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UN ECOSOC approval

In 2006, IMI was granted Special Consultative Status as an NGO with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations is the principal organ to coordinate economic, social, and related work of the 14 UN specialized agencies, functional commissions and five regional commissions. ECOSOC is responsible for: 1. promoting higher standards of living, full employment, and economic and social progress; 2. identifying solutions to international economic, social and health problems; 3. facilitating international cultural and educational cooperation; and encouraging universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Consultative status is granted by ECOSOC upon recommendation of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, which is comprised of 19 Member States. Separate accreditation is also available with the United Nations Department of Public Information that recognizes NGOs with effective information programs in place to further the United Nation’s goals. IMI received this accreditation in 2000 and is also a part of the UN NGO Health Committee. Based on IMI’s accreditation and Special Consultative Status, over 200 delegates have represented IMI at UN events in the last 8 years from across the world.

What do these accreditations mean for IMI?

Successfully securing the “Special Consultative Status” with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations was a great achievement for IMI. This accreditation means:

  • IMI has been admitted into a mutually beneficial working relationship with the United Nations: IMI is not itself a decision maker; however, IMI contributes to the programs and goals of the UN and provides expertise in specific areas of concern.
  • IMI participates in ECOSOC and its various subsidiary bodies by sending representatives to its meetings, and is able to submit written statements on agenda items at meetings.
  • IMI is required to submit a quadrennial report to ECOSOC.
  • The ECOSOC Committee on NGOs has recognized IMI as an organization with special competence that promotes the goals of the United Nations Charter.