NGOs can apply to a UN body called the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for UN accreditation (ECOSOC).
UN accreditation governs whether an NGO can attend UN meetings, make oral or written statements, organise panel – even enter UN buildings.
The ECOSOC Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations receives applications, conducts hearings and makes recommendations to the ECOSOC on whether to accept or reject an application for UN accreditation.
The ECOSOC Committee on NGOs has repeatedly rejected applications from NGOs which address human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Through these pages you can find out about the collective advocacy by ARC and others to support LGBTI NGOs seeking ECOSOC accreditation.