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Ecologic receives Special Consultative Status from ECOSOC

Ecologic receives Special Consultative Status from ECOSOC

Given Ecologic’s expertise in the area of international and European environmental policy, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) decided in July 2005 to grant Special Consultative Status to Ecologic. ECOSOC is the principal organ to coordinate the economic, social, and related work of the UN specialised agencies and functional and regional commissions.

UNEcologic is now welcomed to attend all relevant international conferences convened by the United Nations and the meetings of the preparatory bodies to these conferences.

ECOSOC serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to Member States and the United Nations system. It is responsible for promoting higher standards of living, full employment, and economic and social progress; identifying solutions to international economic, social and health problems; facilitating international cultural and educational cooperation; and encouraging universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Participation in ECOSOC was the first avenue by which non-governmental organisations took a role in formal UN deliberations. 41 NGOs were granted consultative status by the Council in 1946; by 1992 more that 700 NGOs had attained consultative status and the number has been steadily increasing ever since to more than 2.750 organisations today.

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