Humanity and human rights cannot be entirely viewed with just one glance.

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International Relations

Importance of having an International Presence

While grassroots initiatives are vital in development and creating impact, having an international presence is just as important. This international presence can provide advantages in influencing the progression of countries, which may affect its citizens directly or indirectly. Being involved on a global scale will also enable receiving interdisciplinary support and engage in cross-sectoral advancement.

Benefits for the community

International impact does not take one group but rather requires every individual and group available to work simultaneously. That means you! Therefore, it is crucial to understand the mechanism of the UN to provide guidance on how Cambodian individuals may have their voices heard at the international level for positive progression. This international presence can provide advantages which may help to affect other groups directly or indirectly.

What is the Purpose of the United Nations?

To maintain peace throughout the world; develop friendly relations to help nations work together to improve poverty, to end hunger, disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms. The UN is not a perfect system, but it is the best one that currently exists. It is up to you on how well you can utilize this space to successful meet your goal.

Importance on inclusive dialogue

It is extremely important to be involved and aware of the existing inclusive dialogue spaces to strengthen strategies towards a mission. Attending spaces such as these will expose different views, open discussion and connection, develop mutual understanding, and foster cooperation between different stakeholders and you to unify behind a common vision.

Everyone can get involved by simply reviewing how your efforts connect locally, nationally, to internationally.

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International Instruments

Sustainable Development Goals (2030 agenda for sustainable development)

In September 2015, at the United Nations Summit, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted 17 global goals to transform the world by world leaders as a mechanism to focus world attention. Over the next 15 years the SDGs are to be implemented by the 193 United Nations Member States (countries). SDGs are designed to end all forms of poverty and inequalities and tackle climate change.

All countries, no matter the status, have been called to enact the United Nations SDGs by promoting prosperity and protecting the planet. Although the SDGs are not legally binding, governments are expected to take ownership, establish national frameworks to achieve the 17 Goals and report at least once on what they have accomplish at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) helped every July at the UN.


High-Level Political Forum

The High-level Political Forum, United Nations central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, provides for the full and effective participation of all States Members of the United Nations and States members of specialized agencies.

Here you can follow and review Cambodia's national voluntary reviews at the High-level Political Forum, documents and reports, statements, partnerships and commitments, and see how you can help contribute to furthering this knowledge platform in Cambodia.

See how you can connect your current efforts to Cambodia's national voluntary review.

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Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Enhance your work to meet your mission quicker by understanding and following the economic, social, environmental and political momentum are. Click on the sdgs chart to review the primary responsibilities of countries in implementing the 17 sdgs with 169 targets. identified targets will help operationalize and manage measures of success and failure in achieving the sdgs through quality indicators and accessible, timely data collection. regional and global reviews will contribute to follow up.

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Engagement Opportunities

Civil Society Forum (Past: February 2, 2018; next 2019)

A main public meeting organize every year by the NGO Committee for Social Development in joint sponsorship with UN-DESA Division for Social Policy and Development. Members of civil society come from all over the world to attend the Commission. The forum offers civil society space to gather together and strategize around how they wish to engage for the Commission. There are regional break-out groups, thematic break-out groups, and a high level panel that gives participants an opportunity to hear from various UN and government officials about the themes for the year. There is also an evening event to everyone to join dinner and to exchange ideas informally. 

This Forum has been organized to prepare civil society participants to engage at the UN Commission for Social Development, as well as in ongoing discussions related to implementation of social protection, including floors, at national and local levels. This space is to create an inclusive dialogue to foster cooperation between Member States, Civil Society and the United Nations. Speakers are invited to address and critique on the current Commission’s two-year focus. The aim is that, at the end of these two days, participants will have developed concrete recommendations for the Commission, honed their understanding of the relationship between poverty eradication and social protection, and been galvanized to engage meaningfully both with governments in New York, and at grassroots level.

Click on the following image above to review this year's 2018 Civil Society Program. Look out for our President, Thayvie, in the program. She has been Chair to the Civil Society Forum for two years now!

NGO Commission on the status of women (UPCOMING: march 11-23, 2018)

The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY (NGO CSW/NY), supports the work of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and UN Women. NGO CSW/NY is an untiring advocate with Member States for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls across the globe in support of the work of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and UN Women. NGO CSW/NY supports the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, UN Security Resolution 1325, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

NGO CSW/NY represents more than 100 member organizations and individuals concerned about the status of women and girls.

Every year in New York, NGO CSW/NY organizes NGO Consultation Day in preparation for the session on the UN Commission on the Status of Women that takes place in February/March for two weeks. Activists gather from around the world to discuss issues pertaining to women and girls, to network, share strategies/best practices and to lobby governments to implement resolutions and treaties that they have signed. NGO Representative are brought together to caucus, issue joint statements and provide wording for the Agreed Conclusions of the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. NGO CSW/NY participants at CSW meetings conduct training and orientation for NGO representatives.

Click on the following image above. Review how you can be an effective partner in UN negotiations about women’s human rights. Events are also available during the NGO CSW/NY conference.


Diplomacy: The art of conducting negotiations, forming alliances, discussing treaties and reaching agreements.

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