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

The 2015 Post

Standing ovation for Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner at UN Climate Summit

Teacher, poet, journalist, and environmental activist Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner from the Marshall Islands delivered “haunting words” that “have made the most lasting impression” at the 2014 UN Climate Summit that took place on Tuesday 23 September.

Kathy delivered a two-minute statement and a poem, "Dear Matafele Peinem", written to her seven-month-old daughter, which brought world leaders to tears.

As the poem concluded, Kathy’s partner Makerusa Porotesano brought their daughter, young Matafele, to center stage. Kathy received a standing ovation from the audience, including over 120 Heads of State, civil society, the private sector and UN staff in the audience.

Kathy was one of the 38 civil society representatives selected through UN-NGLS’ global, open nomination process, conducted at the request of the Executive Office of the Secretary General for the Climate Summit.


NGLS e-Roundup September 2012 - "Rio+20: A new direction for a more sustainable future?"

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (“Rio+20”), the largest UN conference ever, opened on 20 June 2012, gathering 191 UN Member States and observers, including 100 Heads of State and Government, about 10,000 civil society representatives, and more than 30,000 other participants (UN officials, parliamentarians, mayors, chief executive officers, media representatives, etc). This NGLS eRoundup aims to provide an overview of the main happenings at and around the Rio+20 Conference; it also looks forward, exploring how the outcomes of Rio can be expanded upon to bring the urgently needed change to make this world more sustainable, and to prepare for an inclusive post-2015 development framework.

To access the e-Roundup, click here.

Past issues

Civil Society Observer

NGLS Civil Society Observer: October - December 2010

NGLS’s Civil Society Observer was published from 2006-2010. It provided information on developments and specific topics related to NGOs and civil society, through the media; academic and scholarly discourse; civil society position papers or statements at multilateral meetings or events; and analysis and research originating from civil society.

Past issues

Go Between

Go Between No.119: September-October 2009

Download Go Between No. 119


UN Update Section
Launch of New NGLS Website
New GA President Opens 64th Session
GA: Adopts Resolution to Establish a New Women’s Entity
GA: Thematic Dialogue on R2P
FAO: World Summit on Food Security
MDG Report 2009: Progress is Slowing
CSD-17 Highlights the Need to Increase Food Security
OHCHR: Social Forum 2009
UNIDO: Vienna Energy Conference 2009

NGO Update
Small Arms Survey 2009: Shadows of War
2009 Amnesty International Report
State of the World’s Minorities & Indigenous Peoples 2009

Focus Pages
ECOSOC Focuses on Global Health
ILO Summit Adopts Global Jobs Pact
Interview: Coordinator, Task Force on Global Food Security
Security Council Open Debate on SC RES 1820
Interview: OHRLLS High Representative
UNCTAD Launches New Reports
11th Session of the Human Rights Council
Durban Review Conference: Moving Forward
Second Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Focus on Education
Opinion Piece: DAWN
Opinion Piece: WILPF
Opinion Piece: Aarhus Convention
Climate Summit Seeks to Build Political Momentum
UN Secretary-General: Climate Summit Address

Past issues