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“The challenge of the digital revolution for NGOs” – 2016 International Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations

The 2016 International Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) will be held from 12 to 14 December 2016 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

The 2016 Conference will focus on the theme “The challenge of the digital revolution for NGOs” and will be organized around four subthemes: “The digital revolution and its impact on the diversity of cultural expressions”; “The challenge of access to digital information”; “Does e-learning address challenges of education systems worldwide?”; and, “Science and the digital revolution: which ethical implications?”.

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Committee on Non-Governmental Partners

The last meeting of the Committee on Non-Governmental Partners (NGP) of the UNESCO Executive Board, took place on Thursday 6 October 2016 at UNESCO Headquarters (Paris, France).

The Committee considered various issues under item 23 of the Agenda of the Executive Board entitled “Relations with non-governmental partners”: the admissions to relations with NGOs and foundations; the follow-up to the decisions of the Executive Board and the resolutions of the General Conference concerning cooperation with NGOs; and the NGOs’ collective work coordinated by the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee.

pdficonsm Text of the address to the committee by Martine LEVY

Declaration of NGO Action Day Against Climate Change

The Declaration of NGO Action Day Against Climate Change is a result of a year-long work by a working group set up by the NGO-UNESCO Liaison committee as a result of the proposal made during the Conference of NGOS in 2014. The Working Group defined the topics to be addressed by this Declaration and then created an online consultation process to have a first round of feedback for the content of the Declaration. Following this an international event on the 6 October including 26 countries and 70 representatives came together to share their actions on Climate Change and also to co-construct the Declaration using a non formal education technique, ‘World Café’ which allowed the whole group to give their inputs for the declaration.

The result of this participative process is a common declaration which aims to reflect the diversity of the NGOs present and the common concerns related to Climate Change

pdficonsm Text of the declaration in English

pdficonsm Text of the declaration (Chinese version)

pdficonsm Text of the declaration (Arab version)

You too can sign your NGO up to this declaration by using this link:

We encourage you to share the Declaration with your networks – your members may also sign up.

Organisations who do not hold official partnership with UNESCO and who are not members of networks in official partnership with UNESCO may sign as a supporting organisation:

The NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee and the COP21 Working Group will be participating in different events at Le Bourget in the Climate Generations area (Civil Society) of COP21 in order to present the Declaration and to share the work of NGOs active on Climate Change:

5 December – Climate Generations Area at 11:15-12:45 in room 8

  • Round Table presenting the Common NGO Declaration 6 October 2015 against Climate Change


December 8 – NGO Day in the UNESCO Pavilion at Le Bourget in the Climate Generations area (Civil Society) of COP21 from 11:30-18:00

  • NGO (in official partnership with UNESCO) presentations throughout the day
  • Round Table presenting the Common NGO Declaration 6 October 2015 against Climate Change at 14:00

You can check out here the provisional Agenda


UNESCO General Conference – NGO Space

The NGO space as been organized in the heart of the public areas of the General Conference, on the ground floor of Fontenoy building – Miró 2 space.

It was both an information point and a meeting place.

Every day, different NGOS ran stands all day long and made an oral presentation of their activities

Presentations and mini-debates about the work of the General Conference or the collective work of NGOs driven by the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee were held throughout the duration of the General Conference. These debates was addressed to NGO representatives, but are also opened to other participants in the Conference.

pdficonsm Provisional Programme of Activities of the NGO Space

pdficonsm Programme provisoire des activités de l’espace des ONG

Membres du Comité de Liaison présents à la Conférence Générale

Members of the Liaison Committee attending the General Conference

NGO Action day on Climate Change

The NGO Action day on Climate Change took place on the 6th of October 2015.

Group photo

This event, organized by the NGO- UNESCO Liaison Committee and its Climate Change working group included 70 representatives of NGOs from 26 countries holding official relations with the UNESCO. The aim of the day was to unite NGOs to map, share and raise awareness about each organization’s actions on climate change and to develop a common declaration on climate change to be presented to the COP21.


Opened by Martine Levy, president of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee and with key note speaker Peter Dogse, Co-Chair UNESCO Task Force on COP21 and Climate Change, the event saw speeches from a panel of experts :

  • Renée Gerard, Former international official UNDP and UNICEF, Vice Honorary President UWE / UWE, Member of the IAW / AIF extended board, and MSc Columbia University (New York) postgraduate NYU,
  • Paul Winter, activist for International Voluntary Service and legal expert , and
  • Marc Delepouve, Professor of Mathematics and researcher on the relation between research and Society, Member of the Scité ( a research team of Lille University), Co-animator of the working group Democratic Energy Transition of Akademia/Transform (An European Researchers network).

They provided participants with crucial data on Climate Change and answered their questions.


The NGOs presented their organizations, networked, discussed and debated their different actions before participating in a World Café that had been prepared thanks to a survey sent out by email prior to the event. The feedback from this World Café was presented in plenary by the facilitators of each table before moving on to the reading and correcting of the common declaration.


A team of volunteers shall include the proposed corrections and it shall be published on the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee website in November.


International Day of Peace Event

In honor of the celebration of the International Day of Peace at UNESCO, the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee with the participation of the UNESCO Social and Human Sciences Sectora nd the Ensemble Calliopée organize the 19 september 2014 at the UNESCO Headquarter an event :

Dialogues, images, music and songs
For the right of people to Peace

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pgWelcome to known and unknown friends visiting UNESCO NGO Partners website

Our objective is to create new ties between UNESCO NGO Partners and visitors who discover this website.

Our Committee archives contain issues of the former newsletter Links which appeared three or four times a year to provide information for NGOs. That was in the last century, a time when internet was just taking root.

Now, we propose to provide you with a permanent link through our renovated website. And since good news never appears on its own, we also invite you to join us on Facebook to share the “continuous information” announced at the International Conference of NGOs last December.

This Conference has profoundly renewed our objectives, programmes and working methods. You will notice right away by navigating through our pages. The collective activities proposed for the coming months are all intended to promote closer cooperation with the different UNESCO Sectors and a culture of partnership via a multitude of projects. That is why many links will direct you to a UNESCO site , in order to strengthen this relationship.

Are you a member of a UNESCO Partner NGO? Are you a web visitor interested in civil society? Your views interest us. Your suggestions are welcome. Do not hesitate to join us on the social networks. There will never be too many of us take up and defend our shared ideals!

Enjoy your website visit

Patrick Gallaud
President of the International Conference of NGOs
and the Liaison Committee