United Nations

E/1998/8


Economic and Social Council

 Distr. GENERAL
16 March 1998
ORIGINAL: ENGLISH


Resumed organizational session for 1998
7 and 8 May 1998


                  Report of the Committee on Non-Governmental
                   Organizations on its resumed 1997 session

                             (12-22 January 1998)


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                                    SUMMARY

      The present report contains four draft decisions on matters
calling for action by the Economic and Social Council.

      By draft decision I, the Council would decide not to pursue the
question of the enlargement of the Committee on Non-Governmental
Organizations until the year 2000.

      By draft decision II, the Council would:

      (a)  Grant general consultative status to four non-governmental
organizations;

      (b)  Reclassify six organizations from special to general
consultative status, two organizations from the Roster to general
consultative status and three organizations from the Roster to special
consultative status.

      By draft decision III, the Council would approve the participation
of four organizations of indigenous people not in consultative status
with the Economic and Social Council in the open-ended inter-sessional
Working Group of the Commission on Human Rights established by the
Council in resolution 1995/32.

      By draft decision IV, the Council would grant Roster status to 11
organizations, pursuant to Council decision 1996/302.

      The attention of the Council is also drawn to the Committee
resolution 1997/1 concerning the International Association of
Educators for World Peace and to Committee decisions 1997/102 on
quadrennial reports and 1997/103 concerning the methods of work of the
Committee and the Secretariat.
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                                   CONTENTS

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 I.   MATTERS CALLING FOR ACTION BY THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL
      COUNCIL OR BROUGHT TO ITS ATTENTION ..................   1 - 3     3

      A.  Draft decisions ..................................     1       3

      B.  Resolution brought to the attention of the Council     2       5

      C.  Decisions brought to the attention of the Council      3       5

II.   ENLARGEMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND ISSUES RELATED TO ITS
      METHODS OF WORK ......................................   4 - 30    7

III.  APPLICATIONS FOR CONSULTATIVE STATUS AND REQUESTS FOR
      RECLASSIFICATION RECEIVED FROM NON-GOVERNMENTAL
      ORGANIZATIONS ........................................  31 - 56   11

IV.   REVIEW OF QUADRENNIAL REPORTS SUBMITTED BY
      NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS IN GENERAL AND SPECIAL
      CONSULTATIVE STATUS WITH THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL
      COUNCIL ..............................................  57 - 73   15

      A.  Quadrennial reports, 1990-1993 ...................     58     15

      B.  Quadrennial reports, 1992-1995 ...................  59 - 73   15

 V.   IMPLEMENTATION OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL DECISION
      1996/302 .............................................  74 - 75   17

VI.   IMPLEMENTATION OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL
      RESOLUTION 1995/32 ...................................  76 - 83   17

VII.  ORGANIZATION OF THE WORK OF THE SESSION ..............  84 - 87   18

      A.  Opening and duration of the session ..............     84     18

      B.  Attendance .......................................  85 - 87   18

VIII. PROVISIONAL AGENDA AND DOCUMENTATION FOR THE 1998
      SESSION OF THE COMMITTEE .............................  88 - 90   18

IX.   ADOPTION OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ITS RESUMED
      1997 SESSION .........................................  91 - 92   19

Annex.  LIST OF DOCUMENTS BEFORE THE COMMITTEE AT ITS
        RESUMED 1997 SESSION .......................................    20


               I.  MATTERS CALLING FOR ACTION BY THE ECONOMIC AND
                   SOCIAL COUNCIL OR BROUGHT TO ITS ATTENTION

                              A.  Draft decisions

1.   The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations recommends to the
Economic and Social Council the adoption of the following draft
decisions:


                               DRAFT DECISION I

        Enlargement of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations

     The Economic and Social Council, while not opposed to the
enlargement of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, and
recalling its resolution 1997/57 of 23 July 1997, decides not to
pursue consideration of this question until the year 2000, given the
fact that the Committee is in a period of transition following the
adoption of Council resolution 1996/31 of 25 July 1996, that it is in
the process of reviewing its methods of work and that the Secretariat
is working under resource constraints.


