and what they can offer to policy-makers are given little attention.
Unless an exception is made, NGOs are not permitted to participate in informal consultations during which resolutions, declarations, outcome documents, etc. are drafted. Some Member States seek the views of NGOs on substantive issues, language to be used, evidence to support a particular proposal, but in general NGOs are excluded from negotiations.
Member States should fully acknowledge that NGOs are not only watch-dogs but are also implementers and partners. Member States should recognize that NGOs can make valuable contributions.

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by International Federation on Ageing [NGO]
29 May 2018
1.How can NGOs further contribute to the work of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies? What are the most efficient modalities for NGOs to contribute to the United Nations policy-making, be recognized and be influential in these processes? (Part 1 of response)
The current modalities for NGOs contribution to the United Nations policy-making are spelled out in ECOSOC resolution 1996/31, by which NGOs are permitted to attend meetings of ECOSOC, its functional commissions and other subsidiary organs of ECOSOC, and at international conferences convened by the United Nations, and to submit oral and written statements. However, while general references may be made to acknowledge the work of NGOs, intergovernmental bodies rarely incorporate into their reports or resolutions, lessons learned, analytical findings or concrete recommendations from NGOs. It is rare to find any item on the agenda of intergovernmental bodies that would address specifically the work of NGOs, for consideration by Member States.
Furthermore, at most meetings, NGOs are relegated to the end of interventions, when the majority of Member States have left the room and often when little time is left for NGOs to express their views. The contribution of NGOs to discussions is not considered of importance by many Member States.
While oral and written statements are put on relevant UN websites, they are not considered “official” documentation to be discussed as an item on the agenda.
In an effort to provide more “space” for the many NGOs, they are urged to collaborate and submit joint statements, which further diminishes the distinctive contributions that each NGO can make. Interventions from NGOs should be interspersed with those from Member States.

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by International Federation on Ageing [NGO]
29 May 2018
2. What in your organization’s view should be done to provide better support to NGOs during the process of obtaining consultative status with ECOSOC?

(a) It would be useful to have an annual orientation for applicants on the legislative process and what to expect when the Committee on NGOs considers applications.
(b) Coaching may be provided by recently approved NGOs on how best NGOs can defend their application and seek support from Member States.
(c) Assistance should be provided to NGO applicants on:
(i) the use of UN terminology and language to avoid misunderstandings and misinterpretation by Member States;
(ii) the types of questions that would be asked about their application;
(iii) how to respond to questions, to avoid misunderstandings and misinterpretation by Member States.

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by International Federation on Ageing [NGO]
29 May 2018
3. How can the participation of NGOs from developing countries and countries with economies in transition in UN’s work be increased?

The vast majority of NGOs have limited financial resources, most of which are spent on carrying out activities to support those who have been left behind, those who do not have access to government services and programmes, and those who have been ignored or marginalized. The NGOs from developing countries and countries with economies in transition have even fewer resources to undertake their work and their participation in intergovernmental processes at the regional and global level is rarely feasible. If Governments are serious about the importance of the work of NGOs, ways must be found to facilitate their participation, in terms of, for instance, travel and per diem to attend and participate in UN processes or make virtual participation possible. But participation is not meaningful if their contribution is not acknowledged or used for policy-making.

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by International Federation on Ageing [NGO]
29 May 2018
4. Once the consultative status is granted to organizations, how best can NGOs access the opportunities given to them to take part in UN processes?

In addition to obtaining ID badges that allow access to UN meetings, and provision of facilities for virtual participation, opportunities to take part in UN processes must be meaningful. It is not just a question of submitting a written statement or making an oral statement when time is available. It is also a question of Member States utilizing the experience and recommendations of NGOs by taking note in reports and resolutions of intergovernmental bodies and making use of what NGOs have to offer in the context of, for instance, eradicating poverty, ending discrimination, respect for human rights, economic and social development, ensuring adequate education and health services, preventing and ending violence and conflict, protecting the environment, compliance with the rule of law, ensuring a life of dignity for all people of all ages, etc. etc.

The United Nations Charter recognizes the role of NGOs, which have made significant contributions to the work of the United Nations, including in humanitarian crises, environment issues, climate change, establishment of the International Criminal Court, elaboration of human rights treaties, disarmament, reduction of landmines, economic

Much of their participation in United Nations activities and achievements in supporting the ideals of the United Nations have not necessarily required having ECOSOC status. The question, therefore, is the value of ECOSOC status and how meaningful it is if NGO participation in intergovernmental processes does not effectively prompt recognition and use of their experience and expertise for policy-making.

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by Centro Nazionale di Prevenzione e Difesa Sociale [NGO]
29 May 2018
How can the participation of NGO's from developing countries and countries with economies in transition in UN's work be increased?

