Article 71 of the UN Charter provides for consultation with non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The UN Committee on NGOs meets twice a year to consider NGO applications for consultative status and quadrennial reports from those NGOs already accredited to the UN. In May 2016 the committee considered 464 applications, reviewed 426 quadrennial reports, and sent their recommendations to the Economic and Social Council for its approval in July 2016. Unfortunately, many NGO applications and reports were deferred for later consideration, some after many years of repeated delays. Committee members are Azerbaijan, Burundi, China, Cuba, Greece, Guinea, India, Iran, Israel, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Russian Federation, South Africa, Sudan, Turkey, United States of America, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Posted on October 31, 2016 by Sister Grace Amarachi Ezeonu