The Conference on Non Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO)

CoNGO is an independent, international, non-profit membership association of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in relationship with the United Nations for over 60 years. It seeks to facilitate productive relations, communication and collaborative decision-making among NGOs, the CoNGO secretariat and member nation delegations at the United Nations on key matters of mutual concern.  Its primary focus is to advance the engagement, access and substantive contributions of NGOs in the mission and work agenda of the United Nations.

FDU faculty members currently belong to twelve substantive committees organized by CoNGO on issues such as Human Rights, Disarmament, Sustainable Development, Youth, Ageing, Family, HIV/AIDS, Crime Prevention, Mental Health, the Status of Women, Indigenous Peoples, and Financing for Development. Through these committees, FDU faculty members contribute their expertise to the UN and identify learning, internship and volunteer opportunities for FDU students.


CONGO's vision is to be the primary support and platform for a civil society represented by a global community of informed, empowered and committed NGOs that fully participate with the UN in decision-making and programs leading to a better world, a world of economic and social justice.


Facilitate through various means the development of a dynamic and informed world-wide NGO community able to influence policies and actions at all levels of the United Nations.


A. Improve NGOs accessibility and presence at all levels of the United Nations

B. Enhance the effective engagement of NGOs with the United Nations

C. Strengthen the dialogue between the United Nations and Non-governmental organizations

D. Engage NGOs to work together on issues of common interest

E. Education / Capacity Development

F. Work in partnership with UN civil society focal points

G. Advocate on the Principles and Goals that NGOs and United Nations share



FDU Role and Service Goals on CoNGO Board

In January 2011, FDU became a member of the CoNGO Board and subsequently the Governance Committee. FDU Co-Representatives Murphy and Scorza assumed the role of Co-Chairs of the Working Group on Substantive Committees and served to apply FDU technical and human resources to strengthen the organizational capacity of this entity that has a unique relationship with the UN and a long history of facilitating NGO involvement with the UN.

FDU Capacity Building Contributions to Congo as Board Member Since 2011

  1. Presentation by Dr. Jason Scorza on UN Academic Impact Program at CoNGO Civil Society Development Forum, Geneva – June 29, 2011
  2. Presentation by Dr. Jason Scorza on the theme "Education for All" at the CoNGO Civil Society Development Forum, New York City, September 14, 2011
  3. CoNGO Member Study by FDU Public Mind Institute and Office of Global Learning
  4. Member Survey Report: "Recommendations for Improving CoNGO Policies and Practices Derived from 2012 CoNGO Membership Survey " -- October 2012 : Drs. Jo Anne Murphy and Jason Scorza
  5. "Recommendations Related to CoNGO Member Study Results and Substantive Committee Concerns" – January 2013 : Drs. Jo Anne Murphy and Jason Scorza 
  6. Working Group on Substantive Committee Documents prepared by Drs. Jo Anne Murphy and Jason Scorza
    • CoNGO Substantive Committee Update
    • Major Recent Activities of Substantive Committees
    • Summary of CoNGO Substantive Committee Reports



CoNGO-Related Archives on FDU Website

FDU through its Office of Global Learning UN/NGO Pathways Program has encouraged both faculty and students to be involved with CoNGO activities both as a learning experience and an opportunity to help build the capacity of CoNGO to better serve the global community of NGOs within the UN system.

Articles regarding the history of this relationship may be found at the following links: 

CONGO Chief Praises Faculty at Campus Meeting

Civil Society Development Forum (CSDF)

Wednesday July 2nd 2009: First day of conference


Report: 2009 Geneva Component (Elsie Jolade)

FDU Experts Examine Global Health Issues at U.N. Conference in Geneva

Dr. Jason A. Scorza is Vice Provost for Academic and International Affairs Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey (USA).  In the latter capacity he oversees global learning programs, international partnerships, study abroad programs, and international initiatives. As Fairleigh Dickinson University's co-representative on the Board of CoNGO, Scorza has focused on governance and membership issues, co-chairing a Working Group on Substantive Committees and implementing a major survey of CoNGO members.  He has twice presented at the CoNGO Civil Society Development Forum, on the topics of Education for All (14 September 2011) and the UN Academic Impact Program (29 June 2011).Read More