CoNGO

About CoNGO

VISION

CONGO’s vision is to be the primary support and platform for a civil society represented by a global community of informed, empowered and committed NGOs that fully participate with the UN in decision-making and programs leading to a better world, a world of economic and social justice.

MISSION

Facilitate through various means the development of a dynamic and informed world-wide NGO community able to influence policies and actions at all levels of the United Nations.

OBJECTIVES

A. Improve NGOs accessibility and presence at all levels of the United Nations

B. Enhance the effective engagement of NGOs with the United Nations

C. Strengthen the dialogue between the United Nations and Non-governmental organizations

D. Engage NGOs to work together on issues of common interest

E. Education / Capacity Development

F. Work in partnership with UN civil society focal points

G. Advocate on the Principles and Goals that NGOs and United Nations share


Statement: COP 25 Madrid

The past twenty-five years since the Conference of the Parties (COP) met for the first time in Berlin have irrefutably proven that climate change is not a phenomenon limited solely to certain parts of the world. It is ubiquitous and has an impact on all geographical regions, North and South alike, bringing disasters and catastrophes in its wake and necessitating profound changes in lifestyles across the globe.

International, continental and regional cooperation within the framework of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNCCC) is of paramount importance. Drawing on the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), steps must be taken to solve the problems of population growth, combat the scarcity of food, eradicate poverty and introduce appropriate training and education programmes, thus paving the way towards sustainable development.

Given the magnitude of the climate-related problems besetting the world, the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Status with the United Nations (CoNGO) urges that civil society be actively involved in the implementation of all programmes and actions designed to meet the challenges of securing global sustainability.

On behalf of CoNGO, we urge those Member States signatory to the UNCCC and all future signatories to contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement by taking binding decisions on:

  • Ensuring the full transparency of all programmes for the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change and the pursuit of open and accountable policies that are acceptable to society – and hence effective;
  • Involving the general public, in particular NGOs, in drafting, planning, implementing and monitoring the actions agreed upon;
  • Ensuring the compatibility and comparability of the outcomes of those actions;
  • Maintaining consistency of programmes and action plans based solely on scientifically substantiated changes;
  • Reviewing – on a regular basis and with full participation of representatives of all strata of society – the mechanisms used to apply research findings and underpin societal change; and
  • Promoting close cooperation with neighbouring countries and regions in the fields of transport/traffic infrastructure, land use, river management, agriculture and transboundary pollution.

Statement: COP 24 Katowice

Climate change is not a phenomenon limited solely to certain parts of the world. It is ubiquitous and has an impact on all geographical regions, North and South alike, bringing disasters and catastrophes in its wake and necessitating profound changes in lifestyles across the globe.

International, continental and regional cooperation within the framework of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNCCC) is of paramount importance. Drawing on the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), steps must be taken to solve the problems of population growth, combat the scarcity of food and eradicate poverty, thus paving the way towards sustainable development.

On behalf of CoNGO (Conference of NGOs in Consultative Status with the United Nations), we urge those Member States signatory to the UNCCC to contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement  by taking binding decisions on:

  • Ensuring the full transparency of all programmes for the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change and the pursuit of open and accountable policies that are acceptable to society  – and hence effective;
  • Involving the general public, in particular NGOs, in drafting, planning, implementing and monitoring the actions agreed upon;
  • Ensuring the comparability of the outcomes of those actions;
  • Maintaining consistency of programmes and action plans based solely on scientifically substantiated changes;
  • Reviewing  – on a regular basis and with full participation of representatives of all strata of society – the mechanisms used to apply research findings and underpin societal change;
  • Promoting close cooperation with neighbouring countries and regions in the fields of transport/traffic infrastructure, land use, river management, agriculture and transboundary pollution.

Statement of the Chairperson of the Vienna NGO Committee on Sustainable Development

Urban Development towards Sustainable Cities

The number of people living on the planet is rising constantly and this growing population is moving more and more into cities. While at present about 60 % of the world’s population live in cities it is estimated that this number will rise further.

Therefore urban development is of paramount importance for achieving  the Sustainable Development Goals of UN’s 2030 Agenda.

The member organisations of the Vienna NGO Committee on Sustainable Development   discussed criteria and prerequisites for sustainable urban development and suggest to the General Assembly of CoNGO to take up this issue on a wider scale.

We propose there, that member organization of CoNGO and the CoNGO NGO committees should take up opportunities to plan/and or take part in projects and activities directed to urban development linked to the SDGs and monitor governments and the UN.

Such a commitment of civil society can underpin not only obtaining the SDGs, but also strengthen the awareness of the urban population.

In order to start such a world-wide project we would organise a WEBINAR for CoNGO members, presenting the results of our discussion and initiating more in-depth discussions.

Ilona Graenitz

Chairperson Vienna NGO Committee on Sustainable Development


Links & Downloads

https://ngocongo.org/

CoNGO Communication No.23 – Nov 2017, final

CoNGO E-NEWSLETTER – February 2018_v3

congo-communication-no-17-february-2016

CoNGO Communication No.18 – May 2016

CoNGO Newsletter January 2015

CoNGOs_Vienna    Partnerships for ISID, Operationalization of UNIDO’s new mandate

 


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