Giving civil society a voice: Apply for UN ECOSOC consultative status!
“We the Peoples” are the celebrated opening words of the UN Charter. It is “We the Peoples” who are embarking on the road to 2030. Our journey will involve all parts of society, and all people. Millions have already engaged with, and will own, this 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is an agenda of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have already played active roles in shaping this new agenda and will continue to be invaluable partners to implement the goals on the ground.
One of the major platforms for NGOs to work with the United Nations is through a consultative relationship with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Consultative status is granted by ECOSOC upon recommendation of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, which is composed by UN Member States.
Currently, 4,862 NGOs enjoy this status. They are represented all over the world and work in many different areas including education, health, poverty eradication, human rights, gender equality and indigenous issues.
So what are the benefits for NGOs having this status? NGOs that are accredited with ECOSOC can participate in many events, including, but not limited to regular sessions of ECOSOC, its functional commissions and its other subsidiary bodies. They may:
- Attend official meetings;
- Submit written statements prior to sessions;
- Make oral statements;
- Meet official government delegations, UN officers and other NGO representatives;
- Organize and attend parallel events that take place during the session;
- Participate in debates, interactive dialogues and panel discussions.
The NGO Branch of UN DESA is inviting all interested NGOs that are willing to work in close collaboration with ECOSOC, to apply for consultative status. 1 June 2018 is the deadline to submit applications that will be reviewed during the following year. Read more about how to apply here.
The NGO Branch is also inviting interested NGOs to join an online webinar and information session about the application process on 2 May 2018 from 11 am to 12:30 pm EDT. Register here for this session.
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