International Organisations Directory

A roadmap for Palestinian CSOs' to build partnerships and actuate various support systems


International organizations are among the key actors in supporting Palestinian Civil Society Organizations and organizations working for Palestine. Large numbers of Palestinian Civil Society Organizations, in cooperation with international NGOs were and still both partners as lots of specialized projects and programs are supported and funded by international organizations. This support has been the basis for Palestinian Civil Society Organizations to deliver essential services for the Palestinian communities.

The International Platform of NGOs  Working for Palestine provides a roadmap for Palestinian CSOs' to build partnerships and actuate various support and linkages between them and international organizations within a directory for these organizations.It also came as a response to other roadmaps drafted by some international bodies, which has developed a common strategic framework for engaging international organizations with civil society at the national level. These efforts were to strengthen civil society's contribution to governance and policy-making, develop hosting countries environment and guide support, as well as enhance effectiveness and impact, highlighting the contributions and role of international supporting organizations.        

According to the analysis of the various support systems, and in consultation with the Palestinian Civil Society Organizations and those working for Palestine, in addition to a review of programs of the international organizations, which are in fact convenient for civil society organizations and contributes to fulfill most of their work needs and priorities and affect well in the process of developing these organizations.
Number of priorities, objectives and indicators have been identified and addressed, including:

  • Support the efforts of Palestinian Civil Society Organizations in organizing their internal management and governance and reinforce their transparency and accountability.
  • Support and strengthen financial stability for Palestinian Civil Society Organizations.
  • Build and encourage policy dialogue, participation and accountability mechanisms, and transition from local to national levels and monitor their implementation accordingly.
  • Support networks, interaction and communication between Palestinian Civil Society Organizations and international supporting organizations.



Comprehensive cooperation with United Nations Bodies in relevance to Civil Society Organisations

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is the United Nations’ central platform for reflection, debate, and innovative thinking on sustainable development, based on three dimensions - economic, social and environmental. It is the main platform for encouraging discussion and innovative ideas, forging consensus to move forward, and for coordinating international efforts to achieve the agreed-upon goals. It is also responsible for the follow-up of most of United Nations conferences and summits.

The Council established a website (NGO Branch), as a focal point within the UN Secretariat for non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and for NGOs seeking status. The United Nations NGOs Division contributed to 5,083 of non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the United Nations related to the Economic and Social Council. In addition to other assistance which are provided to more than 47,000 NGOs working with the United Nations, including 345 Arab NGOs.

NGOs may submit their candidatures for consultative status with The Economic and Social Council. These consultative qualities are divided into three categories that allow NGOs to attend meetings and share information: public, specialized, inclusive. Interested NGOs should demonstrate their expertise, based on their experience and representativeness, and then be considered by the New York NGO Committee for nomination. The Council also includes the Partnership Forum, which promotes cooperation between Governments, businesses, foundations, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and parliamentarians.


Address and contact:

Department of Economic and Social AffairsNGO Division
DC1- Room No. 1480 (UN Plaza)
New York
NY 10017
United States of America

Telephone: +1 (212) 963-8652
Fax: +1 (212) 963-9248

The Civil Society Unit within the United Nations’ Department of Public Information and Liaison Department is mandated to link the UN with non-governmental organizations and support the Department's efforts to disseminate information on the work and role of the United Nations.

The Department of Public Information collaborates with non-governmental organizations whose objectives are in line with the goals and principles of the United Nations through a variety of initiatives.

Currently, more than 1,450 NGOs have strong information programs on issues of concern to the United Nations and are currently formally linked to the Department of Public Information, providing the United Nations with valuable links with people and communities around the world. The Department of Public Information helps non-governmental organizations to access and disseminate information on a range of issues in which the United Nations participates, to enable them to carry out their activities more effectively in support of the United Nations Charter and to raise public awareness about the work of an organization.

Following the integration of the former UNOG with the Global Outreach Department, the Civil Society Unit provides strategic information, analysis and support to a wide range of stakeholders, using its unique convening and networking capacity to foster multi-stakeholder dialogue and build alliances on issues such as culture and education, human rights, peace and security, environment, economic and social development, health and population through the perspective of the entire United Nations system.


