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Environmental Governance

Definition(s)

A non-governmental organization (NGO) is any non-profit, voluntary citizens' group which is organized on a local, national or international level. Task-oriented and driven by people with a common interest, NGOs perform a variety of service and humanitarian functions, bring citizen concerns to governments, advocate and monitor policies and encourage political particpation through provision of information. Some are organized around specific issues, such as human rights, environment or health. They provide analysis and expertise, serve as early warning mechanisms, and help monitor and implement international agreements. Their relationship with offices and agencies of the United Nations system differs depending on their goals, their venue and the mandate of a particular institution. (Source: NGO Global Network)

Hierarchy

Related terms:
NGO
non-governmental entity

In other languages

French
organisation non-gouvernementale
Russian
неправительственная организация
Spanish
organización no gubernamental
Chinese, Simplified
非政府组织
Arabic
منظمة غير حكومية

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Multilateral environment agreements tagged with non-governmental organization

You can see below a list of multilateral environment agreements. Use the links on the right to view the content tagged with non-governmental organization. This includes official treaty texts, decisions, recommendations, and other related informational documents such as publications, annuals, meetings, documents or reports.
Convention on Biological Diversity
Basel Convention
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Convention on Migratory Species
Stockholm Convention
International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
World Heritage Convention
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
Rotterdam Convention
Aarhus Convention
Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas

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Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)