4 August 2010. The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations granted consultative status to ESPI during its Substantive Session which took place last month.
Today, ESPI received information that the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations has granted consultative status to the Institute (see the respective letter here). As the communication states, the consultative status opens the door for organizations to actively engage with the ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat, programmes, funds and agencies. It comprises a considerable list of rights and also contains responsibilities.
ESPI applied for this status following a request by to do so the Member States of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) addressed to all observers in the Committee. The consultative status shall, in the future, be an important criteria for observership in UNCOPUOS. ESPI is now one of only a few of the current observers in the Committee who have successfully applied for this status. This will strengthen the role of ESPI in this global forum, and encourage the Institute to further contribute to its work as well as the space-related work of the UN system.