Address and contact:

801 First Avenue, UNITAR Building, 2nd Floor
New York, NY, 10017, USA

Telephone: (212) 963-7234

The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), known as the Democracy Fund, was established to support projects aimed at strengthening the voice of civil society and human rights and encouraging the participation of all in the democratic process. UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. The large majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations both in the transition and consolidation phases of democratization. In this way, UNDEF plays a novel and unique role in complementing the UN's other, more traditional work the work with Governments to strengthen democratic governance around the world. UNDEF subsists entirely on voluntary contributions from Governments.

It reached almost 170 million dollars in contributions and counts more than 40 countries as donors, including many middle- and low-income States in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The Fund provides grants ranging from US $ 100,000 to US $ 300,000 to support initiatives in the areas of: community activity, electoral processes, gender equality, media and freedom of information, the rule of law and human rights, enhanced civil society interaction with government, knowledge tools, and youth engagement. On average, the United Nations Democracy Fund receives about 2,000 to 3,000 proposals per year and only about 50 are selected.


Address and contact:

Samples of proposed projects to the Fund:

The Integrated Civil Society Organizations (ICSO) System, developed by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), facilitates interactions between civil society organizations and DESA. The system provides online registration of general profiles for civil society organizations, including address, contacts, activities and meeting participation, facilitates the application procedure for consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and assists accredited NGOs in submitting quadrennial reports and in designating representatives to the United Nations for obtaining regular UN ground passes.

DESA has also created new Event Management System providing information on events and meetings related to economic and social development. The system also facilitates online pre-registration to any UN conference open for civil society participation, and allows for submission of NGO statements to the Economic and Social Council. Furthermore, it gives non-governmental organizations the opportunity to submit projects to the Best Practices Network. The ICSO System contains extensive statistical information about organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC, Rio+20, United Nations Population Fund, Department of Economic and Social Affairs Indigenous Peoples and in the areas of sustainable and social development, advancement of women, financing for development, forests and public administration.


Address and contact:

United Nations, S-2540, New York, NY 10017, USA

Telephone: +1 (212) 963-8652
To apply for consultative status:

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is an initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in supporting and contributing to the realization of United Nations goals and mandates, including the promotion and protection of human rights, access to education, sustainability and conflict resolution.

Since 2010, UNAI has created a vibrant and diverse network of students, academics, scientists, researchers, think tanks, institutions of higher education, continuing education and educational associations.  There are over 1300 member institutions in more than 130 countries that reach millions of people in the education and research sectors around the world.

The work of these institutions is vital to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals as they serve as incubators of new ideas, inventions and solutions to the many global challenges we face.  United Nations Academic Impact provides the integral link to these stakeholders to ensure that the international community harnesses the energy and innovation of young people and the research community in service to humanity.


Address and contact:

For more information, please visit:
Membership applications:  

The United Nations University (UNU) is a global think tank and postgraduate teaching organisation headquartered in Japan. The mission of the UN University is to contribute, through collaborative research and education, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States.

In carrying out this mission, the UN University works with leading universities and research institutes in UN Member States, functioning as a bridge between the international academic community and the United Nations system.


Address and contact:

5–53–70 Jingumae
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925

Telephone: +81 3 5467-1212
Fax: +81 3 3499-2828

Cooperation with United Nations organisations and Departments

The International Labor Organization (ILO) is the United Nations agency for the world of work. The only tripartite U.N. agency, since 1919 the ILO brings together governments, employers and workers representatives of 187 member States, to set labor standards, develop policies and devise programs promoting decent work for all women and men.

The ILO's Regional Office for Arab States has activities and projects in Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Two field offices have also been established in Kuwait and Jerusalem.

Regional Partnerships:

The Regional Office initiated and strengthened strategic partnerships with a number of international and regional organizations and institutions, including the Arab Labor Organization, Arab Trade Union Confederation, Union of Arab Chambers, Executive Office of the Council of Ministers of Labor and Social Affairs of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia - ESCWA.


