By Amarachi Ezeonu, SNDdeN

Some Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), including the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, possess consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one of the organs of the United Nations system. The ECOSOC resolution 1996/31, part II paragraph 20 defines the purpose of the consultative roles of NGOs under ECOSOC and states:

“…Consultative arrangements are to be made, on the one hand, for the purpose of enabling the Council or one of its bodies to secure expert information or advice from organizations having special competence in the subjects for which consultative arrangements are made, and, on the other hand, to enable international, regional, sub-regional and national organizations that represent important elements of public opinion to express their views.”

ngosNGOs with consultative status with ECOSOC are able to attend events and sessions of the Council, its functional commissions and other subsidiary bodies. They participate in these annual sessions by:

  • Attending official meetings
  • Submitting written statements on relevant issues prior to sessions
  • Making oral statements during the sessions
  • Meeting with official government delegations and other NGO representatives
  • Organizing and attending parallel events that take place between the sessions
  • Participating in debates, interactive dialogues, panel discussions and formal meetings.

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