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Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Who are non-governmental organizations (NGOs)?

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are generally considered to be not-for-profit groups or associations, whether local or international, acting outside political institutions. They pursue the interests of one or more groups through lobbying and/or direct action. This section is designed as a general tool for all NGOs whose work pertains to biodiversity.

CBD Newsletter for Civil Society

Reflecting the important role of civil society in the development and implementation of the CBD, the Secretariat has launched a newsletter to act as a forum for sharing experience and information on the work of civil society organizations towards the objectives of the Convention.

Prepared with the CBD Alliance, and including articles from a number of its members, the first issue of the newsletter was released at the Ninth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP-9) held in Bonn from 19-30 May 2008.

[square brackets] - the CBD Newsletter for Civil Society

Issue 9, July 2014

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Articles sought for May 2016 edition of Square Brackets

Articles are presently being sought from members of civil society and indigenous peoples and local communities for the tenth edition of the CBD newsletter for civil society, brackets, being prepared to coincide with the twentieth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 20), being held in Montreal 25-30 April 2016, and the first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation, being held 2-6 May 2016 in Montreal.

Executive Secretary's Address to NGOs

Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the CBD, recognizes the importance of NGOs to the work of the Secretariat in his message to NGOs.

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