                               DRAFT DECISION II

             Applications for consultative status and requests for
             reclassification received from non-governmental      
                                 organizations

     The Economic and Social Council decides:

     (a)  To grant the following non-governmental organizations general
consultative status:

          Africa Muslims Agency
          Asian Legal Resource Centre
          Centre de recherches et de promotion pour la sauvegarde des
          sites et monuments historiques en Afrique

     (b)  To reclassify six organizations from special to general
consultative status, two organizations from the Roster to general
consultative status and three organizations from the Roster to special
consultative status, as follows:


                          General consultative status

     Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University
     Europe-Third World Centre
     Greenpeace International
     International Association of Lions Clubs
     International Federation of Settlements and Neighbourhood Centres
     International Institute for Non-Aligned Studies
     Parliamentarians for Global Action
     World Organization of the Scout Movement

                          Special consultative status

     Catholic International Education Office
     Dayemi Complex Bangladesh 1/
     International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions


                              DRAFT DECISION III

         Applications from organizations of indigenous people not in 
         consultative status with the Economic and Social Council for
         participation in the open-ended inter-sessional Working     
         Group of the Commission on Human Rights to elaborate a draft
                declaration on the rights of indigenous people

     The Economic and Social Council decides to approve the
participation of the following four organizations of indigenous people
not in consultative status with the Council in the open-ended
inter-sessional Working Group whose establishment was authorized by
the Council in resolution 1995/32 of 25 October 1995:

     Fe'de'ration des organisations ame'rindiennes de Guyane
     Indigenous Women's Nexus
     Navajo Working Group for Human Rights
     Te Iwi Moriori Trust Board


                               DRAFT DECISION IV

       Expansion of the participation of non-governmental organizations
       on the Roster for the purposes of the work of the Commission on 
                            Sustainable Development

     The Economic and Social Council, pursuant to its decision 1996/302
of 26 July 1996, decides to approve the request of the following
eleven non-governmental organizations that are on the Roster for the
purposes of the work of the Commission on Sustainable Development to
expand their participation in other fields of the Council:

     Asociac'ao Pernambucana de Defensa de Natureza (ASPAN)
     Deutscher Naturschutzring (DNR)
     Institute for Planetary Synthesis
     Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)
     International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)
     International Wood Products Association (IHPA)
     People-Centered Development Forum
     Sustainable Agriculture and Self-Help (SASH)
     United Church of Christ - Board for World Ministries
     World Business Council for Sustainable Development
     World Economy, Ecology and Development Association

            B.  Resolution brought to the attention of the Council

2.   The following resolution of the Committee is brought to the
attention of the Council:


         Resolution 1997/1.  Special report submitted by the International
                             Association of Educators for World Peace

     The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations,

     Having considered the special report and the additional
information presented by the International Association of Educators
for World Peace,

     1.   Takes note of the statements of Mr. Charles Mercieca,
Executive Vice-President of the International Association of Educators
for World Peace, according to which:

     (a)  It is not the policy of the Association to participate in
politically motivated activities against any Member State;

     (b)  The Association apologizes to Cuba for the fact that its name
was used as accreditation for the person responsible for the incident
directed against the Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba in Geneva on
10 April 1997;

     (c)  The executive directors of the Association will adopt
adequate measures to monitor the activities of the Association's
representatives at the headquarters of various United Nations
organizations; as part of those measures, the Association will
immediately replace its representative in Geneva, Mr. Henry Bandier;

     2.   Decides to keep this organization on the Roster and to retain
the question of the follow-up of the special report of the Association
on its agenda until its 1999 regular substantive session.


             C.  Decisions brought to the attention of the Council

3.   The following decisions of the Committee are brought to the
attention of the Council:


                    Decision 1997/102.  Quadrennial reports

     The Committee decides to acknowledge the quadrennial reports
submitted by non-governmental organizations in consultative status
with the Economic and Social Council that it was not able to review
formally owing to time constraints, 2/ and invites those
organizations, in their next quadrennial reports, to be submitted in
1998, to highlight the activities undertaken during the period
1990-1993 that they would like to bring to the attention of the
Committee, specifically concerning the support given to the work of
the United Nations.


          Decision 1997/103.  Guidelines to improve the methods of work
                              of the Committee on Non-Governmental
                              Organizations and the Secretariat
                              with respect to new applications
                              and reclassifications

     The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations decides to adopt
the following guidelines which should be applied so as to improve the
methods of work of the Committee and the Secretariat concerning new
applications for consultative status and reclassifications:

          1.   The Secretariat has a principal role to play in ensuring
     that the formal elements of the applications received are
     complete, clear, and guided by the technical requirements
     contained in Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31 of
     25 July 1996.

          2.   Deadlines with respect to the application process will be
     fully enforced.

          3.   Applications received from non-governmental organizations
     seeking consultative status with the Economic and Social Council
     or seeking reclassification, to be considered by the Committee at
     its regular session, should be received by the Secretariat not
     later than 1 June of the year preceding that session.

          4.   The Secretariat has the responsibility to notify
     non-governmental organizations whose applications are incomplete
     that they must submit the necessary additional information by 30
     September.  If this information is submitted, the applications
     will be considered by the Committee at its regular session as
     originally planned; if not, they will be considered at a later
     date.

