President's Message

Goodbye and Hello
My dear friends. After overseeing every issue since 2009, as editor, it is quite a change for me to say goodbye to this task, which I attempted to carry out with love and passion during each issue prep.
Simultaneously, I greet hello to all our subscribers for the first time as the incoming president of the GNEC. I am humbled and honored to accept this responsibility; it is my hope to create an active base for development that will benefit many among our potential constituents. I know quite well that COVID has left many of us broke and broken – but the time is approaching for us all to build back better and I want you to know that this GNEC board will be there for your associated NGO in any way we are able. We hope to amplify your voices, be they needing support, announcing new work, or seeking collaborative partners to help get your programming or administration back into full swing.
In August, we will be sending out a survey to ask you how your NGO fared during COVID and how we may be of greater service to you in the future. We hope you will take a few moments to reply when it arrives. We will follow up to ensure you received it and use your responses as our guide on how to be more useful to your NGO over the next two years. Fill it in, make a short video, or jump on a zoom call with one of our Board: we really want to hear from YOUR NGO and you at this critical time.
For now, I wish you all the very best and look forward to your correspondence and finding ways in which the GNEC may assist you - and especially in ways where we may all grow together in service to civil society and the goals and vision we NGOs share with the United Nations Department of Global Communication. 
Peace be with you; and let’s make some good work together in coming years!
Patrick Sciarratta
President, GNEC
Senior Fellow, World Development Foundation