Malaysia: UN experts call for protection of civil organizations seeking electoral reforms

United Nations independent experts today called on the Malaysian Government to protect the members of a group of civil society organizations campaigning for electoral process reform, who have been the target of harassment and intimidation.

Civil society crucial in advancing human rights, UN officials tell Paris meeting

Top United Nations officials have highlighted the important role played by civil society in advancing human rights around the world, as a major United Nations conference bringing together some 2,000 representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from 90 countries got under way in Paris today.

Cooperative enterprises are a major force in global development, Annan says

The international cooperative movement – providing more than 100 million jobs and affecting half the world’s people through ethical and socially inclusive enterprises – is a major force in reaching the development goals that were the focus of the World Summit, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

Civil society groups launch website to spur discussion of 2005 UN World Summit

With some 170 heads of State and government expected in New York in less than a month for the United Nations 2005 World Summit, civil society groups working with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) have launched a Website to voice their views on how to strengthen the world body as it confronts the challenges of extreme poverty and global security.

Workshop examines ways to respond to critics of UN

Representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York today to hear ideas on how to explain to the world body's critics the role that it plays in maintaining peace and security and promoting development.

UN-backed NGO conference on human security to be webcast around the globe

In an effort to make the proceedings of the fifty-sixth annual conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) available to a broader public, the United Nations will for the first time webcast the event around the globe.

Civic groups hold 'unique place' in UN efforts to help countries, Fréchette says

The United Nations has reached out as never before to new partners in pursuit of its work around the world, with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) holding a unique place in the world body's efforts to help countries recover from the trauma of conflict, UN Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette said today at the opening of a conference for civic groups.

UN forum to examine civil groups’ support for societies emerging from conflict

President Vojislav Kostunica of Yugoslavia and the deputy Foreign Minister of East Timor, José Luis Guterres, are among the featured speakers scheduled to appear at an upcoming United Nations conference that will explore the role of the international community in supporting societies emerging from conflict.