Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council

We have shared these months to tell what social contribution activities IISIA/RIJAG has dedicated to and for the purpose of gaining a bigger voice in global societies, we have set a goal to acquire a place of consultative status with Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in United States. Through the place of consultative status in ECOSOC, we may enhance a global assertiveness and make the concept of “Pax Japonica” come true.

What does “consultative status” mean? Article 71 of the UN Charter offers a chance to non-governmental organizations of providing suitable consultations to the members of united states and its activities. The consultative relationship with ECOSOC is governed by ECOSOC resolution 1996/31, which outlines the requirements for consultative status, rights and obligations of NGOs in consultative status, procedures for withdrawal or suspension of consultative status, the role and functions of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, and the responsibilities of the United Nations Secretariat in supporting the consultative relationship.

Consultative status is granted by ECOSOC upon recommendation of the Committee on NGOs, which is composed by 19 Member States. NGOs affiliated to an international organization already in status may be admitted provided that they can demonstrate that their program of work has direct relevance to the aims and purposes of the United Nations. The basic resources of the organization must be derived mainly from contributions of the national affiliates or other components or from individual members. Moreover, organizations established by governments or intergovernmental agreements are not considered NGOs.

There are three categories of status: General consultative status, Special consultative status and Roster status. General consultative status is reserved for large international NGOs whose area of work cover most of the issues on the agenda of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies. These tend to be fairly large, established international NGOs with a broad geographical reach.

Special consultative status is granted to NGOs which have a special competence in, and are concerned specifically with, only a few of the fields of activity covered by the ECOSOC. Organizations that apply for consultative status but do not fit in any of the other categories are usually included in the Roster. These NGOs tend to have a rather narrow and/or technical focus. NGOs that have formal status with other UN bodies or specialized agencies (FAO, ILO, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, WHO and others), can be included on the ECOSOC Roster. The roster lists NGOs that ECOSOC or the UN Secretary-General considers can make “occasional and useful contributions to the work of the Council or its subsidiary bodies.”

Non-governmental organizations in general, special or roster consultative status that express their wish to attend conferences convened by the United Nations shall be accredited for participation. Other non-governmental organizations wishing to be accredited may apply to the Secretariat of the conference for this purpose.

To satisfy the requirements for applying the place of special consultative status, IISIA/RIJAG has to plan and operate the relevant events as many as she can, especially those concerning the goals that UN has promoted such as SDGs. Recently, we have jointed the activity of UN75, which is marking its 75th anniversary of the UN. The UN75 is encouraging more and more people all over the world to join the discussion via online engagement due to the influence of COVID-19.

The main topics of dialogue which UN75 recommends are “What kind of future do we want to create?”, “Are we on track?” and “What action is needed to bridge the gap?”. We have held a very successful online discussion last month with the members of IISIA and the achievement will be submitted to the UN. After the submission, it will be released in public soon. We hope to bring you another view of point that how we are looking at this world.

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