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Registration for the 11th International NGO-UNESCO Forum : Challenging inequalities

IMPORTANT MESSAGE OF THE NGO-UNESCO LIAISON COMMITTEE

The Eleventh International NGO-UNESCO Forum on the theme “Challenging inequalities” will take place on 16 and 17 December 2019, at UNESCO Headquarters (Paris, France). 

Please find below the link to register for the Forum. 

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Forum, 

Click HERE: Registration for the 11th Forum

Speech by the Chairperson of the ICNGO and UNESCO-NGO Liaison Committee at the Executive Board-Item 11, October 18, 2019

207th Session of the Executive Board 

207EX/11. Item 11: Comprehensive partnership strategy

October 18, 2019

 

Speech by Marie-Claude MACHON-HONORÉ
Chair of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee

NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO have been part of  UNESCO’s DNA since its creation when the Member States wished to associate them in order to benefit from their expertise and promote UNESCO’s values.
NGOs’ thematic working groups under the auspices of the Liaison Committee, the international forums organized in cooperation with the Secretariat, the celebration of international days as well as the field projects led by  NGO partners are all aligned with the programs and priorities of UNESCO.
Still we can go further together by strengthening our partnership so that NGOs’ competences and their ability to act effectively at the global, regional and local levels may increase the visibility of UNESCO’s actions and improve the implementation of its programs as well as of the 2030 Agenda.

UNESCO’s official NGO partners are ready to fully join in the strategic transformation to strengthen UNESCO as a think tank and provide innovative solutions to burning issues, in greater collaboration with UNESCO’s field offices and National Commissions.
Our NGOs are international and active on all continents. As ECOSOC members, for most of them, they regularly interact with their representatives at the United Nations and its other agencies.
Cognizant of our shared responsibility, we are fully aware of the urgency of strengthening our partnership to overcome the new challenges and achieve sustainable development and peace.

 

Video of the speech (in French), click HERE: Discours Conseil Exécutif

Speech by the Chairperson of the ICNGO and UNESCO-NGO Liaison Committee at the NGP Committee, October 11, 2019

207th Session of the Executive Board 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ON NON-GOVERNMENTAL PARTNERS 

October 11, 2019

 

Speech by  Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré,  Chair of the International Conference of  NGOs & NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee

Mr Chair of the NGP Committee, Mr Representative of the Director General, Dear Mr Le Saux, Excellencies, Dear NGOs, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The role of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee is to represent the interests of all NGOs, implement the recommendations as adopted by the International Conference of NGOs (ICNGO) and thus define a strategy for the collective cooperation of the 2 years’ mandate.

The ICNGO, which I have had the honour of chairing since December 2018’s elections, gathers UNESCO’s official NGO partners every two years; according to the 2011 guidelines, it is an element of collective cooperation, meeting and dialogue between  NGO partners and the Member states.

The last Conference’s theme was “Valuing the commitment and contribution of UNESCO’s NGO Partners” and focused on “The collective strength of NGOs” and on “Communicating, informing and engaging in dialogue.”

The Conference called for a strengthened partnership with NGOs and reaffirmed its commitment to the success of Agenda 2030.

The Conference called on the Liaison Committee to contribute to the creation of new opportunities for interaction and dialogue for more effective cooperation with Member States and UNESCO.

That is why, as part of its 2019-2020 strategy, the Liaison Committee has launched a collective reflection to strengthen our partnership.
Several proposals on new ways of dialogue within appropriate spaces, governing bodies and existing mechanisms for interaction between NGOs and Member states, have been put together in a document which aims to contribute to the reflection carried out by Member States on improving the modalities of dialogue with NGOs (Document 207EX/33).

Regarding NGO’s engagement and collective contribution to UNESCO programmes, another group of NGOs is working on a ‘Climate Campaign’. In addition, the Liaison Committee, with the assistance of NGOs, is continuing its cooperation with the CCONG/Education 2030 as an active member of the coordination group.

The 2018 Conference also reaffirmed the importance of forums organised in consultation with UNESCO, as provided by the Guidelines, in the various regions. The Conference called on the Liaison Committee to continue its efforts to better  take into account  the cultural and geographical diversity of NGOs.

