Model United Nations NGO Guide

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Since the founding of the United Nations, NGOs have been critical members of the policy and implementation process. NGOs, or Non-Governmental Organizations, are non-profit organizations working on humanitarian, human rights, and sustainable development issues worldwide. In Model UN, knowledge of NGOs will help you write a better position paper, deliver stronger speeches, and write more informed and realistic resolutions.  However, in Model UN students often have a hard time finding NGOs to help with their solutions, and often use NGOs in the entirely wrong way! We’re hoping to fix that.

On this page, we give you a list of NGOs working in nearly every area of work of the United Nations.  However, before scrolling through this list (sorted by Sustainable Development Goal), we first need to discuss how to use NGOs in a Model UN Conference.

In the UN System, NGOs have three main roles:

  1. Sharing their research and expertise with the United Nations in the policy-making process
  2. Working directly with UN Departments and Programs to assist in the implementation of solutions
  3. Using their networks and local contacts to amplify the work of the UN through disseminating information and bringing global access to remote or unknown areas

This means that NGOs do not fund the UN, UN Programs, or UN solutions. They also do not take orders from the United Nations, though the UN can make recommendations for NGOs.

These facts give you many opportunities to use NGOs to make you a better delegate in Model UN. For example:

  • In your Position Paper, use research and solutions from NGOs to strengthen your ideas.
  • In your Opening Speech, use NGOs to demonstrate why your solutions already work, and to show that your ideas and realistic and well-planned.
  • In your Preambular Clauses, use NGOs to call attention to issue and recognize their hard work.
  • In your Operative Clauses, use NGOs as a local network to help implement your solutions, as an amplifier for your public awareness campaigns, or as a reference point for new creative solutions.

By coming to a conference prepared with the NGOs working on your topic (which you can find below), you can bring new ideas grounded in real-world solutions to the topic in your committee.

SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere
SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
SDG 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
SDG 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
SDG 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development