The SIIA has become the first Singaporean organisation to be awarded United Nations ECOSOC status.
The status is a unique symbol of United Nations (UN) recognition. ECOSOC is the only main UN body with a formal framework for NGO
participation, and consultative status gives SIIA access to nearly all intergovernmental processes at the UN dealing with economic and social development, gender issues, small arms, and human rights. Special consultative status is awarded to organisations that have a special competence in, and are concerned specifically with a few of the fields of activity covered by the Council and its subsidiary bodies.
An NGO with UN ECOSOC status can:
» Attend international conferences and events;
» Make written and oral statements at these events;
» Organize side events;
» Enter United Nations premises;
» Have opportunities to network and lobby with other organisations.
It may also:
» Provide expert analysis on issues directly from its experience in the field;
» Help monitor and implement international agreements;
» Help raise public awareness of relevant issues;
» Play a role in advancing United Nations goals and objectives.
SIIA has already participated in UN processes. In July 2011, it submitted a stakeholder report to the UN Universal Periodic Review, when it reviewed the human rights record of Singapore. A link to a summary report of all 18 stakeholders, including SIIA, can be found here.
Approximately 3500 NGOs worldwide enjoy consultative status with ECOSOC, including organisations such as the International Bar Association, Amnesty International and Oxfam.