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.



About NGLS

NGLS Publications

UN-Civil Society Engagement

Structure and Staff


The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) was established in 1975. It is a voluntarily funded inter-agency programme mandated to promote and develop constructive relations between the United Nations and civil society organizations. Since its creation, the Service has received support from a variety of UN agencies, funds and programmes, private foundations, and governments, including:

Administering Agency:
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA)
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
International Labour Office (ILO)
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
United Nations Human Settlements Programme (HABITAT)
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
World Food Programme (WFP)
World Health Organization (WHO)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and the Small Island Developing States (UNOHRLLS)

The governments of Canada, Catalonia, Finland, France, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway and the UK, as well as the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).

UN Foundation
Ford Foundation
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation
Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung


New York Office

Susan Alzner, Officer in Charge, New York
Susan Alzner has worked at UN-NGLS since 2010. Her work at UN-NGLS has included: designing and facilitating the nomination process for civil society speakers in the President of the General Assembly’s events on the post-2015 development agenda, as well as the Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All Forum and 2014 Climate Summit; serving as project coordinator and lead author for the report Advancing Regional Recommendations for the Post-2015 Development Agenda: A Consultation with Civil Society; coordinating and co-authoring UN-NGLS’s policy briefs for the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals; and leading civil society consultations for the Secretary-General’s High-level Panels and Groups on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Sustainable Energy for All, Global Sustainability and Climate Finance. She co-authored the report of the Kingdom of Bhutan’s High-level Meeting on Well-Being and Happiness: Defining a New Economic Paradigm. Susan’s prior experience includes: coordinator for the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA); Deputy Campaign Manager for Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s US Presidential Campaign; political project manager for musician and social activist Ani DiFranco; co-founder and director of the non-governmental organization Earth Challenge. Susan has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University.

Saba Loftus, Associate Communications Officer
Sabá Loftus has been actively involved with Sustainable Development negotiations for the past four years, including as the Organising Partner for the Major Group of Children and Youth for Rio+20, and all post-Rio processes. She has represented YOUNGO at climate finance negotiations and was the Communications Director for the International Youth Council (2010-2012) and Rio+twenties (2011-2013). In 2012 she edited UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook 5 for Youth and the Rio+20 Participation Guide. Sabá has previous experience working on grassroots community building, local development, natural resource management, climate change mitigation and emergency disaster relief and preparedness (for the USA, Myanmar, Chile and Haiti). Prior to joining UN-NGLS, she was based in Guyana as ONF International’s Chargée de Mission for a REDD+ technical cooperation project in the Guiana Shield. Sabá holds a Master’s degree in Business Studies and speaks fluent Swahili.

Lee Cando, Consultant
In September 2014, Lee Cando joined UN-NGLS’s New York Office. A national of the Philippines, her work experience includes policy advice, programme management and strategic communications in the fields of sustainable development and climate change: mitigation and adaptation, economics and financing, development impacts. Lee Cando started working at the United Nations in 1999, working at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn. In 2005, she moved to UNDP-Global Environment Facility and UNICEF in New York. In 2010, Lee supported the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability as it developed the report, ‘Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing’. Past assignments include postings in Indonesia with the German International Cooperation (GIZ GmbH) implementing the project, ‘German-ASEAN Programme on Climate Change: Agriculture, Forestry and Related Sectors’. Lee also worked as the Climate Change Communications Officer at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Indonesia acting as the interface between scientists and the Communications Team, tailoring research outputs to existing policy processes for a policy-making audience. Lee holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy. She has co-authored several publications and information materials in the fields of climate finance, sustainable development, climate change and children and REDD+. She speaks Filipino, English, German, Bahasa Indonesia, Dutch, French and Spanish.

Yomna Sarhan, Intern
Yomna is a recent graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Politics and a certificate in African Studies. Originally from Egypt, Yomna has worked for a number of organizations both in the United States and in Egypt. In 2011, Yomna worked for a leadership initiative at the American University in Cairo that offers scholarships to underprivileged students. This experience sparked her interest in education, human rights, and development and fueled her goal of working with the UN. Additionally, Yomna has worked as a Research Assistant for Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs where she examined women’s rights and state security in post-revolutionary Arab states. She has also interned for the Middle East Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars as well as the Moroccan-American Center for Policy. She is fluent in English, French, and Arabic and intends to start a Master’s program in international development next year.

