Mobilizing NGOs for the International Decade of Indigenous Languages and the Ocean Decade
Conferences / Advisory Event
21/11/2022 9:15 - 22/11/2022 16:00
Global | Ottawa | In-Person | En personne, Virtual | Virtuel
Languages: English, French
We are pleased to announce the 13th International Forum of NGOs!
Organized by the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee in close cooperation with the UNESCO Secretariat, the 13th International Forum of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO will take place at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, Canada, on 21 and 22 November 2022, on the theme “Mobilizing NGOs for the International Decade of Indigenous Languages and the Ocean Decade”, with a focus on the ongoing International Decades: International Decade of Indigenous Languages (IDIL2022-2032) and the International Decade of of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).
The main objective of the Forum will be to identify concrete examples of good practices and grass-root actions as well as building new synergies, encouraging cross-disciplinary actions and networking for the successful performance of the ongoing International Decades.
The Forum will delve into the different dynamics and dimension from thematic points of view, and from the notion of join action in the form of different Panels.
To ensure a transversal and multi-stakeholder dimension, the two-day discussion will follow a structured dialogue approach with civil society, Member States, decision makers, programme experts, and academia.
This Forum will gather NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO, but is also open to the participation of other institutions and representatives of Member States. The registration, the provisional programme, practical information and working documents are available on the website of theNGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee.
Within the framework of the Directives concerning UNESCO’s partnership with non-governmental organizations (36 C/Res. 108), the International Forums of NGOs are organized twice a year on a priority issue of the Organization, by the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee. The NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee is an entity composed of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO elected every two years by the International Conference of NGOs.
About the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF NGOS (ICNGO)
The International Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations is a key forum for meeting and dialogue among NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO, explicitly provided for by the Directives concerning UNESCO’s partnership with non-governmental organizations.
It enables official NGO partners to meet every two years (usually in December) to review the state of cooperation with UNESCO, to conduct collective consultations on the main lines of UNESCO’s programme, and to facilitate cooperation between NGOs having common interests.
The International Conference elects its Chairperson (elected in a personal capacity). It also elects the members of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee (see below). The Chairperson of the International Conference also presides the Liaison Committee.
About the NGO-UNESCO LIAISON COMMITTEE
The NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee is a permanent body – elected by the International Conference of NGOs – operating between meetings of the International Conference to represent the interests of all NGO partners vis-à-vis UNESCO and ensure the proper functioning and efficiency of the partnership between the community of NGO partners and UNESCO. It is chaired by the Chairperson of the International Conference and is composed of 10 NGO partners (four with associate status and six with consultative status), with at least one partner from each region.
The Committee is currently chaired by Mr Davide Grosso, Chairperson of the International Conference of NGOs and is composed of the following NGOs for the 2021-2022 period:
- Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) – based in the United Kingdom
- Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) – based in France
- Fédération africaine des associations de parents d’élèves et étudiants (FAPE) – based in Congo
- International Council of Associations for Science Education (ICASE) – based in Ireland
- International Council of Organizations for Folklore Festivals and Folk Art (CIOFF) – based in France
- International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW INTERNATIONAL) – based in Switzerland
- Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE) – based in Brazil
- Sozopol Foundation – based in Bulgaria
- World Committee for Lifelong Learning (CMA) – based in France
- World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) – based in Malaysia.
Among its main tasks, the Committee also organizes, in cooperation with the UNESCO Secretariat, international forums of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO on a priority issue of the Organization. For more information on the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee and its workplans consult its website.