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The International Conference of NGOs and the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee

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.

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.