Since 1946, ECOSOC has been the gateway for NGO engagement in UN intergovernmental processes on a wide range of sustainable development issues. This consultative relationship is governed by ECOSOC resolution 1996/31.
NGO participation brings diverse voices and perspectives into a range of dialogues and negotiations. It plays a vital role in grounding discussions in the everyday realities of people around the world, and in widely communicating conclusions and decisions. Each year, some 7,000 NGO representatives participate in intergovernmental events at the UN in New York.
The NGO Branch of the Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, UN DESA assists non-governmental organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC as well as those seeking status. The Committee on NGOs reviews applications for accreditation, as well as quadrennial reports from accredited NGOs, which are approved by ECOSOC.
International, regional and national NGOs, non-profit public or voluntary organizations are eligible to obtain consultative status, which allows access to ECOSOC, its many subsidiary bodies, various human rights mechanisms, ad hoc processes and special events organized by the President of the General Assembly.
The NGO Branch website offers more information, including about the ECOSOC accreditation process, UN Grounds passes, news and events.