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NGOs – Non-Governmental Organizations

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A global organization such as the United Nations will become increasingly important as nation states lose their ability to exert an effective influence on problems of increasingly global dimensions. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) could establish a broader basis for the work of the United Nations, as well as more understanding and acceptance for it, in their respective member nations. The governments of the UN member states should in their best interests start a substantial dialogue with the NGOs about appropriate and effective ways and means of NGO participation, also in the General Assembly the example Security Council has proven in recent years that a generous informal participation of NGOs keeps the positional status rights of the organ members intact and increases at the same time transparency and political efficiency of the organ. The General Assembly should learn from this example.

Keywords: Cardoso Report; General Assembly; Non-governmental organizations (NGOs); resolution 1996/31; United Nations; World Summit 2005



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