          5.   The Secretariat will circulate to the members of the
     Committee, by 15 December, copies of the applications deemed to be
     in compliance with the formal requirements contained in Council
     resolution 1996/31.  At the same time, a list containing the
     names, addresses and telephone or fax numbers of such
     non-governmental organizations will be made available to all
     States Members of the United Nations.

          6.   The copies of the applications sent to members of the
     Committee will automatically include the summary required under
     part III of the questionnaire, in the language in which the
     questionnaire was submitted.  As soon as possible thereafter, and
     in any event at least six weeks before the regular session of the
     Committee, the summaries will be translated into all the official
     languages of the United Nations and circulated to all the members
     of the Committee as part of the official documentation of the
     Committee.

          7.   The members of the Committee will have until 31 March to
     send to the Secretariat, in writing, their comments, reservations
     or questions on individual applications.  Questions and additional
     information requested by the members of the Committee will be
     immediately forwarded to the relevant non-governmental
     organizations for reply.

          8.   The Secretariat will compile two lists.  List 1 will
     contain all the applications on which Member States did not have
     any comments or need any further information.  List 2 will contain
     all the applications on which delegations expressed reservations
     and/or requested additional information.  These lists will be
     circulated to the Committee.  The non-governmental organizations
     on list 2 will be notified that some points have been raised with
     regard to their applications and that they should, where possible,
     arrange to be contactable in order to respond to any questions
     from the Committee during its session (the dates of which will be
     supplied with the notification).

          9.   The Committee will first review the two lists during an
     informal meeting to take place no sooner than two weeks before the
     regular session of the Committee, at a date to be determined by
     the Bureau in consultation with the members of the Committee. 
     Unless any delegation has further comments, reservations or
     questions, the non-governmental organizations on list 1 could be
     granted the status they request as early as possible at the
     regular session of the Committee.  This procedure does not
     preclude the right of any member of the Committee to pose
     questions, express reservations or make comments on any
     organization placed on list 1 at any stage.

          10.  Only at its regular session will the Committee take
     action and make recommendations on the status to be given to the
     non-governmental organizations whose applications or requests for
     reclassification are under consideration.

          11.  These guidelines will apply to all applications to be
     considered by the Committee at its 1999 regular session and
     thereafter.  However, the Secretariat will endeavour to apply
     immediately those elements that can be implemented without
     prejudice to the ongoing processing of applications for the 1998
     regular session of the Committee.


            II.  ENLARGEMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND ISSUES RELATED TO
                 ITS METHODS OF WORK

4.   The Committee considered the question of the enlargement of the
Committee and issues related to its methods of work at its 636th,
637th, 639th to 642nd, 646th and 647th meetings, from 12 to 16 and on
20 and 21 January 1998.

Guidelines to improve the methods of work of the Committee on
Non-Governmental Organizations and the Secretariat with respect to new
applications and reclassifications

5.   The Committee examined ways to process the increasing number of
new applications of non-governmental organizations requesting
consultative status with the Economic and Social Council.  It was
stressed that there was no need to give the Secretariat a new role but
rather to give it new guidelines so that it could carry out its
working relationship with the Committee more efficiently and
effectively.

6.   At its 647th meeting, on 21 January, the Committee adopted a
decision entitled "Guidelines to improve the methods of work of the
Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations and the Secretariat with
respect to new applications and reclassifications", by which it
established new procedures for processing new applications and
reclassifications received by the Secretariat (see sect. I.C, decision
1997/103).

Quadrennial reports

7.   The Committee decided to prepare a separate decision on the
working methods of the Committee and the Secretariat concerning
quadrennial reports.

8.   It was proposed that the quadrennial reports be translated into
all the official languages of the United Nations and distributed to
Committee members by 15 December of the year preceding their review by
the Committee.  Because the texts of the quadrennial reports were
short, summaries would not be required.  It was suggested that the
reports include a breakdown of the membership of organizations.

9.   The Committee requested the Secretariat to circulate to the
members of the Committee, prior to its 1998 session, a compilation of
the decisions taken by the Committee during the past six years
regarding quadrennial reports that were submitted late or not
submitted at all.  The compilation should also include a list of those
organizations that did not submit their reports during that time.

10.  A number of delegations requested that, when contacting the
non-governmental organizations whose quadrennial reports had not been
received, the Secretariat should emphasize that pursuant to
paragraph 61 (c) of Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31,
"based on findings of the Committee's examination of the report and
other relevant information, the Committee may recommend to the Council
any reclassification in status of the organization concerned as it
deems appropriate".  The intention of the Committee was to make the
non-governmental organizations accountable for the activities listed
in their reports and have them meet their deadlines.  It was suggested
that the Secretariat prepare two lists:  one containing the name of
those organizations that had submitted their reports late and the
other containing the names of those that had not submitted their
reports.  In that regard, comments were made to the effect that should
an organization not submit its report for three years, it could be
reclassified to Roster status.

