Recently, the Zero Project leader, the Essl Foundation, received ECOSOC consultative status. Consultative status provides nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) with access to not only the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), but also to its many subsidiary bodies, to the various human rights mechanisms of the United Nations, ad-hoc processes, as well as special events organized by the President of the General Assembly.
Currently 3,900 NGOs enjoy consultative status with ECOSOC (See list as of 1 September 2013, PDF) and they 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.