In a related item, ECOSOC will also be reviewing the arrangements for consultation with NGOs. Document E/C.2/1993/L.2, "Review of future activities: Review of the arrangements for consultation with NGOs," was considered by the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations at two meetings over the past few months. Proposals will be made with a view to updating, if necessary, Council resolution 1296 (XLIV), "Arrangements for consultations with NGOs," of 23 May 1968. An open-ended working group will submit a progress report to an intersessional meeting of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations and, through it, to ECOSOC's substantive session of 1994.
Pursuant to paragraph 5 of L.2 (participation of NGOs in consultative status in the work of the open-ended working group), NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC that wish to participate in the open-ended working group will be accredited in accordance with the provisions of Council resolution 1296 (XLIV). Other NGOs wishing to be accredited may apply to the NGO Unit of the Secretariat for this purpose. Paragraph 6 of the resolution states that: "In recognition of the intergovernmental nature of the Working Group, non-governmental organizations shall have no negotiating role in the work of the Group."