VOL 28, # 7
 September 2020
Celebrating 28 Years of Connecting NGOs Affiliated w/UN DGC *  
In This Issue
The Importance of the 17th SDG:  
Partnerships for the Goals

During a long hot summer, as I thought about my message for NGO colleagues for this issue of the NGO Reporter, I reflected on all the ways that we have been challenged this year and how the Pandemic has upended our lives, personal and professional around the world, and I wondered how to overcome the obstacles and move forward with the UN mandate to achieve the SDGs by 2030?

I thought of the word "Partnership" and the seventeenth Sustainable Development Goal. In my research I found that the concept of working together towards achieving the Goals is developed in detail in the UN SDG Partnership Guidebook, which is found online by searching for "UN SDG Partnership Guidebook." I urge all to review this comprehensive view of how we must cooperate on an international level to achieve the Goals.

To achieve the Goals, it is recommended that we no longer think in terms of supporting individual actions for a single SDG, but rather in terms of cooperation on all the SDGs in each of three major categories, 1. Prosperous Economy (4 goals) #8 Decent Work and Economic growth; #9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure; #10 Reduce Inequalities; # 12 Responsible Consumption and Production, 2. Thriving Society (6 goals) #7 Affordable and Clean Energy; #1 No Poverty; #16 Peace Justice and Strong Institutions; #11 Sustainable Cities and Communities ; # 4 Quality Education; #3 Good Health and Wellbeing; #5 Gender Equality; #2 Zero Hunger, 3. Healthy Environment (4 goals) #15 Life on Land; #14 Life Below Water; # 6 Clean Water and Sanitation; # 13 Climate Action.

The SDG Partnership Guidebook offers guidance to establish partnering methods for NGOs as well as the public and private sectors. If we are to achieve the goals by 2030, we must recognize that they are interconnected and that we must work in partnership to achieve major societal change. The SGD Partnership Guidebook is an excellent resource for information. I welcome your comments and suggestions on how we can create NGO partnerships to achieve the goals.

Fannie Munlin
Global NGO Executive Committee

on Hard Talk
António Guterres, UN Secretary General - BBC HARDtalk
António Guterres, UN Secretary General
on BBC's HARDtalk

HARDtalk's Zeinab Badawi speaks to Antonio Guterres, United Nations secretary-general. As the Covid-19 pandemic takes hold the capacity of governments around the world to respond to the health crisis it has unleashed is being seriously tested. Antonio Guterres has just launched a humanitarian appeal focused mainly on helping forty of the most vulnerable countries. He says that a global approach is the only way to fight the virus and that without critical support the impact of Covid-19 will be deep and particularly severe on poorer nations. But how realistic are his proposals and who will pay for them?
Amidst upheaval of COVID-19, Peacekeeping is part of the solution
Amidst upheaval of COVID-19, Peacekeeping is part of the solution
Our UN: Continuing to provide humanitarian aid
during a pandemic.

Congratulations and thank you on the occasion of your 75th Anniversary (UN75)!

 The Localizing Climate Justice Conference Series (LCJC) is being co-organized by the Core Team of youth climate activists behind the Global Youth Climate Action Declaration (GYCAD
) movement and a myriad of co-sponsoring organizations. Additional information and registration can be found here: gycad.org/lcjc

The event's co-sponsors include: YOUNGO, Citizens' Climate Lobby, the Global NGO Executive Committee, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), CEWAS Middle East, Climate-Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN), Lehigh University's United Nations Partnership & Environmental Initiative, CEVKOand more (full list can be found at  gycad.org/lcjc).

This virtual conference series will commence with a launch event on Friday, September 25th taking place from 10 am to noon Eastern Standard Time in order to accommodate a wide range of global time zones and to ensure maximum participation from the Global South. The launch event and all subsequent conference events will be
free of cost to all wishing to participate.

The emphasis on climate justice was intentional: we can not expect to make the immediate and long-term changes necessary if the actions we choose to take do not include and address the challenges and well being of all. Our movement forward into a sustainable and environmentally healthy future must be urgent and community-led, with the well-being of our local communities and our most underrepresented or vulnerable populations at the center of any discourse and decision-making processes.

The LCJC Series Launch event will convene mayors, other policymakers, youth climate activists, and major stakeholders from around the world in the movement for climate justice in order to spotlight local approaches to climate reform & create space for an ongoing dialogue between policymakers and their constituents on the subject of climate change. Originally planned as a two day event, the organizers and co-sponsors decided to spread out the conference material over a longer timespan in order to maximize meaningful participation and engagement with the content.

The conference series will span many months, with each monthly event focused on a key thematic policy impact area from the Global Youth Climate Action Declaration and convening a dialogue on that topic. The themes discussed include the following:
  • Youth and Public Mobilization
  • Infrastructure, Cities, & Local Action
  • Industry Transition & Accountability
  • Energy Transition 
  • Resilience and Adaptation
  • Nature-based Solutions
  • Mitigation
  • Climate Finance & Carbon Pricing
  • Capacity-Building, Education, & Awareness
For more information:
Nadine Clopton: nadineclopton@gmail.com
Vishal Jammulapati: vjammulapati@gmail.com
United Nations General Assembly Updates
The 75th UN General Assembly (UNGA) session, begins on 15 September and this year, due to the ongoing global pandemic, it will be unlike any other in the organization's three quarters of a century of existence.
  • Presidents and Heads of State calling in speeches
  • Celebrating 75 years
  • 'Transforming the world' through Sustainable Development
  • Facing up to 'unprecedented loss' of global biodiversity
  • Gender: 25 years after Beijing

 Turkish diplomat, President of
historic 75th UN General Assembly,
Prepares for the first-ever Virtual UNGA
Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir was elected President of the forthcoming session of the UN General Assembly in a vote held on Wednesday that was emblematic of its time..
Introducing the President of the upcoming historic 75th session of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkir

Volkan Bozkir will preside over the seventy-fifth session of the UN General Assembly starting with its opening on Tuesday, 15 September 2020, for one year. 