Address and contact: 

Regional Office for Arab States
Aresco Center - Justinian Street – Kantari
P.O: 11-4088, Riad Al Solloh 1107-2150
Beirut- Lebanon

Telephone: 752400 1 961+
Fax:752405 1 961+

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for public health within the United Nations system. The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean is one of WHO’s 6 regional offices around the world. It serves the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, which comprises 21 Member States and Palestine (West Bank and Gaza Strip), with a population of nearly 583 million people.


Address and contact:

Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean
Monazamet El Seha El Alamia Str
Extension of Abdel Razak El Sanhouri Street
P.O. Box 7608, Nasr City
Cairo 11371, Egypt

Telephone: (+20) 2 22765000
Fax: (+20) 2 23492092/23492075
E-mail for Headquarter:


WMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) with 193 Member States and Territories. It is the UN system's authoritative voice on the state and behavior of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the land and oceans, the weather and climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources.

The Organization plays a leading role in international efforts to monitor and protect the environment through its Programs. In collaboration with other United Nations agencies and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, WMO supports the implementation of a number of environmental conventions and is instrumental in providing advice and assessments to governments on related matters. These activities contribute towards ensuring the sustainable development and well-being of nations.


Address and contact:  

WMO Office at the United Nations
866United Nations Plaza
Room A-302
New York, N.Y. 10017

Telephone: (212) 369-4449
Fax: (917) 367- 8689

WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property (IP) services, policy, information and cooperation. We are a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 192 member states.
Its mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international IP system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. The Forum mandate, governing bodies and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967.
Its mandate is to promote the protection of IP through cooperation among states and in collaboration with other international organisations. WIPO administers 24 treaties that deal with different legal and administrative aspects of intellectual property, aiming at developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system that rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.
The WIPO Convention provides that membership is open to any Non- Governmental Organizations, national or international. But for that to happen, it must meet certain criteria. In contrast, the Organization is expanding its activities to new IP groups such as small organizations, farmers, artists, etc.
Address and contact: 
chemin des Colombettes, 34
CH-1211 Geneva 20,
Telephone: 9111 338 22 41+
Fax: 5428 733 22 41+

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is an agency of the United Nations (UN) whose purpose is to coordinate telecommunication operations and services throughout the world. Originally founded in 1865, as the International Telegraph Union, the ITU is the oldest existing international organization. ITU headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland.

The ITU sets and publishes regulations and standards relevant to electronic communication and broadcasting technologies of all kinds including radio, television, satellite, telephone and the Internet. The organization conducts working parties, study groups and meetings to address current and future issues and to resolve disputes.

Cooperation with NGOs is very limited, but private organizations working in telecommunications can become sectoral members of this ITU, allowing them to attend meetings, access publications, information, etc.


Address and contact: 
Place des Nations 
1211 Geneva 20

Telephone: +41 22 730 5111 (ITU Switchboard)
Fax: +41 22 733 7256


The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights) is the leading UN entity on human rights. The General Assembly entrusted both the High Commissioner and her Office with a unique mandate to promote and protect all human rights for all people. The United Nations human rights programme aims to ensure that the protection and enjoyment of human rights is a reality in the lives of all people. UN Human Rights also plays a crucial role in safeguarding the integrity of the three interconnected pillars of the United Nations – peace and security, human rights and development.

UN Human Rights provides assistance in the form of technical expertise and capacity-development in order to support the implementation of international human rights standards on the ground. It assists governments, which bear the primary responsibility for the protection of human rights, to fulfill their obligations and supports individuals to claim their rights. Moreover, it speaks out objectively on human rights violations. 

Each year, between March and April, there is a six-week human rights course; in August, the three-week session of the Sub-Commission on Human Rights is organized.OHCHR organizes meetings, task forces and other sessions of the Commission.

Each year, between March and April, there is a six-week human rights course; in August, the three-week session of the Sub-Commission on Human Rights is organized. OHCHR organizes meetings, task forces and other sessions of the Commission.

Special Relationships with NGOs:

-  Formal relations administered by the Economic and Social Commission (ECOSOC). This authority allows access to meetings of OHCHR and the Sub-Commission on Human Rights. NGOs can attend meetings, make statements and submit written reports.