Proposal of a Research Project on Transitional Justice
Proponents
Centro Nazionale di Prevenzione e Difesa Sociale-CNPDS / ISPAC-International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme

Title
The Contribution of Restorative Justice and Democratic Policing in Transition Countries. Theories, Experiences and Actions for a Dialogical Method of Transitional Justice.

Objective
The project intends to deal with the challenge of setting up a human rights oriented justice system in countries that have endured massive human rights abuses under repression and in conflict, through the analysis of restorative justice, on one hand, and through democratic policing, on the other hand, in order to help the construction of an effective, correct and humane justice model in compliance with the UN Criminal Justice Standards and Norms.

Proposal
CNPDS / ISPAC plans to organize a international Conference where scholars, institutional representatives and practitioners can have a confrontation on the issue of restorative justice and democratic policing through critical analysis of defined cases of transitional justice as well as in function of the definition of possible interventions in conflict situations (i.e. Syria) or in the context of countries where transition has moved its first steps (i.e. Colombia).

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by Independent Development Council [NGO]
29 May 2018
PART 4-4
Once an NGOs becomes a member of the UN ECOSOC community of NGOs, then it could be networking with other NGOs in the same field to build partnerships. It must take this opportunity to study and befits from sister NGOs who are actively participating in major events, conferences, exchange of experiences and with others at the national, regional and international, meetings level dealing with sustained economic, social development and in the field of environment and befits from UN and its agencies in developing green economy, climate change, clean energy, food security and water resources. The newly accepted NGO must immediately embark on a program that support its national country program to implement UN Sustainable Development Goals that include 17 major Goals, where civil society is a major player to enhance the national institutional capacitates in collecting evidence-based real data and executing to achieve multiple targets aliening itself with major UN goal of “No one left behind”, seeking to arrive at a plan to eradicate poverty, achieve women participation rate in work force and ensuring basic human Rights goals of good education, housing health and living standard combined with a democratic process.
The NGOs Formal participation through submitting written statements and presenting oral statements to ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies on issues of the NGO’s expertise, learning about and contribute to various issues under discussion, designating representatives who have access to UN grounds and the NGOs can insert their ideas into policy debates by lobbying governments and helping to broker agreements among divergent positions.

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by Independent Development Council [NGO]
29 May 2018
PART 3-4
C. NGOs could be considered as collateral institutions with State institutions. Where ever State Activities are in shortage, NGOs could fulfill the vacuum. The free and voluntary nature of NGOs provide them with openness and fluidness to exchange views, consultations experience and joint ventures between both sides. NGOs in economies in developing countries should remember that they can achieve development with the assistance and support from advanced economy(s), UN specialized agencies, UN development programs, and benefit from a favorable international environment, technology advances and innovation, exchange in science and know-how, and model-organization and good governance to benefit their development programs locally and at the national level.
NGOs working closely with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, UN specialized agencies, UN Regional economic and social commissions, should collectively contribute to the emerging of new developed economies. It will make the world more peaceful and stable. It will increase intellectual capacity, culture, languages, ways of life, experiences, markets, opportunities and promote the whole process. On the other hand, NGOs in economies in transition should consider the developed economies as their instigators and target model, rather than their former colonizer, or actual drainer. Any arrogant or self-centralized position should be rejected. The only acceptable relationship should be based on mutual respect.
Also, by reforming the NGOs dependency on public-sector funding, provide equal opportunities in the decision-making process in the global governance, and dealing with bureaucracy and predictability that goes hand in hand with greater influence.

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by Independent Development Council [NGO]
29 May 2018
PART 2-4
B. NGOs should get a better recognition by national, international governments, institutions and public opinion. It is not acceptable that NGOs are considered as only a decoration, or a political instrument for political intentions, or a way that some individuals use the status to serve their personnel interests. NGOs should be considered as an essential player in society and Government institutions. It should be considered as the spirit of the nation and the freewill of the people to take initiatives and voluntary work in an unlimited fields and aspects. During the preparation of the Iraq’s constitution in 2005, NGOs played important role to introduce article 45/A which reads: “The State shall seek to strengthen the role of civil society institutions (NGOs), and to support, develop and preserve their independence in a way that is consistent with peaceful means to achieve their legitimate goals, and this shall be regulated by law”.
NGOs should be nationally and internationally supported to make progress in their management, finance, expertise, planning and execution of their programs and activities. NGOs should have the capacity to exchange experiences with other NGOs world-wide by benefiting from successful and unsuccessful executions of public and private programs, nationally, sub-regionally, regionally and globally by holding meetings, seminars and conferences at national and regional levels to exchange information and experiences.
All NGOs have to start behaving in agreement to the existing rules or structures within the UN system, NGOs community must be informed about such rules.

