21 May: Cte on NGOs Opens, Recommending 35 organizations
The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations today recommended 35 entities for consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, and postponed consideration of 10 applications, as it resumed its 2012 session. General, special and roster status is granted in accordance with such criteria as the applicants’ mandate, governance and financial regime. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) enjoying general and special status can attend meetings of the United Nations Economic and Social Council and circulate statements, while those with general status can, in addition, address meetings and propose agenda items. Roster-status NGOs can only attend meetings. Organizations with general and special status must also submit a report every four years.

More information: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs//2012/ecosoc6512.doc.htm

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