Update: 23 JULY 2020 

The Economic and Social Council's mandate remains as relevant as ever, encompassing the three simultaneous global challenges Member States are facing - the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences, the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the existential threat of the climate catastrophe - its newly elected President said today at the first meeting of its 2021 organizational session, held via video conference due to COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions at United Nations Headquarters.
An Occasional Series
We are pleased to highlight the work of our friends and constituents.  Are you associated with UN DGC?  If so, please send us an article and or video, no more than 600 words or video no more than two minutes in length, about your UN related work and especially highlighting upcoming, online events worldwide.  We'd love to hear from you. Here's the next in An Occasional Series.
Here's another in a series of UNDGC associated NGOs ... but this one is a rarity for us. Bond Street Theatre is a performing arts ensemble that posits its work in some  of the most needy regions of the world, which have been affected by man-made or natural disasters. 
A new documentary chronicling their work will be airing soon on national television (PBS) in the USA. 
Two short clips and some of the information regarding the full-length video documentary follow.

Witness the MacArthur Award winning Bond Street Theatre, in
an inspiring story that illuminates how they combine cross-cultural art forms to reach the "hearts & minds" of thousands of children, youth and adults in areas of conflict around the world.  Their theatre explores important social issues and offers viable solutions to deeply entrenched human rights issues.  While traveling over 26 years to 40+ countries in conflict around the world, the ensemble has utilized story-telling concepts that were archetypical since stories were 
first told, to create a "consensus building" process that have changed tens of thousands of lives.  

It is within these theatrically dramatic tales of human conflict and hope, that is the story of AGENTS for CHANGE and how
"Tomorrows Voices" can become a crucial part of dialogues on Race and Migration throughout the world.

Publishers of the NGO Reporter, the recently renamed Global NGO Executive Committee was founded in 1962 to create a link between the United Nations and the Non-Governmental Organizations associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications UNDGC (formerly: Public Information). It is composed of eighteen Directors and encourages and assists NGOs, as members of civil society, to communicate their interests throughout the United Nations system and to support United Nations' goals and objectives.   In partnership with the United Nations Department of Global Communication, the Global NGO Executive Committee co-produces annual conferences for the 1500+ accredited DGC/NGOs around the world.  
The Global NGO Executive Committee of Non-Governmental Organizations Affiliated
with the United Nations Department of Global Communications

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NGO Reporter Queries:  E-mail: PATRICK@vnclm.orgPhone: 001-914-843-4820



NGO Reporter 
Patrick L. Sciarratta 
World Development Foundation


President, Global NGO Executive Committee
Fannie Munlin
National Council of 
Negro Women

NGO Reporter Site Technician
Scott Carlin
Long Island University 
Editorial Assistants
Cristina Fan
Michelle Leon
World Development Foundation 

Patrick L. Sciarratta (patrick@vnclm.org) 



Fannie Munlin 
National Council of 
Negro Women

1st Vice-President
Dr. Padmini Murthy  
Medical Women's International Association

2nd Vice-President
Scott Carlin
Long Island University

Debra T. Boudreaux
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation


Dr. Kevin Merges
Rutgers Preparatory School


Alexandra Abrams
World Council of Peoples
for the United Nations 

Desiree Akhavan
Mona Foundation

Barbara Burns
International Public Relations Association

 Nadine Clopton
Caring and Living as Neighbors

Annie Deng
The City College 
of New York

Dasse Diarra
Olof Palme International Peace Foundation

Carl Murrell
Baha'i International

Dr. C'fine Ezeanochie Okorochukwu
Center for Public Health

Uwem Robert OTU
African Youth Movement

Dr. Mubina Schroeder
Kappa Delta Pi

Patrick L. Sciarratta
World Development Foundation

Dakota Silver
International Public
Relations Association

Dr. Sandra Timmerman
International Federation
on Ageing

Ebunola Shoda
 African Youth Movement, Nigeria

Dr. Graciela Yanovsky 
 FANCV, Fundación Argentina a las Naciones, Argentina

New Logo Design
Richard Yep
American Counselling Association


Hawa Diallo
UN DGC NGO Relations
Public Information Officer
Felipe Quiepo
UN DGC NGO Relations 
Public Information Officer


Bruce Knotts
Unitarian Universalist 
UN Office
Ex-Officio, Past Chair

Liberato Bautista & 
Soon-Young Yoon
Ex-Officio, CoNGO 

Aaron Etra




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* UN Department of Global Communications (UNDGC; previously
 UN Department of Public Information, UNDPI).
Exhaustive investigations 
demonstrate that a Volume of the NGO Reporter, under Founder and former Editor Dorrie Weiss, was in its fifth year in 1997. Begun in 1992, then, that would make 2020 its 28th consecutive year of publication.  Its free subscriber list includes NGO leaders associated with UNDGC (see above), as well as UN and other media, and all those interested in UN-related, NGO activities at UNHQ and worldwide that are created or promoted by the Global NGO Executive Committee, editor, staff.
Prior to her passing, Ms. Weiss mentored Patrick, as Editor, who later invited Dr. Lester Wilson. They became its co-editors for nearly two decades, assisted in large measure by the dearly departed Joan Levy, and former site manager Isaac Humphries. To all those volunteers, we remain eternally grateful.