Civil society advocates from around the world are urging newly appointed UN Secretary-General António Guterres to be a champion for civil society and to take concrete steps to build a more inclusive UN.
The United Nations Association - UK, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office, CIVICUS and Avaaz, four of the founding members of the 1 for 7 Billion campaign, have collected a range of proposals from its global network of civil society organisations.
Challenging Mr Guterres to pursue his pledge to make cooperation with civil society "a key element in solving global problems", the series of articles offers solutions for a fairer, more inclusive UN across a range of processes and programmes.
At the heart of the publication is a common message for António Guterres to build a more inclusive UN.
Strengthening civil society engagement with the UN
Introduction and open letter to Mr Guterres:
Civil society articles:
- A Committed and Determined Ally for the World’s Most Impossible Job
- Overcoming the Politics of the UN’s NGO Committee
- Young People Need a Seat at the Table of UN Climate Change Negotiations
- Engaging Millennials Crucial to Achieving the UN’s Ambitious Agenda
Noa Gafni Slaney
- Inclusiveness Is the Key to Implementing the SDGs
- Online & on the Ground: Connecting Those Most in Need with the UN
- Civil Society Remains Vital to Success of Arms Control Processes
- Gender Considerations for the New Secretary-General
- The Role of Civil Society in Enhancing the Peacebuilding Commission
- Persons with Disabilities and the United Nations System
- Historic Civil Society Participation in General Assembly Hearings with UN Secretary-General Candidates
- Appointment of UNHCR Chief and Other Senior Roles Could Learn from Recent UNSG Process
- Supporting Civil Society across the UN System and Beyond