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2011 Resumed Session, Committee on NGOs, 16-24 May 2011
The Committee concluded its work on 24th May 2011, and reccomended 144 applications for consultative status with ECOSOC. These reccomendations will be reviewed by the Council at its annual session taking place in Geneva, at or around 25 July. A list of reccomended NGOs is available here

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2011 ECOSOC High Level Segment Open Call For Oral And Written Statement
The NGO Branch of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs is pleased to announce an open call for oral and written statements for the 2011 ECOSOC High Level Segment (HLS) for NGOs in ECOSOC consultative status. The HLS will include sessions on the Annual Ministerial Review (AMR). 

The theme for the AMR segment this year will focus on "Implementing the Internationally Agreed Goals and Commitments in regard to Education". The HLS will be held on 4-7 July 2011 at Les Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. 

The first venue by which non-governmental organizations took a role in formal UN deliberations was through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). 41 NGOs were granted consultative status by the council in 1946; by 1992 more that 700 NGOs had attained consultative statusand the number has been steadily increasing ever since to 3,400 organizations today.

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Each NGO in consultative status with ECOSOC can designate representatives to obtain passes for the UN premises, valid until 31 December of each year. A maximum of 5 such passes can be issued for New York, 5 for Geneva, and 5 for Vienna, in addition to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and the President or Chief Executive (2 additional passes).

We have created a page that will guide through the process of how to obtain a UN Grounds Pass.

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