Letter in Condensed form:
|U N I T E D N A T I O N S DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS|
|Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination – NGO Branch 1 August 2011|
Dear NGO Representative,
I am pleased to inform you that the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at its Substantive Session of July 2011 adopted the recommendation of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to grant Roster consultative status to your organization “International Federation of Thanatologists Associations”. On behalf of all staff of the Non-Governmental Organizations Branch, please accept our heartfelt congratulations. Consultative status for an organization enables it to actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat, programs, funds and agencies in a number of ways.
Privileges and benefits of consultative status are regulated by ECOSOC resolution 1996/31,adopted by the Council on 25 July 1996. Consultative status allows you to be informed about the provisional agenda of the Economic and Social Council; Organizations in general consultative status may request the Secretary-General, through the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, to place items of special interest in the provisional agenda of the Council.
Your status now entitles you to designate official representatives to the United Nations Headquarters in New York and the United Nations offices in Geneva and Vienna. Your representatives will be able to register for and participate in events, conferences and activities of the United Nations, and organizations in general and special consultative status may designate authorized representatives to sit as observers at public meetings of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies.
Organizations in General and Special consultative status are required to submit a report on the activities of their organizations once every four years, known as quadrennial reports.
We welcome the opportunity to work with you and will be happy to facilitate your participation in the work of the United Nations, in particular ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, in the future.
Andrei Abramov, Chief, NGO Branch