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by Independent Development Council [NGO]
29 May 2018
PART 1-4
A. By increasing active, continuous interrelation between NGOs and ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, and active participation of NGOs in socio-economic and civil society programs of ECOSOC, by holding side-event meetings, engaging in thematic ECOSOC subsidiary bodies conferences, and actively discussing issues with major stockholders of governments and non-government, UN heads of agencies, policy makers, and UN- partners.
Recognizing the role NGOs play in real-life and their impact on societies and reflect that into the preparation period of programs, sub-programs, and modalities of the subsidiary bodies of the ECOSOC, include a wide range of actives such as explaining the importance of the programs to the public and reflect that to ECOSOC and bodies on their opinion.
- NGOs are holding the role of promoters of new ideas.
- Bringing the attention of the international community to emerging issues.
- Sharing information and expertise on issues under discussion in the ECOSOC.
- Efficient modality is (functions-centered approach), by:
• Addressing north-south imbalances, which affects NGOs role in the UN.
• NGOs have to follow the expected patterns of diplomatic culture and language in order to gain more opportunities to speak, get the attention and influence a negotiation process in the UN.

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by International Alliance of Women [NGO]
29 May 2018
Consultations of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations to
NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC regarding the evolving
relationship between the NGOs and the UN.

The contribution of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC to the work of ECOSOC can be further improved provided ECOSOC, in accordance with its Res. 1996/31, “Principles to be applied in the establishment of consultative status” para. 17 “facilitate, in the most effective manner possible, the contributions of non-governmental organizations to the work of the United Nations”. This should be an inclusive process, reflecting the wide diversity of NGOs, including LGBTQ groups, human rights defenders and others too often excluded from accreditation. According to the International Alliance of Women (IAW) the most efficient modalities for NGOs to contribute to the United Nations policy-making would be the following: improved access to the UN premises in order to enable an effective exchange between government delegates and accredited NGO representatives; enhanced mechanisms facilitating in a structured manner such consultative interactions for the benefit of all parties involved. IAW, as one of the eldest feminist umbrella organizations with over 50 member associations is of the view that the United Nations could take further advantage of such entities having demonstrated considerable expertise and special competence in long-standing UN-NGO relationship.

“The adoption by the United Nations of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has given a new impetus for a mobilization of NGOs in support of this global and wide range programme”. In this context, the International Alliance of Women supports the view that “mechanisms to monitor the relations between the UN and Non-Governmental Organizations in consultative status” have become even more important, yet difficult since UNCED 1992 (see Res. 1996/31, Part II, para. 19). IAW is of the view that at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Deve

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by Independent Development Council [NGO]
29 May 2018
A. NGOs as promoters of new ideas, bringing the attention to emerging issues, sharing information and expertise on issues under discussion in the ECOSOC, and efficient modality (functions-centered approach), by:
• Addressing north-south imbalances, which affects NGOs role in the UN.
• NGOs have to follow the expected patterns of diplomatic culture and language in order to gain more opportunities to get the attention and influence a negotiation process in the UN.
B. NGOs should be considered as the spirit of the nation and the freewill of the people to take initiatives. During the preparation of the Iraq’s constitution in 2005, NGOs played important role to introduce article 45/A which asks the State to Strengthen the NGOs and preserve their independence.
On behaving in agreement to the existing rules or structures within the UN system, NGOs community must be informed about such rules.
C. Can achieve development with the assistance from advanced economy(s), UN specialized agencies, UN development programs, and benefit from, technology advances and innovation, exchange in science and know-how, and model-organization and good governance.
By reforming the NGOs dependency on public-sector funding, provide equal opportunities in the decision-making process, and dealing with bureaucracy and predictability.
D- Programs to alienate itself with major UN goal of “No one left behind”, to eradicate poverty, achieve women participation rate in work force and ensuring basic human Rights goals of good education, housing health and living standard combined with a democratic process.
Through submitting written statements and presenting oral statements to ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies on issues of the NGO’s expertise, learning about and contribute to various issues under discussion, designating representatives who have access to UN grounds and the NGOs can insert their ideas into policy debates by lobbying governments and helping to broker agreements among divergent positions.

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by Independent Development Council [NGO]
29 May 2018
INDEPENDENT DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (NGO)
Part 1-How can NGO’s further contribute to the work of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies? What are the most efficient modalities for NGOs to contribute to the United Nations policy-making, be recognized and be influential in these processes?
A. By increasing active, continuous interrelation between NGOs and ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, and active participation of NGOs in socio-economic and civil society programs of ECOSOC, by holding side-event meetings, engaging in thematic ECOSOC subsidiary bodies conferences, and actively discussing issues with major stockholders of governments and non-government, UN heads of agencies, policy makers, and UN- partners.
Recognizing the role NGOs play in real-life and their impact on societies and reflect that into the preparation period of programs, sub-programs, and modalities of the subsidiary bodies of the ECOSOC, include a wide range of actives such as explaining the importance of the programs to the public and reflect that to ECOSOC and bodies on their opinion.
- NGOs are holding the role of promoters of new ideas.
- Bringing the attention of the international community to emerging issues.
- Sharing information and expertise on issues under discussion in the ECOSOC.
- Efficient modality is (functions-centered approach), by:
• Addressing north-south imbalances, which affects NGOs role in the UN.
• NGOs have to follow the expected patterns of diplomatic culture and language in order to gain more opportunities to speak, get the attention and influence a negotiation process in the UN.