11.  Several delegations, however, were of the opinion that the late
submission of quadrennial reports should not necessarily entail
reclassification.  The Committee could be flexible with respect to
organizations in developing countries that might not have the
appropriate means to have their reports reach the Secretariat on time.

12.  The Committee agreed to resume consideration of the question of a
possible decision on its working methods related to quadrennial
reports at its 1998 regular session.

Accreditation of non-governmental organizations in consultative status
with the Economic and Social Council

13.  On the question of accreditation, the Committee held an exchange
of views on a text circulated among its members.  Some delegations
expressed the view that non-governmental organizations should be held
responsible and accountable for their representatives.  A number of
delegations held the view that they needed time for further
consultations before taking a decision on this important question. 
Other delegations were of the opinion that the Committee should be
careful not to limit the rights granted to non-governmental
organizations by the Council in resolution 1996/31 in order to
facilitate their participation in the work of the United Nations.  One
delegation emphasized that a specific time limit should be mentioned
for each accreditation, particularly accreditations delivered on an ad
hoc basis.  That delegation was concerned with the number of
representatives each organization could authorize.

14.  A second text was circulated on the importance of standardizing
the rules for the accreditation of non-governmental organizations. 
The Committee decided to resume its consideration of the question at
its 1998 session.

Strengthening of the Non-Governmental Organizations Section of the
Secretariat

15.  The Committee noted that the report which the Economic and Social
Council in its resolution 1997/58 had requested the Secretary-General
to submit to the General Assembly at its fifty-second session, setting
out new proposals to ensure that the workload of the Non-Governmental
Organizations Section could be met effectively and efficiently, had
not been submitted owing to the current reorganization of the
Department of Economic and Social Affairs.  The Committee requested
that the report be submitted by its 1998 session.

Other procedures

16.  As part of their consideration of principles governing the nature
of the activities of the non-governmental organizations in
consultative status with the Council, Committee members expressed
their views on two important issues, namely special review procedures
and code of ethics criteria.

17.  The discussion on special review procedures addressed abuses of
consultative status by non-governmental organizations.  Several
delegations expressed the view that the Committee, rather than
limiting itself to an examination of actions of non-governmental
organizations that were inconsistent with Articles I and II of the
Charter of the United Nations, should also focus on actions of
non-governmental organizations that were incompatible with the letter
and spirit of Council resolution 1996/31.

18.  Some delegations were of the opinion that Council resolution
1996/31 already contained all the requisite provisions and procedures
for addressing violations by non-governmental organizations.  Several
delegations stressed the central nature of Council resolution 1996/31
and also stressed that special review procedures, if adopted, should
be strictly based on the provisions of that resolution.

19.  Several delegations held the view that it was the prerogative of
the full Committee, rather than its Bureau, to pass judgement on the
merits of complaints against individual non-governmental
organizations.

20.  Concern was expressed about the present practice whereby a formal
meeting of the Committee was required to bring forward complaints
against non-governmental organizations and initiate the review
procedures, which could introduce a lengthy delay in the process. 
Several delegations suggested that, upon receiving a complaint from a
Member State, the Secretariat should ascertain the facts of the case
and present them to the Committee at an early date.  There was a
proposal to hold emergency meetings of the Committee, as needed, to
review complaints against non-governmental organizations.  Several
Member States emphasized the central role of the Economic and Social
Council in reviewing complaints against non-governmental organizations
in consultative status with the Council.

21.  Several delegations requested more time to study the issue and
asked that a final decision on the matter be deferred until the 1998
session of the Committee.

22.  In its discussion of criteria for a code of ethics for
non-governmental organizations, the Committee outlined the full
accountability and responsibilities of non-governmental organizations
and their representatives.

23.  In that regard, one delegation was of the opinion that a
representative of a non-governmental organization having violated any
of the criteria of the code of ethics should have its accreditation
withdrawn by the Secretariat as soon as the violation was reported. 
Another delegation reported that one non-governmental organization
based in Geneva had accredited 21 representatives at a meeting, a
practice that was unacceptable.

24.  The view was expressed that guidelines establishing the
responsibilities of the Secretariat (Non-Governmental Organizations
Section, international conference secretariats, Security and Safety
Service) for granting accreditation to non-governmental organizations
should be clear.

25.  A number of delegations proposed that non-governmental
organizations participate in the exchange of views determining the
criteria for a code of ethics regarding the distribution of
accreditations.  Another delegation believed it was primarily for
States to define the rules that non-governmental organizations should
abide by.  One delegation mentioned the possibility of having a
steering committee examine the procedure for the accreditation of
non-governmental organizations.

