What NGOs Must Do

NGOs play a key role in addressing global issues at the national and international level. As the Millennium Report states, "Transnational single-issue campaigns have contributed to strengthen norms and build legal regimes, leading for instance to the convention banning landmines or to last year's agreement on enhanced debt relief for the heavily indebted poor countries. These campaigns, often conducted in concert with the UN, have helped to raise- and alter- the consciousness of the international community and to change the behaviour of states on many critical global issues."

In the face of global challenges, NGOs recognise the need to strengthen cooperation among themselves and other members of civil society.

NGOs must:

a) increase awareness among people of the challenges of globalisation;

b) lobby and mobilize public pressure to monitor and regulate globalisation;

c) interface between global, national, regional and local interests;

d) develop coalitions for single-issue campaigns.

e) extend communication and interaction among the NGO community through Internet and exchange programmes;

f) integrate globalisation as a constant thematic focus in NGO fora;

e) develop and share local based alternative global system models.

NGOs consider that their responsibility lies in educating, organizing and mobilizing people around goals of increasing our influence and authority both among ourselves and with other institutions. NGOs, as a significant global force representing global public interest in its diversity, can make a difference and contribute to the transformation of the currently inhuman globalisation into a people-centred globalisation.