Barbara Devin, adviser on the Zonta International United Nations Committee, attended "Working effectively within the UN – CoNGO Committees: Present and future" on 11 December. The meeting was initiated and organized by the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO) Vienna and United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna.
CoNGO is an independent, international, not-for-profit membership association of nongovernmental organizations that facilitates the participation of NGOs in United Nations debates and decisions. CoNGO’s roots go back to the role that NGOs played at the founding of the United Nations and the concept of “We the people,” with which the UN Charter begins.
Since its founding in 1948, CoNGO ensures that NGO voices are heard throughout the international arena. CoNGO’s major objectives highlight mobilizing NGOs to form a worldwide NGO forum on human rights, conceiving forms of NGO participation in UN conferences and its advocacy on behalf of NGOs at UN Headquarters.
UNIS Vienna as part of the network of UN Information Centres around the world, communicates the activities and concerns of the United Nations to the four countries it serves - Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia. It also supports the public information activities of Vienna-based UN organizations. NGOs profit from this communication service!
The following NGOs participated actively in the organization of the conference: CSW Vienna, NGO committee on Aging UN Vienna, NGO Committee on Peace Vienna, Young Generations Working Group, and Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs.
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