-Some task forces welcome the participation of non-governmental organizations not in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). In this case, however, NGOs or indigenous peoples' organizations must request specific accreditation to attend these meetings.

-The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (HCDH) supports and develops projects with NGOs.

-Finally, each organization has the right to submit reports of human rights violations through the following contact information.


Address and contact:

Palais Wilson
52 rue des Pâquis 
CH-1201 Geneva,

Telephone: +41 22 917 9220
E-mail (Civil Society Department):


UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is committed to protecting people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution UNHCR is in the field in 130 countries, saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people around the world. UNHCR promotes international refugee agreements and oversees the implementation of international refugee law by States.

NGOs play a critical role in the work of UNHCR, as most of the refugee programs are currently being implemented by NGOs. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has a coordination unit with NGOs, which is the focal point for general questions about these organizations. UNHCR annually signs partnership agreements with more than 500 NGOs around the world. Through these agreements, NGOs work as practical partners in project implementation. These NGOs can also contribute to the development of UNHCR policy by participating in the Executive Committee meeting in September in Geneva.


Adress and contact:

Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés
Case Postale 2500
CH-1211 Genève 2 Dépôt​

Telephone: 8111 739 22 41+
Fax: 7377 739 22 41+

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 UN organizations—UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank—and works closely with global and national partners towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. As the representative of the Global Action Against AIDS, its overall mission is to manage, promote and support campaigns to combat the epidemic, to prevent its spread, provide care for patients, alleviate the vulnerability of people and communities, and reduce the socio-economic and human impact of the epidemic.

UNAIDS brings together representatives of civil society in its Executive Committee and develops programs with governments and NGOs.


Address and contact:

20 Avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27

Telephone: +41 22 791 36 66
Fax: +41 22 791 4187

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is a UN body responsible for dealing with development issues, particularly international trade.Its work focuses on the following main areas: least developed countries and special programmes; globalisation, interdependence and development; international trade and commodities; investment and enterprise; and technology and trade logistics. This work often results in analyses and recommendations that can inform the national and international policy making processes, and contribute to promoting economic policies aimed at ending global economic inequalities and generating people-centred sustainable development.

UNCTAD also proposes to NGOs three categories of consultative capacity: general, specialized and national. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development shall give consultative status in accordance with its rules of procedure (Rule 77, Article 15). Non-governmental organizations desire to obtain this status should complete a special form on their structure and activities.


Address and contact: 

Palais des Nations
14- 8 Av. De la Paix St.
1211 Geneva 10

Telephone: +41 22 917 1234  
Fax: +41 22 917 0057

The United Nations Environment Programme, established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment. Its mission is “to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations”
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) establishes strong links with civil society. It includes the section “Non-governmental organizations and civil society” to encourage more effective participation of other members of the international community in environmental issues. NGOs can also gain observer status in the UNEP and its subsidiary bodies.
 Address and contact: 
United Nations Avenue, Gigiri
PO Box 30552, 00100
Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254 (0)20 762 1234
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) is one of the five regional commissions under the jurisdiction of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. It was established in order to promote economic cooperation and integrations among its Member States. The Commission is composed of 56 Member States, most of which are based in Europe, as well as a few outside of Europe.
The Commission was established in order to "Initiate and participate in measures for facilitating cooperation and exchange of information in the areas of trade, environment and transport. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) also collaborates with NGOs on specific issues such as women.
Address and contact: 
(Palais des Nations) 
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Telephone:  +41 22 917 12 34
Fax: +41 22 917 05 05
OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort. Country and regional offices of OCHA are responsible for delivering core functions in the emergencies and natural disasters area by implementing functional expertise throughout the organization.
The Office has a number of key roles, including:
-  Coordinate the humanitarian response to expand humanitarian action and ensure that assistance and protection reach those most in need.
-  Support the humanitarian community in policy development and strengthen an emergency intervention network.
- Mobilize and engage organizations and groups through funding tools and mechanisms and partners to ensure that increased humanitarian needs are met
- Share information with humanitarian partners; distributing reliable information to the public media; and the website is an important information resource for NGOs.
Address and contact: 
Palais des Nations 
8-14, Avenue de la Paix St.
 1211 Geneva 10
Telephone: +41 22 917 12 34
Fax: +41 22 917 00 23

UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Its  mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.

