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Offer: UN - NGO Branch Department of Economic and Social Affairs (ECOSOC): How to Apply for Consultative Status

"Currently 3,735 NGOs enjoy consultative status with ECOSOC/UN."

Introduction to ECOSOC Consultative Status

The first venue by which non-governmental organizations took a role in formal UN deliberations was through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). 41 NGOs were granted consultativestatus by the council in 1946; by 1992 more that 700 NGOs had attained consultative statusand the number has been steadily increasing ever since to 3,400 organizations today.

Article 71 of the UN Charter opened the door providing for suitable arrangements for consultation with non-governmental organizations. The consultative relationship with ECOSOC is governed today by ECOSOC resolution 1996/31, which outlines the eligibility requirements for consultative status, rights and obligations of NGOs in consultative status, procedures for the withdrawal or suspension of consultative status, the role and functions of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs,and the responsibilities of the UN Secretariat in supporting the consultative relationship.

Consultative status is granted by ECOSOC upon recommendation of the ECOSOC Committeeon NGOs, which is comprised of 19 Member States.

Who is Eligible?

Consultative relationships may be established with international, regional, sub regional and national non-governmental, non-profit public or voluntary organizations. NGOs affiliated to an international organization already in status may be admitted provided that they can demonstrate that their programme of work is of direct relevance to the aims and purposes of the United Nations.In the case of national organizations consultation with the Member State concerned is required.

To be eligible for consultative status, an NGO must have been in existence (officially recognized by a government) for at least two years, must have an established headquarters, a democratically adopted constitution, authority to speak for its members, a representative structure, appropriate mechanisms of accountability and democratic and transparent decision-making processes. The basic resources of the organization must be derived in the main part from contributions of the national affiliates or other components or from individual members.

Organizations established by governments or intergovernmental agreements are NOT considered NGOs.

The deadline for applications is 31 May of the year before the Committee reviews the application.
For example, complete applications (which include a completed questionnaire and all the required supporting documentation) submitted to the NGO Branch by 31 May 2013 will be taken up by the Committee on NGOs in the year 2014.

For How to Apply for Consultative Status, go to http://csonet.org/?menu=34

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