NGOs, International Relations and the UN System — Introductory Observations



Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have become an integral part of the United Nations (UN). Since their increasing recognition as influential actors in global affairs, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) like the UN realized the benefits of working with them. Over the course of the last decade, the UN opened up for more interaction with NGOs and created diverse ways of bringing them into its system. In this book I explore how NGOs reacted to this increase in opportunities for participation with the UN. Instead of concentrating on NGO influence on the UN — as most research has done so far — this work focuses on the NGOs themselves. It examines the following questions: how have NGOs responded to increasing possibilities for interaction with the UN since the mid-1990s? And what accounts for different NGO responses?


United Nations Intergovernmental Organization Societal Actor Social Movement Organization Official Institution 
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© Kerstin Martens 2005

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