The Economic and Social Council Resolution 1996/31 encourages participation from non-governmental organizations in Consultative Status with ECOSOC to submit statements during Council meetings. Statements can be submitted to the Council in two formats: written statements, circulated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the members of the Council; and oral presentations, given during Council meetings.
The 2012 High Level Segment (HLS) was held on 2 July- 9 July 2012 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The HLS included a session on the Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) with the theme of “Promoting productive capacity, employment and decent work to eradicate poverty in the context of inclusive, sustainable and equitable economic growth at all levels for achieving the MDGs”.
In order to solicit statements from NGOs on this theme of AMR, the NGO Branch of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs announced an open call for oral and written statements for NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC. NGOs responded in unprecedented numbers as compared to 2010 ECOSOC High Level Segment which was also held in New York. 66 NGOs were recommended by the NGO Committee to speak at the ECOSOC HLS, representing a total increase of 50% from 44 of 2010 High Level Segment in New York. 120 NGOs have submitted written statements that are available online as part of the official ECOSOC documentation. This constituted a 33% increase compared to 2010 when 90 NGOs have submitted written statements. Also, NGOs participation increased during the event itself with 19 NGOs presenting oral statements compared to 16 NGOs in 2012, an increase of 11.8%.