Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at its Substantive Session of July 2012 adopted the recommendation of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and granted Special consultative status to Autonomous Women's Center.

Consultative status enables organizations to actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat, programmes, funds and agencies in a number of ways. Special consultative status brings different privileges, as well as the obligations to organizations.

The privileges of non-governmental organizations with special consultative status, among others, include: Participation in the work of the Council, including opportunities to organizations to consult with Member States and the United Nations system at large; Giving expert opinion or advice in a subject matter; Possibility to request the Secretary-General to place items of special interest in the provisional agenda of the Council; Attendance at meetings and access to the United Nations; Submitting written statements to the Council; Participation and oral presentations at ECOSOC sessions.

On the other hand, the obligation of organizations is to submit a quadrennial report to ECOSOC (every 4 years) with information about their activities.