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by Bangladesh Mahila Parishad [NGO]
29 May 2018
Thank you very much and also UNECOSOC for taking this kind of initiative.
This is a good initiative for more inclusiveness of ECOSOC affiliated grassroots-based national organizations.
1. ECOSOC should find out the more effective mechanism to include NGO’s, Civil Society Organizations in the policy-making process.
2. ECOSOC affiliated NGOs and CSO organizations from less developed or developing countries always suffer from financial crisis. They need support to attend the conferences, meetings and to participate physically in the process.
3. Ways or mechanism should find out for NGO Civil Society representatives during the time of presentation of State Parties. Is there any scope for face to face sharing of both govt. and NGO civil society representatives like UNCEDAW committee periodical reporting or sharing process?

Ayesha Khanam
President
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad

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by Asociación de Pedagogos de Cuba [NGO]
28 May 2018
Asociación de Pedagogos de Cuba
Pregunta 1
Nuestra ONG, defiende desde la educación los derechos humanos de todas las personas (niños, adolescentes, jóvenes y adultos en cualquier período de sus vidas), entendiendo a la educación como un derecho a la que toda persona debe tener acceso. Proclamamos las ideas de una educación inclusiva sin discriminación alguna como se plantea en la Declaración Universal de los Derechos humanos.
Desde esta posición podemos participar realizando nuestras contribuciones tanto por vía de internet como presencial sobre los aspectos esenciales que se discuten en las sesiones de Naciones Unidas y sus órganos subsidiarios. Las contribuciones en la generación de talleres y diferentes formas de debates de temas prioritarios en nuestros países y en la región, la participación directa en foros nacionales e internacionales, así como el uso de las redes sociales como espacio de concientización y toma de posición de muchos en diferentes países, así como en la construcción de documentos que pueden enriquecerse con diferentes enfoques.
Pregunta 2
Desde nuestra ONG durante el proceso de obtención de carácter consultivo con ECOSOC, el que resulta un proceso complejo por los documentos a llenar y las evidencias del trabajo realizado por la organización, debe no solo asesorarse en el llenado del formulario, sino también en como disponer los documentos.
Un lugar particular lo tiene en informe de la gestión económica financiera y antes de la presentación de la documentación, son necesarios varios intercambios con aquellas organizaciones que ya han pasado el proceso y puedan trasmitir sus experiencias y vías concretas de cómo hacer más efectivo el trabajo.
Pregunta 3
Una vía importante para incrementar la participación de ONGs provenientes de países en desarrollo es una mayor difusión a través de las redes sociales y una comunicación más directa con las organizaciones de la sociedad civil. En este sentido nuestra organización sufre las dificultades

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by Union de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba [NGO]
28 May 2018
pregunta 1
Realizando contribuciones escritas a las comisiones funcionales y órganos subsidiarios, solo que en ocasiones el tiempo solicitado para enviar estas contribuciones es muy poco, además la cantidad de palabras permitidas y el idioma que en ocasiones nos imposibilita expresar con claridad lo deseado.
Sugerimos que las respuestas u opiniones que tengan la ECOSOC sobre dichas contribuciones, se le debe comunicar a las ONGs interesada, y la misma tendrá la oportunidad de responder por el conducto del comité encargado de las ONGs
pregunta 2
Exhortamos a los órganos rectores de las organizaciones, órganos y organismos especializados del sistema de las Naciones Unidas a que examinen los principios y las prácticas relativas a sus consultas con las organizaciones no gubernamentales y que tomen las medidas que procedan a fin de promover la coherencia a la luz de las disposiciones de la presente resolución 1996/31
pregunta 3
Consideramos que deben de ampliarse las posibilidades para que los países en desarrollo y en especial Cuba que con nuestros limitados recursos y acrecentadas carencias debido al Bloqueo implementado por EEUU, puedan participar en las conferencias internacionales convocadas por las Naciones Unidas.Con la presencia de esta ONGs en las actividades programadas por la ECOSOC se lograrán establecer relaciones consultivas con organizaciones internacionales, regionales, subregionales y nacionales, de conformidad con la Carta de las Naciones Unidas y los principios y criterios establecidos para obtener carácter consul
pregunta 4
Las oportunidades otorgadas son muchas, pero debemos señalar que la complejidad de las nuevas estructuras propuestas, constituyen, un reto importante para el adecuado involucramiento de los países con pocos recursos, financieros y humanos. Ello, significará una amenaza importante para la adecuada representación de los intereses de los países en desarrollo, ponemos como ejemplo el sistema INDICO que es un entramado burocrático.

