How NGOs can obtain Consultative Status with the United Nations’ ECOSOC

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) provides NGOs the opportunity to obtain consultative status which benefits NGOs in attending international conferences and events, make written and oral statements at these events, organize side events, enter the United Nations premises and have opportunities to network and lobby.

Every year, prior to June 1st, ECOSOC seeks applications from NGOs by first asking them to get their profiles registered in their database and then submit their online application for consideration to obtain the consultative status. The NGO Branch at the United Nations receives, reviews and forwards the applications to the Committee on NGOS which meets twice a year  to decide which NGOs applying for consultative status it will recommend to the ECOSOC Council.

As this process of obtaining consultative status is beneficial for both NGOs and the ECOSOC, many NGOs around the world fail to apply or get their applications rejected easily either because they have poor knowledge about the process involved in selection or they have less interest in it.

In order to increase awareness about the benefits of the consultative status, the United Nations has published a simple and useful guide outlining the meaning, benefits, process and selection of NGOs. The objectives of the guide are “to encourage relevant NGOs to apply for consultative status with the Council, as well as to help organizations already in consultative status to get the most of this relationship while increasing their contribution to the work of ECOSOC.”

Running to some 44 pages, the guide provides  basic information about the way in which NGOs can interact with the United Nations in general and with ECOSOC in particular. It describes the different formal and informal mechanisms that civil society can utilize in order to work with the different ECOSOC Commissions.

The guide available in English and Portuguese versions can be downloaded from this link.


  1. Edwards C. Okafor says:

    Dear Funds for NGOs,

    I find your website of great assistance in my consultancy to various NGOs. I can’t aptly tell you how educating and informative your materials have been to us in Community Initiative for Development in Africa – CIFDA.

    We (my staff and I) are using this medium to say THANK YOU and keep up the good work. I personally hope to pay a visit to your organization in New York in the furture.

    Thank you very much. You are the best.

    – Edwards.

  2. vannycole foundation says:

    We on behalf of the director of vannycole foundation has decided to apply for consultative status with the United Nation’s ECOSOC
    hope to hear from u in a short while
    With regards

    (kelechi Andrew)
    vannycole foundation.

  3. Abdulai Kissimi Kallon says:

    As Director of an NGO-community Development Services (CODES-S/L),may like to registered with ECOSOC and be active participant in its activities,as way of gainging knowledge to carry out development activities at the grass root.

  4. Praise Ofem says:

    It is believe that knowledge is an instrument of development, to this effects,U-change Foundation For Development hereby apply for the consultative status to enable the organization equipe the society with information.
    Praise Ofem
    founder Uchange Foundation

  5. Ashimolowo Olubunmi says:

    Our Organization has already applied for a consultative status. What comes next. Thanks

  6. Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian says:

    we on behalf of the executive Board of Pakistan Labour Federation (PLF)has decided to apply for Consultative Status with the United Nations’ ECOSOC
    An early reply will be highly appreciated
    with regards

    (Haji Muhammad saeed Arian)
    Founder/Secretary General
    Pakistan Labour Fed ration (PLF)
    Registrar With (NIRC) Ministry of Labour & Manpower
    Gopvernment of Pakistan

  7. our Institution is looking for individual or organisation pertness to provide consultancy services to our central management team