The forums are the showcase of our collaboration with UNESCO. They offer an opportunity to strengthen our partnership by involving more Member States, UNESCO field offices and National Commissions.

The Committee will hold the 11th International NGO Forum, the first of its mandate, on 16 and 17 December at UNESCO Headquarters on the theme “Challenging Inequalities”.

Other themes selected for the forums in preparation are Global Citizenship;  Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in support of the UN Agenda 2030, and Cultural Heritage.

We are looking forward to your important participation in these forums, in order to raise awareness and mobilize civil society organizations around UNESCO’s values and priorities both internationally and locally.

The ICNGO’s recommendations also include the NGO’s celebration of two international days in 2020: Peace, with a choir festival and youth participation, and the Girl Child , in line with our cross-cutting priorities  on youth and gender equality.

I will conclude by emphasizing the importance of strengthening the NGO-UNESCO partnership for the successful implementation of UNESCO’s programmes and the Agenda 2030 more generally speaking, and by being convinced that an active and increased dialogue with Member states and the  Secretariat is an essential part of our success for all of us.

The next UNESCO General Conference will provide us with another opportunity to engage with Member states in the NGO Space and we will welcome you there to discuss our activities and look to the future together and  for the common good.

I thank you for your attention,

Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré, Chair of the  ICNGO and NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee.

 

Video of the speech (in French), click HERE : Discours-PNG

International Day of the Girl Child : Girls’ education

INVITATION

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On the occasion of

International Day of the Girl Child

Friday 11 October 2019 at 6 p.m.

UNESCO House, Paris

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Special Event

Girls’ education: a force
for gender equality
and lasting change

An event organized jointly by UNESCO, Plan International France

and the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs
with a roundtable and audience engagement activities

 

and

 

the Award Ceremony of the

UNESCO Prize

for Girls’ and Women’s Education

Rewarding this year

a Costa Rican project empowering girls from vulnerable contexts
with digital skills and another in Spain providing the foundation
for gender equality in and through education.

 

 

I will be attending

Online RSVP mandatory: https://on.unesco.org/rsvp111019   

UNESCO House, Room I | 125, avenue de Suffren – Paris 7e

Cover photo: © United Nations/Marco Dormino

 

#GirlForce | #HerEducationOurFuture  | #GirlsGetEqual

News on the 9th Global Meeting of the CCNGO-Education 2030

Below, you will find the online links regarding the 9th Global Meeting of the CCNGO-Education 2030. It will take place in Hammamet, Tunisia, from December 2 to 4, 2019.

 

https://en.unesco.org/themes/education2030-sdg4/ccngo-2019-meeting (English)

https://fr.unesco.org/themes/education-2030-odd4/reunion-ccngo-2019 (French)

https://es.unesco.org/themes/educacion-2030-ods4/reunion-ccong-2019 (Spanish)

The NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee’s Strategy 2019-2020

The UNESCO partnership with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) representing civil society constitutes a valuable cooperation network in the service of people for development, equality, international understanding and peace in UNESCO’s fields of competence.

The International Conference of Non-governmental Organizations meets every two years to examine the state of cooperation between NGOs and UNESCO, to conduct collective consultations concerning the broad lines of UNESCO programs and to facilitate cooperation between the organizations with shared interests.

During the interval between sessions of the International Conference of NGOs, the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee, whose members and president are elected by the Conference, represents the interests of the entire group of 400 NGO partners in relation to UNESCO, oversees the effective functioning of the partnership and promotes consultation between the NGOs and the exchange of relevant information.

The strategy developed by the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee for the period 2019-2020 is based on the mandate of the Liaison Committee as defined by the Directives concerning UNESCO partnership with NGOs as well as the proceedings of the Conference that took place in December 2018.