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by Maasai Aid Association (M.A.A.) [NGO]
28 May 2018
We would like to submit a few proposals and ideas to you, in order to make our relationship more productive, efficient and congenial.

Question 1:

- The NGOs located in various in the world face a lot of difficulties to travel to the USA and participate in the UN meetings and hearings that take place in the city of New York. In fact, it is IMPOSSIBLE. We suggest that the "UN Committee on NGOs" opens and manages a list of volunteering spokespersons, who live in N.Y. permanently and can attend the meetings so that they can bring a voice on behalf of the far-off NGOs up to the UN. These persons could be lawyers, students, or other educated and motivated professionals.
We badly miss such representatives.

Question 2:

- We suggest to establish a list of older and experienced NGOs who would like to play a mentoring role for newly volunteering and or requesting consultative status NGOs. A list of volunteers should be published on line in the UN’s web site. Every mentoring NGO candidate should give a résumé of his / her activities and goals and at least one person of reference.

Question 3:

- We suggest that the "Committee on NGOs" accepts hearings and written statements from abroad NGOs and after a selection on pertinence, importance, urgency, etc., would READ part of them, in the N.Y. UN meetings by a representative reader, on behalf of the absent NGO.

- We also suggest that the UN initiates a "digital wall" (in the internet) on which every NGO could show active collaboration / support / fostering. As the UN has elaborated and published the "2030 Agenda for sustainable development", in the same way it could initiate a data base, with proposals and projects undertaken by NGOs that seek financial support, impartial information, technical expertise or any other kind of help coming from private, institutional, governmental or international stakeholders, amenable to the 17 quantifiable Goals – a kind of “Project Stock Exchange"— willing to serve those 17 dev goals.

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by Holly Heart United [NGO]
26 May 2018
We are very pleased to come to your high-level responsibility to contribute to the committee's consultations with NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC on the evolving relationship between NGOs and the United Nations.

1. NGOs can contribute more to the work of ECOSOC, through their active participation in all events the United Nations and its subsidiary bodies,

2. To better assist NGOs in the process of granting consultative status to ECOSOC, it is appropriate that the reduced ECOSOC are studying cases for granting consultative status is the creation of the ECOSOC network in each country will be composed of accredited NGOs, in order to materialize the presence of ECOSOC with non-accredited NGOs so that it is not seen or understood as a cybercrime network by the rest.

3. To increase NGO participation in the work of the United Nations, the United Nations must mobilize more non-accredited NGOs through accredited NGOs in all countries.

- Show them the importance of accreditation,
- Why our NGOs must have UN accreditation,
- Facilitate the participation of NGOs in the UN's major decision-making process,
- Getting to the world how accredited NGOs play an important role in making decisions of the UN and subsidiary bodies.4. The granting of a consultative status of the United Nations to an NGO should not only facilitate the receipt of invitations for participation in the various meetings organized by the United Nations, but should also facilitate the processes of the United Nations. to obtain the visa of the country where these events are organized.

Now take the example of our organization HOLLY HEART UNITED, since our accreditation in April 2017, we have managed several invitations but without participating in events, because we have made requests for visas without success. At the moment it is always mentioned that we have to present these invitations to the embassy to facilitate the visa application. In addition we are not always in possession of our annual badges,

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by Barzani Charity Foundation / BCF [NGO]
27 May 2018
Focus of the discussions
- How can NGOs further contribute to the work of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies?
From the local experience point of view, we recognized that the NGOs can provide an ambassadorial role on behalf of ECOSOC in their area, the NGOs who are member of ECOSOC can and should have greater role into designing, modifying some of the socio economic project and policies in their area.
What are the most efficient modalities for NGOs to contribute to the United Nations policy-making, be recognized and be influential in these processes?
We recommend that each year should a panel made of NGOs to be created to provide additional support to the policy maker, the NGOs selection can be based on geographical location and each should provide expertise on different issues, such as logistic, crisis management, reconciliation, human and women right etc. The benefit of have in NGOs panel is that the policy maker will have a greater understanding on all issues in each area before they finalize the policies,
- What in your organization’s view should be done to provide better support to NGOs during the process of obtaining consultative status with ECOSOC?
The time frame should be longer than current set for submitting their application, and would be easier and better if a designated officer available in each regional UN office to provide advice and encourage NGOs to apply, this role also can be given to one or more NGOs who already member of ECOSOC
- How can the participation of NGOs from developing countries and countries with economies in transition in UN’s work be increased?
From our experiences large NGOs or NGOs who have made a big name for themselves have left no room for other NGOs who may have a good capacity to contribute to the work of ECOSOC but they may feel that they cannot compete with bigger NGOs, however, NGOs from developing countries should be given more role to participate in project implementation, project design and encourage them to participate in seminars, conferences and discussion group.
- Once the consultative status is granted to organizations, how best can NGOs access the opportunities given to them to take part in UN processes?
The expectation from the NGOs who apply and later become member of ECOSOC platform is unimaginable, especially when come to funding and implementing project on behalf of UN agencies, this narrative may mistranslate by NGOs, however, the ECOSOC should consider providing fund to NGOs member to implement some of the project related to the work of ECOSOC. Those projects should focus on socio-economic, social cohesion and community building relation as well as institution capacity building


