UN’s NGO Committee

The United Nations’ website explains its Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations in part as follows:

“The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations is a standing committee of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), established by the Council in 1946. It reports directly to ECOSOC, and the two reports of its annual regular session (usually at the end of January) and resumed session (in May) include draft resolutions or decisions on matters calling for action by the Council.

The Committee has 19 members who are elected on the basis of equitable geographical representation:

  • 5 members from African States;
  • 4 members from Asian States;


South African NGO ranks top 100 Non-Governmental Organizations in the World

Brand South Africa’s partner Symphonia for South Africa, an NGO that delivers the Partners for Possibility (PfP) program, has been recognized as one of the world’s top 100 NGOs. Symphonia is the creator of the Partners for Possibility program, which addresses challenges faced by under-resourced schools in South Africa.

Symphonia’s ranking was made public by the independent group NGO Advisor, it is the first time that Symphonia and its flagship project – Partners for Possibility – have been rated, thus obtaining a remarkable 97th position.


The Dark Side of NGOs

The Lahore Daily Times published the following article by DaanishMustfa:

“It would be silly to deny that NGOs can be ineffectual and even financially corrupt. It is the job of the Corporate Law authority to scrutinize their accounts and their donors to monitor if their money is being well spent.”

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Global NGOs Criticize US Cuts of UNRWA funding

Al Jazeera posted the following article:

“International NGOs have condemned the US government’s decision to cut more than half of its planned funding to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees.

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, said in a Twitter post late on Tuesday that Washington was “holding Palestinian kids’ humanitarian needs hostage to political agendas”.

Jan Egeland, secretary-general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, urged the US government to reverse its decision announced on Tuesday to withhold $65m out of $125m aid package earmarked for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).”


Politicized UN Committee Using ‘Repeated And Arbitrary Deferrals’ To Block NGOS, Critics Say

The Canadian Broadcasting Company posted the following article:

“NGOs say some countries are purposely stalling groups supporting causes they disagree with.

NGOs and voices within the United Nations are calling for the reform of the committee tasked with accrediting non-governmental organizations, saying it has become a political tool to block rather than bolster their participation.

The UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations was established in 1946 and falls under the Economic and Social Council, one of six principal entities of the UN. Its primary task is to grant so-called consultative status to NGOs that want to have a voice at the UN….”


IUCN, UN, Global NGOs, likely to See Major Budget Cuts

Mongabay posted the following article on its website:

  • President Donald Trump has proposed cutting foreign aid funding to nations and inter-governmental organizations by 32 percent, about $19 billion – cuts the U.S. Congress has yet to vote on. Voting has been delayed since September, and is next scheduled for 19 January, though another delay may occur.
  • One inter-governmental organization on Trump’s cutting block is the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) best known for its global Red List, the go-to resource for the status of endangered species planet-wide. Over the past four years the U.S. contributed between 5 and 9 percent of the IUCN’s total framework funding, and 4 to 7 percent of its programmatic funding.


NGOs lose case against Norway over Arctic oil exploration

An article published on News 24 reported:

“Oslo – A Norwegian court on Thursday dismissed a case by Greenpeace and two other NGOs which sued Norway, western Europe’s largest oil producer, over licences it awarded in 2016 for oil prospecting in the Arctic.”

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Malta Backs Animal Welfare NGOs

The Times of Malta published the following article about NGOs:

“The President has pledged her support for fundraisers in aid of animal welfare and offered proceeds from the annual citrus festival in aid of this cause.

The proposal was made during a meeting between Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and animal NGOs’ representatives, who voiced their concern about not benefitting from L-Istrina funds.

The organisations have suggested organising a separate televised fundraiser in aid of animal welfare. Since the NGOs would not be able to afford the administration of such an event, and also to keep things “as clean as possible”, they had suggested it would be handled by those running L-Istrina.


NGO Actions in North Korea

SputnkNews.com published an article that reads in part as follows:

MOSCOW (Sputnik), Tommy Yang – Efforts from US-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to smuggle USB flash drives with information banned by Pyongyang into North Korea are unlikely to have expected effects of changing mindsets of the North Korean public, experts told Sputnik.

NGOs, such as the New York-based Human Rights Foundation (HRF), stepped up their efforts to bring flash drives filled with information that could influence the opinions of ordinary people into North Korea in 2017, amid growing tension on the Korean Peninsula after rapid advance in Pyongyang’s nuclear arms program.


Global civil society groups tell Pakistan to reverse NGO ban

YahooNews posted an article titled, “Global civil society groups tell Pakistan to reverse NGO ban.” The article reads as follows;

“Condemning the Government of Pakistan’s closure of over 20 international aid agencies “without any verifiable cause”, a group of international civil society organisations have described the decision as part of a growing and worrying trend of shrinking space for civil society and repression of human rights across South Asia.

Condemning the arbitrary banning of these agencies and reiterating the importance of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in assisting development projects, the groups, which included CHRI, International Federation for Human Rights, the National Foundation of India and Katiba Institute of Kenya, called for an “immediate reversal of this decision”.

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