Civil Society Organizations
The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) secretariat uses a bottom-up approach to support and emphasize the importance of full participation in its processes by:
- civil society
- the private sector
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead, Anthropologist and Ethnologist
More and more international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) are participating in the United Nations system. These CSOs are engaging and partnering with United Nation’s conventions, programmes and agencies to create valuable links between the larger United Nations system and stakeholders around the world.
CSOs are the voice of grass roots realities. Because the UNCCD secretariat aims to directly improve the livelihoods of marginalized populations, particularly those threatened by drought and desertification, it supports CSOs playing a significant role at the UNCCD Conference of the Parties (COP).
Currently nearly 314 CSOs are accredited with observer status to the UNCCD COP. The participation of these groups in the Convention’s implementation and their contribution to the various meetings is a necessary component of the successful implementation of the Convention through its 10-year strategic plan.
The UNCCD secretariat encourages the active involvement of CSOs in the implementation of the Convention at all levels. Representatives from CSOs that are accredited to the COP may directly participate in the UNCCD secretariat’s sessions. At these sessions CSOs are consulted on United Nation’s policy and programme matters. They also play key roles at major United Nations conferences as indispensable partners for efforts at the country level.
The secretariat maintains a database of accredited CSOs which you can view here.
NGO and Civil Society Liaison Officer
T +49-228 / 815-2806
F +49-228 / 815-2898/99
P.O. Box 260129
D-53153 Bonn, Germany
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1 53113
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