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Secretary General Supports NGOs

SG Ban Ki-moon denounced the shrinking democratic space and the threatened freedom for civil society o4rganizations, NGOs, and human rights defenders, especially at “the last place this should happen, at the UN.” He was deeply disappointed that the ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) NGO Committee denied accreditation to the Committee to Protect Journalists for the seventh year in a row. (However, the US called for a vote, which got the issue out of that committee, and opens the negative decision to possible reversal by the whole ECOSOC body). Ban Ki-moon also condemned the exclusion of LGBT organizations from a high level UN meeting on Ending AIDS, saying that “these NGOs are close to communities affected by the epidemic, and must be part of the response.”