by Foundation for the development of knowledge Suma Veritas [NGO]
25 May 2018
Comments & Suggestions from Suma Veritas Foundation ( Argentina) to questions:
1) NGO's can contribute by using more frequently the technology available to be linked not only with other organizations, in order to interact more with others, but also if subsidiaries bodies open channels to be connected closer with NGOs.
Respect to policy making and influence, its clear that bigger NGOs, and those with funds to travel are who can actually participate more. Its necessary to open channels so developing countries NGOs can have a louder voice and have the chance to have certain influence.
2) Local bodies of UN must communicate better about the process which is no easy and also must give enjoys more information, capacity building and participation on UN projects before applying.
3) Developing countries NGOs need to have some public private agreement to get the funds to assist the conferences or sessions. Also it is necessary that subsidiary bodies must be more easy achievable to let NGOs implement international programs.
4) It should be great if we can receive a newsletter with information about projects, campaigns, webinars, and so on, reality is that with the every day journey we don't read the website so often and we miss important information.

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by Centre for Convention on Democratic Integrity Ltd/Gte [NGO]
25 May 2018
4.Once the consultative status is granted to organizations, how best can NGOs access the opportunities given to them to take part in UN processes?
• They can set up booths at certain UN events as well as organize their own events.
• They can use their status to network with other NGOs, with whom they can form partnerships.
• They can make face‐to‐face contact with government officials and representatives
NGOs need to have to have access to certain audiences, such as state delegates, who NGOs can influence to further their goals and advance their own agendas, so they can give talks and presentations

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by Centre for Convention on Democratic Integrity Ltd/Gte [NGO]
25 May 2018

1.NGOs can further contribute to ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies through the following channels:

• NGOs can facilitate negotiations by giving politicians access to competing ideas from outside the normal bureaucratic channels
• NGOs often have much better analytical and technical skills and capacity to respond more quickly than government officials
• NGOs can influence the public through campaigns and broad outreach
• NGOs can help vocalize the interests of persons not well-represented in policymaking
• NGOs can deliver technical expertise on particular topics as needed by government officials as well as participate directly in operational activities
• NGOs can help strengthen international agreements by monitoring negotiation efforts and governmental compliance


2.NGOs should be encouraged to participate in the activities of United Nations at local level for certain period of a year.

3.How can the participation of NGOs from developing countries and countries with economies in transition in UN’s work be increased?

In order to increase the participation of NGOs from developing countries in the UN’s work, the following could be done:
• NGO representatives can be included in different delegations to international conferences to advise delegates from their governments.
• Representatives from an NGO can be included in delegations to an international conferences to represent the NGO and conduct negotiations.
• The UN can set up an advisory group that includes experts from NGOs
• The UN can give NGOs an opportunity to participate in ongoing policy development
• The UN can enlist NGOs to help in implementing programs in different countries
• The UN can hold more special sessions to give NGOs the opportunity to make presentations

4.Once the consultative status is granted to organizations, how best can NGOs access the opportunities given to them to take part in UN processes?
• They can set up booths at certain UN events as well as organize their own events.
• They ca

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by Amis des Etrangers au Togo (A.D.E.T.) [NGO]
24 May 2018
- The United Nations Domains of work are :
• Social
• Economic
• Environmental and promotion in the World
- What is the NGOs relationship with The United Nations (UN)?
- I Think NGOs must first be granted consultative status with ECOSOC.
- NGOs must contribute to the UN activities by assisting to UN meetings, conferences, Forums and other in Geneva, Vienna and in New York or other part of the world.
- NGOs must help United Nations and ECOSOC to have the SDGs results at all levels: international, regional, sub regional, national, subnational and local levels.
- Consultative status NGOs with ECOSOC and the United Nations entities, are the eyes the UN everywhere, must work to reach ECOSOC Objectives and help the UN to influence regional, sub regional, national, sub national and local decisions for the better world we want for all.

In NGO : Amis des Etrangers au Togo : ADET
We committed to encourage all range of development NGOs to obtain the consultative status with ECOSOC, engaged with UN entities and ECOSOC and develop international skills, expertise, leadership and experiences and benefit of UN opportunities and work in solidarity and leave no one behind.