Geneva Office

Beth Peoch, Officer in Charge
Beth Peoch joined UN-NGLS in Geneva in September 2001 as editor of UN-NGLS’s publications. She oversees the development, management and implementation of UN-NGLS’s communication strategy, and has been responsible for contributed to the writing, editing and production of numerous publications. Beth has served as Officer in Charge of the Geneva and New York offices since June 2011. Prior to joining UN-NGLS, she worked for Smithsonian Magazine in Washington DC for several years as advertising production manager, and later in the Economics and Trade Unit at the United Nations Environment Programme in Geneva where she contributed to analytical and policy papers and country reports. She holds a B.A. in journalism and creative writing from Oklahoma State University (US) and an M.A. in communications, media and public relations from the University of Leicester (UK). She belongs to various writing communities and organizations.

Hamish Jenkins, Programme Officer
Mr. Jenkins works on issues related to social and economic justice and alternative development strategies at NGLS. He has also worked at the International Labour Organization on the social dimension of globalization, as research coordinator for NGO networks on access to environmental justice and as a freelance journalist. He was the lead author of an NGLS policy handbook: Decent Work and Fair Globalization: A Guide to Policy Dialogue. His background is in development studies.

David Vergari, Administration
David graduated in Business Management from the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland and holds a diploma of advanced studies in Social Institutions Management from the University of Geneva. He worked in the sponsorship and philanthropy department of a Swiss bank and has experience working in civil society organizations. He managed corporate volunteering projects and was instrumental in 2007 in the creation of the Business Leaders Forum Serbia, an active network in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) field. With UN-NGLS since June 2009, he is responsible for administration, accounting and logistics; layout and design of UN-NGLS publications; and the recruitment of interns.


General information about NGLS’s internship programme

The aim of this programme is to provide interns with an opportunity to gain practical work experience related to their academic programme or future work in a field related to NGLS’s mission.

The incumbent forms part of the NGLS office, which works to promote greater communication, dialogue and cooperation between the UN system and non-governmental organizations. S/He assumes, in close cooperation with the relevant NGLS staff in both New York and Geneva, the tasks outlined below. While hours are normally regular, meeting deadlines and support for NGLS meetings may require occasional scheduling flexibility.

Under the general supervision of the NGLS Coordinator, the intern is responsible for:

• Monitoring and providing summaries of relevant UN meetings and NGO hearings;
• Aid in the execution and development of NGLS’s program activities, including the production and dissemination of NGLS publications;
• Performing Internet-based Research and information cataloguing;
• Liaising with the NGLS office in Geneva;
• Assisting with the development of NGLS’s electronic communications; and
• Conceptualizing, building and maintaining NGLS’s contact databases.

The candidate must have a Bachelor diploma (or equivalent) and be enrolled – at the time of application and during the entire period of internship – in a graduate-level degree programme in a relevant field. (S)he must be able to commit for a full-time, three-month internship with the possibility of extension for up to an additional three months.

Internship positions are unpaid. The costs associated with an intern’s participation in the programme must be assumed either by the nominating institution, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students, or by the students themselves, who will have to meet living expenses as well as make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel and other requirements. In addition, applicants must have medical insurance for the duration of the internship. Proof of insurance will need to be submitted before the internship begins.

Candidates for the internship programme are selected on a competitive basis. The profiles of the interns are matched with the needs of NGLS. The following qualifications are required:

• Keen interest in sustainable, social and economic development issues;
• Knowledge of the functioning of the UN system; including work with NGOs;
• Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills;
• Knowledge of computer database programmes;
• Problem-solving, organizational skills;
• Fluency in English and in French or Spanish
• Working knowledge of any other official language of the UN is an asset.
• Cultural sensitivity.

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