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This book deals with arrangements for the involvement of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the activities of international organizations. In response to a need for maintaining the balance between the growing influence of NGOs in international decision-making and the adequate formal mechanisms for their involvement in these processes, the book examines and compares rules and practices existing in this area in a number of international institutions. The analysis focuses in particular on the legal basis for NGO involvement, forms of involvement, criteria and procedures for NGO accreditation with international organizations, and rules on subsequent monitoring of accredited NGOs. International institutions that are covered include the United Nations, the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development, the International Labor Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Environment Program, the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization. The study is based on primary and secondary rules and other documents of the international organizations concerned and is complemented by interviews with relevant officials. The final chapter provides a comparative analysis of the examined systems. The book will serve as a valuable tool for NGOs that wish to learn about opportunities for engagement with prominent international organizations. The study can also be helpful in assessing relative effectiveness of different modalities for engagement with NGOs and in considering improvements to the relevant systems.
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