United Nations

Federation EIL Members at the UN Conference in Bonn, 2011           

Federation EIL has held consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council as a nongovernmental organization in Category II since 1978.  In 1989, Federation EIL was recognized as a Peace Messenger organization by the United Nations Secretary General.

Delegates from Federation EIL attend the 2012 Commission on the Status of Women

ECOSOC Consultative Status

“Article 71 of the UN Charter opened the door providing for consultation with non-governmental organizations.

To be eligible for consultative status, an NGO must have been in existence (officially recognized by a government) for at least two years, must have an established headquarters, a democratically adopted constitution, authority to speak for its members, a representative structure, appropriate mechanisms of accountability and democratic and transparent decision-making processes.

The aims and purposes of the organization shall be in conformity with the spirit, purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The organization shall undertake to support the work of the United Nations and to promote knowledge of its principles and activities, in accordance with its own aims and purposes and the nature and scope of its competence and activities.”

( Source: 1996/31 — Consultative relationship between the United Nations and non-governmental organizations.)

Connie Crosson has served as Federation EIL’s representative at the UN since 2008.