The arrangements specified in three resolutions of ECOSOC in 1950, 1968 and 1996, whereby NGOs may be given the right to participate in ECOSOC and all its subsidiary bodies. For the text of the current version of the ECOSOC statute for NGOs, Resolution 1996/31, - click here.
Non-governmental organisations with consultative status have certain rights at the United Nations. Their representatives can gain access to UN buildings without special permission and at certain meetings, such as the Commission on Human Rights, they can circulate written documents, make oral interventions and observe proceedings. Consultative status was established in the UN Charter under article 71 which says that the Economic and Social Council can make arrangements for consultation with non-governmental organisations which are concerned with matters within its competence. A committee of Member States considers applications.
A specific type of affiliation with ECOSOC through with an NGO works in cooperation with the Council and its subsidiary bodies by submitting reports and making recommendations, and interventions in the area of its expertise.