Non-Governmental Liaison Service

Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS, located in the Civil Society Unit, of the Department of Global Communications fosters greater coherence around cross-cutting issues on the UN's agenda by facilitating meaningful civil society engagement in UN processes. NGLS is responsible for the Call for Participation among Civil Society Entities (not in ECOSOC-status) who have expertise in the specific, substantive areas of UN conferences, meetings, and events. This entails a multi-step process (ideally originating with the adoption of a resolution or agreement on a meeting or event with modalities) to include civil society participation: Call for Entities to apply for accreditation; Review and Evaluation of applications; Informing entities of approval and registration requirements; ongoing communication with individuals and entities; on-site facilitation of participation in UN events, to include organizing coordinated inputs and statements; related advocacy and outreach.

Upcoming Event Opportunities

Check out and participate in the upcoming high-level events mandated by the UN General Assembly. Learn more...

Call for Stories on Climate Action 

Every day around the world, civil society takes action on climate change that inspires others and benefits the planet. These stories of positive impact provide hope for the future. We invite civil society organizations to share their stories on climate action. We will highlight your work through our social media platforms and on our website. Submit your story here

COVID-19 Related Initiatives

NGLS has initiated the Civil Society Survey on Misinformation about COVID-19 to fight the misinformation. We have also launched the Stories from the Civil Society COVID-19 Response to engage with civil society partners and to create a digital platform to highlight their works in the field.

Our Story

Since established in 1975, NGLS has promoted constructive relations between the United Nations and civil society. Learn more...


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