UNFPA is formally named the United Nations Population Fund. The organization was created in 1969, the same year the United Nations General Assembly declared “parents have the exclusive right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children.”

Since the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) began its work, the numbers of women dying from complications of pregnancy or childbirth decreased by half, families are healthier, and young people are more connected and empowered than ever before.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is the main source of international funding for population and reproductive health programs. UNFPA intervenes in three key areas: providing reproductive health care, promoting development and housing strategies that enable capacity-building and promoting awareness of housing and development problems.

The Fund supports non-governmental organizations and civil society, with a view to promoting, strengthening and facilitating interaction and cooperation with non-governmental organizations. NGOs have the right to implement projects funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) at the national, regional and international levels.


Address and contact:

 Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva 10

Telephone (Headquarter):+1 212 297 5028
Telephone (Regional Office Egypt): +20 106 8484879

The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) was established "for the purpose of enhancing the effectiveness of the United Nations in achieving the major objectives of the Organization'' through extensive training and research (UNITAR Statute). Operating as an autonomous body within UN system, the Institute provides short-term executive training to Members States' national and local government officials, and representatives of civil society and the private sector. It reaches out to some 25,000 beneficiaries around the world each year.
Address and contact: 
Palais des Nations
 1211 Geneva 10
Telephone: +41 22 917 8400
Fax: +41 22 917 8047   
The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) is an autonomous institution within the United Nations that conducts independent research on disarmament and related problems, particularly international security issues. The role of UNIDIR is to support Member States, the United Nations and policy and research communities in advancing ideas and actions that contribute to a more sustainable and peaceful world.  
The Institute brings together States, international organizations, civil society, the private sector and academia so that they can work together - internationally, regionally and locally - to build and implement innovative solutions that benefit all nations and peoples.
The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) cooperates closely with other research organizations, universities and non-governmental organizations. It has multiple mechanisms for formal and informal communication and cooperation, for effective cooperation with organizations, research institutes and experts. 
 Address and contact: 
Palais des Nations
 1211 Geneva 10
The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) is an autonomous research institute within the UN system that undertakes interdisciplinary research and policy analysis on the social dimensions of contemporary development issues. Through our work we aim to ensure that social equity, inclusion and justice are central to development thinking, policy and practice.
In recognition of the importance of CSOs in development work and the need to strengthen civil society, the Institute has developed a “Civil Society and Social Streams Research Program”. This program promotes a critical approach to the concept of civil society, monitors the development of this society, and tries to better understand different forms of local organization. In May 2003, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) launched a new research project on UN summits and the engagement of civil society, aimed at determining the impact of summits on civil society activities at the global, national, and local levels.
Address and contact: 
Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva 10

