Submitting your Quadrennial Report
Guidelines for NGOs in General and Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC


Under ECOSOC resolution 1996/31, NGOs in general and special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council must submit to the Committee on NGOs, a brief report of their activities every 4 years, known as the quadrennial report, which includes information about contributions of the NGO to the work of the United Nations. To emphasize the need to abide strictly by this requirement, resolution 2008/4 stipulates measures that the Council has taken to suspend, and subsequently withdraw consultative status of organizations that fail to submit their reports on time.

The consultative relationship is a reciprocal one. NGOs are granted the privilege of participating in a wide variety of United Nations-sponsored events, meetings and activities. In return, they are expected to contribute to the development aims of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and the United Nations at large, based on their relevant areas of experience and expertise.

Thus, the quadrennial review presents an opportunity for NGOs to inform Member States about their activities in support of the United Nations, and at the same time, receive feedback from Member States on their programme of work as well as an official acknowledgement of their contribution as partners in development.

The quadrennial review exercise therefore serves as a critical tool in monitoring the relationship between the United Nations and the steadily growing number of NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council.

1. Who Needs to Submit?
Only NGOs in special or general consultative status are required to submit quadrennial reports. Organizations in roster status are not required to submit this report. To search the status of an organization, please click here.
2. When to Submit
Quadrennial reports are due for submission according to the schedule detailed in the following table:

A report for the period Should be submitted by: By NGO's that received status in
2011 - 2014
1 June, 2015
1947, 1951, 1955, 1959, 1963, 1967, 1971, 1975, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011
2012 - 2015
1 June, 2016
1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
2013 - 2016
1 June, 2017
1949, 1953, 1957, 1961, 1965, 1969, 1973, 1977, 1981, 1985, 1989, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013
2014 - 2017
1 June, 2018
1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014

The reporting cycle begins in the year an organization has been granted status. In case of reclassification of status from Roster to Special, from Special to General, or from Roster to General, the year of reclassification marks the beginning of the new quadrennial reporting cycle.

As a rule, reports should be submitted no later than 1 June of the year following the last year of the reporting period. Therefore, a quadrennial report covering the years 2012-2015 should be submitted no later than 1 June 2016.

3. Getting Started

Use your organization’s login information and password to connect to the various applications on our website You should have received the login and password information to access your profile in our system. Additionally, those NGOs that received consultative status as of 2009, were provided letters by the NGO Branch with the required information. If you no longer have that information, please contact our office through the CSO Net messaging system at: to request new password and login information.

Please note that the request must be made by the President/CEO of the organization only.

By logging in to our system you will also be able to do several things: (i) update the contact information of your organization, including the address of your headquarters, telephone and fax numbers, the main email address and contact persons/designations; (ii) review information about upcoming conferences and events at the United Nations that you are entitled to attend; (iii) preregister for many of ECOSOC’s functional commissions; and (iv) search other organizations that have similar interests to yours.

For submitting quadrennial reports, please take the following steps:
  • Go to our website at
  • Click on the link for "login for the ICSO database"
  • Use your organization’s login information and password to connect to your organization’s profile.
  • Place your mouse over the "Consultative Status" tab and then click on "Quadrennial Reports" from the drop down menu.
  • This page allows you to look at your reports submitted for previous periods, as well as reports that are due for submission.
  • To submit a new report, click on the icon for “Submit Report” with the following image:
  • A screen will appear with seven text fields for you to complete. You will be required to complete all the fields in order to complete your report.

    N.B. Your entire report should not exceed 400 words. If your report exceeds 400 words, the final version that will be generated for review by the Committee will include only the first 400 words, in order to comply with limitations for official Committee documents.

    Please note that the report must be completed either in English or French.

    Detailed description of each of the 7 fields is provided in the section below under “4. Completing your report”:
  • Field 1 – A short introduction to your organization in no more than 2 or 3 sentences;
  • Field 2 - The aims and purposes of your organization in brief, with no more than 2 or 3 sentences;
  • Field 3 - Any changes that had a significant impact on the work of your organization;
  • Field 4 – The contribution of your organization to the work of the United Nations;
  • Field 5 – The participation of your organization in meetings of the United Nations;
  • Field 6 – Cooperation of your organization with United Nations bodies;
  • Field 7 – Initiatives taken by your organization in support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) until 2015. For reports that will be submitted beyond 2015, you must refer to initiatives that are being taken in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Once you have correctly completed the above fields, your report will be ready for submission to the Committee on NGOs. In Field 3, if there are no significant changes to your by-laws, constitution, registration, affiliations, change of objectives and purpose, etc., please state “There have been no significant changes.”

