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.


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Structure and Staff

NGLS Structure

The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) was established in 1975 by several UN agencies as an inter-agency programme to promote and develop constructive relations between the United Nations and civil society organizations. Since its creation, the Service’s original sponsors have been joined by additional UN agencies, funds and programmes, private foundations, and several donor country governments.

In recent years, the work of NGLS has been supported by:

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)- Administering/Lead Agency

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)

UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and the Small Island Developing States (UNOHRLLS)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

World Food Programme (WFP)

World Health Organization (WHO)

NGLS also received financial support for its activities from the Governments of Canada, Catalonia, Finland, France, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Norway, as well as the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

NGLS Staff


Susan Alzner, Officer in Charge, New York Office
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; 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.

Victoria Cotino, Communications and Operations Assistant
Victoria Cotino is pursuing Liberal Arts studies at The New School for Public Engagement. She holds a Journalism degree from Escuela Tea y Deportea in Buenos Aires. Prior to joining NGLS she worked for International Baccalaureate, an international educational organization.

Patience Toukam, Intern
Patience A. Toukam Fojouo is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Diplomacy, with interests in social development and rule of law, at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations in Seton Hall University, New Jersey, USA. While pursuing his Master’s degree, Patience also obtained a Post-BA Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Montclair State University (MSU) in New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Dschang, Cameroon, with a Master of Law and a Bachelor degree in Law and Political Science.


Beth Peoch, Officer in Charge
Ms. Peoch joined NGLS in Geneva in September 2001 as editor of NGLS’s publications. Prior to that, she worked for Smithsonian Magazine in Washington DC as advertising production manager, and in the Economics and Trade Unit at the United Nations Environment Programme in Geneva. 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).

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

Internship Opportunities

There is currently an opening for an internship in the UN-NGLS New York office, to begin in April 2014. To apply, please fill out an application on inspira, here.

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.