This chapter contains information on ECOSOC accreditation and how it is obtained, as well as information on when you do and don't need it to engage with each UN mechanism.
Each space within the UN has a different level of access, meaning that there are rules dictating when human rights defenders can attend meetings, deliver statements, organise events, or simply observe.
To get access to the UN, an organisation will usually obtain either:
Consultative status with ECOSOC offers NGOs key practical benefits, such as:
Having ECOSOC consultative status does not mean that an organisation enjoys a formal negotiating role or the chance to vote in UN intergovernmental processes.
It can be a very challenging process to obtain ECOSOC accreditation, as some countries try hard to ensure that NGOs working on ‘sensitive’ issues are not granted the status. The good news is that there are many ways to access the UN human rights mechanisms without having ECOSOC accreditation.
Learn more about the ECOSOC accreditation process:
ISHR's handbook: A Practical Guide to the UN Committee on NGOs
Fortunately, it is not essential that your organisation obtain ECOSOC status to engage with the UN human rights mechanisms because: