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NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee’s Newsletter (Issue number 1)

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NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee’s Newsletter (Issue number 1)


This newsletter was born of a common will to give more visibility to NGOs’ collective work as official partners of UNESCO, and whose key role has been underlined by our Director General, Mrs Irina Bokova in her message of congratulations addressed to the president and the members of the new Liaison Committee.

The Liaison Committee’s new strategy of communication answers NGOs’ expectations (see ICNGO conclusions) about the latest news of the Liaison Committee and UNESCO, with a space devoted to NGOs for sharing their best practices and events at UNESCO or elsewhere (Word documents, English and French versions to be provided) and for the follow-ups of the fora. We also kindly remind you that a form for NGOs’ posting of events is available (on request) on UNESCO website.

You will find the February Monthly Letter by Assistant Director General, Mr Eric Falt as well as the minutes of the 23rd February’s meeting with all necessary information on the first forum of the new Liaison Committee (7th international forum of NGOs in partnership with UNESCO, 3-4 May, Ryadh) and on the next planned events like the International Day of Peace. You will also find the report on CCNGO meeting.

As we wish to strengthen our cooperation with UNESCO, we would like to create a pool of competences within NGOs’ members and ask you to help us in our mission and register as volunteers in translations, compilations of NGOs’ oral 3mns’statements during the fora or conferences as observers to be posted, reports on conferences and events at UNESCO headquarters or elsewhere and relevant to UNESCO’s priorities.

We are very much looking forward to your suggestions and feedback to improve our communication on NGOs’ collective work.


March 16, 2017

Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré,

Chair of Communication and Relations with CCNGO

1, rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15. Tél: +33 1 45 68 36 68  Facebook: Ngo-UNESCO Liaison Committee


Philippe Beaussant is the newly elected President of the UNESCO-NGO liaison committee

The 2016 International Conference of NGOs held from 12 to 14 December 2016 at UNESCO Headquarters elected the members of the 2017-2018 UNESCO NGO liaison committee and its President.

Philippe Beaussant, Président du comité de liaison ONG UNESCO 2017-2018

Philippe Beaussant, President of the NGO UNESCO Liaison committee 2017-2018

Philippe Beaussant, president of the NGO  CIOFF was elected president of the international NGO conference and President of the NGO UNESCO liaison committe for the years 2017-2018.

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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?”.

Click here for more information.

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

From Promoting to Constructing Peace

The Sixth International Forum of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO, on the theme ‘From promoting to building peace with NGOs” will take place in Querétaro, Mexico on 3 and 4 November 2016.

Please find in this page the provisional programme of the forum and a document providing practical information on the forum page.

If your organisation is in position to participate in this Forum, we kindly ask you to pre-register your representatives online before 19 September 2016 on the following page : 6th Forum Pre-registration

For more information on the Forum and on how your NGO can participate, please go to the Forum page.

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 Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations

The International Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) took place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (France) from 15 to 17 December 2014.


It focused on “Culture and Cultures: reconciling universality and diversity”. It focused on the theme “Re-enchanting the World with the Post-2015 Development Agenda”.

It was organized around four subthemes:

  • “The Involvement of NGOs for the Promotion of Quality Education in the Post-2015 Agenda”;
  • “Water and Sustainable Development: From Awareness-Raising to Decision-Making”;
  • “Enhancing Cultural Heritage and Fostering the Diversity of Cultural Expression”; and
  • “Climate Change: Acting Now”.

This Conference gathers 120 non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO and about 340 participants. Moreover, representatives of Member States of UNESCO and numerous other NGOs and foundations in official relations also attended the Conference as observers.

Eric FALT, ADG ERI, Irina BOKOVA, Directrice générale et Patrick GALLAUD, Président de la Conférence des ONG

The Conference provided a welcome opportunity to examine collective NGO action carried out in 2013 and 2014, and adopt the main lines of collective cooperation for 2015-2016. At the outcome of the Conference, NGO participants adopted a final resolution, which you will find below.

pdficonsm Final resolution adopted by the International conference of NGO


Participants were also called upon to elect a new Chairperson for the Conference, as well as a new NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee. The new composition of the Liaison Committee is given below.

pdficonsm Composition of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee

pdficonsm Report of the elections

The International Conference of NGOs brings together all of UNESCO’s NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO every two years. It is a key forum in which UNESCO’s official NGO partners meet and hold discussions, its primary purpose being to “review the state of cooperation with UNESCO […] and facilitate cooperation between organizations having common interests”.

On the other hand, please find herewith the Call for Peace distributed by some NGOs at the International Conference of NGOs.

pdficonsm “Call for Peace”