ECOSOC Consultative Status
The first time that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) took a role in formal UN deliberations was through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 1946. Article 71 of the UN Charter opened the door for suitable arrangements for consultation with NGOs. This relationship with ECOSOC is governed today by ECOSOC resolution 1996/31 (PDF). International, regional and national NGOs, non-profit public or voluntary organizations are eligible to obtain consultative status. There are three categories of status: General, special and roster consultative status. For more details about this status, visit the NGO Branch website or the page Apply for Consultative Status.
In addition to the Consultative Status with ECOSOC, NGOs might have obtained other accreditations in the economic and social area. Note that some of these accreditations have already “expired” as they were temporary accreditations for a particular conference and are no longer valid.