Economic and Social Council resolution 1297 (XLIV)
The Department of Public Information and NGOs cooperate regularly. NGOs associated with DPI disseminate information about the UN to their membership, thereby building knowledge of and support for the Organization at the grassroots level. This dissemination includes:
- Publicizing UN activities around the world on such issues as peace and security, economic and social development, human rights, humanitarian affairs and international law;
- Promoting UN observances and international years established by the General Assembly to focus world attention on important issues facing humanity.
In 1968, the Economic and Social Council, by Resolution 1297 (XLIV) of 27 May, called on DPI to associate NGOs, bearing in mind the letter and spirit of its Resolution 1296 (XLIV) of 23 May 1968, which stated that an NGO "...shall undertake to support the work of the United Nations and to promote knowledge of its principles and activities, in accordance with its own aims and purposes and the nature and scope of its competence and activities".
NGOs which enjoy consultative status with ECOSOC with strong public information programmes are granted association with DPI upon written request to the DPI/NGO Section. NGOs can be associated with DPI without having consultative status with ECOSOC.DPI/NGO Home Page