Opening its regular session for 2016 on January
25th, the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations recommended a number of non-governmental
organizations including the Asian Association for Public Administration
(AAPA) for ¡°Special Consultative Status¡± with the United Nations
Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC).
Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations is a standing committee of the
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) composed of 19 members (5 members from
African States; 4 members from Asian States; 2 members from Eastern European
States; 4 members from Latin American and Caribbean States; and 4 members from
Western European and other States). This committee had its regular session at
the UN headquarters in New York from January 25 to February 3, 2016. The 19-member Committee vets applications submitted by non-governmental organizations, recommending general, special or roster status on the basis of such criteria as the applicant¡¯s mandate, governance and financial regime. Organizations enjoying "general" and "special" consultative status can attend meetings of the Council and issue statements at the United Nations.
Status has its foundation in Article 71 of Chapter
10 of the United Nations Charter. Article 71 of the UN Charter opened the door by providing suitable arrangements for consultations with non-governmental organizations: "The
Economic and Social Council may make suitable arrangements for consultation
with non-governmental organizations which are concerned with matters within its
competence. Such arrangements may be made with international organizations and,
where appropriate, with national organizations after consultation with the
Member of the United Nations concerned."
There are three classes of Consultative
Status defined by 1996/31, General, Special & Roster. These classes were
the equivalent of Category I, Category II & Roster status that were defined
in 1296 (XLIV). Non-governmental organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC can designate representatives to obtain passes for UN premises.
Consultative Status: Organizations that have a
special competence in, and are concerned specifically with, only a few of the
fields of activity covered by the Council and its subsidiary bodies, and that
are known within the fields for which they have or seek consultative status
shall be known as organizations in special consultative status.
During a question-and-answer session of the
committee meeting in the afternoon of January 25th, 2016, a representative (Dr.
Bokgyo Jonathan Jeong) of the Asian
Association for Public Administration (AAPA) responded well to several
committee members¡¯ questions. AAPA President Pan Suk Kim applied for the UNECOSOC's Special Consultative Status in 2015 and he sent two delegates (Dr. Bokgyo Jonathan Jeong and Mr. Dongyeon Kang) to the committee meeting on January 25th, 2016.
AAPA President Pan Suk Kim awarded a
Certificate of Appreciation to three persons (Dr. Bok Gyo Jeong, Mr. Taein
Park, and Mr. Dongyoen Kang) for their assistance and commitment in the process
of the application of the UN Special Consultative Status in 2015-2016.
AAPA was granted Special Consultative
Status by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, which
helps to facilitate our work with governments, NGOs, and other institutions and
organizations that are working towards sustainable development.