The United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) promotes dynamic partnerships between the United Nations and civil society organisations. By providing information, advice, expertise and consulting and support service, UN-NGLS is part of the United Nations effort to strengthen multi-stakeholder dialogue and engagement in UN processes.
For over forty years now the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) has played a major role as part of the UN system’s machinery for engaging with NGOs and civil society by providing a UN system-civil society interface and facilitating a number of innovations to UN system polices and practices towards its non-governmental constituents. In 1982 the UN General Assembly recognized and endorsed the role and work of UN-NGLS for the first time, and, in 1993, the General Assembly again recognized the value of UN-NGLS’s work.
Core activities of UN-NGLS include: information and communication outreach to the international community and to global civil society; supporting the UN system in developing productive relationships and partnerships with NGOs and civil society; and supporting the work of NGOs/civil society that seek to constructively engage with the UN system.
UN-NGLS provides considerable support to both the UN system and civil society in many different areas of its expertise, ranging from assisting the Office of the President of the General Assembly with identifying civil society participants in high-level events, to organizing consultations for the Secretary-General's High-level Panels and Advisory Groups, to supporting CSO engagement in UN negotiations, conferences and events. UN-NGLS has also organized and conducted briefing and orientation sessions and workshops for civil society, and has co-hosted NGO consultations with several UN entities to raise awareness around substantive issues under discussion, and to provide opportunities for exchange of views.
The information produced by UN-NGLS combines public information on UN and NGO events and issues, practical “how to” guides to the UN system for NGOs, and substantive analysis of issues on the international agenda. As part of its outreach activities, UN-NGLS also disseminates information on a range of activities on the UN agenda to NGO electronic mail networks and listservs. For more information visit the Publications page.