The United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is an inter-agency programme of the United Nations mandated to promote and develop constructive relations between the United Nations and civil society organizations.
NGLS is pleased to announce the release of its online publication UN/Civil Society Engagement: Year in Review 2007.
The year 2007 was an important year for civil society interaction with the United Nations, and across the system a vast array of activities were undertaken, providing civil society with an opportunity to interact, share their insight and help shape policy across the UN. Year in Review 2007 makes clear the meaningful contributions of civil society as well as its all-encompassing scope, whether it be on issues ranging from gender equality and aid effectiveness, to issues related to refugee protection, or to local action for sustainable urbanization.
This year’s edition includes a number of first-time entries: the new functions of ECOSOC-the Development Cooperation Forum and the Annual Ministerial Review; the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC)-which adopted its general principles for civil society participation; and the first ever Civil Society Development Forum, among others.
Year in Review 2007 Highlights:
• The informal interactive hearing on Financing for Development allowed space for civil society to highlight important FfD issues while also raising others that currently lie outside the Monterrey framework, such as unpaid work and the issue of decent work.
• The High-Level Plenary Meeting: A World Fit for Children + 5 saw children speakers calling on governments, the UN, civil society and the private sector to create partnerships to overcome poverty, the largest obstacle to children’s wellbeing.
• The PBC, through its general principles, stressed the importance of women and women’s organizations in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, as well as peacebuilding efforts, and calls for their equal participation and full involvement.
• During the 60th DPI NGO Conference that focused on climate change, civil society agreed to a 12-month Framework of Action to develop and implement plans for adaptation and mitigation and to establish long-term and strengthened dialogue for future action.
It is hoped that in these pages readers find not only a guide as to what happened during the course of 2007, but also a foundation for the further development of this partnership.
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