Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations
CONGO is an independent, international, non-profit membership association of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). At present, some 500 organizations are CONGO members.
CONGO facilitates NGO participation in UN debates and decision-making. It is most active in the major UN centres of Geneva, New York and Vienna, but its work stretches out to all regions of the world. Members represent a large range of vital interests in areas such as human rights, gender, peace and disarmament, social justice, governance, environment and sustainable development.
Its broad-based membership, linked via an e-mail network, is a major source of information for NGOs active within the UN system and seeking collaboration or partnerships with other NGOs. CONGO itself does not take positions on substantive matters. However, its committees in New York, Geneva and Vienna offer fora for CONGO members, UN system staff, government delegations and other experts to discuss substantive matters.
The (sub)committees based in Geneva focus on:
CONGO's membership comprises national, regional and international NGOs in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). CONGO associate membership is open to NGOs associated with the UN system but not holding consultative status. CONGO and its members collaborate with other NGOs through standing NGO committees. uw
CONGO’s website offers access to a large range of publications.