What is an NGO?
NGO stands for ‘non-governmental organization’.
The United Nations (UN) describes an NGO as a “not-for-profit,
voluntary citizens’ group, which is organized on a local,
national or international level to address issues in support
of the public good.” .
2. What is the DPI?
DPI stands for ‘Department of Public Information’,
and is a part of the United Nations Secretariat. It is headed
by an Under-Secretary-General. The Department of Public Information
is responsible for communicating the complexity of the work
of the UN to the world. As DPI NGOs, we mostly deal with the
NGO Section which is a part of the Outreach Division. There
are currently about 1,500 NGOs associated with the Department
of Public Information (DPI) at the United Nations.
3 What is ECOSOC?
The Economic and
Social Council (ECOSOC) under the overall
authority of the General Assembly coordinates the economic
and social work of the United nations and the UN family of
Organizations. As the central forum for discussing economic
and social issues and for formulating policy recommendations,
the Council plays a key role in fostering international cooperation
for development. It also consults with non-governmental organizations,
thereby maintaining a vital link between the United Nations
and civil society.
4. Why does the UN want NGO participation?
NGOs provide the United Nations with valuable links to people
around the world and are a vital source of energy and expertise
in articulating and defining global issues. In this time of
increased interdependence through globalization, there is
a need for ever more cooperation and participation. As the
UN Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan says: “The United
Nations once dealt only with Governments. By now we know that
peace and prosperity cannot be achieved without partnerships
involving Governments, international organizations, the business
community and civil society. In today’s world, we depend
on each other.”
5. Are there other religious congregations
at the UN?
Yes, there are many congregations represented
at the United Nations, some of them have an NGO representative
in New York, while others have a presence in Geneva. Dominicans
are represented in both Geneva and New York.