26.  Another delegation was concerned about the fact that a number of
non-governmental organizations were involved in commercial activities. 
Specific guidelines should define the participation of
non-governmental organizations in such activities.  Concern was also
expressed about how some non-governmental organizations made use of
the fact they were in consultative status with the Economic and Social
Council.

27.  Another delegation stated that non-governmental organizations
should not use their consultative status with the Council to raise
funds.

28.  Three delegations mentioned that the Conference of
Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Status with the
Economic and Social Council (CONGO) could be consulted in the
discussion on criteria for a code of ethics.

29.  The Committee decided to resume its discussion on special review
procedures and criteria for a code of ethics at its 1998 session.

Enlargement of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations

30.  The Committee reached the conclusion that decisions taken on its
methods of work would determine the outcome of the discussion on the
enlargement of its membership.  At its 647th meeting, on 21 January,
the Committee decided to recommend to the Economic and Social Council
that consideration of this issue not be pursued until the year 2000,
given the fact that the Committee was in a period of transition
following the adoption of Council resolution 1996/31, that it was in
the process of reviewing its methods of work and that the Secretariat
was working under resource constraints (see sect. I.A, draft decision I).


          III.  APPLICATIONS FOR CONSULTATIVE STATUS AND REQUESTS FOR
                RECLASSIFICATION RECEIVED FROM NON-GOVERNMENTAL
                ORGANIZATIONS

31.  The Committee considered item 3 of its agenda at its 637th to
639th, 641st, 643rd and 647th to 649th meetings, from 13 to 16 and on
21 and 22 January 1998.   It had before it the memorandum by the
Secretary-General containing requests for reclassification received
from non-governmental organizations (E/C.2/1997/R.3).

Applications for consultative status deferred from the 1997 session

32.  At its 1997 session, the Committee had decided to defer
consideration of the application of the Africa Muslims Agency to its
resumed 1997 session, (E/1997/90, para. 70).

33.  At its 638th meeting, on 13 January, the Committee decided to
recommend that the Economic and Social Council grant general
consultative status to the Africa Muslims Agency (see sect. I.A, draft
decision II).

34.  The representatives of the United States of America and the United
Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland both stated that their
delegations wished to dissociate themselves from the decision.

35.  At its 1997 session, the Committee had decided to defer
consideration of the application of the following organizations to its
resumed 1997 session:  Asian Legal Resource Centre; Centre de
recherches et de promotion pour la sauvegarde des sites et monuments
historiques en Afrique; and Humanity International (E/1997/90,
para. 57).

36.  At its 643rd meeting, on 16 January, the Committee decided to
recommend to the Council that the Asian Legal Resource Centre be
granted general consultative status (see sect. I.A, draft
decision II).

37.  At its 649th meeting, on 22 January, the Committee decided to
recommend to the Council that the Centre de recherches et de promotion
pour la sauvegarde des sites et monuments historiques en Afrique be
granted general consultative status (see sect. I.A, draft decision
II).

38.  Referring to the fact that the information provided by that
organization was handwritten instead of typed, was unclear, difficult
to read and submitted at the last moment, the representative of the
United Kingdom stated that, exceptionally, it was prepared to go along
with the consensus on the granting of consultative status to the
organization.  However, it considered that the documentation, on the
basis of which the Committee was asked to take a decision, was
unsatisfactory.  His delegation would not, in the future, be prepared
to take action on the basis of documentation of such poor quality. 
This statement was supported by a number of other delegations.

39.  At the same meeting, the Committee decided to defer its
consideration of the application of Humanity International until its
1998 session, since it had not received the clarifications it had
requested from the organization.

40.  One delegation raised the question of whether the small budget of
the organization could support all the activities listed in its
application.  Other delegations expressed doubts about the funding of
the organization.  Another delegation pointed out that since the
organization had offices in Washington, D.C., a representative could
come to New York to address the Committee at its 1998 session.

Question of the reinstatement of the consultative status of the
International Lesbian and Gay Association with the Council

41.  At its 649th meeting, on 22 January, the Committee had before it a
letter from the International Lesbian and Gay Association addressed to
the Chairman, in which the organization requested the Committee to
consider reinstating its consultative status, which had been suspended
by Economic and Social Council in 1994 (Council resolution 1994/50).

42.  At the same meeting, the Committee decided to defer discussion of
this question to its 1998 session, as a number of delegations had
expressed the view that more in-depth discussion and information was
necessary and that more time was needed to confer with their capitals.

43.  One delegation stated that, in the light of that deferment, it was
the Committee's intention to review the request of the organization at
its 1998 session.

