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The Growth in the Number of NGOs in Consultative Status
with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations


© Peter Willetts May 2015. The graph and the text on this page may be freely used for non-commercial purposes, provided that a reference is made to both to the author and to this web page http://www.staff.city.ac.uk/p.willetts/NGOS/NGO-GRPH.HTM       It may also be used for commercial purposes, if in addition the author is informed, but no charges will be made.

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Graph of the Numbers of NGOs in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council for each Year from 1945 to the latest available year for which data has been published.

Note on the Roster of NGOs attending the Commission on Sustainable Development

Changes in the Names of the Three Categories of NGOs

The Raw Data on the Numbers of NGOs

 

 

 


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Graph of the Numbers of NGOs in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council for each Year from 1945

 

The Growth in the Number of ECOSOC NGOs

Reference for the original source

The graph was first published in P. Willetts (ed.), "The Conscience of the World". The Influence of Non-Governmental Organisations in the UN System, (London: Hurst and Washington: Brookings Institution, 1996), p.38. It has also been included in the first to the sixth editions of J. Baylis, S.  Smith and P.  Owens, The Globalization of World Politics. This web version is updated, when further data becomes available.

 

 


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Note on the Roster of NGOs attending the Commission on Sustainable Development

If the graph shown above is compared with the original version in the book, it is readily apparent that the data for 1994 shows a significant change for the number of NGOs given as being on the Roster.

By ECOSOC Decision 1993/215 of 4 March 1993 any NGO accredited to the UN Conference on Environment and Development "could apply for and should be granted Roster status" with ECOSOC. The Secretariat failed to implement this decision and created a separate category of NGOs that were on the Roster solely for the work of the Commission on Sustainable Development. A total of 550 NGOs listed in UN document E/1993/65 applied for "CSD Roster status" and were endorsed by ECOSOC Decision 1993/220 of 26 May 1993. At its next session, the CSD objected to the exclusion of these NGOs from the other ECOSOC bodies. Then ECOSOC, by Decision 1994/300 of 29 July 1994, endorsed the Commission's recommendation to give them full Roster status. On this basis, the 550 NGO were included in the graph, when the book was published.

However, the Secretariat continued with not implementing these decisions. The matter was finally disposed of by Decision 1996/302 of 26 July 1996 that overturned decisions 1993/215 and 1994/300. The practice of having a CSD Roster was endorsed explicitly for the first time, but these NGOs from Rio were also given a fast-track procedure for inclusion on the main Roster. Thus, in this version of the graph the extra CSD NGOs have not been included, unless they have gained full Roster status for all ECOSOC subsidiary bodies.
 

 

 


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Changes in the Names of the Three Categories of UN Consultative Status for NGOs
1946-501950-681968-961996 - ...Type of NGO
Category ACategory ACategory IGeneral StatusGlobal, large membership and work on many issues.
Category BCategory BCategory IISpecial StatusRegional and general or specialist and high status
Category CRegisterRosterRosterSmall or highly specialist or work with UN agencies

 

 


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The Raw Data on the Numbers of NGOs in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council for each Year from 1945

Data for the Graph
YearI,II+RCat I+IICat I
1945000
1946444
194741397
194869659
194990869
1950197879
19512171019
19522221099
19532391159
19542691189
195528212010
195629212010
195729912210
195830212210
195932712710
196033412910
196133113010
196233213410
196333813210
196435514110
196536114110
196636814712
196737715512
196837715512
196937713216
197041915316
197146917316
197251918517
197358120019
197461521220
197565121824
197668622024
197773123026
197876423027
197959323630
198060823530
198164624631
198264624631
198369227031
198471226832
198576030334
198676230134
198782733435
198882733435
198989336736
199089336736
199192839541
199292839541
199396941441
199496941842
1995106850569
1996122658080
1997135669088
19981517848103
199917011029111
200019951123120
200120891204121
200222361328131
200323791448131
200425311608134
200527201776136
200628691917137
200730512091136
200831832208137
200932872304138
201033822357139
201135362552144
201237352756148
201339002921147
201440453068142

Please note: the figures given above include some NGOs in the General and the Special categories that have been suspended for one year for not submitting their quadrennial reports on their activities. In 2012-13, there were eight suspended NGOs with General Status; in 2013-14, there were three; and, in 2014-15, there were five. In 2012-13, there were 194 suspended NGOs with Special Status; in 2013-14, there were 154; and, in 2014-15, there were 105. While most of those suspended were small NGOs, a few were large global NGOs.

 


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© Peter Willetts 2015. The graph and the text on this page may be freely used for non-commercial purposes, provided that a reference is made to both to the author and to this web page http://www.staff.city.ac.uk/p.willetts/NGOS/NGO-GRPH.HTM       It may also be used for commercial purposes, if in addition the author is informed, but no charges will be made.


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