Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Aug. 18 / Trend, D.Azizov /
The Uzbek Fund Forum received special consultative status from the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this week.
The decision was made at a ECOSOC session in June.
The forum was the first public organization in Uzbekistan to receive the status. Shortly after, the Mehr Nuri Charitable Foundation, the forum's partner organization, was also granted special consultative status.
Special consultative status allows NGOs to contribute to U.N. activities and particularly to the ECOSOC, its commissions and other subsidiary bodies.
Representatives of these NGOs can participate in U.N. events, swap experiences, make recommendations on issues under discussion, and designate official representatives to the U.N. headquarters in New York and the U.N. offices in Geneva and Vienna.
Special consultative status will enable the forum to take part in U.N. activities and put forward recommendations on international cultural and humanitarian cooperation issues.
The granting of the status is an indication of the forum's effectiveness and international significance. The status is granted based on several criteria - an organization's activities must be in tune with U.N. goals, and the organization must be engaged in issues that fall within ECOSOC's competence. The organization must also have a democratic inner structure and oversee international activities.