NGO CSW Members Meeting, November 17

Advocacy

Why we do it:

  • Charter of the United Nations, article # 71
  • The issues we deal with at the UN are global issues; they need a global response
  • While advocacy at the local and national levels are very important, advocacy at the international level can produce change that affects entire groups of nations in a positive way.
  • We have access to members who operate at the grass roots

What can be the focus of our advocacy:

  • Educating about women and girls and learning about the views and strategies of others
  • CSW, AMR, HLD, etc.
  • Potential and vulnerabilities of women and girls, drawn from research and from our members on the ground

With whom we advocate:

  • Other NGOs – networking is critical to effective advocacy
  • Local and national governments – the action begins on the ground!
  • Negotiating Groups
  • Negotiating countries
  • UN Agencies
  • Permanent Missions to the United Nations: members of the Commission on the Status of Women, negotiating groups, negotiating countries, our friends

Where we advocate:

  • At briefings, parallel events, UN Commissions, Thematic Debates, GA Committees, and other meetings
  • In informal settings
  • At meetings of NGOs
  • At Permanent Missions

How we do it:

  • We familiarize ourselves with already existing documents and agreed language
  • We prepare position papers which are founded on research.
  • We identify persons who can influence policy making among governments.
  • We hold informational events.

GA Third Committee: http://www.un.org/en/ga/third/index.shtml

An early start:

  1. Contribute to the Expert Group Meetings
  2. Contribute to the Secretary General Reports
  3. Prepare language for the commissions
  4. Contribute to the Annual Ministerial Review

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