International Gay and Human Rights Commission Now an Official UN NGO

Stephanie Farrior recently blogged on IntLawGrrls that the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission was declared an official non-governmental organization by the Economic and Social Council’s Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations of the United Nations. This Consultative status is governed by ECOSOC resolution 1996/31 and permits NGOs to submit agenda items to the Council and its ad hoc committees and commissions. In addition, recognized NGOs can participate in international conferences and their preparatory meetings among other privileges. The vote to grant consultative status to IGLHRC was welcomed by human rights advocates the world over and championed by the U.S. delegation to ECOSOC.

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