As an NGO, you can gain world recognition and representation at the United Nations by formally associating with the Department of Global Communications (DGC). 

Why associate with DGC?

Get noticed and make a difference

  • Be globally known. Your organization’s profile will be added to our public directory.
  • Be involved in advocacy efforts to help monitor and implement international agreements

Actively plan and participate

  • Get grounds passes for activities or events organized by our office held at UN Headquarters in New York.
  • Help plan and participate in the United Nations Civil Society Conference
  • Participate and contribute to the weekly Thursday Civil Society Briefings – at UN Headquarters in New York and via live webcast

Learn and network

  • Get access to materials, activities and events which promote the work of the United Nations
  • Gain access to the Dag Hammarskjöld Library at UN Headquarters in New York
  • Exchange ideas between generations. We offer opportunities for experienced civil society leaders to work with youth representatives.
  • Share expertise with other civil society organizations in different fields of work and from diverse backgrounds
  • Use of the Civil Society Resource Centre at UN Headquarters in New York as a meeting space to network and lobby

Criteria for formal association

  • Support and respect the principles of the Charter of the United Nations
  • Be a reputable civil society organization with national, regional or international standing
  • Operate solely on a not-for-profit basis and have tax-exempt status at the national/federal level
  • Be an established civil society organization that has been registered with the government of a Member State of the United Nations, and has operated as a not-for-profit and tax exempt organization for at least 2 years



Consultative Status with ECOSOC

Civil society organizations can gain world recognition and representation at the United Nations by obtaining consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) through the NGO Branch of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Learn more about ECOSOC.