Non-governmental organizations wishing to establish close working relations and a firm basis for cooperation with UNCTAD are advised to apply for observer status.
The Trade and Development Board of UNCTAD has established consultative relations with civil society organizations in order to secure information or advice from organizations with a special competence on subjects for which relationship arrangements are made and to enable stakeholders representing important elements of public opinion to express their views.
Organizations that are granted observer status are invited to attend the public sessions of UNCTAD inter-governmental meetings and conferences. They can make oral statements on matters within the scope of their activities, as well as circulate written material on matters related to the agenda of the meeting. They also receive ongoing information on UNCTAD current activities, studies, publication and documentation.