A non-governmental organization (NGO) is any non-profit, voluntary citizens‘ group which is organized on a local, national or international level. Task-oriented and driven by people with a common interest, NGOs perform a variety of services and humanitarian functions, such as bringing citizen concerns to Governments, advocating and monitoring policies, and encouraging political participation through providing information. Some are organized around specific issues, such as human rights, environment or health. They provide analysis and expertise, serve as early warning mechanisms and help monitor and implement international agreements. Their relationship with offices and agencies of the United Nations system differs depending on their goals, their venue and the mandate of a particular institution.
How they interact with the UN
Non-governmental organizations have been active in the United Nations since its foundation. They interact with the UN Secretariat, programmes, funds and agencies, and they consult with the Member States. NGO work related to the UN comprises a number of activities including information dissemination, awareness raising, development education, policy advocacy, joint operational projects, and providing technical expertise and collaborating with UN agencies, programmes and funds. This work is undertaken in formal and informal ways at the national level and at the UN.
The selected interest groups are:
- SOA (Sustainable Ocean Alliance)
- Amnesty International
- ICAN (International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons)
- International Red Cross and Red Crescent
How to interact at MainMUN
At MainMUN you will be able to participate in every committee with the possibility to observe, interact with delegates in committee and cooperate with the press. Your task as a delegate representing an NGO is to influence the debate about topics related to your NGO and try to get your positions covered in the resolutions.