The Green Crescent has been awarded consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), having originally applied in May 2012. Serving as an international forum for economic and social matters, ECOSOC and its member countries formulate economic and social policy recommendations to the United Nations. ECOSOC serves as a channel through which NGOs can contribute to and find a place within the complex, wide reaching structure of the United Nations system.
Some 4,000 NGOs are members of ECOSOC. Membership includes the right to join and speak at international United Nations meetings. For the Green Crescent, its newly conferred membership status represents the privilege of participating in future consultation and cooperation opportunities with the United Nations. With this status NGOs are able to present their perspectives and suggestions in front of the United Nations and its member states, as well as deliver recommendations and proposals about issues of interstate governance and economics.
Information about ECOSOC’s work and activities is shared with member NGOs, and NGOs in turn are able to contribute their own perspectives and recommendations. Providing this feedback both in writing and speaking, the NGO Committee ensures the United Nations’ ongoing joint activities and cooperation with civil society. United Nations Headquarters grants member NGOs the authority to appoint representatives to its regional offices and affiliated organizations.
Member NGOs also have the privilege of presenting memos with their own viewpoints to member countries. After receiving approval from the NGO Committee and following other established procedures, NGOs are able to give oral presentations at ECOSOC and other United Nations forums. From time to time the council and affiliated committees may require activities and reports about specific subjects from member NGOs. Aside from providing logistical support for NGO participation in ECOSOC activities, the United Nations General Assembly allocates space to the organizations at open meetings, supports meetings with other NGOs, and affords member NGOs the privilege of using the United Nations’ various documentation and communication systems.