ODU Model United Nations Conference (ODUMUNC)
Non-Governmental Organization Forum (NGO)
- Strengthening Coordination of Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking
- Furthering Women’s Rights in Developing Countries
- Suppression of Transnational Crime and the Trade in Illegal Drugs
- Sharing Science and Green Technology for Sustainable Development
Your Chairman: Robby Townsend
What it is: The NGO forum is the UN’s idea factory. Some of the most influential actors in international politics are not governments or corporations, but the dedicated experts of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Only states are official members of the United Nations, but NGOs are essential for every region and every issue, supporting national policy, working to change it, and providing vital support to UN operations.
Whether they administer the refugee camps or distribute medical assistance, remove landmines or mediate between rival ethnic warriors, NGOs know how to get things done. More countries—but not all—follow NGO recommendations and finance their operations. Especially in Africa, Europe and Latin America, governments acknowledge their experience and expertise.
The NGO Forum is the unofficial body where representatives from non-governmental groups debate and make recommendations to the states and the UN through resolutions and working papers.
How it works: As a vital source of ideas and pressure for change, NGOs work closely with like-minded country delegations, often advising them in their committees. Committees can adjourn to allow NGOs to address the committee. At ODUMUNC, the NGO forum recesses to join the ECOSOC in an advisory capacity at its official sessions, at the invitation of a majority of states present and voting.