Telephone: +41 (0)22 917 3060
Fax:  + 41 (0)22 917 0650
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability.
UNIDO operates on four strategic priorities: creating shared prosperity, promoting economic competitiveness, protecting the environment and enhancing knowledge and the work of institutions.
UNIDO works to achieve its programs through a number of core functions: technical cooperation, analytical and research functions, policy advisory services, quality functions, standards and activities, and partnerships for knowledge transfer, communication and industrial cooperation.
 Address and contact: 
Vienna International Centre
5 Wagramerstr 
P.O. Box 300 
A-1400 Vienna  
Telephone: +43 (1) 26026-0
Fax: +43 (1) 2692669
United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) promotes socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. It is the focal point for all urbanization and human settlement matters within the UN system. UN-Habitat envisions well-planned, well-governed, and efficient cities and other human settlements, with adequate housing, infrastructure, and universal access to employment and basic services such as water, energy, and sanitation.
The Center's program operates in four key strategies: reducing spatial inequality and poverty in communities through a chain of communication between urban and rural areas, promoting shared prosperity of cities and regions, preventing urban crises, promoting climate action and improving the urban environment.
The Center cooperates effectively with various groups of civil society and non-governmental organizations. Those organizations could participate in formal conferences and in the implementation of programs and projects in the area of settlements and within the framework of the agenda of the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat).
Address and contact: 
C/O Housing and Building Research Centre (HBRC)
87 Tahreer Street, 9th floor – Dokki, Giza, Egypt
Telephone:  + 20 2 3761 8812
UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO's programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.
UNESCO develops educational tools to help people live as global citizens free of hate and intolerance. UNESCO works so that each child and citizen has access to quality education. By promoting cultural heritage and the equal dignity of all cultures, UNESCO strengthens bonds among nations. UNESCO fosters scientific programmes and policies as platforms for development and cooperation. UNESCO stands up for freedom of expression, as a fundamental right and a key condition for democracy and development. Serving as a laboratory of ideas, UNESCO helps countries adopt international standards and manages programmes that foster the free flow of ideas and knowledge sharing.
UNESCO includes the “Department of Non-Governmental Organizations and Institutions”. It should be noted that under these directives, NGOs have the right to establish practical or formal relations with UNESCO, and applications for admission to formal status may be submitted to the NGO Committee of the Executive Board.
Since its inception, UNESCO has recognized that non-governmental organizations and institutions with similar interests play an important role in international cooperation for the benefit of peoples. UNESCO currently has formal relations with 305 international non-governmental organizations and 27 similar institutions and bodies working in the fields of competence of the Organization. In addition to this formal framework, the organization carries out a series of activities hand in hand with NGOs, not only at the international and regional levels, but also at the national level.
 Address and contact: 
Palestinian National Commission for Education,
 Culture and Science
P.O. Box 174
Palestinian Authority
Telephone: + (970) 22 42 10 80
Fax: + (970) 22 420902
UNDP has been working within the framework of its SDGs since January 2016, and its strategic plan focuses on key areas including poverty alleviation, strengthening democratic governance, peace-building, climate change, disaster prevention and economic inequality. UNDP supports governments to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into their national development plans and policies. UNDP is working to achieve the SDGs in partnership with governments, the private sector, civil society and citizens alike.
The Civil Society Division in (UNDP) is interested in collaboration with NGOs and is part of its Bureau for Development Policy. It provides advice and assistance to various sections of UNDP on how to work more closely with and support civil society organizations by providing them with appropriate information and resources. In addition, the program adopted a policy aimed at establishing a sustainable partnership with indigenous peoples and their organizations.
 Address and contact: 
Regional Bureau for Arab States
United Nations Development Programme
One United Nations Plaza, DC1-22nd Floor
New York, NY, 10017
Fax: +1 212-906-5487
(Civil Society Division)
Telephone:  +1 212 906 59 06
Fax: +1 212 906 53 16
UNICEF (State of Palestine) works to support children's rights to services and protection, from early childhood through adolescence. It aims to ensure that every child in the West Bank - including East Jerusalem - and the Gaza Strip, regardless of background or circumstances, have an equal opportunity to realize their potential.
UNICEF is implementing its programs in collaboration with partners to assess and understand the issues children face in Palestine, in four priority areas: child protection, education, health and nutrition, and water, sanitation and hygiene. It has three cross-cutting priorities in Palestine: building national systems and capacities for cross-sectoral early childhood development, especially for infants and children with late development and disability, reducing violence against children, and promoting adolescent participation.
NGOs with consultative status with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) may participate in meetings and make written announcements and oral presentations. The NGO Committee on the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is made up of over 200 NGOs working with the UNICEF Secretariat and acts as a forum for more effective collaboration between UNICEF and NGOs.
 Address and contact: 
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
State of Palestine
P.O.Box: 25141 Jerusalem
Telephone: +972 2 5840400
Fax: +972 2 5830806 
UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.
UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. 
UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality, and in all deliberations and agreements linked to the 2030 Agenda. The entity works to position gender equality as fundamental to the Sustainable Development Goals, and a more inclusive world.
UN-Women's relationship with civil society organizations is linked through the Civil Society Advisory Groups. The Global Advisory Group was formed after extensive discussions with civil society networks and nominated members. The group, led by the UN Executive Director for Women, comprises 25 members, including leaders of grassroots and rural groups, scientists, activists and male advocates for gender equality and women's rights. 
 Address and contact: 
Alami (UNOPS) Building
Rosary Sisters Street, Dahyet El-Barid
c/o P.O. Box 51359
Telephone: +972 2 628-0450, +972 2 628-7602
Fax: +972 2 628-0661
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN Member States. UNRWA also receives some funding from the Regular Budget of the United Nations, which is used mostly for international staffing costs.
The Agency’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance, including in times of armed conflict.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) works closely with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to provide services for Palestine refugees and alleviate their suffering. This cooperation is usually directed towards medical and humanitarian assistance, human rights, or development.
Address and contact: 
( Regional office Palestine)
Gamal Abdul Nasser Street, Gaza City
Gaza City, or PO Box 338, IL- 78100, Ashqelon, Israel
Gaza City
Palestinian Territory
Telephone: (+ 972 8) 288 7701, (+ 970 8) 288 7709
Fax: (+ 972 8) 288 7699
Assisting 86.7 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.
WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations. Two-thirds of our work is in conflict-affected countries where people are three times more likely to be undernourished than those living in countries without conflict.
WFP is proud to work with more than 1,000 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide, from small grassroots groups to large international relief organizations.
Together with WFP, NGOs are involved in program development, from emergency food distribution to long-term initiatives such as school meals and asset creation. In fact, three quarters of food transfers and cash transfers are carried out in close cooperation with NGOs. NGOs working in food assistance or development are entitled to contact the World Food Program (WFP) for food assistance for a project.
 Address and contact: 
Palais des Nations
 1211 Geneva 10
Telephone: +41 22 917 85 68
Fax: +41 22 917 80 18
E-mail: (Regional Office- Egypt):