Developing countries and countries with economies in transition NGOs main problems are financial, lack of training in capacity building, politic opacity, knowledge exchange, absence of corruption institutions and competency, racial discrimination, development NGOs protection by Government, peace, citizen engagement for change, public mobilization for public decision – making, lack of lobbing skills and diplomatic competencies.

These NGOs must work with United Nations for United Nations programmes results, combat corruption and produce rapports to the United Nations Secretary General and ECOSOC and can be consulted by United Nations or its agencies for any relevant investigation.
They must commit to deliver the sustainable development goals.
Once a NGO has been granted consultative status with ECOSOC, it has many

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by Leadership Initiative for Transformation & Empowerment [NGO]
23 May 2018
Here are the comments/ suggestions from the Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITE-Africa) for question 4: - Once the consultative status is granted to organizations, how best can NGOs access
the opportunities given to them to take part in UN processes?

It would be great to receive more emails about the various conferences and events that NGOs with consultative status can attend. It is great that there is a website with this information, but at times, organizations are quite busy with the work on the ground. A monthly email with activities coming up in the next 3-6 months would be useful as it will allow NGOs to better plan for conferences. Also, as stated above, some form of travel grant would allow NGOs to attend more conferences and take part in UN processes.

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by Leadership Initiative for Transformation & Empowerment [NGO]
23 May 2018
Here are the comments/ suggestions from the Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITE-Africa) for question 3: - How can the participation of NGOs from developing countries and countries with
economies in transition in UN’s work be increased?

LITE-Africa understands that ECOSOC does not provide funding to travel to attend ECOSOC sessions and UN conferences. However, many NGOs in developing countries and economies in transitions, do not have the financial means to attend these sessions every year or for some, at all. With public-private partnerships, it may be possible to work with a foundation or another private entity that is interested in increasing the voices of civil society groups at UN conferences. This would allow some NGOs with consultative status to attend and be more participatory during the sessions.

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by Leadership Initiative for Transformation & Empowerment [NGO]
23 May 2018
Here are the comments/ suggestions from the Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITE-Africa) for question 2:- What in your organization’s view should be done to provide better support to NGOs
during the process of obtaining consultative status with ECOSOC?

LITE-Africa found the process to obtain consultative status with ECOSOC to be quite manageable. However, it did take a long time to obtain consultative status due to certain requirements that were not made clear at the onset. We believe that other NGOs would benefit from three main changes: 1) A timeline for each step in the application process for consultative status, 2) ECOSOC management preliminarily review of the consultative status applications prior to the Committee on NGOs review to allow NGO representatives to make any necessary changes, and 3) interactive mechanisms such as web-broadcasting and conference calls of the Committee on NGOs review to allow NGOs that could not travel to participate to answer questions during the review sessions for a more efficient process. For the third suggestion, it would be important to have multiple mechanisms during a session since internet connectivity can be a challenge for some NGOs.

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by Leadership Initiative for Transformation & Empowerment [NGO]
23 May 2018
Here are the comments/ suggestions from the Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITE-Africa) for question 1: How can NGOs further contribute to the work of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies?
What are the most efficient modalities for NGOs to contribute to the United Nations
policy-making, be recognized and be influential in these processes?

In recent years, we have observed ECOSOC broaden its means of communication with NGOs by ensuring access to UN conferences and sessions via web broadcasting and in some cases, interactive sessions. This is critical particularly for civil society groups that do not have the financial means to travel every year to these sessions. Due to the limited abilities to travel to sessions and to network, LITE-Africa believes that it would be important to find a way to link civil society groups at a separate web interactive session prior to conferences. This will allow discussions of important issues between civil society groups prior to conferences/ sessions to enable more cohesiveness and potentially, an improved mechanism to address the needs that civil society groups observe in their respective countries. This could be done by creating groups along different themes (gender, sustainable development, conflict, human rights, health, etc.) and regions. NGOs with consultative status can join a few and we believe this will provide a more efficient and constructive way for civil society groups to influence policy-making.

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by First Modern Agro. Tools - Common Initiative Group (FI.MO.AT.C.I.G) [NGO]
22 May 2018
This consultation is the unique opportunity I have been longing to have, as my organization was recently accredited but I could not descend completely the advantages I have over other organizations not in ECOSOC consultative status.

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by International Career Support Association [NGO]
2 May 2018
Consultations of the Committee with NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC About the evolving relationship between the NGOs and the United Nations

Answer to the Question

International Career Support Association
President: Kanako Masanori

1· NGOs around the world group 17 items in the UN Agenda 2030 for each item and share information.
The group will be subdivided, making a system that can cooperate with more interesting items.
The group sets short-term and medium-term targets and shares progress.
2· Advance consultation about consultative status with the United Nations.
3· For the independence of the world's NGOs, the developed countries' countries and businesses actively create a framework that encourages financial support such as donation, and reduce the financial burden.
In addition, between developing countries and developed countries, NGOs will be caught between them, and a framework of think-tanks utilizing NGOs will be established to proactively advance projects and financial aspects.
4· Establish each NGO's proposal and project evaluation system so that it can objectively grasp from domestic and overseas.