    4. Completing your Report

    The information must be typed as running text. Information presented in frames, boxes, columns, tables or graphs cannot be processed. Also, please do not provide any annexes or attachments since the Committee will not review any appended material.

    Box 1 - Introduction

    A brief introductory statement should include information about your organization’s area of work, goals and geographical coverage. Please note that your organization’s name or title must be exactly the same as the name in our system. If the name has changed, please indicate that in Box 3 under “Significant changes in the organization.”

    Box 2 - Aims and purposes of the organization

    Enter a brief statement of the aims and purposes of your organization, and how your organization works to achieve those aims, including the main activities. It should not be more than 3 or 4 sentences.

    Box 3 - Significant changes in the organization

    Here you can list any changes in your organization’s objectives, programme, or scope of work that may have had a significant impact, if any. These changes might include:
  • an amendment to the constitution or by-laws;
  • a change of name of your organization (please also see our website for instructions on how to change your organization's name in the official records of the United Nations);
  • a change in the address of your headquarters if the headquarters of the organization has moved to a different country;
  • an increase or significant change in the geographical distribution of the membership or funding;
  • any new organizational affiliations or mergers with programmatic, legal or other implications; and/or
  • a need for reclassification of consultative status with the Economic and Social Council.

    If there are no significant changes to the report, you can state “There have been no significant changes.”

    Box 4 - Contribution of the organization to the work of the United Nations

    NGOs in consultative status are expected to undertake activities to advance the achievement of the development agenda of ECOSOC and the United Nations at large. Your report should therefore list your main activities over the past four years (during the reporting cycle) that are in support of that agenda. Please list no more than 5 or 6 activities that are most relevant for your organization starting with the most important important/priority activities.

    Box 5 - Participation in meetings of the United Nations

    NGOs are encouraged to take part in appropriate intergovernmental meetings so that the work of the Council, and the United Nations at large, can benefit from your input. Participation in the work of the Council and its subsidiary bodies might include: contributions to meetings and outcome documents or reports; oral and written statements; proposal of agenda items; and organization of parallel NGO meetings or side events, among others. For information about ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, please go to:

    Please be precise when you list your activities. Each reference to a conference or meeting attended or organized by the NGO should indicate the official title of the meeting (without acronyms and abbreviations), the United Nations agency or office organizing the meeting, the location where it took place (city and country) and the exact date of the meeting. Please indicate the nature of your participation (i.e., attending a meeting, participating in consultations or round tables, contributing to a report, etc.), and the title or theme of any document, contribution or statement presented by your organization at the event.

    For example:

    “Representatives attended the 61st session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for the review of Canada’s 3rd and 4th reports under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Geneva, Switzerland, 26-27 September 2012.”

    Box 6 – Cooperation with United Nations Bodies

    In this section, you are requested to list any cooperation your organization has had with a United Nations body, entity or agency. Cooperation with United Nations agencies in the field or at Headquarters might include: joint funding preparation of, or contribution to, research papers and studies; joint sponsorship of meetings; humanitarian activities or operational projects; or financial assistance received from or given to the United Nations.

    For example:

    “NGO X Implemented a project in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to create meeting points and contexts which promote adolescent education in Bolivia, Paraguay and Perú, from 2006 to 2007.”


    “Signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to enhance environmental governance in Africa through capacity building for law enforcement agencies in 2012.”

    Box 7 – Initiatives taken in support of the MDGs
    (After 2015, the initiatives should also focus on support provided to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)) *

    In this section you can list all initiatives undertaken by your organization in support of internationally agreed development goals, in particular, the Millennium Development Goals (and the SDGs after 2015), which form the basis of the United Nations global peace and development agenda. (For additional information about the MDGs, please go to: for information about the SDGs please go to

    For example:

    “The organization contributed to MDGs 4 and 5 in Madagascar, Benin and Gambia by providing nutritional care to 162,079 children and prenatal care to 7,950 expectant mothers during the reporting period.”

    You can also list your activities in support of global principles such as:

    “The organization observed the World AIDS Day each year on 1 December. It also commemorated the 2009 World AIDS Day at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, resulting in a turnout of several thousand people and web-cast globally via the Kaiser Foundation network website.”

    If your organization did not undertake any specific activities you could state, for example:

    “Our organization‘s activities did not focus on specific initiatives in fulfilment of the MDGs, but rather on supporting the overall development agenda through advocacy and outreach.”

    * Note: Reports for periods beyond 2015 should include references to both the MDGs and the SDGs.

