UN Special Consultative Status

The United Nations Economic and Social Council

The World Jurist Association has Special Consultative Status at the UN Economic and Social Council.

65th Annual UN/DPI NGO Conference

The 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference – 2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda will be held from August 27-29, 2014. Civil Society groups are gearing up for this event which is set for discussions to lead up to the opening of the 69th Session of the General Assembly and UNFCCC COP 20 in Lima, when critical decisions will be made by governments about advancing the sustainable development agenda. Conference registration is now closed. However, this event will be Webcast live at webtv.un.org. See more details at http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/conference-2014/.

Advancing Regional Recommendations – Post 2015 Development Agenda Report

On September 22, 2013 the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) brought together more than a thousand civil society representatives with member states and UN staff to discuss the post 2015 development agenda. The World Jurist Association participated in this meeting as represented by our UN Representative and WJA Second Vice President, Ms. Kim G. Quarles. Here is the complete report. Event information can be accessed UN-NGLS.


Information about the Council

ECOSOC,  established under the United Nations Charter, is the principal organ that coordinates economic, social, and related work of the 14 UN specialized agencies, functional commissions and five regional commissions. It also received reports from it’s subsidiary bodies. The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to Member States and the United Nations system. ECOSOC has several responsibilities including:

  • to promote higher living standards , full employment, and economic and social progress;
  • to identify solutions to international economic, social and health problems;
  • to facilitate international cultural and educational cooperation; and
  • to encourage universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

It has the power to make or initiate studies and reports on these issues. It also has the power to assist the preparations and organization of major international conferences in the economic and social and related fields and to facilitate a coordinated follow-up to these conferences. With its broad mandate the Council’s purview extends to over 70 per cent of the human and financial resources of the entire UN system.

Official UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Announcement – 64th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference Webcast & Final Report

The 64th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference, titled “Sustainable Societies; Responsive Citizens”, has been posted on the UN website. Please visit
http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/webcast/c/64-dpi-ngo-conf.html for the webcast and https://www.un.org/wcm/webdav/site/ngoconference/shared/Final%20Report2.pdf for the final report.

51st Session of the Commission for Social Development: A Focus on Empowerment

The 51st session of the Commission for Social Development was held February 6-15, 2013. The priory theme was “Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all.” For complete details visit http://www.un-ngls.org/spip.php?article4214

What the WJA is doing in relation to UN Work

In 2013, the World Jurist Association held a UN related events. In June, we held a conference on “Global Economy and the Rule of Law in a Changing World” in Jerusalem & Tel-Aviv, Israel. The sessions included Climate Change and Trade in a Changing World Economy; The Role of Women in a Changing World; and Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law.

In 2011, the World Jurist Association held 2 major UN related events. In April, we held a conference on “International Arbitration and ADR – The Impact of the Rule of Law” in Grand Baie, Mauritius. The sessions included ways to assist marginalized person get access to justice through various alternatives to the courtroom.

In October 2011, the World Jurist Association held its 24th Biennial Congress on the Law of the World in Prague, Czech Republic. The Prague Congress was themed on “National Legal Cultures in a Globalized World”, and brought together legal professionals from around the world to discuss diverse legal aspects and global development. Our traditional Demonstration Trial was on “International Drug Trafficking” in furtherance of the work of other UN bodies such as the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Our panel sessions were in alignment with the work of UN Partners to MDGS including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), UN Women, the World Bank, UNEP, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).  The Prague Congress also significantly contributed to one of the 8 UNDP MDGs – A global partnership for development – by having a wide range of panel discussions that sought to promote global development. Some of the panels included Global Challenges, Global Health & Climate Change, Doing Business Within an International Rule of Law Framework, Bilateral Investment Treaties, Judicial Reform, War, Tribal Conflicts & Terrorism, Tribunal Autonomy, and Stewardship, Sustainable Use & Development of Land and Resources. The panel sessions encourage participation of women and representatives from least developed countries to participate at the Congress.

Annual and Quadrennial Reports from the WJA

2012 Annual Review

2007-2010 UN Quadrennial Report

The World Jurist Newsletter (Vol.46/No.1) with UN related Updates