 The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Itgoal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. We believe that everyone can play a part in ending hunger.

The document "La politique et la stratégie du FAO pour la cooperation avec les ONG et les organizations de la société civile" (FAO Policy and Strategy on Cooperation with NGOs and Civil Society Organizations), defines FAO's relationship with NGOs. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) may be granted consultative status or association with FAO. The organization includes the NGO Department as well as an internal working group that manages civil society and FAO relations.


Address and contact:
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 
00153 Rome, Italy

Telephone:  (+93) 60 15075

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to combat hunger and rural poverty is a fund that supports programs and projects aimed at improving food security and income in rural areas of developing countries, particularly in the least developed countries. IFAD also promotes social development, gender sustainable, and good governance.
Working with Civil Society Organizations and NGOs is essential to IFAD's work in reducing global poverty. At the local level, IFAD-supported projects and programs often benefit from NGO expertise and local knowledge in project implementation. Local NGOs often have access to sectors of the rural population that are neglected or not targeted by government agencies as a priority.
IFAD also supports NGOs in regional and global advocacy and research initiatives, and regular IFAD-NGO consultation meetings are held. It aims to provide civil society partners with a platform from which to defend poor rural populations.
Address and contact: 
44, Via Paolo di Dono 
00142  Roma, ITALY
Telephone:  +39-0654591
Fax: +39-065043463