    5. Editorial Guidelines

    Quadrennial reports are expected to observe strict editorial guidelines before they can be considered ready for submission. If reports are improperly drafted and fail to follow the correct format, style and content, they may be refused.

    On Style: Please observe the following points.

  • The report should be drafted in the third person. For example, use phrases such as “The organization attended…” not “I attended…” Please avoid the use of proper names and titles of people from your organization who attended.
  • References to United Nations documents or publications should cite both the title and indicate the relevant symbols, if possible. Quotations should be referenced.
  • Abbreviations and acronyms (words formed from the initial letters of other words, e.g. UNESCO) should always be spelt out. As is good practice everywhere, the name or title should be written out in full the first time it occurs in a document, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses.
  • “United Nations” should not be abbreviated in English. The form “ONU” is acceptable in French.
  • In United Nations style, abbreviations and acronyms are written without periods, such as: UNDP, not U.N.D.P.

    Do Not Use Acronyms. Do not use any acronyms for the following but write them in full:

  • Principal organs and major offices of the United Nations: General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council; United Nations Office at Geneva/Vienna/Nairobi;
  • Titles of senior officials: Secretary-General, Under-Secretary-General, Special Representative of the Secretary-General;
  • United Nations conventions, treaties, plans or programmes of action;
  • Funds, programmes and agencies;
  • Names of Member States;
  • The World Tourism Organization and the World Trade Organization, to avoid confusion (but International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO);
  • The International Criminal Court (to avoid confusion with organizations such as the International Chamber of Commerce);
  • The International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and other courts and tribunals;
  • Military or police forces, and military terms, such as: ASZ (air safety zone), GSZ (ground safety zone), EAF (Entity Armed Forces), JSF (Joint Security Forces), or DDR (disarmament, demobilization and reintegration);
  • Obscure titles or names mentioned only once or twice in a document.

    Use correct names of Member States and United Nations terminology when referring to countries and certain territories.

    It is important for documents to adhere to the accepted United Nations terminology with respect to the names of Member State countries and territories.

    Please note the correct terminology for the following countries and territories:

  • Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela [Venezuela]
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [North Korea]
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo [DRC or RDC]*
  • Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China [Hong Kong SAR of China]*
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Kosovo (should be referred as a territory, not a country) **
  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • Libya
  • Macau, Special Administrative Region of China [Macau SAR of China]*
  • Myanmar [Burma or Birmania]
  • Occupied Syrian Golan **
  • Republic of Chechnya of the Russian Federation [Chechnya]
  • Republic of Congo [Congo Brazzaville or Congo]
  • Republic of Korea [South Korea]
  • South Sudan
  • State of Jammu and Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir, or Kashmir
  • State of Palestine (Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem or Palestine when referring to the geographical area of the Palestinian territory) **
  • Sudan (Republic of the Sudan, which refers to the North)
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Taiwan, Province of China
  • The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia [FYROM]*
  • Tibet, Autonomous Region of China
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

    Notes: * The short form is also acceptable.
    ** These are territories.

    For additional information, please visit the following websites: or

    The above list is a quick reference guide to the most frequently used terms, and should not be considered a comprehensive list of all geographic areas or territories. It also must be checked against the latest information available in the terminology database.

    Short Titles: A short title may be used to replace a name or title that occurs several times in a document, provided that the full name is used the first time it occurs and that there is no risk of ambiguity; the Assembly (the United Nations General Assembly), the Council (the Economic and Social Council), the Committee (The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations), the United Kingdom (the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), the United States (the United States of America).

    Dates: The day should always be followed by the month and year such as: 21 April 2004. The months must not be abbreviated, but written in full.

    6. Saving and completing your report

    Once you have satisfactorily completed the online reporting form, you must save it by clicking on the “Save” button at the bottom of the page. After that, please click on the “Submit” button. If you fail to click on the "submit" button, the report will not reach us.

    When you have submitted the report, you will receive an automated response that acknowledges receipt of your report.

    NOTE: To ensure that you are notified by email about the receipt of the report, please be sure to update the contact information in your organization’s profile in our system at all times.

    To do so, please go to: and log into your profile by using the login and password that was provided to you.

    If you no longer have the login and password information, please send us a message through the messaging system at:

    Our staff will review your report before deciding to submit it to the Committee. If we have questions or concerns on your report, we will contact you. Under normal circumstances, your report will be reviewed by the Committee on NGOs during one of its two annual sessions, either in January or in May each year. In order to check the status of your quadrennial report, please log in to our website with your user name and password.