United Nations - NGO Representative

ISA's UN-NGO representatives have participated in and facilitated access for ISA members to the UN's global conferences, and New York conferences, including conferences on sustainable development, gender, development finance, the rights of the child, small arms trafficking. The International Studies Association holds Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, and is also affiliated with the Department of Public Information (DPI).


The ISA Representative works with ISA members to secure temporary access to the UN for purposes that are in accordance with the ISA constitution (namely expanding, disseminating, and applying knowledge of interrelations among nations and peoples). This access may take the form of temporary ground passes or attendance at a variety of ECOSOC-sponsored and DPI conferences and summits.

About the Representative

The ISA Representative to the United Nations Non-Governmental Organization Committee is a permanent standing appointment of ISA. The representative is appointed by the ISA President and approved by the ISA Governing Council.


  • The representative serves a two-year term
  • The term officially begins with the start of the ISA Annual Convention meeting of the first year listed and ends with the closing of the ISA Governing Council meeting of the final year listed


Alistair Edgar
March 2020 - March 2022
Balsillie School of International Affairs

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