 

Strategic objectives :

  •  Developing a culture of partnership between the NGO community and UNESCO, in particular concerning intellectual cooperation in all the Organization’s fields of competence.
  •  Taking into account the cultural diversity of civil society in the collective actions undertaken by the UNESCO non-governmental partners, including increasing NGOs located in diverse parts of the world.
  •  Promoting continuous information exchange by the non-governmental network making use of social networks and new technologies.
  •  Strengthening the credibility and the visibility of NGO collective action, particularly in relation to Member States.
  • Encouraging a stronger participation of young people and youth organizations in the events it organizes and further cooperate with the UNESCO Youth program.
  • Making the UN Agenda 2030 (its 17 objectives and 169 targets) the framework for the policy pursued by the Committee.

     

    To reach these objectives, the NGO-Liaison Committees considers its mission to:  

  •  Encourage the identification of new organizations representative of civil society located in parts of the world where they are isolated or fragile for historical, cultural or geographical reasons, and to integrate them into the NGO-UNESCO partnership, utilizing new technologies of communication.
  • Lead and coordinate the collective work of the NGOs by supporting concrete project implementation, notably within the framework of the two annual forums and during the celebrations of international UN days.
  •  Develop and strengthen the interaction and the work of UNESCO at all levels (Headquarters, field offices, institutes, UNESCO centers and National Commissions).
  • Foster the visibility of the actions and good practices of the network of NGO’s in official partnership with UNESCO.

               

An Action Plan for 2019- 2020 :

 

  • Organizing 4 International forums (3 of which will be held outside Headquarters, if possible), covering themes selected in cooperation with UNESCO, in the framework of Agenda 2030, and taking into account priority themes retained during the Conference: 1) Challenging  inequalities 2)Role of volunteers in cultural heritage, 3)Science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship to fight poverty and sustain SDGs, 4)Global citizenship.
  •  Organizing events (at Headquarters and in field offices) on certain international days celebrated by UNESCO (Peace, Human Rights,The Girl Child).
  •  Contributing to the preparation of the Committee’s discussions on Non-governmental Partners of the Executive Board, in particular by ensuring, as far as possible, the participation of a large number of NGOs.
  •  Establishing working groups aligned with UNESCO’s priorities, on specific themes in order to prepare forums and international days. The Liaison Committee will ensure that groups represent cultural diversity, by associating NGOs outside UNESCO Headquarters and using news technologies.
  •  Setting up collective reflection groups as defined by the ICNGO’s recommendations on the following themes: Education 2030-SDG4; Strengthening NGO-UNESCO partnership, Climate.
  • Contributing to the creation of new opportunities of interaction and dialogue in order to strengthen cooperation with Member States
  • Strengthening the Committee’s communication through various media: website, Facebook, Twitter, and quarterly newsletters, etc.

Minutes of the meeting – March 15

Liaison Committee Meeting (15 March 2019)

Present

  1. Marie-Claude Machon Honoré – President
  2. Philippe Beaussant – Vice President
  3. Richard Francis APEH  – Executive Secretary
  4. Marie-Christine GRIES – Treasurer
  5. Cyril Noirtin -Responsible for Communication
  6. Diego Gradis – NGO collective Action
  7. Fathima Lahnait – Forums and International days

Participating virtually

  1. Andrey Cheschev -
  2. Daves Guzna – Regional Focal Point Africa
  3. Ratna  Wagh- Regional Focal Point Asia
  4. Abdel-Basset Ben Hassan – Regional Focal Point MENA region

In attendance

Sabina Colombo – UNESCO Secretariat

A point of Order on the question of inviting UNESCO to the Liaison Committee meeting;

Since the Liaison committee works in close collaboration with the UNESCO Secretariat, it is agreed that the secretariat is always welcome to Liaison committee meetings.

Forums

The working modalities for the forums need to be formalised with a charter or guiding principles for reference and good governance.

The steering Committee for each forum will be composed of 4 NGO Focal point ( 2 of which are preferably from the regions) in addition to the Co-leaders.

