NFN and ECOSOC
NGO Federation of Nepal (NFN) has received Special Consultative Status from UN Economic and Social Council. The substantive session of ECOSOC offered this status based on the recommendation of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organisations.
NGO Branch of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs offers Consultative Status to the NGOs who seek this status after confirming that the criteria have been met.The world’s economic, social and environmental challenges are ECOSOC’s concern. A founding UN Charter body established in 1946, the Council is the place where such issues are discussed and debated, and policy recommendations issued.
As such, ECOSOC has broad responsibility for some 70% of the human and financial resources of the entire UN system, including 14 specialized agencies, 9 “functional” commissions, and five regional commissions.
Consultative status provides NGOs with access to not only ECOSOC, but also to its many subsidiary bodies, to the various human rights mechanisms of the United Nations, ad-hoc processes on small arms, as well as special events organized by the President of the General Assembly.
NFN and Asia Democracy Network
NGO Federation of Nepal is a memmber of Asia Democracy Network (ADN) – launched in April 2013 at the 7th Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies (CoD) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – just held its Inaugural Assembly from October 21-22 in Seoul, Korea. The event, organized jointly by the Korea Democracy Foundation (KDF) and The Asia Foundation, took place in conjunction with the Seoul Democracy Forum under the theme of “Challenges of Inclusive Democratization to Civil Society in Asia: Linking Democracy to Peace and Development.”
Although there have been attempts at organizing civil society organizations in Asia into a broader network, the Asia Democracy Network is positioned to be more active and have a more enduring impact. The network is made up of over 100 NGOs and civil society organizations from 26 countries around the region working in fields ranging from media freedom to human rights. The network aims to promote and consolidate democracy and democratic governance, making use of international cooperation and solidarity in the fields of information sharing, capacity building, and research and advocacy. ADN will also engage actively with the CoD, the UN Human Rights Council, ASEAN, and SAARC in its efforts to promote democracy in Asia.
“The different CSOs and networks in Asia usually work separately on sectoral or thematic concerns – human rights, media, women and gender equality, as well as elections,” said Melinda de Jesus, executive director of the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility in the Philippines and a member of the ADN International Organizing Committee. “A democracy network should help us to see these separate values as parts of the whole and to come to a clearer understanding of what democracy should involve for the system to work for the people.”The Inaugural Assembly was attended by close to 80 prominent civil society members from over 20 countries, including Myanmar, Vietnam, Pakistan, and Nepal. Other leaders also spoke at the inaugural ceremony, including Min KoNaing, one of the main leaders of Myanmar’s democracy movement, the “88 Generation Students Group,” Maria Leissner, the first secretary general of the Community of Democracies, Carl Gershman, president of the National Endowment for Democracy, and Suren Badral, ambassador-at-large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mongolia.
The conference plenary and panel discussions covered critical issues, including peace-building, defending civil society space, strengthening democratic governance, civic and democracy education and poverty, and the changing landscape of official development assistance (ODA). During these conversations, participants took a hard look at some of the challenges facing Asia today, including corruption and failure of accountability mechanisms and poverty and social inequality, while acknowledging gains made over the past few decades, including in South Korea, the Philippines, and Indonesia.
Despite many Asian countries having reaching what one speaker called “Democracy 1.0,” there was a general acknowledgement that many of the region’s countries had far to go before reaching “Democracy 2.0.” In fact, Democracy 2.0 remains elusive for many of the world’s consolidated democracies. Some of these challenges or threats to democracy include rising inequality even as overall growth rises, shrinking space for dialogue, impunity, corruption, and weak institutions.
Participants agreed that while these issues at times may seem insurmountable, ADN can serve as an important voice across Asia and globally, drawing not only Asian, but also global attention to internal country and regional threats to democracy and human rights. ADN’s strength is its clear terms of reference underpinning its Charter of Principles that sets priorities, both in terms of countries and issues, and sets forth specific terms for its own governing body.
The ADN, strengthened by the expertise and experience of its members who come from a range of disciplines, including academia, think tanks, media, political parties, and labor organizations, reflects a maturity among many of its members in terms of capacity and understanding of what it takes to move such a network forward. Many of the network’s members have themselves built their own countries’ nascent civil society networks to become formidable and active networks, working with networks in less open societies while protecting and sustaining the democratic gains they fought so hard for over the past few decades.
NFN and ANGOC
NFN is a member of Asian NGO Coalition (ANGOC)
NFN and CPDE
CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE)
The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), an open platform that unites CSOs from around the world on the issue of development effectiveness. CPDE strives to make development more effective by reshaping the global aid architecture and empowering CSOs working on the ground.
promoting development effectiveness in all areas of work, both its own and the work of others, It is guided by a human rights-based approach. CPDE works with a strong focus to support country, regional, and sectoral civil society, combining this with the coordinated regional and global work on development effectiveness.
NFN and Asia Development Alliance (ADA)
The Asian Development Alliance (ADA) is an international network of national or Sub-National multi-sectorial NGO/CSO platforms of umbrellas in Asia engaged in development issues in the context of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
NFN and Reality of Aid
NFN is a member of Reality of Aid.
The Reality of Aid Network (RoA) is the only major North/South international non-governmental initiative focusing exclusively on analysis and lobbying for poverty eradication policies and practices in the international aid regime. It brings together 166 member organizations, including more than 40 civil society regional and global networks, working in the field of international cooperation in the 21 donor countries of the OECD, and in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and in the Asia/Pacific. The Reality of Aid builds on a seventeen-year track record of independent assessment of aid policies and practices, accompanied by constructive dialogue with policy makers at national and international levels.
As the recognized CSO network on global aid reform, RoA has established a significant and credible civil society dialogue on aid and international cooperation issues with the OECD Development Assistance Committee’s (DAC) Working Party on Aid Effectiveness, which organized the High Level Forum III (HLF3) in Accra in September 2008, and also with the UN Development Cooperation Forum.
NFN and Together 2030
The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015 and the commitment from all governments towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) created a unique opportunity to transform the world by 2030.Together 2030 joins the forces of civil society actors to push for the implementation and accountability of Agenda 2030 at all levels.
NFN and Action for Sustainable Development
During the course of 2015, our leaders and governments committed themselves to several agreements that have the potential to shape the future of people and planet over the next few decades. While there are mixed views in civil society about whether the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change are ambitious enough, almost everyone agrees that civil society needs to play an active role in keeping the spotlight on these commitments, working on implementation, and holding our leaders to account for the promises they have made.
Civil society has mobilised in a variety of ways in recent years to influence the post-2015 sustainable development process and climate negotiations. Whether it was organising on policy and advocacy through Beyond 2015 and other platforms, or mobilising on the streets through action/2015 or the Global Climate March, civil society has kept up the pressure in recent years.
NFN and Jubilee South
NFN is the networking member of Jubilee South.
NFN and GCAP
NFN is the South Asian Regional Secretariat of South Asian Facilitation Group (SAFG) which is under Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP). As the coalition member of GCAP Global Alliance, NFN also successfully completed its tenure as as the national secretariat of GCAP National Coalition. The GCAP Global Council had elected in November 2010 NFN Secretary General Sharmila Karki as the Global Council member from Nepal.
GCAP is a growing alliance that brings together trade unions, INGOs, the women’s and youth movements, community and faith groups and others to call for action from world leaders in the global North and South to meet their promises to end poverty and inequality. GCAP's main aim is to achieve policy and practice changes that will improve the lives of people living in poverty. GCAP adds to existing campaigning on poverty by forming diverse, inclusive national platforms that are able to open up civil society space and advocate more effectively than individual organisations would be able to do on their own. It also organises global mass mobilisations that express solidarity between the global North and South, allow tens of millions of ordinary people to make their voices heard and bring pressure to bear on world leaders.
NFN and Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism
APRCEM is a civil society platform aimed to enable stronger cross constituency coordination and ensure that voices of all sub-regions of Asia Pacific are heard in intergovernmental processes in regional and global level. The platform is initiated, owned and driven by the CSOs, and seeks to engage with UN agencies and Member States on the Post-2015 as well as other development related issues/processes. As an open, inclusive, and flexible echanism, RCEM is designed to reach the broadest number of CSOs in the region, harness the voice of grassroots and peoples’ movements to advance development justice that address the inequalities of wealth, power, resources between countries, between rich and poor and between men and women.”
NFN and The International Forum of National NGO Platforms
NFN and CIVICUS, AGNA
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation currently has more than 450 members in 110 countries. NFN is one of the members of CIVICUS.
Likewise, NFN is one of the active 58 members of Affinity Group of National Associates (AGNA).
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is an international alliance of members and partners which constitute an influential network of organisations at the local, national, regional and international levels, and span the spectrum of civil society including: civil society networks and organisations; trade unions; faith-based networks; professional associations; NGO capacity development organisations; philanthropic foundations and other funding bodies; businesses; and social responsibility programmes. CIVICUS has worked for over a decade to strengthen citizen action and civil society throughout the world, especially in areas where participatory democracy and citizens' freedom of association are threatened. CIVICUS has a vision of a global community of active, engaged citizens committed to the creation of a more just and equitable world. This is premised on the belief that the health of societies exists in direct proportion to the degree of balance between the state, the private sector and civil society. CIVICUS provides a focal point for knowledge-sharing, common interest representation, global institution-building and engagement among these disparate sectors. It acts as an advocate for citizen participation as an essential component of governance and democracy worldwide. CIVICUS seeks to amplify the voices and opinions of ordinary people and it gives expression to the enormous creative energy of the burgeoning sector of civil society.