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The Economic and Social Council – ECOSOC

The first way by which non-governmental organizations played a role in formal UN deliberations was through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Forty-one NGOs were granted consultative status by the Council in 1946. Today about 3,187 organizations have obtained the status. This accreditation allows NGOs to enter the United ­Nations and speak in their own name, enabling them to make oral interventions in the plenary ­sessions as well as organize panels on various subjects.

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8th August 2012 19:06

Alessia Valenza

Gaining the Right to Speak with our own Voice at the UN

  • A short history of ILGA’s efforts to have sexual orientation and gender identity come out at the United Nations
  • ECOSOC: having a voice and using it: A series of interviews exploring ways organisations which gained the right to speak at the United Nations are using it to ensure LGBTI rights remain high on the UN agenda.