The WNC is a member of CONGO, comprising national, regional and international NGOs in consultative status with the UN which allows us to partake in certain UN meetings. CONGO was established in 1948 as an independent, international association, promoting UN/NGO partnership; it now has approximately 500 member organisations and facilitates the participation of NGOs in United Nations debates and decision-making. CONGO is most active at the major UN centres of New York, Geneva and Vienna but its work stretches out to all regions of the world.
Since its inception in 1948 CONGO has relentlessly worked to ensure that NGO voices be hear throughout the international arena. CONGO’s role in mobilizing NGOs to form the first worldwide NGO forum on human rights in 1968, its role in conceiving forms of NGO participation in UN World Conferences and its advocacy on behalf of NGOs at UN Headquarters highlight CONGO’s chief objectives: to ensure that NGOs be present when governments discuss issues of global concern at the United Nations and to facilitate NGO discussions on such issues. Visit CONGO's website for further details.