Dear CoNGO Members:
For 66 years CoNGO has been committed to the same goals and values as the United Nations itself. None of us can always agree with every decision or action taken by the member governments within the United Nations Organization, but CoNGO and its members have always supported and worked for the ideals enshrined in the UN Charter. CoNGO and its members have frequently drawn critical attention to the need for the member governments of the UN to more purposefully and faithfully adhere to, live up to, and give substance to the goals and values of the Charter.
The year 2015 marks the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations Organization. We must take this opportunity both to celebrate the achievements of this indispensable organization, and at the same time encourage governments and the citizens of the world to make greater
use of the United Nations System. Throughout the world, United Nations organs and personnel are engaged on a daily basis in protecting human rights, keeping the peace, striving for social and economic justice, enabling women's empowerment, succouring the victims of conflicts and famine, building up health and education facilities, promoting the rule of law and higher standards of good governance, and many other activities that do not make the headlines but that are major contributions to creating a better world for future generations.
Please let CoNGO know what your NGO/CSO will be doing to mark the UN's 70th Anniversary: we shall compile a compendium and use the information as a launching pad for broader international action to achieve the fundamental goals and values of the United Nations.
Cyril Ritchie, President of CoNGO 2011-2017