Accra – 6 June 2014. A cross-sectoral NGO coalition, known as the Coalition of NGOs Associated with UN-DPI Ghana, CUNANGOS for short, has been launched in Accra. The Chief of Kade Nana Osaberima Agyare Tenadu II, supported by the National Information Officer of UNIC Accra, Ms. Cynthia Prah, launched the coalition.
Over the years, NGOs have been partnering with UNIC Accra to support with the outreach efforts on various issues of global concern. The decision to organize CUNANGOS was taken in the context of building a strong community of NGOs “To offer a strong unified voice in advancing concrete and sustainable solutions to pressing local, national and global issues through partnership, networking and learning”. According to Samuel Krakani of Concern Health Education Project, a member of the coalition, “The call
for the formation of an umbrella organization stands out as extremely urgent”.
The coalition is open to NGOs that are interested in championing the principles and ideals of the UN system in Ghana. With its core values being integrity, transparency, accountability, peace and equality, and through public education, capacity building, research and networking, CUNANGOS is hoping to consolidate itself as an important advocacy body.
UNIC Accra has coordinated the work of the coalition since 2012 when the concept to revamp the coalition was perceived. Ms. Cynthia Prah stipulated the role and responsibilities of NGOs, stressing on the opportunities of civil society actors to shape and monitor political and social processes. “When NGOs see an issue and raise it, people will not ignore it” she told the partners and cited Rene Wadlow, author of the publication The Growing Role of NGOs at the UN: “What in practice gives NGOs their influence is not what an individual NGO can do alone but what they can do collectively”.
Nana Osaberima Agyare Tenadu II congratulated members of the Coalition and challenged them to work hard to support development efforts. “Our country needs vibrant NGOs” he declared.
The launch concluded with a presentation of the CUNANGOS logo.