Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) granted its special consultative status to Iran Autism Association
On 23 July 2019, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at its Coordination and management meeting adopted the recommendation of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to grant special consultative status to Iran Autism Association.
Consultative status for an organization enables it to actively engage with
ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat and other entities in several ways.
Consultative status confers some privileges, which are as follows:
۱) It provides information on ways to participate in the work of the Council, including opportunities to organizations to consult with Member States and the United Nations system at large, based on the nature and scope of work that organization undertakes.
۲) Attendance at meetings and access to the United Nations: Consultative status entitles an organization to designate official representatives to the United
Nations Headquarters in New York and the United Nations offices in Geneva
and Vienna. Representatives will be able to register for and participate in
events, conferences and activities of the United Nations, and organizations in
general and special consultative status may designate authorized representatives
to sit as observers at public meetings of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, the
Human Rights Council and, under certain conditions, the General Assembly and
other United Nations intergovernmental bodies.
۳) Written statements at ECOSOC
Organizations in general and special consultative status are able to submit
written statements relevant to the work of the Council on subjects in which these
organizations have a special competence. These statements may be circulated
by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the members of the Council.
Requirements regarding the submission and circulation of written statements
are elaborated in resolution 1996/31. They include, but are not limited to, the
(a) Written statements shall be submitted in one of the two working
languages of the United Nations (English or French);
(b) They shall be submitted within the time period indicated prior to the
Council’s meeting each year in order to allow appropriate consultations
between the Secretary-General and the organization before circulation;
(c) Written statements from organizations in general consultative status
are limited to a maximum of 2,000 words;
(d) Written statements from organizations in special consultative status
are limited to a maximum of 500 words;
۴) Oral presentations at ECOSOC
۵) Consultations with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies: Commissions and other subsidiary bodies of ECOSOC may consult with NGOs in general and special status.
۶) Use of United Nations facilities
The Secretary-General is authorized to offer United Nations facilities to NGOs
in consultative status, including:
ECOSOC, as available and under the conditions set at each UN Office;
subsidiary bodies as the Secretary-General deems appropriate;