The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) was established by the United Nations Charter, under the authority of the General Assembly, to promote:
- higher standards of living, full employment, and conditions of economic and social progress and development;
- solutions of international economic, social, health, and related problems; and international cultural and educational cooperation; and
- universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.
Under the Charter, ECOSOC may consult with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) concerned with matters within the Council’s competence. The Council recognised that NGO’s should have the opportunity to express their views, and that they possess special experience or technical knowledge of the Council’s work. Under ECOSOC resolution 1996/31, NGOs that wish to consult with ECOSOC can seek consultative status to facilitate this work.
On 06.06.2019, TASC National gained special consultative status. TASC representatives will now be able to actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies in activities, conferences and events of the UN and sit as observers at ECOSOC public meetings, the Human Rights Council and other intergovernmental UN bodies. Additionally TASC will be able to make written submissions or oral presentations relevant to ECOSOC’s work.