2.2 Objectives of the Millennium NGO Forum
There is no need in this brief statement to emphasize the necessity and desirability of including NGOs/civil society in the discussions taking place about the evolving international order. It is a well established fact that NGOs have effectively participated in the work of the League of Nations, they were present at the founding of the United Nations, and they have been effective partners of the United Nations ever since.
It is, therefore, logical that NGOs play an important role when the mission and future of the UN for the 21st century is examined and the future structure is consulted upon by member states.
The CONGO Task Force has determined that the objectives of the Millennium NGO Forum will therefore be:
2.2.1 to create a forum for channeling the imaginative and forwarding looking ideas and vision
of NGOs at the local, national, continental and international levels.
2.2.2 to create an organizational structure whereby NGOs with Consultative Status, DPI NGOs, local and national NGOs, thematic networks, coalitions and other organizations of civil society could participate effectively.
2.2.3 to make the process for NGO participation democratic, transparent and representational.
2.2.4 to establish an efficient system for gathering and distributing information on local, national, continental and international Millennium NGO Forums through the operation of Websites, List Servers and Electronic Discussion Forums.