Sunday, October 10, 2010

IGLHRC Wins Consultative Status at ECOSOC

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) voted to grant consultative status to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC). IGLHRC is only the tenth organization working primarily for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights to have consultative status at the United Nations.  The votes of each nation were as follows:

Vote For - 23

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Guatemala
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Malta
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Republic of Korea
  • Slovenia
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay

Votes Against - 13

  • Bangladesh
  • China
  • Comoros
  • Egypt
  • Malaysia
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Pakistan
  • Russian Federation
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia

Abstaining - 13

  • Bahamas
  • Cote D'Ivoire
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Mauritius
  • Mongolia
  • Mozambique
  • Philippines
  • Rep. of Moldova
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine

Absent - 5

  • Cameroon
  • Congo
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Iraq
  • Saint Lucia

 Hat tip (and congratulations) to IGLHRC


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Last Month to Apply for ECOSOC Consultative Status for 2012

NGOs wish to achieve ECOSOC consultative status need to apply before 1st of June. Completed applications must be received by the last day of May of the year before the year the NGO wants to be considered for recommendation by the Committee. For example, complete applications, (which include a completed questionnaire and all the required supporting documentation) received by the NGO Branch before 1st June 2011, will be taken up by the Committee on NGOs in the year 2012. Any NGOs who wish to achieve ECOSOC consultative status must meet specific eligibility mentioned as below.

Consultative relationships may be established with international, regional, sub regional and national non-governmental, non-profit public or voluntary organizations. NGOs affiliated to an international organization already in status may be admitted provided that they can demonstrate that their programme of work is of direct relevance to the aims and purposes of the United Nations. In the case of national organizations consultation with the Member State concerned is required.
To be eligible for consultative status, an NGO must have been in existence (officially registered with the appropriate government authorities as an NGO/non-profit) for at least two years, must have an established headquarters, a democratically adopted constitution, authority to speak for its members, a representative structure, appropriate mechanisms of accountability and democratic and transparent decision-making processes. The basic resources of the organization must be derived in the main part from contributions of the national affiliates or other components or from individual members.
Organizations established by governments or intergovernmental agreements are not considered NGOs.

For further information about application process, please refer to the website (


Posted by: Bryan | Apr 28, 2011 7:34:22 AM

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