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by Business Innovation Research Dev [NGO]
23 May 2018
Answering question 1 :
Of course, the issue of sustainable development is to be agreed. The formula is clear, but organization around the world are putting whatever they want under the concept umbrella
In principle, the concept umbrella is the Sustainable Development is about a development using parsimoniously today resources for today generations self-development, while preserving resources for future generations own self- development.

In principle, what is called today a development process between organizations (individual, household, firm, NGO, government) is about cooperation (item 17 of Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals).
As we can see with High Level Political Forum, which is examining and valuating the 17 items (goals). There is a balance of top down influences, which is likely to be the organization designers, which has participated to the definition of Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. This process (economical, financial, legal, technical, ecological...) did not start in 2015, but several years ago. An important milestone to kick start the process was Rio+ 20 in 2012 with the largest ever world global gathering organizations of civil societies (and other important stakeholders). Then has followed the global survey on the world we want and various other items of agenda for Action 2030 (data revolution, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Addis Ababa Financing development, Climate change ambition (COP 21, Paris agreement...)...
Now annually with have a set of review of progress made by sustainable development and the 17 goals that are representing 169 targets). This process in order to be braver is a people (and should be a People (People, System, Organization) process. Merely it is a bottom up approach, which consists of finding the linkages (inter and intra) so development is sustained and works for all for poverty reduction, reducing the threats of global warming, and ensuring economic growth.
Sustainable development is a longterm process over 1 year. (For example 2030 for Post 2015 SDG, 2100 for Paris agreement).
Every 4 years there will be a review of the development cycle in order to correct the gaps between the theory of sustainable development and the practice. They are 4 annual reviews per cycle
Cycle 1: 2016-2019 :
2016 : leaving nobody behind
2017 : poverty reduction, prosperity for all in a (fast) changing world
2018 : sustainable and resilience community
2019.....There will be also a new team of Experts, to give their own reporting to see if we are making the right business, and the development trajectory is on track so the industrial revolutions of the past are working for countries that have not received the benefits in the past.
We welcome you to share progress. The consultative process is also a platform for sharing successes and exchanging about potential risks (positive or negative) and potential cooperations.
About the subdivisions of the group :
I think best way is to promote an integrative management, public private partnerships (the hybrid organizations). In principle as you can see if your organization is in a lesser developed country, UN is promoting, Peace, security, stability, development with the rule of laws, cooperation, negotiation... (think that Africa Economy is unifying the continent with OHADA system, in Europe it is about the EU constitution). Democracy and entrepreneurship, which is often about business creations, which are quite popular actually in the developed economies and less likely to flourish in least or less developed economies. In such a way, one can leave other aspects of the governance to states (governments, presidents) whatever their political orientations.

by Business Innovation Research Dev [NGO]
23 May 2018
Hello Presiden kanako Masanorit,
I Have visited with Google street map your NGO location to found that it is based in Fukushima where I was participating in 2015 for Sendai (2015-2030) new Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which has replaced Hyogo Framework for action (2005-2015). I am wishing that you are fit and your organization has recovered from the Fukushima disaster
I am happy to write the answer to question 2
From the perspective of ECOSOC consultative Status through the lens of NGO committee, which is review your NGO case and granting a UN-ECOSOC consultative status (special, general, roster). Here are some definitions to bear in mind in the head of your organization head, who is requesting UN ECOSOC special consultative status. Her e are some recommendations to take into considerations for the ECOSOC consultative status, so your organization reduce the risk to be deferred for a new hearing in the years later, because an ambassador will ask you in writing to explain how you can be independent, if your government is funding your NGO development with subsidies, or it is receiving important volumes of financing flows, from a multinational...and so on
2 points to remember to increase the chance to get UN ECOSOC consultative status are in the list below :
1- neutrality: a need to please all states representative members, which are auditing your organization seeking for a consultative status (special, general, roster)
2- independence : NGO means in principle, that your organization statues (economy, finance...) do not rely on funding or subsidies from your government, or a multinationals..or whatsoever, except the memberships of your members of your organization. Between the western NGO and the eastern NGO, there is no settled agreement on the independence linked to the financial means to support the NGO activities. On the one hand Occidental NGO are taking for granted the fact that most western NGO are receiving funds from their government. Opposite on the other hands, criticisms will flourish and cast a light shadow on your NGO independence fro Eastern style NGO, which are often not receiving financial supports, and which survival depends of memberships and members participations (raising funds) to reduce the financial burden.
Donation is a financial investment, which is actually quite popular. It can be counter balanced with the micro-credit.
Have a nice reading. Any feed-back is welcome.
BIRD CEO



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