Requests for special reports pursuant to paragraph 61 (c) of Economic
and Social Council resolution 1996/31

44.  At its 638th meeting, on 13 January, the Committee had before it a
letter from the Government of Canada concerning certain activities of
the International Agency for Rural Industrialization, a
non-governmental organization in consultative status with the Council. 
Pursuant to paragraph 61 (c) of Council resolution 1996/31, the
Committee decided to request the organization to submit a special
report to the Committee at its 1998 session.

45.  Also at its 638th meeting, the Committee had before it a note
verbale circulated by a representative concerning incidents that had
taken place during the forty-ninth session of the Subcommission on
Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities and the
fifty-third session of the Commission on Human Rights, both held in
Geneva, concerning incidents involving individuals with a criminal
past accredited by two non-governmental organizations in consultative
status with the Council:  Liberation and the Society for Threatened
Peoples.

46.  At the same meeting, the Committee decided to request Liberation
to submit a special report to the Committee at its 1998 session,
pursuant to paragraph 61 (c) of Council resolution 1996/31.

47.  At its 1997 session, the Committee had requested the International
Association of Educators for World Peace, a non-governmental
organization in consultative status with the Council, to submit a
special report pursuant to paragraph 61 (c) of Council resolution
1996/31 (E/1997/90, paras. 94-97).

48.  At its 644th meeting, on 19 January, the Committee had before it
the special report.

49.  At the same meeting, after hearing the explanations provided by a
representative of the organization, the Committee decided to keep the
organization on the Roster and to retain the question on its agenda
for review at its 1999 session.

50.  At its 647th meeting, on 21 January, the Committee adopted a
resolution entitled "Special report submitted by International
Educators for World Peace" (see sect. I.B, resolution 1997/1).

Requests for reclassification received from non-governmental
organizations

51.  The Committee considered requests for reclassification received
from non-governmental organizations at its 639th, 647th and 648th
meetings, on 14 and 21 January 1998, on the basis of the memorandum by
the Secretary-General (E/C.2/1997/R.3).

52.  At its 639th meeting, on 14 January, the Committee considered a
request for reclassification to general consultative status of Dayemi
Complex Bangladesh, an organization on the Roster.  A delegation noted
that the membership of the organization was limited mainly to one
country.  It then proposed that the organization be reclassified to
special consultative status.

53.  At its 648th meeting, on 21 January, the Committee decided to
recommend that the Economic and Social Council reclassify Dayemi
Complex Bangladesh to special consultative status.

54.  The Committee decided to recommend that the Economic and Social
Council reclassify the following non-governmental organizations (see
sect. I.A, draft decision II):


                          General consultative status

     Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University
     Europe-Third World Centre
     International Association of Lions Clubs
     International Federation of Settlements and Neighbourhood Centres
     International Institute for Non-Aligned Studies
     Parliamentarians for Global Action
     World Organization of the Scout Movement


                          Special consultative status

     Catholic International Education Office
     Dayemi Complex Bangladesh
     International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions

55.  With regard to the request of International PEN for
reclassification from the Roster to special consultative status, a
member of the Committee requested that additional information be
provided regarding "a research trip to Cuba".  Another member of the
Committee requested clarifications regarding references to "Hong Kong"
and "Taiwan Province of China".  The Committee, noting that the
information had not been provided during the current session, decided
to pursue its consideration of the request at its 1998 session.

56.  With regard to the request of the World Organization Against
Torture for reclassification from the Roster to special consultative
status, one member of the Committee requested clarification concerning
references to "East Timor".  Another member of the Committee noted
with concern that one of the officers of the organization was a well-
known Sudanese opposition leader.  Reservations were expressed by a
member of the Committee regarding the large amount of government
funding received by the organization.  The Committee, noting that the
information it had requested had not been provided during the current
session, decided to pursue its consideration of the request at its
1998 session.


        IV.  REVIEW OF QUADRENNIAL REPORTS SUBMITTED BY
NON-GOVERNMENTAL
             ORGANIZATIONS IN GENERAL AND SPECIAL CONSULTATIVE STATUS
             WITH THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL

57.  The Committee considered item 4 of its agenda at its 644th to
646th, 648th and 649th meetings, from 19 to 22 January 1998.  It had
before it quadrennial reports for the period 1990-1993 submitted by
188 non-governmental organizations in general and special consultative
status with the Economic and Social Council (E/C.2/1995/2 and
Add.1-10, E/C.2/1996/2 and E/C.2/1997/3).  The Committee also had
before it quadrennial reports for the period 1992-1995, submitted by
95 non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the
Economic and Social Council (E/C.2/1997/2 and Add.1 and 2).


