The Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship to the
Economic and Social Council of the United Nations


The basic mission of CONGO is "to ensure that NGOs in consultative status enjoy the fullest opportunities and all appropriate facilities for performing their consultative functions," which stem directly from Article 71 of the Charter of the United Nations. The Conference of NGOs is in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and:

... assists the great variety of non-governmental organizations in consultative status to promote their common aim of supporting the United Nations Charter;

... works on behalf of NGOs in consultative status to develop that status and improve their relationship and cooperation with the United Nations and its various organs;

... provides a forum for NGOs with common interests to come together to study, plan, support, and act in relation to the principles and programmes of the United Nations.

The Conference of NGOs in consultative status (CONGO) does not take a position on substantive matters. IIowever, the numerous "NGO Committees", established under the auspices of CONGO, provide fora for discussion of substantive matters by non-governmental organizations as well as for dialogue with representatives of Member States and members of the United Nations Secretariat. Such NGO Committees meet on a monthly basis to keep their membership informed of developments in their respective fields and to encourage joint activities among organizations in support of United Nations programmes .

There are at present NGO Committees on aging, disarmament, human rights, narcotics, shelter and community, Southern Africa, sustainable development, Indigenous peoples, status of women, youth, population, crime prevention, and freedom of religion and belief. The NGO Committees are open to all interested NGOs, whether in consultative status or in association with the UN Department of Public Information.

In addition to facilitating the work of its committees, the Conference of NGOs organises NGO events related to major United Nations Conferences such as Population (Cairo), Social Development (Copenhagen), Women (Beijing).


Membership of CONGO.

Membership in the Conference of NGOs (CONGO) is open to all NGOs in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. For application information, inquiries can be directed to:

Techesta Ahderom
Bahai International Community
866 UN Plaza, Suite 120
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 803-2500
FAX: (212) 803-2566

Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (CONGO)

(in New York unless otherwise noted, and as of 26 February 1998)

Afaf Mahfouz
Society for International Development
Tel: (212) 986-8557 or 530-5231
FAX: (212) 986-0821
Tel: (301) 530-5231
FAX: (301) 530-1760

First Vice President:
Irene Hoskins
American Association of Retired Persons
20 Chemin de Valzry
1292 Chambery, Switzerland
Tel: (41-22) 758-1176
FAX: (41-22) 758-0805

Vice President:
Sudha Acharya
All India Womens Conference
86-42 Midland Parkway
Jamaica Estates, NY 114432
Tel: (718) 523-7668
FAX: (212) 986-0821

Vice President:
Virginia Maynard

International Federation of University Women
601 East 20th Street
New Yrok, NY 10010
Tel: (212) 982-8475
FAX: (212) 684-6068

Vice President:
Leslie Wright

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
Tel: (718) 398-3561

Techesta Ahderom
Bahai International Community
866 UN Plaza, Suite 120
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 803-2500
FAX: (212) 803-2566

Elan Steinberg
World Jewish Congress
Tel: (212) 755-5770
FAX: (212) 755-5883

Past President: (Geneva)
Robert Harris
Education International
16, avenueJean-Trembley
FAX: (+41 22) 788-7330



NGO Committee on Aging:
Ms. Helen R. Hamlin
, Chair
333 East 66th Street, #2E
NY, NY 10022
Tel: (212) 288-1836
FAX: (212) 288-3515

NGO Committee on Disarmament:
Vernon Nichols
, Chair
777 UN Plaza #3B
NY, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 687-5340
FAX: (212) 687-1643
E Mail:
Web Site:

NGO Committee on Human Rights:
Techeste Ahderom, Chair
866 UN Plaza, #120
NY, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 803-2500
FAX: (212) 803-2566

NGO Committee on Narcotics/Substance Abuse:
Rosalind Harris, Chair
130 East 67th Street
New York, NY 10021
Tel: (212) 988-0473
FAX: (212) 988-2483

NGO Committee on Human Settlements:
Irini Sarlis, Co-Chair
International Alliance of Women and Society for Ecological Sensibility
10 Mitchell Place, 7AB
New York, NY 10017
Tel: 212.744-5200
Fax: 212.744.5200

Robert Pollard, Co-Chair
Information Habitat: Where Information Lives
333 East 45th Street, 16-D
New York, NY 10017
Tel: 212.681.0917
Fax: 212.681.0771

NGO Committee on Southern Africa:
Vinie Burrows
63 Avenue A
NY, NY 10009
Tel: (212) 677-4667 or 808-5480
FAX: (212) 254-6055

NGO Committee on Sustainable Development:
Richard Jordan,
Global Education Associates

Patricia J. Scharlin, Co-Chair
50 Sutton Place South, 14C
New York, NY 10022-4130
Tel: 212-308-4666
FAX: 212-308-1160

Sub-Committee on Trade, Investment, Entrepreneurship:
Emma Broisman
301 E. 48th St, #16B
NY, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 486-7977
FAX: (212) 972-0164

Sub-Committee on Social Development
Carol Lubin

1095 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Tel: 212-369-0102
Tel: 212-289-2411
Fax: 212-860-4854

Sub-Committee on Population and Development:
Sylvan Barnet

175 E. 62nd Street
New York, NY 10021
Tel: 212-599-1123
Tel: (212) 759-4710 (h)
FAX: (212) 759-4710

NGO Committee on the Family:
Ruth Norman
330 W. 58th St , Apt 9M
NY, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 247-0381
FAX: (212) 247-0381

NGO Committee on the Int'l Year for the World's Indigenous Peoples:
Esmeralda Brown

UMOUN - 11th Floor
777 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 682-3633
FAX: (212) 682-5354

NGO Committee on the Status of Women:
Sudha Acharya

86-42 Midland Pkwy
Jamaica Estates, NY 11432
Tel: (718) 523-7668 or (212) 986-8557
FAX: (212) 986-0821

NGO Committee on Youth:
David Brook

135 Hawthorne St
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Tel: (201) 200-3231
Fax: 718-462-4594

Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice:
Joseph M. Callan

P.O. Box 333
River Edge, NJ 07661
Tel: (201) 967-1848
FAX: (201) 569-4148

NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief:
Susan Nichols
546 East 11th St, #A
New York, NY 10009
Tel: (212) 674-2412
FAX: (212) 808-5480

NGO Committee on Mental Health:
Nancy E. Wallace, Chairwoman
230 East 78th Street, Ste. 27
New York, NY 10021
Tel: (212) 288-0796
FAX: (212) 249-6297


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