Cooperation with other international organisations

The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. Its five institutions share a commitment to reducing poverty, increasing shared prosperity, and promoting sustainable development.
These are the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the International Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
As for partnership with civil society organizations, IFC, MIGA and ICSID focus on strengthening the role of CSOs in developing countries. Through these institutions, the World Bank Group provides financing, technical assistance, political risk insurance and dispute resolution to civil society and the private sector, including financial institutions.
 Address and contact: 
Headquarter: 1818 H St NW, Washington, DC 20006
Telephone: (202) 374-0001
Fax: (202) 774-1936
West Bank & Gaza Strip: 
Mr. Mary Cossa
Telephone: +9725-2-236-6500
Media and Civil Society:
Mr. William Stipeneise 
1818H Street, 20433
Telephone: + 38878542021
Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.
IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.
This organization is not affiliated with the United Nations system, but has extensive relations with United Nations organs and non-governmental organizations. Its work involves cooperation with many international organizations, international NGOs and observers to the International Organization for Migration (OIM).
 Address and contact: 
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
17  Route des Morillons
1218  Grand-Saconnex
Mailing Address:
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
17  Route des Morillons
P.O. Box 17
CH-1211 Geneva 19
Telephone (1): +41.22.717 9111
Telephone (2): +41.22.798 6150
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an independent and impartial organization that guarantees humanitarian protection and assistance to victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence, takes action to respond to emergencies while promoting respect for international humanitarian law and its incorporation into national law.
Among its activities are the promotion of economic security, family reunification, water and housing, addressing sexual violence, health and forensics, reducing weapons contamination and establishing respect for the law.
The ICRC and its national institutions work with civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations and the private sector in operations, development, research and fundraising. The ICRC cooperates extensively with private humanitarian and relief companies operating in conditions of war, and with the business world that supports the ICRC's humanitarian activities.
Address and contact: 
19 Avenue de la paix
1202 Geneva
Telephone: +41 22 734 60 01
Fax:  +41 22 733 20 57
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.
The IFRC carries out relief operations to assist victims of disasters, and combines this with development work to strengthen the capacities of its member National Societies. The IFRC's work focuses on four core areas: promoting humanitarian values, disaster response, disaster preparedness, and health and community care. 
The unique network of National Societies - which cover almost every country in the world - is the IFRC's principal strength. Cooperation between National Societies gives the IFRC greater potential to develop capacities and assist those most in need. At a local level, the network enables the IFRC to reach individual communities. 
Address and contact: 
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Chemin des Crêts 17
Petit-Saconnex - 1209 Geneva
Mailing Address: 
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
P.O. Box 303
CH-1211 Geneva 19
Telephone:  +41 22 730 42 22
Fax: +41 22 730 4200
There are several ways to look at the WTO, an organization that deals with trade openness, a forum where governments negotiate trade agreements, where their trade disputes are settled, or an organization that manages a set of business rules. The WTO is basically a place where member governments try to solve their trade problems.
For the relationship with civil society and non-governmental organizations, the WTO maintains regular dialogue with NGOs on various issues related to international trade, with the aim of enhancing cooperation and increasing NGO awareness of WTO activities and the role of the rules-based multilateral trading system. 
The World Trade Organization (WTO) holds an annual general meeting called the 'Public Forum', providing participants with a platform to discuss the latest developments in global trade and propose ways to strengthen the multilateral trading system. The forum attracts more than 1,500 representatives from civil society, academia, business, media, governments, parliamentary circles and international government organizations.
Address and contact: 
154 (rue de Lausanne) 
21Geneva 1211
Telephone: +41 22 739 51 11
Fax: +41 22 731 42 06
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 189 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.
The IMF's primary purpose is to ensure the stability of the international monetary system—the system of exchange rates and international payments that enables countries (and their citizens) to transact with each other. The Fund's mandate was updated in 2012 to include all macroeconomic and financial sector issues that bear on global stability.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has not yet developed a policy towards civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), but the IMF Bulletin on Civil Society is regularly broadcast and contains brief descriptions of new developments regarding civil society. It provides references for more in-depth readings. It also mentions research documents, new discussions, nearby conferences and other useful information.
Address and contact: 
International Monetary Fund, 700 19th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20431
Headquarter (2): 
International Monetary Fund, 1900 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20431
Telephone:  + 1 (202) 623-7000
Fax: + 1 (202) 623-4661
Department for Civil Society: 
Telephone:  (+1) 202 623-9400 
Fax: (+1) 202 623-6220

The International Organization of la Francophonie (IOF) brings together some 70 countries (61 members and 27 observers), working to establish dialogue and solidarity in agreed efforts to achieve the aspirations of their peoples. The International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF) supports respect for multilingualism. The organization also promotes development, and is active in such areas as media and information, youth cooperation, development, human rights, etc. The OIF develops most of its projects through the International Agency.

The International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF) supports projects led by civil society organizations, NGOs and others, and gives consultative status to NGOs invited to the meeting within the framework of the Conference of International Francophone NGOs.


Address and contact:
19-21  avenue Bosquet
75007 Paris (France)

Telephone: (33) 1 44 37 33 00
Fax: (33) 1 45 79 14 98