NGO freedom under threat at UN

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening session of the UN Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The freedom of non-governmental organizations to work without interference is under threat at the United Nations according to the UN Secretary-General.

Speaking at an international NGO conference in South Korea, Ban Ki-moon said the UN should be the "last place" where this should happen.

Daniel Dickinson has more details

Mr Ban said the freedom of NGOs to go about their work was under threat at the United Nations itself.

He said he was deeply disappointed that after "six years of delays" Member States recently denied the Committee to Protect Journalists consultative status in the UN's Economic and Social Commission (ECOSOC).

He added that he was also opposed to the exclusion of LGBT organizations from the upcoming High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS taking place at UN Headquarters. 

In his speech to the 66th UN DPI/NGO conference in Gyeongju, in the Republic of Korea he emphasized the valuable contribution of NGOs to the work of the UN and their power to "shape our common future."

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations      

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