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The integrated Civil Society Organizations (iCSO) System, developed by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), facilitates interactions between civil society organizations and DESA.

The system provides online registration of general profiles for civil society organizations, including address, contacts, activities and meeting participation, facilitates the application procedure for consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and assists accredited NGOs in submitting quadrennial reports and in designating representatives to the United Nations for obtaining regular UN ground passes.

DESA has also created a new Event Management System providing information on events and meetings related to economic and social development. The system also facilitates online pre-registration to any UN conference open for civil society participation, and allows for submission of NGO statements to the Economic and Social Council. Furthermore, it gives non-governmental organizations the opportunity to submit projects to the Best Practices Network.

Please use the simple or advanced search to find out more about civil society organizations in our large database of over 24,000 entries. The advanced search allows many combinations, including by organization name and type, region and country, consultative status, language, geographic scope, fields of activity and meeting participation.

The iCSO System contains extensive statistical information about organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC, and in the areas of sustainable and social development, advancement of women, financing for development, forests and public administration.

Registered NGOs can login and update their contacts and activities, apply for consultative status, submit quadrennial reports and designate representatives to the United Nations for obtaining badges.

For further information about the iCSO System, please do not hesitate to contact us.