Union of Intelligible Associations
Union of Intelligible Associations

Civil Society (NGOs)

within a strategic reframing of the Union of International Associations (2005)

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Civil society (NGOs)

Concern with international associations has been a central focus since the foundation of the UIA in 1910, whether labelled as nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") by the UN Charter or more recently as the actors of civil society.

Facilitation through information

Despite its name as Union of International Associations, the UIA's prime function has been to act as a clearinghouse for information on these bodies and their concerns. It is therefore sought to collect and present information in ways that facilitate the action of these bodies and the comprehension of their role by intergovernmental bodies, the academic community and wider society.


Civil society bodies have been created in response to a multiplicity of concerns. The UIA has sought to re-present these concerns, and the response to them, within an information context that helps clarify the interdependencies between the preoccupations, the bodies involved, and the strategies they advocate or envisage.