25 July: ECOSOC Approves 260 NGOs, including ILGA, IFES, Syrian Center, for Status
25 July - The Economic and Social Council today decided in favour of accreditation of consultative status to the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, and the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression. In the case of ILGA, the decision was reached after a vote, with 30 member States voting in favour and 13 States against granting status.

In other action, the Council today came to the following decisions.
  • It granted new consultative status to 260 organizations, of which: 111 were recommended by the Committee on NGOs at its 2011 regular session; another 146 by the Committee at its 2011 resumed session; and 3 additional NGOs accredited by Council without a recommendation by the Committee, namely the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), the International Foundation for Electoral SystemS, and the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression.
  • The Council decided to defer consideration of the application of the organization "Movement Against Atrocities and Repression" before the conclusion of the substantive session this week.
  • It took note of the Committee's decision to close the consideration of 52 applications for status (23 at its regular sesion plus 32 at its resumed session).
  • It approved requests for 8 reclassifications of status, and took note of 14 name changes of NGOs.
  • The Council took note of 366 quadrennial reports by NGOs in consultative status (212 considered at the Committee's 2011 regular session, and 154 at its 2011 resumed session).
  • In accordance with the provisions of ECOSOC decision 2008/4, the Council suspended 103 organizations for a period of one year; reinstated the status of 16 organizations; and withdrew consultative status of 61 organizations.

    Action was taken upon the recommendation of the following two reports of the Committee: 2011 regular session report and the 2011 resumed session report.

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