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.