Youth Social Service Organization Non Govermental Oranisation


Special status for ECOSOC

The Youth Social Service Organization (YSSO), the NGO has special status of ECOSOC.

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) was established by the Charter of the United Nations as the main body, under the authority of the General Assembly, to promote:

better living standards, full employment and conditions of progress and economic and social development; solutions of international economic, social, health and related problems; and international cultural and educational cooperation;

Universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, regardless of race, sex, language or religion. The Economic and Social Council has 54 government members, elected by the General Assembly for period of three years. You can make appropriate arrangements to consult with non-governmental organizations that deal with matters within your competence. Such arrangements can be made with international organizations and, where appropriate, with national organizations after consultation with the interested United Nations Member. The Council recognized that these organizations should have the opportunity to express their views, and that they have special experience or technical knowledge of value to the work of the Council. Currently, 4,045 NGOs enjoy consultative status with ECOSOC There are three types of consultative status: General, Special and List. The YSSO has special status. It means that the NGO has a special competence in, and specifically deals with, only a few of the fields of activity covered by the Council and its subsidiary bodies, and that is known within the fields for which it has or seeks consultative status. .

Being an NGO with special status of ECOSOC, the YSSO can:

  • participate in the formal deliberations of the UN.

  • have access not only to ECOSOC, but also to its many subsidiary bodies (such as the Commission for Social Development, the Commission on the Status of Women, the Population and Development Commission, the Commission for Sustainable Development, the Forum of the United Nations on Forests and the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues) to the various United Nations human rights mechanisms, ad-hoc processes on small arms, as well as special events organized by the President of the General Assembly.

With a special status of ECOSOC, the YSSO becomes a member of religious NGOs in the United Nations (RUN). It is a coalition of representatives of religious, spiritual and ethical non-governmental organizations that exchange diverse points of view and are dedicated to the search for peace, understanding and mutual respect.

Religious NGOs meet regularly to share information and insights on the complex problems and events at the UN. The approach is twofold. It serves as a forum to inform and educate our constituents about the global challenges of our time and the constructive role that the UN can play in addressing those problems. It also serves as a forum to exchange and promote religious and ethical values shared in the deliberations of the world organization.