                      A.  Quadrennial reports, 1990-1993

58.  At its 647th meeting, on 21 January, the Committee decided to
acknowledge the quadrennial reports for the period 1990-1993 on the
activities of non-governmental organizations in consultative status
with the Economic and Social Council, which it was not able to review
formally owing to time constraints, and to invite those organizations
to highlight the activities undertaken during the period 1990-1993
that they would like to bring to the attention of the Committee in
their next quadrennial reports, to be submitted to the Committee in
1998 (see sect. I.C, decision 1997/102).


                      B.  Quadrennial reports, 1992-1995

59.  The Committee took note of the reports of 89 non-governmental
organizations.

60.  The Committee considered the report of Greenpeace (see
E/C.2/1997/2/Add.2) at its 645th meeting, on 19 January.  The
Committee, noting the important work that the organization was
carrying out, decided to recommend that the Economic and Social
Council reclassify the organization from special to general
consultative status (see sect. I.A, draft decision II).

61.  At its 649th meeting, on 22 January, the Committee took note of
the report of CARE International (see E/C.2/1997/2/Add.2).  However,
the Committee requested the organization provide the clarifications it
sought concerning references to "Chechnya" and the "Republic of
Korea".

62.  With regard to the report of CHANGE (see E/C.2/1997/2/Add.2), a
member of the Committee requested clarifications regarding references
to the organization's participation in the work of the General
Assembly and the Third Committee.

63.  At its 649th meeting, the Committee, noting that the information
had not been provided during the current session, decided to pursue
its consideration of the report at its 1998 session.

64.  With regard to the report of the International Electrotechnical
Commission (see E/C.2/1997/2/Add.2), some members of the Committee
requested additional information on the participation of the
organization in the work of the Economic and Social Council and its
subsidiary bodies.

65.  At its 649th meeting, the Committee decided to pursue its
consideration of the report at its 1998 session.

66.  With regard to the report of the International Islamic Federation
of Student Organizations (see E/C.2/1997/2/Add.1), a member of the
Committee requested additional information, in particular as it
related to the subject matter and the thrust of the organizations'
publications and training courses.  He also requested information
about specific examples of cooperation with United Nations bodies.  He
further noted that several representatives of the organization
attending meetings of the Subcommission on Prevention of
Discrimination and Protection of Minorities of the Commission on Human
Rights were simultaneously representing the World Society of
Victimology and the World Muslim Congress, which was an unacceptable
practice.

67.  At its 649th meeting, the Committee, noting that the requested
clarifications had not been provided during the current session,
decided to pursue its consideration of the report at its 1998 session.

68.  With regard to the report of Mutual Assistance of the Latin
American Government Oil Companies (see E/C.2/1997/2), a member of the
Committee requested additional information regarding the possible
participation of the organization in intergovernmental forums as part
of a government delegation.

69.  At its 649th meeting, the Committee decided to pursue its
consideration of the report at its 1998 session.

70.  With regard to the report of National Wildlife Federation (see
E/C.2/1997/2), a member of the Committee requested clarification
regarding references to "Chinese Government attempts to exclude
non-governmental organizations from the Fourth World Conference on
Women".

71.  At its 649th meeting, the Committee, noting that the information
had not been provided during the current session, decided to pursue
its consideration of the report at its 1998 session.

72.  With regard to the report of World Society of Victimology (see
E/C.2/1997/2/Add.2), a member of the Committee requested information
on the participation of the organization in the work of the Economic
and Social Council and its subsidiary bodies, in particular the
Commission for Human Rights.

73.  At its 649th meeting, the Committee decided to pursue its
consideration of the report at its 1998 session.


               V.  IMPLEMENTATION OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL
                   DECISION 1996/302

74.  The Committee considered item 5 of its agenda at its 646th
meeting, on 20 January 1998.  It had before it a memorandum by the
Secretary-General containing applications from non-governmental
organizations on the Roster for the purposes of the work of the
Commission on Sustainable Development to expand their participation in
other fields of the Economic and Social Council (E/C.2/1997/R.4).

75.  At the same meeting, the Committee decided to recommend that the
Economic and Social Council approve the requests of the
non-governmental organizations contained in document E/C.2/1997/R.4
(see sect. I.A, draft decision IV).


               VI.  IMPLEMENTATION OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL
                    RESOLUTION 1995/32

76.  At its 643rd meeting, on 16 January 1998, the Committee, in
accordance with Council resolution 1995/32, continued its
consideration of applications from organizations of indigenous people
not in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council that
were interested in participating in the Working Group of the
Commission on Human Rights to elaborate a draft declaration on the
rights of indigenous people.

77.  Statements were made by the representatives of Cuba, China,
Tunisia, India, the Sudan, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom of Great
Britain and Northern Ireland, Indonesia and the United States of
America and the observer for Algeria.

78.  At the 647th meeting, on 21 January, statements were made by the
representatives of Tunisia, the United States of America, Cuba and
Chile.

