Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Non-governmental international organizations that have the capability to make a substantial contribution to the work of UNHCO may be granted consultative status by the Council with the approval of the Assembly.

Any organization seeking consultative status with UNHCO has to demonstrate considerable expertise as well as the capacity to contribute, within its field of competence, to the work of UNHCO. It must also show that it has no means of access to the work of UNHCO through other organizations already in consultative status and that it is “truly international” in its membership, namely that it has a range of members covering a broad geographical scope and, usually, more than one region.

The application procedure is initiated by sending a formal letter addressed by the Executive Head of the NGO (or the person in charge) to the Secretary-General of UNHCO, informing him of the wish of the NGO to obtain consultative status with UNHCO.

A questionnaire and other relevant documentation will also need to be submitted.

The UNHCO considers applications for consultative status by non-governmental international organizations once a year, at its first session, which is usually held in June. Applications, including the letter, the questionnaire and any additional relevant documentation must have reached the UNHCO by 31 March in order to be submitted to the Council session held in June that year; applications received after that date will be considered the following year.

Intergovernmental organizations (IGOs)

UNHCO may enter into agreements of co-operation with intergovernmental organizations on matters of common interest with a view to ensuring maximum co-ordination in respect of such matters.