16 October 2007 - The International Resource Centre for National Platforms of NGOs (www.ong-ngo.org), an easily accessible, centralized web portal, was recently launched in order to meet the communication needs of NGOs around the world. The resource center, supported by UNDP, is a partnership among four national platforms - ABONG (Brazil), ACCION (Chile), CONGAD (Senegal), VANI (India) and Coordination SUD (France). It features fifty national NGO platforms and is linked to the regional webs created by three of these platforms in order to highlight regional dynamics : www.repaoc.org (for Western and Central African platforms presided over by CONGAD), www.ngo-asia.org (for the regional coalition of South and east Asian NGO platforms presided over by VANI), and www.mesadearticulacion.org (for Mesa de Articulación ( Latin America) coordinated by ABONG). Each national NGO platform was chosen based on standards such as democratic governance, transparency, and ethics.
In order for NGOs, particularly Southern NGOs, to better engage in international debate, this resource center enables sharing of information ; presentation of NGO position papers ; communicating the experience of civil society ; and facilitating the work of the UN by promoting collaboration at national and global levels based on shared goals. The resource center, accessible in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, will improve representation of Southern NGOs in the global dialogue and will promote engagement in regional and global development endeavors.
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For more information on the International Resource Centre, contact Fabrice Ferrier, General Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
On 17 June, on the sidelines of the 26th regular session of the Human Rights Council, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, will give the opening statement at a side event on caste-based violence against women. Dalit women suffer rape and violence with impunity for the perpetrators at an alarmingly high level. Urgent action to end this reality is imperative and Dalit women fighting against caste-based rape and violence on the ground are asking for a global level response.