Conference of NGOs

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The Conference NGOs (CONGO; full "Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations") "is an independent, international, non-profit membership association of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It facilitates the participation of NGOs in United Nations debates and decision-making."[1]

The two classes of membership, Full, for those NGOs with consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and Associate, for those with affiliation with a UN programme or agency, total more than 500 members.

Founded in 1948, CONGO has committees based in Geneva, New York and Vienna. Its objectives: "to ensure that NGOs be present when governments discuss issues of global concern at the United Nations and to facilitate NGO discussions on such issues."[1]


The CONGO 2005 report lists funding, coming mainly from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Canadian Government, the International Telecommunications Union and membership dues, in total nearly US$490,000.[2]


  1. ^ a b About CONGO retrieved 30 December 2007
  2. ^ CONGO Annual Report 2005 Archived 2008-07-23 at the Wayback Machine. retrieved 30 December 2007

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