79.  At the 648th meeting, on 21 January, statements were made by the
representatives of Ethiopia, Cuba, Tunisia, China, the Sudan, the
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Ireland, India,
the Philippines, Costa Rica, Indonesia and the United States of
America and the observer for Djibouti.

80.  Also at the same meeting, the Committee decided to recommend that
the Economic and Social Council authorize four organizations of
indigenous people not in consultative status with the Council to
participate in the Working Group (see sect. I.A, draft decision III).

81.  At the same meeting, the Committee, after a lengthy discussion on
two organizations of indigenous people (Mouvement culturel berbe`re
and Aide et solidarite' au peuple afar) decided not to allow these two
organizations to participate in the work of the Working Group.  The
United Kingdom, the United States and Ireland dissociated themselves
from the decision on the grounds that there was insufficient
information to justify such a decision.

82.  Also at the same meeting, the Committee decided to defer
consideration of the applications of four other organizations of
indigenous people to its 1998 session.

83.  The Committee requested its Chairman to inform the Office of the
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights that, in the future,
it should send the applications of organizations of indigenous people
to the Committee well in advance of its session in order to give
members of the Committee sufficient time to consider them.


                 VII.  ORGANIZATION OF THE WORK OF THE SESSION

                    A.  Opening and duration of the session

84.  The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations held its resumed
1997 session from 12 to 22 January 1998.  The Committee held 14
meetings (636th to 649th meetings).


                                B.  Attendance

85.  Representatives of all the States members of the Committee
attended the session:  Bulgaria, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba,
Ethiopia, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Madagascar, Paraguay,
Philippines, Russian Federation, Sudan, Swaziland, Tunisia, United
Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of
America.

86.  The following States Members of the United Nations were
represented by observers:  Algeria, Austria, Azerbaijan, Djibouti,
France, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine,
Venezuela, Viet Nam.

87.  The following non-governmental organizations were represented:

     General consultative status:  International Chamber of Commerce,
     International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, Transnational
     Radical Party;

     Special consultative status:  Coordinating Board of Jewish
     Organizations, International Institute for Non-Aligned Studies,
     Parliamentarians for Global Action;

     Roster:  Dayemi Complex Bangladesh, International Association of
     Educators for World Peace.


               VIII.  PROVISIONAL AGENDA FOR THE 1998 SESSION OF
                      THE COMMITTEE

88.  The Committee considered item 7 of its agenda at its 649th
meeting, on 22 January.  It had before it an informal paper containing
the draft provisional agenda for the session of the Committee to be
held in 1998.

89.  At the same meeting, statements were made by the representatives
of Cuba, the United States of America, India and China.

90.  Also at the same meeting, the Committee approved the provisional
agenda for its 1998 session, as orally amended during the discussion,
for submission to the Economic and Social Council.*

(*  The Economic and Social Council, at its organizational session for
1998, approved the provisional agenda for the 1998 session of the
Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (Council decision
1998/204).)  


              IX.  ADOPTION OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ITS
                   RESUMED 1997 SESSION

91.  At its 649th meeting, on 22 January, the Committee took note of
the preliminary draft report and authorized the Rapporteur to finalize
it in consultation with the members of the Committee, as appropriate.

92.  At the same meeting, statements were made by the representatives
of Tunisia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, China, the United Kingdom of
Great Britain and Northern Ireland and India.


                                     Annex

                    LIST OF DOCUMENTS BEFORE THE COMMITTEE
                          AT ITS RESUMED 1997 SESSION


Document number              Agenda item        Title or description

E/C.2/1995/2 and Add.1-10         4          Quadrennial reports, 1990-1993

E/C.2/1996/2                      4          Quadrennial reports, 1990-1993

E/C.2/1997/1                      2          Provisional agenda

E/C.2/1997/2 and Add.1 and 2      4          Quadrennial reports, 1992-1995

E/C.2/1997/3                      4          Quadrennial reports:  follow-
                                             up to the decisions taken by
                                             the Committee on
                                             Non-Governmental Organizations
                                             at its resumed 1995 session

E/C.2/1997/R.3                    3          Requests for reclassification: 
                                             memorandum by the Secretary-
                                             General

E/C.2/1997/R.4                    5          Applications from
                                             Non-Governmental Organizations on
                                             the Roster for the purposes of
                                             the work of the Commission on
                                             Sustainable Development: 
                                             memorandum by the
                                             Secretary-General

     -                            2          Provisional agenda for the
                                             session of the Committee on
                                             Non-Governmental Organizations
                                             to be held in 1998


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                                     Notes

1/  Formerly called Dayemi Complex, Dhaka.

2/  E/C.2/1995/2 and Add.1-10, E/C.2/1996/2 and E/C.2/1997/3.

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