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INTERNATIONAL FACILITATING GROUP AND NGO PARTICIPATION

The International Facilitating Group (IFG) brought together approximately 40 major groups, regional groups and caucuses to organize the NGO Forum and facilitate input into the Conference. The IFG was effective and worked well with the Secretariat and Secretary-General Wally N’Dow. A little bit of NGO history was made — and a remarkable precedent established — when a compilation of NGO amendments to the draft Habitat Agenda was circulated to delegations in Istanbul as an official conference document. The organizers believe they stretched the limits of participation beyond any previous UN conference.