With a Letter of Confirmation signed in 2007, URI holds the prestigious distinction of being a non-governmental organization (NGO) with consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
ECOSOC is the UN’s central platform for reflection, debate, and innovative thinking on sustainable development.
- ECOSOC, one of the six main organs of the UN established by the UN Charter in 1946, is the principal body for coordination, policy review, policy dialogue and recommendations on economic, social and environmental issues, as well as for implementation of the internationally agreed development goals.
- ECOSOC serves as the central mechanism for the activities of the UN’s system and its specialized agencies and supervises the subsidiary and expert bodies in the economic, social and environmental fields.
- ECOSOC has undergone reforms in the last decade to strengthen the Council and its working methods, giving special attention to the integrated and coordinated implementation of, and follow-up to, the outcomes of all major UN conferences summits in the economic, social, environmental and related fields.