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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 November 2015 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 nineteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 19), being held in Montreal 2-5 November 2015; and, the ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity, being held 4-7 November 2015 in Montreal.
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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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