May 24, 2013
New York City—The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) announced today that the United Nations Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) has recommended to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) that the organization be granted General consultative status to the world body.
WSPA was the only organization recommended for such designation during the current session, and once formalized, will become the only international animal welfare organization with this status. WSPA has held Special consultative status since 1971.
Consultative status provides NGOs with access to not only ECOSOC, but also to its many subsidiary bodies, to the various human rights mechanisms of the United Nations, as well as special events organized by the President of the General Assembly. Currently 3,735 NGOs enjoy consultative status with ECOSOC with only 147 designated at the General level.
General consultative status is reserved for large international NGOs whose area of work covers most of the issues on the agenda of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies. These tend to be fairly large, established international NGOs with a broad geographical reach.
Mike Baker, Chief Executive of the World Society for the Protection of Animals said: "We are pleased that the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations has recommended that WSPA be granted a new, higher-level consultative status at the United Nations. It reflects a growing consensus that animal welfare matters and should have a place of importance on the global agenda."