Criteria For Association

Criteria for NGO Association with the Department of Public Information

  1. The NGO must support and respect the principles of the Charter of the United Nations;

  2. The NGO must be of recognized national or international standing;

  3. The NGO should operate solely on a not-for-profit basis and have tax-exempt status;

  4. The NGO must have the commitment and the means to conduct effective information programmes with its constituents and to a broader audience about UN activities by publishing newsletters, bulletins and pamphlets; organizing conferences, seminars and round tables; or enlisting the attention of the media;

  5. The NGO should have an established record of continuity of work for a minimum of three years and should show promise of sustained activity in the future;

  6. The NGO should preferably have a satisfactory record of collaboration with UN Information Centres/Services or other parts of the UN System prior to association. Please note that in cases where the NGO has no record of collaboration but the DPI Committee on NGOs approve its applications, it will have a provisional association status of two years until which it can establish a partnership with the relevant UNICs/UNISs or UN system organization;

  7. The NGO should provide an audited annual financial statement, indicated in US currency, and conducted by a qualified, independent accountant;

  8. The NGO should have statutes/bylaws providing for a transparent process of taking decisions, elections of officers and members of the Board of Directors.

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