| Upcoming Session: 2011 resumed session, 16-24 May 2011, New York |
NEW: Information note on the 2011 resumed session
Paperless Committee System 2.0
Members of the Committee
NGO Committee 2011-2014:
The 2007 UN21 Awards Ceremony was held on July 11 2008, in the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium. The Secretary-General presented a token of the Organization's appreciation to the winners for their excellent initiatives to improve the effectiveness of the Organization. Among the winners, the "Paperless Committee System", developed by the NGO Branch of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, received the award in the category of "Process Re-engineering". View the UN Webcast
2011 RESUMED SESSION, 16-24 MAY 2011
The Committee on NGOs, a standing committee of ECOSOC, will meet for its 2011 resumed session from 16-24 May 2011 to review applications by NGOs seeking consultative status with ECOSOC and other items on its agenda. Accreditation is important to many NGOs, as it allows for access and participation in all of the subsidiary bodies of the Council, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, the Commission on Sustainable Development, and the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. In addition, ECOSOC consultative status also allows for participation in the Human Rights Council and many of the human rights treaty bodies of the United Nations.
The Committee is expected to review, at its 2011 resumed session, over 117 new applications, and will also deal with an additional workload of reviewing 216 applications from NGOs deferred from earlier sessions. Of the roughly 3,400 NGOs currently accredited to the Council, some 2,000 organizations in the highest two categories of accreditation, namely General and Special consultative status, are required to report every four years on the work they have undertaken in support of the goals of the Council and the United Nations. In May, over 130 of these quadrennial reports will be reviewed. More detailed information on the session's documentation will be available by 10 May 2011.
The work programme of the Committee on NGOs is supported and facilitated, for the ninth year in succession through a document and record management and retrieval system, called the Paperless Committee. Recognized with a UN 21 Award in 2008, in the area of process re-engineering, the system allows secure access to member delegations to review information on the current and past sessions of the Committee through the laptops provided by the Secretariat or through other mobile devices such as tablets/ e-readers and smart phones.See updated list of all NGOs in status in 2010
- The consideration of applications for consultative status and requests for reclassification submitted by NGOs;
- The consideration of quadrennial reports submitted by NGOs in General and Special categories;
- The implementation of the provisions of Council resolution 1996/31 and the monitoring of the consultative relationship;
- Any other issues which the ECOSOC may request the Committee to consider.