Committee on NGOs opens its 2015 Regular Session on 26 January
At the start of the meeting, the Committee adopted its agenda and programme of work (document E/C.2/2015/1). It elected by acclamation Jorge Dotta (Uruguay), on behalf of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States as its Chair; and Farid Jabrayilov (Azerbaijan), on behalf of the Group of Eastern European States, and Forouzandeh Vadiati (Iran), on behalf of the Group of Asia-Pacific States, as Vice-Chairs.

Navid Hanif, Director of the Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, said non-governmental organizations are increasingly sought out for their expertise and knowledge in shaping and implementing three major agreements: the post-2015 development agenda based on the sustainable development goals, a global agreement expected at the upcoming third International Conference on Financing for Development; and an agreement at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December on measures to address climate change’s existential threat.

This session plans to consider a total of 177 new applications and 153 applications deferred from previous sessions, as well as 175 new quadrennial reports and 35 quadrennial reports deferred from previous sessions.

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