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Apply for Consultative Status
Please follow the steps below to complete your application for consultative status online.

1. Profile registration
Your organization must have a registered profile before starting the application for consultative status.

Before registering your organization, please check first, if your organization has not already been included. Many organizations that have participated in United Nations sponsored conferences have been added to this database. If your organization is already registered and you do not know the login details, please contact us.

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The profile registration will take about 10 minutes. Once completed, your profile will be reviewed by a substantive officer of DESA (related to the selected main objective). You will be informed by email when your registration has been accepted and you will not be able to login before this approval. It might take a few days for your profile to be approved. Please ensure that you do not submit your profile more than once.

2. Online application: Questionnaire + Summary + Supporting Documents
As the next step, after you are notified that your profile registration was accepted, your organization has to submit the application, containing the online questionnaire and summary, and the supporting documents.

The online application form can only be accepted in the two UN Secretariat working languages: English and French. All required documents submitted excluding publications should also be translated in English or French. If a document is too long, a translated summary may be accepted. Questions regarding the correct completion of the online application should be directed to the NGO Branch.

Components of supporting documents are:
  • Copy of constitution/charter and/or statutes/by-laws and amendments to those documents (pursuant to paragraph 10 of ECOSOC resolution 1996/31).
  • Copy or certificate of registration. According to resolution 1996/31 an organization "should attest that it has been in existence for at least two years as at the date of receipt of the application by the Secretariat". Please provide a copy of the registration paper or, if your country does not require registration, please provide other proof of existence.
  • Copy of most recent financial statement and annual report.
  • Copy of examples of your publications and recent articles or statements.
  • Optional: Organization chart (if available).
Completed applications must be received by the first day of June of the year before the year the NGO wants to be considered for recommendation by the Committee. For example, complete applications, (which include a completed questionnaire and all the required supporting documentation) received by the NGO Branch before 1st June 2009, will be taken up by the Committee on NGOs in the year 2010. Applications received between the 1st June 2009 and 1st June 2010 will be taken up in the year 2011.

Login and submit your application online by clicking on the Consultative Status tab. Supporting documents can be uploaded by using the Documents tab.

If you are not in a position to upload all or some of the supporting documents, please fax or mail them to the NGO Branch.
3. NGO Branch screening of applications
The period between 1st June and the date the Committee meets is dedicated by the NGO Branch to review the applications. During this time the NGO may be contacted and asked for more information or clarifications. Only after reviewed by an officer and considered complete, an application is submitted to the NGO Committee.

When an application becomes part of the agenda of the NGO Committee a letter is sent to the NGO informing them of the upcoming session and inviting to send no more than two representatives to be present during the session. The presence of NGO representatives in the room is in no way mandatory and it does not imply any advantages. NGOs simply have the right to be present when their applications are being considered. Considering the cost involved in traveling to New York most NGOs do not attend the first time they are being considered. If the application raises many questions from member countries and gets deferred to another session, NGOs might consider useful to be present at the following session in order to be able to reply in person and avoid being deferred again.

Among other requirements for obtaining consultative status are the following:
  • Applying organization's activities must be relevant to the work of ECOSOC;
  • The NGO must have been in existence (officially registered) for at least 2 years in order to apply;
  • The NGO must have a democratic decision making mechanism;
  • The major portion of the organization's funds should be derived from contributions from national affiliates, individual members, or other non-governmental components.
4. The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations
The Committee meets twice a year to decide which NGOs applying for consultative status it will recommend to the ECOSOC Council. During its Session, the Committee may ask questions to the NGO. Such questions are immediately sent to the NGO by the Secretariat and should be replied by the NGO as fast as possible in order to help the Committee make a decision and avoid getting deferred to future sessions.

The Committee Recommends

The Committee recommendations are published in a report and submitted to the next ECOSOC meeting for final approval. Official notification is sent to all reviewed NGOs, informing them about the Committee's recommendation.

The Committee may decide to defer an application review until the next session, pending clarifications and answers to questions asked to the NGO.
5. ECOSOC Final Decision
When the Council finally approves the Committee recommendation to grant consultative status to an NGO, official notification is sent by the Secretariat. NGOs granted General or Special consultative status must submit to the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, every fourth year, a brief report of their activities, in particular regarding their contribution to the work of the United Nations (Quadrennial Report).

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