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Parliamentary questions
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21 September 2018
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003928/2018

The EU has followed closely and engaged periodically with the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) on the difficulties facing IDSN in securing United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) accreditation.

Through the EU Delegation in New York, the EU has been working with EU Member States in addressing the shortcomings of the Non-governmental organisation (NGO) Committee, which is tasked — as an ECOSOC subsidiary body — with accrediting NGOs to the UN.

A critical mass of members of the NGO Committee is hostile to civil society interests, particularly in sensitive areas such as caste discrimination. Efforts have been undertaken to improve the composition of the NGO Committee. Two EU Member States will now sit on the Committee (Greece and Estonia).

The EU, through its delegation to the UN in New York, has also supported efforts by individual NGOs to ‘appeal’ their deferral by the NGO Committee to ECOSOC.

The EU has repeatedly called on the NGO Committee to consider all NGO applications in a fair and transparent manner. There have been some successes in advancing this agenda, including the introduction of webcasting and the first ever consultations by the NGO Committee with civil society in June 2018.

The EU continues to promote the goals of fairness and transparency in the NGO Committee, and stands ready to discuss the specific case of IDSN further.

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