Forum on Inequalities

Forum Liaison Committee Focal points are Abdel Basset and Richard

Richard and Abdel-Basset are to come up with an initial draft of the concept note by Monday 18th March 2019 to be circulated for further inputs from NGOs

The tentative dates will be in July 2019

Forum on Cultural heritage

Forum Liaison Committee focal points are Philippe and Ratna

Ratna is organizing a forum in May/June in corporation with UNESCO NatCOM in India

 

Forum on Education and Global Citizenship

Liaison Committee Focal points are Marie-Christine and Fatima

The work that has been done by the group of NGOs on education can be acknowledged as initial draft upon which Forum working group can build upon

A larger working group will be constituted to incorporate the current NGO groups as well as the bigger NGO communities within and outside Paris

Forum on GCE and Peace Festival

The Committee took note of the letter received from  Gorain Gipuzkoa Province in Spain inviting the Liaison Committee to host a forum on peace including a music choirFestival sponsored by the regional government in the Basque Country in Spain. A consultation is planned with relevant stakeholders to make a final decision.

May/June 2020

Forum on Science, technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Liaison Committee Focal Points are Daves, Diego and Cyril

Proposed title:  Science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship supporting SDGs

Proposed date is November 2020

Collective work/working groups

Focal point: Diego

At first meeting on 14.03.2109 it was decided to organize one meeting per topic

  • Link between forums and the general work of the NGO conference, and discussing the points on Forums raised at the CIONG  – meeting on this take place on  May 21 2019
  • How NGOs can accommodate and facilitate support for New NGOs that are accredited to UNESCO – meeting on June 7th 2019
  • How to collect and use the intellectual production that has been developed in the past years by the NGO communities – date to be announced

One meeting per topic to brainstorm and come up with concrete proposals. Possibly, other topics to be defined and addressed at a later stage.

Working Group on Climate

Liaison Committee Focal point Andrew and Richard

Communication Strategy

Digital strategy

3 communication objectives/targets will be on

-          Institutional communication

-          Internal communication

-          Communication with NGO partners

The committee will work on

-          Blog

-          Revamping the site

Communication from Secretariat

  1. UNESCO will re-launch and put online the questionnaire regarding NGOs relation.
  2. UNESCO is in a process of general restructuring which might have some implication for the desk for Intergovernmental and non-governmental partners which might be moved to the office for Strategic planning.
  3. The letter written by the NGO group for the organisation of forums is on the desk for NGO relation and now awaiting confirmation of date from the DG’s cabinet office to fix the appointment

Youth

Youth will remain a cross cutting issue within the entire processes and action of the Liaison Committee leveraging on the UN SG Strategy on Youth.

A youth advisory team will be created with an initial meeting held virtually to brainstorm to optimize youth engagement and participation in the Liaison Committee action as well as UNESCO’s.

A bilateral meeting will be arranged with the Youth Desk to discuss preparatory process for the UNESCO Youth Forum which might  be held in November 8 and 9, 2019.

Internship

The committee is to study the different expression of interests for internship

Next Liaison Committee meeting to be planned in MAY

 

The President’s message

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Welcome to the NGO-UNESCO  Laison Committee website.

I am honored to have been elected at the last International NGO Conference  (December 2018) on the themes of valuing the commitment and contribution of NGOs, communication and dialogue, and the collective strength of NGOs.

The role of the Liaison Committee is to represent the interests of all NGOs and our goal will be to strengthen  a partnership culture  through projects that are based on the expertise of NGOs on the ground  and aligned with UNESCO Priorities,  and in compliance with the basic texts.

We will speak as one voice because education, the eradication of poverty, peace in the hearts of men and women and intercultural dialogue, the defense of human rights, gender equality, the freedom of expression, science as a common good of humanity and for sustainable development, the fight against climate change, the key role of youth and the development of Africa are our common priorities in the implementation of  UNESCO programs.

With UNESCO, whose values ​​we share, we will build bridges to facilitate cooperation and solidarity among generations, peoples, communities, academia and Member States.

Wishing to value the actions of NGOs across the regions , the Liaison Committee will be listening to them and to the suggestions of civil society at large  so as to improve our collective contribution for the common good.

We also invite you to join us on Facebook and twitter @NgoUnesco to follow our news and thematic forums.

Thank you for your support !

 

Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré

Chair of the ICNGO and President of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee